New Polaroid-branded camera accessories add stabilization, underwater protection

Polaroid announced two accessories that help you stabilize your camera to capture smoother videos: an electronic gimbal for action cameras, and a handgrip that works with most types of cameras, including smartphones. Also, the company recently announce the Dive underwater housings for compact and interchangeable lens cameras.

Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal Stabilizer

If you want shoot smoother videos, but your camera lacks stabilization features, Polaroid has a new 3-axis gimbal that’s designed for action cameras, like GoPro Heroes. The electronically controlled accessory (powered by rechargeable batteries) has three independent motors that follow the camera, and offsets the unwanted motion from your hand. The device sells for $180. (The company also offers other stabilization rigs for other types of cameras.)

Polaroid Power Handgrip/Stabilizer

This $50 handheld grip accessory works with a variety of cameras, including GoPro camcorders, smartphones, and cameras with a tripod mount. Built into the grip is a 6,000mAh rechargeable battery that adds juice to any camera that supports USB power. It doesn’t have a stabilization system like the aforementioned gimbal, but it gives you a firmer hold on the camera, to reduce shakes.

Polaroid Dive

Polaroid has a new lineup of underwater housing cases for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony cameras. The funky colored Polaroid Dive accessory is made out of clear, high impact polycarbonate, and it offers access to camera controls. It’s waterproof and dustproof, and it dives down to 130 feet.

Besides letting you capture underwater scenes, the case is ideal for any environment that could cause damage to your camera, like the beach. Unfortunately, Polaroid Dive isn’t one-size-fits-all: It is available for specific camera models, and is priced accordingly, ranging between $100 and $600 (via Amazon). For interchangeable lens cameras, the Dive restricts you in one lens you can use, which limits your creative options. Each case comes with hand and neck straps.

The Dive is available for the following camera models:

Canon

  • EOS 70D (with 18-55mm)
  • EOS 5D Mark III (with 24-105mm)
  • EOS Rebel T2i
  • EOS Rebel T3i
  • EOS Rebel T4i (with 18-55mm)
  • EOS Rebel T5i
  • PowerShot G1 X
  • PowerShot G7 X
  • PowerShot G11/G12
  • PowerShot G15
  • PowerShot G16
  • PowerShot S110

Nikon

  • Coolpix P7000
  • Coolpix P7100
  • D7000 (with 18mm)
  • D7100 (with 18mm)
  • Nikon 1 J1 (with 10mm)
  • Nikon 1 V1 (with 10mm)

Olympus

  • OM-D E-M5 (with 12mm lens or 5-17mm)

Panasonic

  • Lumix GF2 (with 14-42m)
  • Lumix GF3 (with 14-42mm)
  • Lumix GF5 (with 14-42mm)
  • Lumix GF6 (with 14-42mm)

Sony

  • A6000 (with 16-50mm)
  • A7 (with 27-70mm)
  • NEX-3 (with 16mm)
  • NEX-3N (with 18mm)
  • NEX-5 (with 16mm)
  • NEX-5N (with 16mm or 18mm)
  • NEX-C3 (with 16mm or 18mm)
  • NEX-6 (with 16mm or 18mm)
  • NEX-7 (with 16mm or 18mm)
  • NEX-5R (with 18mm)
  • Cyber-shot RX100
  • Cyber-shot RX100 Mark II
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