Nikon Coolpix S800c: hands-on Android-based compact camera


In a move that may well mark the start of a divide between connected and unconnected cameras, Nikon has launched its new Android-powered Nikon Coolpix S800c compact camera.

Nikon Coolpix S800c, Android-based compact camera, Nikon Digital Camera

The S800c is a full Android 2.3 (known as Gingerbread) device, meaning it can run any apps that an equivalent smartphone could offer – so you can run Photoshop Touch to spruce-up your images, rather than being dependent on the manufacturer-supplied processing options.

This Wi-Fi (but not 3G) enabled camera intends to marry the app and sharing capabilities enjoyed by smartphone photographers, with the greater power of a 16 megapixel sensor and 10x NIKKOR lens.

However, the S800c enables capture of sharp, blur-free and beautiful images that can be extremely difficult to capture with smartphones.

The S800c is a significant nod towards the relevance and popularity of apps like Instagram to current photography.

What’s more, users can take full advantage of the camera’s other features, including support for recording of full-HD movies, to upload their stunning photos and movies to social networking sites.

The S800c fulfills Nikon’s latest proposal for new ways to use digital cameras Capture, View, Connect, Enjoy–all in a single, compact body.

Nikon Coolpix S800c key specifications:

  • 16MP 1/2.3″-type BSI CMOS sensor
  • 3.5″ WVGA OLED touchscreen
  • 25-250mm equivalent F3.2-5.8 lens
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Android v2.3 operating system
  • Up to 8fps continuous shooting
  • 2GB of internal memory (690MB of this for Apps)
  • 1080p30 video
  • Hi-Speed USB equivalent

Nikon’s released some sample shots. Take a look.

Introducing video of Nikon Coolpix S800c form YouTube: