Nikon Announces Coolpix S800c With Android Gingerbread

After several leaks of a rumored Nikon-made camera with Android at its core, the Japanese camera-maker has finally launched the 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S800c with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, beating Samsung to the punch in the smart camera segment. The Coolpix S800c will be available for $350 when it lands on retail shelves next month in September and will come with 4 GB of memory, 10X optical zoom, and a capable flash like most point-and-shoot cameras that will allow the photographer to capture well lit night images. Additionally, GPS and WiFi will be on-board as well.

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There are many benefits to having Android as the OS inside a camera. For one, users will readily have access to the many photo and video editing apps available on the Play Store. Second, consumers can easily share their photos right away within a WiFi hotspot, instantly uploading images to Dropbox or Google+ and creating a social experience around Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter.

It’s unclear though at this time if Nikon intends on upgrading the firmware of the Coolpix S800c to a more recent version of Android, like Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean.

The Coolpix S800c will come equiped with a 3.5-inch WVGA OLED touchscreen on the rear along with three Android hardware navigation keys.

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Though smartphone cameras have greatly improved over the years. In most cases, users have slowly been adopting cameras on a smartphone as their main photography tool in lieu of a point-and-shoot, but having a smart point-and-shoot does have its benefits, including a 10X optical zoom and better flash on the camera.

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Earlier this year, Polaroid also announced a smart camera at the Consumer Electronics Show.

  

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