Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera Review

Sometimes a venerable brand name can survive and thrive and sometimes not and in the case of the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera, the answer would be not. As you may know Polaroid, which was famous for it’s instant photos in pre-digital days, hasn’t fared so well in recent years. Essentially the once good name is licensed out and the job of manufacturing cameras goes to the lowest bidder somewhere in China. This, unfortunately, has resulted in poor quality products.

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Unfortunately, people who purchased a Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera have reported having a number of problems. Some people have said that the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera simply stopped working. A lot of people have mentioned that the quality of the photographs taken with the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera is substandard. It has been said that the photos taken with this digital camera are blurry and lack clarity.

In fact, reports from the field have indicated that the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera is scarcely better than a cheap, almost disposable, digital camera that you might purchase at a discount store like Wal-Mart. If you are wanting to save money on a digital camera purchase then you should buy one of these inexpensive digital cameras rather than wasting your money on a Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera.  

If a new camera purchase is something that you are planning you should certainly consider the lack of reliability and photo quality of the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera. If this is important to you I would highly recommend that you avoid the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera and look into purchasing a camera in the Canon Powershot line.

 


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15 Comments »

Comment by Richard Blanco
2008-06-06 09:21:03

You are recommending the Canon. That makes you seem like a brand name snob. People have problems with Canon too you know.

Comment by jfc
2008-06-06 09:33:43

Hi Richard,

I agree that people encounter bugs and glitches with any electronic product. Quality control is a big expense and it is often one of the first costs cut in the manufacturing process. Based on my own experiences and in reading and compiling the thoughts of others, the Polaroid T730 is not a quality product. It’s a low cost to manufacture, super cheaply made, product that’s borrowing a famous brand name. The Canon Powershot line, while not perfect by any stretch, are better digital cameras.

I guess I am a bit of a photo snob since I haven’t found a digital camera that I can afford that I like as well as my old Minolta rig, I’ll give you that. However, I do like the size and easy of use of a compact digital camera.

 
 
Comment by Meredith Mason
2008-06-06 15:23:44

I think that the Polaroid T730 looks cute on the outside but looks aren’t everything. If a camera doesn’t take good pictures it is worthless. That is what I want to know about a camera I am thinking about buying.

I liked Polaroid cameras when I was a kid. I still have some old Polaroids of me at the zoo when I was 4 years old that my parents took. It is too bad that the situation caused the company to decline.

Thanks for the heads-up on this camera.

Comment by jfc
2008-06-06 15:29:38

Hi Meredith,

It is too bad that the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera fails to perform up to the standards we might expect from what we remember from the old days of Polaroid. But, times change and companies that can’t keep up and innovate fall by the wayside. This appears to be what has happened with Polaroid and the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera.

 
 
Comment by Digital Camera
2008-06-06 15:36:23

I’m a klutzy idiot with electronics and new to digital cameras. Would this be a digital camera that is idiot proof or should I look for a digital camera that has fewer adjustments?

I don’t know anything about Polaroid except those instant things they used to make. I have heard of Canon digital cameras but wonder if they are too complex for me.
Thanks.

Comment by jfc
2008-06-06 15:48:20

Hi ‘Digital Camera’,

As we say in computer programming, you can’t make anything idiot proof because idiots are so ingenious. :)

I have yet to find a digital camera that is as simple to use as my old Minolta SLR. There are probably some out there but I seriously doubt that the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera is one. I suspect that it was designed by engineers who barely graduated college so you can infer the design quality from there.

Canon’s are OK but could be more straight forward. The problem is what’s called the ‘feature shootout’ or ‘creeping feature-itis’ that often comes with such product. Few want to keep it simple because they’ll look bad in a features checklist. From what I’ve read about the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera this is probably the cause of its high failure rate.

 
 
Comment by lissie
2008-06-07 03:15:34

Its a shame when name like Polaroid gets sold out like this Polaroid I thought the T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera might be a nice cheap little 2nd digital camera: for when I can’t use our current larger digital camera. Maybe Ill give the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera the miss for the moment

Comment by jfc
2008-06-07 07:31:16

Hi Lissie,

The Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera is a little to pricey and unreliable for a casual, carry-around, digital camera. That is unless you got a great deal on one on eBay or somewhere like that. I think it would be better to buy a cheaper, non-brand name, digital camera to carry around in a purse or knapsack.

