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Nikon’s Coolpix S800c Android Camera to Launch Next Month for $350

Nikon’s highly anticipated Android-powered smartcamera has officially arrived. The Nikon Coolpix S800c can be purchased for $350 and actually packs quite a punch. With built in GPS, a 10x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 3.5-inch OLED WVGA touchscreen, 1080p movie capture mode and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), it’s an Android fanboy’s photography dream.  

With launch taking place next month, it’s going to be awesome to see how Android will affect the camera’s battery life, how we’ll use media sharing applications through the camera, and pairing it with our smartphones. You can grab it in white or black for $350.

Via: Engadget

  • boybert

    One big win is having the Play Store available on the camera so that you can download (ostensibly) any app of your choosing to help you manipulate, share, store, print, etc. your photos. I could see another approach being a locked down environment that only runs the preloaded apps; that would be a bummer.

  • Raven

    I am very intrigued by this camera. I have long been a fan of high end pocket sized cameras as portable backups to a real high end camera. You can’t exactly carry a DSLR in your pocket. And, most phones have no optical zoom and poor low light. I currently own one of the 1st 8x zoom point and shoots made with a Leica lens. I have paid around $350-$400 for each of my last 3 digital point and shoots so the price seems reasonable especially since it runs Android. The 10x wide optical zoom is great for any point and shoot. Most importantly, they have done 1 thing right that several other touchscreen based cameras have failed on. It still has a physical shoot button and physical zoom ring. Having to use laggy onscreen zoom buttons on several models completely ruins them in my opinion. I will still have to wait for some reviews and test drive one, but this may be my next camera.

  • yeeyuh!

    INSTAGRAM!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.joz.3 Alex Joz

    u’ll make about 140 shoots until the bettery goes down… Stupid design
    and…the camera will be available in 4 colors — red black white and silver =)

  • C2Cab95

    I gotta hand it to Nikon… going out on a limb on a new product is no easy task… but what better company to do it? Who knows where this could take digital photography, especially when it comes to almost instant photoshop(like) apps in the Play Store that most, if not all of us use on our phones. Could anyone see a Google Branded “Nexus” camera someday? I could.

  • WickedToby741

    While this is fantastic, I have a question lingering in the back of my mind: to people inexperienced with Android, will this hurt their perception of Android overall? Being a camera and not the latest superphone, I don’t suspect this will be the smoothest, most lag-free Android device, so will people unfamiliar with Android paint Android as a whole in a bad light after using this camera? Are people going to say “Well I was thinking of getting an Android phone/tablet, but after using this camera, my iPhone/iPad is way smoother and I think I’ll stick with Apple.”? I just worry we could see the same effect that cheap Chinese Android tablets have had by making people think Android is a slow, laggy OS.

  • NemaCystX

    Does it have Wifi?

    Edit: (Nikon website): Equipped with the powerful combination of Android OS and Wi-Fi®, it’s possible to quickly and easily upload images to a social network service or website from this camera. Even if you’re not near a Wi-Fi® hot spot, you can wirelessly transfer images from your camera to smartphones and tablets. Customize your style of visual communication with over 500,000 apps on Google Play™.

    The video comparison is a great way to see what you can and can’t do with a smartphone camera that you can with this one. I’m intrigued.

    http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/coolpix/style/s800c/index.htm

    • tomn1ce

      It has wifi written on top of the camera…take a look at the top picture…

      • NemaCystX

        I hastily read the article instead of looking at the photo I seen before. thats why I posted my EDIT

  • Aaa

    Also, how do you get the stupid (sorry) pink bar out of the way?

    • Aaa

      (new pink bar on the left)

      • paul_cus

        Yeah, really.

        • NemaCystX

          I concur, that could be a pain on lower resolution screens

  • Aaa

    Does it have wifi? So you can have the ability to post directly to your social media site? Otherwise, I don’t get it… (why a camera would need android)

  • cheezer88

    Can I Root It?

  • NorCalDroid

    Crappy Android software will ruin the images just like every other Android camera phone. lol. jk.

