Polaroid i1035 Digital Camera Review

In this review we’ll take a look at the Polaroid i1035 10MP 3X Digital Camera. Polaroid has been trying to make a comeback in the digital camera field. Most of their offerings have been weak in this area, scarcely living up to the classic Polaroid name. Let’s see how the i1035 compares…

Review Continued Below…

Let’s begin by looking at the stats for the Polaroid i1035. This is a 10mp camera with a 3x optical zoom. It has a rather lightweight 16mb of memory, making an SD card almost a necessity. Like many other cameras in this price range it has several modes to enhance your picture taking along with face detection and red eye reduction. As you would expect, it includes a video mode too. It is powered by 2 AA batteries. The 3″ LCD screen is on the generous side for this price range.

Since the camera uses standard AA batteries this is kind of good and bad. Good in that you’ll be able to find new batteries for it easily, bad in that you’ll need to do this quite often since it will eat up a pair of AA’s in a hurry.

I like to see the user interface on a digital camera to almost be intuitive but, unfortunately, the Polaroid i1035 isn’t. The menus are a bit convoluted and hard to follow without referring to the manual.

The photos taken with the Polaroid i1035 Digital Camera are, well, adequate. I was expecting worse performance given what I had seen from previous Polaroid digital cameras. However, I didn’t think that they were as good as some of the other cameras in the same price range that I’ve reviewed recently. The digital anti-shake didn’t seem to perform well in comparison nor was the video performance at the same level I’ve seen from others.

The bottom line is that the Polaroid i1035 Digital Camera probably isn’t the best bang for your buck when it comes to digital cameras in the $100 price range. There are several better choices such as the Casio Exlim or Pentax Optio unless you run across a truly fantastic deal on one.


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Comment by RNB Love Songs
2009-02-10 08:42:41

Yea honestly, I’d shy away from Polaroid. They made those cool instant cameras back in the day, but they’re a far cry from the top in the digital marketplace.

Comment by Best CSS Gallery
2009-02-10 10:21:13

It never occurred to me Polaroid still exists :) Their instant cameras were great, but I wouldn’t buy a digital camera from them. Anyhow I prefer Canon :)

Comment by Jeff
2009-04-08 17:56:14

Polaroid cameras really have dropped off a bit. One of those companies that were on the top of their game and industry for a time but fell off the horse and was taken by the it’s competitors.

Comment by Sweaty Palms
2009-02-10 11:57:01

Ahhh, good old Polaroids.. Well if I was buying a camera right now I probably wouldn’t buy one from Polaroid but it seems that they’re on the right track, so we just might see something great from them in the near future.


Comment by Pick up Lines Guy
2009-02-12 17:06:00

I think Polaroid waited just a little too long to get into the Digital field. I’ll stick with my Nikon.

Comment by Nancy
2009-02-17 00:16:09

Polaroid is the legend of camera…But I also doubt to their digital product.

2009-02-25 10:12:41

Polaroid has fallen off in the camera market… not just fallen off, but literally dropped off a cliff. I don’t like the need for AA batteries, and based on your review, I will pass.

Comment by Los
2009-02-27 03:10:04

Is $65 including shipping enough of a discount? Because that’s what I paid for one from woot for just now. And given the specs it seems like a great deal since I don’t see any of the other mentioned cameras coming close to this price anytime soon.

Comment by jfc
2009-02-27 10:18:49

Hi Los,

Woot and some other outlet sites have good deals on this camera right now. The one I tested was borrowed from a friend who sells closeout lots on eBay. $65 shipped is a pretty good price with Woot’s deal today although occasionally you can get it lower on eBay if you catch the right auction or ‘buy it now’.

Remember that you’ll also want to get a 4GB SD card to go with it since you can’t do much with the measly 16mb on board the camera. And, stock up on AA batteries because you’ll need them too.

Comment by gary
2009-02-27 09:14:17

Much better cameras out there for the bucks. Measely 16MG memory, user interface clunky, eats batteries for lunch. Digital anti-shake not too good either. Save your bucks and look at Casio or Pentax- same price much better camera. Also, you can’t a Canon! I like the entry level Nikons Coolpix as well. Sooo many other better choices out there. I’ve personally used the Nikon Coolpix and the Canons- plug and shoot; great quality.

Comment by jfc
2009-02-27 10:20:51

Hi Gary,

I agree with you. I think the Casio Exlim is worth saving up an extra $50 or so. Pentax’s are kind of hit and miss since there are so many different models, good and bad, out on the closeout market right now.

Comment by Kathy Verdino
2009-03-08 14:36:19

I bought the one from Woot because it seemed like a good deal for a 10mp camera. It certainly eats up batteries. I can’t get it to work with the SD card. it keeps giving me an error message and shutting down the camera. Anyone else have this problem?