 
 
Comment by trade show booths
2008-06-10 12:06:25

Hi Frank, This is my first time visiting after seeing your comment over at RT’s blog. You have instant credibility in my eyes because you wrote a negative review. I assumed it would be “this is a great camera and click here to buy it and make me some money”. It was refreshingly not the case.
I think I looked at this Polaroid camera on ebay and my wife wanted to get it as a present for our daughter because it was PINK (ah, the power of color). We didn’t get it, and based on your review, I’m glad we didn’t.
We have a two year old Casio Exilim camera. It has a 2-1/2″ lcd screen on the back and a rechargable battery that seems to last “almost” forever. Casio rocks (but they’re a bit spendy). I’ll probably stick with what I know if I ever get another.

Comment by jfc
2008-06-10 12:32:43

Hi Trade Show Booths,

I do try to give a good, honest, review of the products I mention and offer alternatives. It’s always important to understand how a product, in spite of some warts or limitations, might fit into someone’s plans or budget.

I think the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera is overpriced given what it is. If you were able to buy one under about $40 it wouldn’t be a bad deal, especially for a kid’s camera. You can snag deals like this on eBay sometimes with a little luck. But with the average retail price of the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera hovering at about $100, it’s a no-go for sure.

 
 
Comment by trade show booths
2008-06-10 14:03:53

Frank, I agree. My thought is that eventually we’ll upgrade our camera and our daughter can get a perfectly good “hand me down” camera (won’t be pink thought). That’s how it worked when I grew up.
I just noticed a comment above by “Digital Camera” and can’t believe you passed up a change to rib him. He wrote:
“I’m a klutzy idiot with electronics and new to digital cameras. Would this be a digital camera that is idiot proof or should I look for a digital camera that has fewer adjustments?”
He’s trying to build links that say “digital camera” and point to his website, and then says he’s a klutzy idiot that doesn’t know anything about digital cameras? I’d love to see him change the title of his website to “I’m a klutz and don’t know anything about digital cameras but check it out anyway”…
Well, maybe I’m just mean :)
Anyway, I do know about trade show booths and if anyone is looking for one, they can check out my site. Unfortunately, trade show booths has nothing to do about this post, but I suppose you could use a digital camera to take a picture to put on your trade show booth, right?
Anyway, thanks for accepting my comment! :) ~ Steve

Comment by jfc
2008-06-10 14:27:11

Hi again Trade Show,

I do allow anchored links in the comments as long as they point to a decent site, even it’s an ecommerce site.

And yes, I think you could use a Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera to take pictures of a trade show booth. Having a cheap digital camera, like the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera, to take on business outings where it might get lost or stolen would be a good idea. That is, provided that it was more reliable than the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera. ;)

 
 
Comment by trade show booths
2008-06-10 15:09:32

Hi Frank,
I appreciate that you allow anchor text links, and am taking advantage of that! :) I was just wondering if Mr Digital Camera was being a bit disingenuous. Would a person running a website selling digital cameras REALLY not know anything about them, and if that was true, would anyone want to buy from from someone claiming to not know anything about what they are selling? I wasn’t suggesting not allowing the comment, I just thought it would be funny to tease him about his comment. Of course the problem with humor is that it is often misunderstood.
BTW, I appreciate your follow-up advice on the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera and will keep it in mind if I ever think about buying a Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera , though based on your review of said Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera, I don’t think I would buy the Polaroid T730 Compact 7MP Digital Camera. :) ~ Steve

 
Comment by arielle parker
2008-06-27 18:00:12

omg this is the dumbest camera ever! it’s slow, breaks easily, and makes no-flash pictures look SO blurry! spend your money on something better. i had a once in a lifetime wedding to go to and when i turned this camera on after dropping it ONCE from about 4 inches, the screen went white and it’s broken now.

Comment by jfc
2008-06-29 11:27:56

Hi Arielle,

I agree, it’s best to look elsewhere unless you were to get a very good deal on one. For big events like the wedding you mentioned you should go with a higher quality digital camera or go back to tried and true film cameras.

 
 
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