  • Mike_Cook7

    Instant fail

  • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

    Immediately thought of this i saw a day before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIRBxRlsYR0

    • Derek Thom

      Yep, I expect to see yet another court battle over this…

  • zepfloyd

    For the price, why not just buy a high quality Android phone with a nice camera. The sensors in the GS3, iPhone 4S, and One X are more than capable of a basic Point and Shoot…anything else you’d want a DSLR anyway…

    • mustbepbs

      I don’t know..this is pretty nice. 10x optical zoom and a nice sensor. Plus it’s unique. I’ll wait to see how it turns out before I pass judgement on it.

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        The zoom is probably going to be the best thing about it. its something that no cell phone has ever really done.
        but im still asking “why?” i guess it seems cool. at first i think “its only going to add features” but then i think about how long its going to take to “boot” the camera up.

        • mustbepbs

          Yeah it’ll be like an Android device in that you’ll probably leave it on if you’re going somewhere to take pictures and it’ll enter a low power mode to save battery life. The optical zoom is what sets it apart. It’ll be interesting to see.

        • David Henry

          I’d say because it will have great sharing capabilities that will have regular updates that Nikon itself doesn’t have to manage.

        • NemaCystX

          Sony released a smartphone with a big ass camera with Android, but i don’t think it sold too well

      • zepfloyd

        I agree with you and it is a cool concept but realistically it’s just not an impulse buy and for most it’s duplicate functionality. Think of all the cool gadgets you could by for $350 (almost 2 Nexus 7’s). You can get just as nice a P/S for half the cost.

        • mustbepbs

          Point and shoots don’t have the features this most likely will have. And they certainly don’t have the optical zoom. I’m betting on this having some killer features.

          • NemaCystX

            GPS built in for Geo tagging is one of them, sharing with any apps using built in wifi b/g/n/ and a touch screen, could play some games while waiting to capture that perfect photo moment

      • NemaCystX

        exactly, i wouldn’t pass judgement until some tech blogs give it a good review *hint* cough *hint*

    • Speedyrulz8

      They may have relatively good sensors but the lenses still don’t compare, even without factoring in the zoom. Having a larger lens still has it’s advantages.

      • zepfloyd

        Yes, but again, that’s what DSLRs are for. Point and Shoots are have come down greatly in price the last 3 years for a reason. Sales are slumping nearly 20% year over year and still declining.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673571111 Vandara Peou

          wrong. DSLR’s are going to cost you upwards of $600. if you really think the image quality/features on a phone are just as good then all you’re probably doing is taking pictures of food and nights out to post on instagram/fb.

          • zepfloyd

            Nikon’s own D3100 goes for less than $500, and there’s plenty more like it. So no, you’re wrong.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673571111 Vandara Peou

            that’s still $150 more which is a lot of money. not to mention it’s an entry level one and you would still want to invest in a lens. and then there’s the size and cost of accessories and you’re easily looking at $600+ again . . .

            there are very real uses for a separate camera. you’d probably be more right in saying a cheaper point and shoot rather than a DSLR but then again there is a reason for different tiers of cameras so you are still wrong . . .

    • NemaCystX

      smartphones don’t have optical zoom features like REAL cameras do, with optical zoom you get a much better image than with a digital zoom because it uses lenses to magnify the image rather than blow up the pixels on digital zoom.

      this could be the future for digital cameras since smartphones all have cameras built in, digital cameras are becoming harder and harder to sell, this could breathe new life into that market since it will let the user use whatever apps they want to and the users don’t have to worry about the phone not having enough light or too much light, not enough zoom, no image stabilization etc while the Nikon would have all those. Albeit its another device to pocket but if you really want to capture good photos, it could be a worthwhile sacrifice of pocket space.

  • RW-1

    I don’t see it actually taking up much battery at all. Although the screen itself is a batt burner, the camera itself likely has a much larger batt than any Cell Phone if we are to compare…
    In addition this isn’t going to have a 4G radio sucking down juice like no tomorrow …

    • Speedyrulz8

      I’d imagine the camera would also have some sort of sleep mode so you don’t have to completely boot up the OS everytime you turn it on and so you don’t have the OS running nonstop.

  • Knlegend1

    Play store camera apps? Maybe a win.

  • nightscout13

    Garbage.

    • itznfb

      A one word post that defines itself. Some soft of paradox?

      • nightscout13

        Soft Paradox ya….

  • mustbepbs

    inb4 locked bootloader