Nikon Coolpix S800c, Android-based point-and-shoot camera

It’s bound to happen, smartphones are becoming viable point-and-shoot alternatives so why not camera with smartphone functions? Nikon just announced their Coolpix S800c, the company’s very first Android camera.

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The Nikon Coolpix S800c runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a built-in WiFi. It uses a 3.5-inch, 819k dot resolution OLED touch panel for input so logging into those social networking sites and searching for camera apps to download will be a breeze.

Just a thought. Having Android in a camera could be the future for point-and-shoots. Why bother with those built-in filters and effects when you can download your favorite camera apps from Google Play. Instagram with your Coolpix? Hell yeah! You can even install Dropbox so you can easily sync photos from your camera into your cloud storage. And instead of creating a dedicated Facebook and Twitter app for the camera, Android will take care of that easily.

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On the camera side, the Coolpix S800c is equipped with a 10x optical zoom wide-angle 25 mm to 250 mm NIKKOR lens with VR function on a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. It can also record Full HD 1080p video and has a built-in 4G internal storage for your apps.

The Nikon Coolpix S800c is set to hit the shelves in the US next month for $350.

So what do you think?

[via Nikon]
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  • Griswold

    cool!! this can be really useful. Sometimes a phone can’t take serious photos but i want photos from my camera to be uploaded to FB without using any PC. this is cool!!

  • Put in a 3G SIM and it could have been a good cameraphone. I wonder how fast it can boot up just to take pictures.

    “Battery life is pretty disappointing at just 140 shots per charge (when tested to CIPA standards), but the S800c has an advantage over most smartphones of having a removable battery. This means that, unlike most smartphones, you can swap a charged battery in when the existing one is exhausted. The small EN-EL12 battery offers 3.8Wh of power. For perspective, the Nikon S8000 managed to get 210 shots per charge from the same battery.”

    “When you turn the S800c on you reach a simple menu screen with the choice of going straight to the camera. However, if you choose to go through to the Android home screen, the camera can be accessed just as the camera on any other Android device would be – by opening the camera app. Based on our use the S800c seems powerful enough to jump to the camera very quickly, though we didn’t time it.”

    Try the Nokia 808 PureView instead. 🙂

  • Eds

    3G + Android 4.X.X + Dual Core S4/Quad Core Tegra 3 + 1 GB RAM + 2500mah batt = Shut up and take my money