Improved camera optics are a staple of each new generation of smartphones, and at the current pace, its not hard to imagine a future in which point-n-shoot cameras are just a relic of how we used to take photos. Then again, there's nothing stopping camera makers from integrating smartphone-like capabilities into digital cameras, and that's precisely what Nikon has done with its new Android powered Coolpix S800c.
You can't make phone calls on the Coolpix S800, but it does answer the call for photographers who want to be able to quickly and easily upload their photos to Facebook and other social networking portals, just like they can do with their smartphone. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection.
"With the new Coolpix S800c, Nikon designed a camera for users looking to capture stunning images and videos with a compact digital camera but also want to share their content with their friends and family in a familiar way," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "Now users can connect easily and instantly with their social networks through the wireless connection, and take advantage of the vast possibilities of the Android Operating System. The new S800c is truly the easiest way to share amazing images on the spot."
The camera itself sports a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen, 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor, optical 10x zoom NIKKOR lens, Full HD 1080p video recording with stereo sound, 125-3200 ISO sensitivity, SD/SDHC memory card slot, and various auto shooting modes.
Android is the real selling point, however, providing users a familiar playground to play in and share their photos. You can also install photography and social networking apps from Google Play, as well as browse the Web, Nikon says.
The Coolpix S800c will be avilable in September for $350 MSRP.