Polaroid’s iM1836 Mirrorless ILC is No More Thanks to Nikon Lawsuit


The Polaroid iM1836 has had a rough go of it since it first burst onto the scene at last year’s CES. Nobody seemed to think the camera was anything to write home about, and its similarity to Nikon’s 1-Series cameras was undeniable.

So undeniable, in fact, that earlier this year, Nikon filed a lawsuit to try to get the iM1836 pulled from the shelves. Yesterday, they succeeded.

The news came down from Nikon itself through a press release, which revealed that the court has officially issued a Preliminary Injunction Order as of yesterday, preventing camera manufacturer Sakar from “manufactur[ing], import[ing], advertis[ing], promot[ing], sell[ing], or ship[ping] the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration.”

I believe this is the part where Nikon starts singing “Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye,” while the remaining iM1836’s pick up the strains of Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Cruel World.”

(via Nikon Rumors)

  • alreadyupsidedown

    Hey Nikon, don’t you have more important things to worry about? Like your flagging sales and lack of innovation?

  • Jake

    Incidentally, Polaroid had those exact same things to worry about, and now Nikon’s putting another nail in their coffin because…actually, why do they bother?

  • Boris

    I never understood this camera. What kind of lens mount did it have?

  • David_Evans

    I think this is a bad decision. With Android and a sensor integrated with the lens (therefore dust-proof) the Polaroid is technically very different from the Nikon, and arguably better. OK, it looks like the Nikon, but there are plenty of lookalike cameras that are much less interesting and don’t get sued

  • Fullstop

    I never understood the appeal of these camera companies all scrambling to make a mirrorless camera. I rarely see anyone out in the real world using them.

  • anon

    Soap shape is now patentable? Amazing patent system.

  • JiJi

    Someday you will you have to pay royalties for your own name, for each letter of it.

  • Adam Correia

    Fuji X series anyone? Just because you don’t see people using them, doesn’t mean they don’t get used. There are PLENTY of pro’s using Fuji X series stuff. I would never call myself a pro, but I unloaded a full bag of Canon 5DMK2 and L series glass for the Fuji X-Pro1 and Fujinon lenses. Best decision I ever made.