COOLPIX S800C, Nikon’s new Android Powered Camera


The new Nikon COOLPIX S800c, putting the power of Android behind your megapixels.  Nikon has just announced this new camera for the ever connected, ever feature hungry consumer. The thought behind this new camera is getting the best of both worlds. The sharing power of an Android smartphone, and the reliable shooting of a Nikon. This will be Nikon’s first ever Wi-Fi enabled camera to incorporate Google’s Android operating system. While traditionally used in phones and tablet computers, Nikon thinks they can make good use of it here.

On the topic of photo quality, this camera is certainly outfitted to deliver. It packs a 10x NIKKOR zoom lens and a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, the lens will cover 25-250mm and is equipped with image stabilization for both HD video shooting and still shots.
Obviously, 16-megapixels will beat out any camera phone or tablet camera. Mix this with the CMOS sensor and there is no comparison to the average phone quality shots. But then again, we should be expecting this from a dedicated camera.

Features are pretty impressive for the camera size. A 3.5 inch OLED touch screen display, 1920 x 1080 HD video shooting at 30 frames per second, automatic panorama stitching, 1/4000 s max shutter speed, and gps equipped. Of course all cannot be perfect. You will be having to deal with poor macro shooting at 100mm, a long exposure limit of 4 seconds, and no support for high speed video.

We cannot forget the major draw of this camera, and that is Android. The S800C feels more like a phone than a camera. everything about the cameras operation screams phone. We are talking about seemless integration to Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Not to mention the inclusion of Google Play opens the camera up to the Android Marketplace, lest anybody go a minute without their Angry Birds fix.
In addition to all this the S800C has all the standard shooting modes including nighttime and HDR, along with 18 built in filters.

The S800C can connect to wireless networks as well as WPS for push button connectivity. While the camera cannot connect to cellular networks, a workaround for this was included.  The Camera can connect wirelessly to a tablet or smartphone for data transfer. This allows the user to upload via a cellular connection.

The Nikon COOLPIX S800C will be available in September 2012 for a suggested price of $349.95. The camera will come ion both silver and black.

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