Nikon S800c

Nikon today announced its first Android-powered camera, the previously rumored S800c. It's a 16-megapixel shooter with a 10x optical zoom and NIKKOR lens. And, yes, it runs Android. Android 2.3 Gingerbread, to be exact, and it's Wifi-enabled (802.11 b/g/n), of course. 

Answering the big question, though, is that, yes, it's got full access to Google Play. That means Instagram. That means HDR apps. That means Facebook. That means Google+. Anything you shoot with the S800c, you'll be able to share the same as with your phone. 

The UI, which is displayed on a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen, appears to be a mix of traditional "stock" Android -- that's an icon-laden homescreen you see above, complete with Gingerbread launcher -- with what we presume will be a bevy of tweaks. Nikon's providing its own Picturetown app, just in case you need yet another place to upload your pics. The camera also has aGPS, so everything can be geotagged.

Other specs of note include:

  • 25mm to 250mm shooting
  • Vibration reduction (VR)
  • Built-in flash
  • 8 frames per second still shooting
  • 1080p video recording
  • 2GB on-board storage

Will it get you to put down your phone and pick up a "real" camera of relatively similar expense? Time will tell. We'll also have to see just how useful Nikon's UI ends up being. 

And we'll have to see what the hell folks are able to hack onto it.

Source: Nikon; full specs

 

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@stang68 I completely disagree with you sir! Where phones lack is in the night and indoor shooting department, fps, control over shots, etc. They can't match sensor wise. If anything point and shoots are catching up to dslr's. Well almost. Now don't get me wrong, I bounce all my pics back to my phone for editing and posting. I can't wait to put my hands on one of these. For now I'll enjoy my Rezound and S100.

Not to mention optics, a 10x zoom would never fit in a modern smartphone but it's perfectly at home in a point and shoot that's still pocketable, and it's mighty useful to have even for the casual photographer.

I respectfully disagree.

I think people are getting used to having kinda crappy photos, but even a cheap point and shoot decimates shots from the best camera phone.

nb

Why not add the phone functionality to it as well? I guess battery life concerns, but still. Would be nice to have as an option.

And you thought phablets were weird? Just wait until someone sees you talking into your camera.

I agree.

It probably wouldn't be my daily driver, but I could definitely see using it on an overseas vacation where I wanted to have access to a prepaid local phone.

One less thing to carry.

nb

This isn't a Tardis. It's not "bigger on the inside" ;)

Antennas and chips and all that stuff requires space.

I also doubt many people would ever use the phone portion. Nikon probably thought developing for it would be a waste of resources.

close to 25% of all my pictures needs an optical zoom. i like my phones as thin as they are and an optical zoom would ruin that. it would be nice to have all the social sharing capabilities of my phone on a camera.

Nice. Let the Android camera wars begin. We all win.

This looks like an excellent first step, and assuming a street price of $250-300, it's not overpriced. Let's hope it's close enough to stock Android that someone will put Jelly Bean on it within a month or two.

The glass/sensor on this doesn't look all that impressive, sadly. Put Android on, say, a Sony RX100, and you'll really redefine photography.

(Also, a 4G radio and phone would be nice. All things in good time, I suppose.)