Comment by jfc
2009-03-08 15:06:46

Hi Kathy,

I phoned my friend who sells them on eBay and he said it’s probably a defective camera if it won’t read the SD card. He’s had a few returns for that problem and either sells them as parts or for pennies on the dollar at local flea markets. Sorry, I wish I had better news. I’m not sure if Woot purchases carry any kind of return guarantee or factory warranty but you might want to look into that.

Comment by Joe Orber
2009-05-11 17:07:42


Well, a friend of mine had the same issue but it turned out it was the SD Card which was defective. Also, verify that it’s the type and size supported.

I got my camera around a month ago and I’m quite satisfied with it. I solved the battery issue by acquiring a charger with batteries included.

I know Canon and specially Nikon are far way better cameras, but for less than 70 bucks it’s not that bad…


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Comment by Randwulf
2009-05-10 00:29:19

I just bought the i1035 earlier today (to replace a 2.1Mp CyberPix S-550V)and for the price I couldn’t go wrong. Just wondering if I got a newer version because the internal memory in mine is 32mb, not 16mb as quoted in the review. Yes, being able to do more than switch from taking photos to viewing to recording video is easy enough (just 1 button switches between them).
I also like the fact that the camera will automaticaly change to the best possible mode for any particular shot (out of over 25 different modes).
When I bought it there was a measely 14 day warranty attached, but my wife is using it tonight so she can tell me if it’s a keeper or should I return it for refund.

Comment by Meeting rooms
2009-05-18 09:00:31

I totally agree with you. I think the Casio Exlim is worth saving up an extra $50 or so. Pentax’s are kind of hit and miss since there are so many different models, good and bad, out on the closeout market right now.

Comment by TXCHL Instructor
2009-05-26 10:12:05

I bought one for use in my CHL classes (the applications require passport-type photos), and so far, I have not been terribly happy with it. The primary reason I chose this camera was the placement of the flash, which does not leave a shadow on one side (a problem for passport photos).

I found the setups to be way too confusing and cumbersome. Also, if you change the batteries (this camera eats batteries big-time, so I went with rechargeable NiMH AAs) it loses all of the settings, so you have to start over if you are trying to do anything out of the ordinary.

For starters, it would not transfer to my laptop directly. Plan B was to use my SDcard reader, which worked fine. But the color balance was too far off for me to handle with GIMP, so I ended up with Plan C, my lower-resolution Canon, which is adequate, but has a screen that is way too small for my old, tired eyes. At least I have a monopod, which helps a lot for indoor portrait work.

So it looks like the camera might be marginally useful, but only after I do a lot more experimentation and memorize a complex setup. Would be nice if I could “lock in” the setup that I end up using, but that does not appear possible.

I guess I’m willing to put up with this camera, since I got it for $79, but I think that I will eventually get a higher-end camera. Although that seems a bit of excessive unnecessariness for something I use for exactly one purpose twice a month.

Comment by Rachel
2009-05-29 14:28:45

i had a Kodak before this polaroid, and let me tell you i am missing my kodak.

the zoom is horrible, even with my tripod i get a grainy blob of images, and i was disappointed after reviewing pictures from my friends graduation. it is also very slow, the flash takes almost 30 seconds to charge on my camera, and i missed alot of photo opportunities.

it drains my batteries very fast, i could go 3 months with my kodak, with regular double A batteries, and it would be fine. with this camera, the most i’ve gone is a day and a half.

the macro is horrible as well! i love doing close up objects, i take pictures of flowers alot and love getting that close up detail. with my Kodak, it wasnt a problem. the macro on this polaroid doesnt even start focusing until im more than 5 feet away, and then it focuses on the wrong thing. never what i want to get. and even when it says it focuses on something, i look at my pictures and they arent in focus. i try it on diferent settings, with my tripod, everything and this camera wont work for me.

and another problem im having is with my SD card, which REALLY makes me mad. i bought a new SD card, EXACTLY like my other one, and when i went to put it in today, my camera wont even turn on. now, it works fine if i take the memory card out, but if its in, i press the power button, and all i get is a white screen, then nothing.

i deeply regret paying $99.99 for this camera, i got it from walgreens on sale after my reliable kodak broke.. =[ i am saving up to ix my kodak, and once i have it back, NEVER will i go back to a polaroid again.

Comment by Saundra Grissom
2009-10-25 17:41:34

I am having this white screen problem also. Did you ever get this problem fixed?

Comment by Teresa
2009-06-04 11:19:14

I love my i1035. This camera was a gift to me to use as a “purse” camera, you know those times when you wish you had your camera with you shots. It isn’t a DSLR and wasn’t for that purpose, I have film and digital SLR’s. The camera has a few issues and the menu can be cumbersome. For my intended use, it is perfect.

Comment by Chris
2009-06-22 19:23:31

I just got this camera today and so far its a nice little take with me on a business trip camera… nothing fancy and alot better than the old HP 318 that I was hauling around… so far I have no complaints…

2009-11-05 22:57:31

our digital camera polaroid is very old, i want to buy a new one, thanks

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