A new Android-powered device has been unveiled, but sorry smartphone and tablet fans, this technology is targeted at the photographers out there, as Nikon has just announced the Coolpix S800c, a compact camera that runs on Google’s Android platform.
Thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity, the Coolpix S800c will allow photographers to easily upload their pictures to friends and family on an array of social networks, including Flickr, Facebook and Google+. Users will also be able to directly upload videos to sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, no longer having to tether the camera to a computer.
Thanks to the camera’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) backing, users can get apps for this device in the same way they would their phone.
Nikon is aiming the S800c at the always-connected individual, promising superior quality images on a device with the communication functions and app-based versatility of a smartphone or tablet. Users can surf the Web, download apps and shop around for games in the Google Play store, just as they would any other mobile device running the Android OS.
With a price tag of $350, the Coolpix S800c is going to cost more than most high-end smartphones, and rightfully so as this Android-backed device touts a better lens than the run-of-the-mill 8-megapixel cameras on models like the iPhone 4S. The camera will come with a 10x Nikkor zoom lens (25-250mm) and a 16-megapixel Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS, as well as include built-in GPS, a 3.5-inch OLED screen, and the ability to transmit images and videos wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet.
The S800c will be available in September in both white and black, and before you make an embarrassing, and expensive, mistake, remember you can not make phone calls from it!