Nikon Coolpix S800 Will Reportedly Be the Company’s First Android Camera

How do you feel about Android OS? How about Android OS in your camera? If you’re a Nikon compact camera user, that might soon be possible. Nikon is reportedly planning to announce its first Android-based point-and-shoot in the very near future.

First reported by Nikon Rumors, the camera will likely be called the Coolpix S800, based on this Indonesian Communication Agency listing that was filed at the end of July:

Here are the camera’s specs: a 25-250mm lens, a 3.5-inch OLED screen, Android 2.3 OS, and built in GPS and Wi-Fi.

The major feature is the fact that the camera would be able to run all Google Play apps. Want to play games on your camera? You’ll be able to. Need to enter something into a to-do list to remember later? You can do that too!

To the frustration of photography purists everywhere, there would likely be an entire ecosystem of retro filter apps for the camera.

Having cameras move in the direction of phones and computers isn’t an idea unique to Nikon: Polaroid has already launched an Android-based camera, and Samsung and Panasonic are both reportedly looking into the possibility.

If this report is actually true, then Nikon would be the first major manufacturer to jump headfirst into mobile computer-style cameras. They might be unveiling the camera on August 22nd, and if they do, it’ll be quite an attraction at Photokina in Germany next month.

  • 9inchnail

    Why not just add a phone function? Why would I carry around a smartphone with android, apps, games and a shitty camera AND a camera with android, apps and games… but no phone? That’s kinda stupid.

  • Jiaz

    I hope itz a nice combination. Fingers crossed!!!

  • mko

    Adding a phone function would mean significant patent loyalty costs.

  • Sujit

    Well tablets are more or less the same thing right?

  • DeeWee

    Agreed, the main attraction point of an Android camera would be mobile connectivity via cellular/WiMax etc. Having to download the images through a computer kind of defeats the purpose of in camera editing apps, and most people couldn’t care less about playing games or doing their taxes on a camera.

  • madmax

    Could it prepare my breakfast, give me a massage… help me to get better pictures? … Another stupid gimmick!

  • prashant

    take pictures, open instagram, apply filers, upload! wow

  • Khürt L. Williams

    Yep. That’s exactly what many people with Android OS based phones and iPhones do now except the workflow is open Instagram-> take picture -> apply filter -> upload. That’s been “wow” for a few years now.

  • madmax

    AND another shitty camera. This is not much better than your phone camera…

  • James

    How is this stupid?

    You wouldn’t need to upload through another computer just a wireless connection (which are pretty widely available). It is about being able to use a point and shoot camera without a computer at all. Upload to Facebook, Flickr, email to family from your camera rather than uploading all the photos onto a computer and then doing those things. This makes perfect sense and it is not about doing your taxes or playing games. It is a direction that makes a lot of sense for the point and shoot market.

  • Diogo Louro

    A full fledged OS in a mid to high end camera, plus open source, goes far beyond “instagram abuse” or a gimmick. I, for one, am looking at the nexus 7 to use as a tablet, and external monitor/remote shooting, and it’s fairly simple to set it up, but imagine full OS compatibility.

    If peripherals connectivity doesn’t cut the argument, think of magic lantern. A “hack” bypassing what is a fairly closed system in canon, and the wonders it made. Now imagine that being open-source, ROMs and apps coming on a steady stream to every kind of shooter, on any kind of special need…

    It’s a smart move of them to start on a small, inexpensive camera. Let it sink in, and take people’s reactions. No one would cough up the money on a high-end nikon with a new unconventional, almost experimental, yet crucial feature, from witch there isn’t much reliable feedback.

  • Sirajuddin

    Good to know .