Polaroid 8801 (© Edouard Elcet/Polaroid)

Polaroid G Camera (1990)

The Polaroid G Camera (which stood for Graphics) was the color version of the 8801 CCD Still/Video System. A prototype was demonstrated at the Photokina 1990. The camera system consists of a camera head connected via cable to a plug in PC board and a power source. The same CCD was used as the 8801 camera except that in the interlace mode it provided approximately 1.2 MP. Using the same shutter mechanism as the 8801 camera except with RGB filters in place of the neutral density filters thus color images may be captured by sequentially exposing through R,G and B filters to obtain approximately 3.6 MP of information.

One way to obtain a quality hardcopy was to use a CRT to expose film similar to the 8801 system. To obtain color, sequential exposures had to be taken off of the CRT through RGB filters. Such a CRT printer prototype was developed for the G Camera system and produced
quality hardcopy images on several types of Polaroid film. Since the produced color pictures were very good, the applications for this camera were computer graphics, catalog photography, microscope photography, electronic archiving, DTP and instant scanning. The official name for the G Camera was Still Still/ Video System. To the right you can see a diagram of connectivity possibilities for the G Camera.



  • Brand: Polaroid
  • Model: G Camera
  • First mentioned: 1990
  • Marketed: no
  • MSRP: $20,000
  • Imager Type: 0.60MP 2/3" monochrome CCD
  • Resolution: 1134x972
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: 1/2" videotape
  • Lens: -
  • Shutter: 1/60s to 1/500s
  • Aperture Range: -
  • LCD screen size: -
  • Size: -
  • Weight: -
  • Remarks: -

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