Nikon Unveils the Coolpix S800c, Its First Android-Powered Camera

After weeks of rumors and leaked photos, Nikon has finally officially announced its new Coolpix S800c compact camera — the company’s first camera to be powered by Android OS. It’s designed to be a powerful point-and-shoot that offers the versatility of app-based mobile phones.

On the photo side of things, the camera features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 10x Nikkor VR-equipped zoom lens (25-250mm in 35mm terms).

Other features include 8fps burst mode, creative filters built into the camera, 1080p HD video recording with full stereo sound, built in GPS, and a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen.

The combo of Android OS and built-in Wi-Fi is what makes this camera truly stand out in the Nikon point-and-shoot lineup. It means you can download and use apps, surf the web, instantly share photos through social networking and photo sharing sites, play Angry Birds, and check your email — all from the comfort of your compact camera.

From the back, the camera looks just like an Android-powered phone:

Now that phones are becoming more and more like compact cameras, it seems like camera makers want to give phone makers a taste of their own medicine. If phones can feature large sensors, then cameras can feature the same operating systems used by phones!

The camera will be available starting next month in white and black flavors. It’ll have a price tag of $350.

  • tttfoto

    [“Now that phones are becoming more and more like compact cameras, it seems like camera makers want to give phone makers a taste of their own medicine.”]

    BUT you cant phone with this camera !!!!???

  • jdm8

    I realize Android is probably used as a buzzword here, but the screen is off. Are they embarased of their camera UI?

  • Gurst

    A camera that crashes as often as my phone, awesome!

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    It has a mic for video mode, and presumably a speaker for playback. No reason someone can’t make an app for that. ;)

  • Guest

    maybe it’ll work with skype ;)

  • whysoskeptical

    This really bothers me- Why is something stupid because you yourself can’t conceive of how you would use it?

    Cameras are for all people, not just professionals. It in fact would not be hard to argue that the market for people who do not take photography very seriously is enormously larger than the market that takes photography very seriously.

    This is not about phones or making calls. It is about interconnectivity. It is about wireless and it is about how the millions of people go about using a camera. Clearly the market has made a huge shift toward digital, socially based sharing rather than printing. So why on earth is it “absolutely stupid” to push cameras in a direction so they can connect better to all of the digital platforms that people are sharing photos on? Why is making a camera that can talk to your smart phone, tablet, PC, etc. in a better way stupid? If I had a point and shoot I would want it to talk to my iPhone or Android phone, wouldn’t you? I’d would be interesting if my 5D mark II talked to my phone or a iPad and I can think of a lot of very serious photographers that could take advantage of that connectivity too.

    To “app-ize” the point and shoot camera market might be a great thing- allowing easier uploads, allowing for faster and smarter editing, tagging etc. The best part is that after you buy the camera it continues to evolve as software developers find new ways to take advantage of the new platform.

    This may not be the be all end all of P&S cameras but it is a bold step in a very interesting direction and I advise you to think a little deeper before you write this direction off as “absolutely stupid”

  • PhotoShark

    I would love to get my hands on one of these. I cant wait to see what the Devs do once they get ahold of it. So many possibilities! Kudos to Nikon for this gutsy move.

  • Jolly

    Very aptly put.

  • mlik

    how much for that??????
    in pak rupees?