Nikon to release Coolpix S800 as first camera powered by Android

Several Android-powered camera concepts have launched to varying degrees of success, and the trend doesn’t look likely to end any time soon. Now Nikon, one of the most popular manufacturers of digital cameras, will release their first foray into the world of “smart” cameras. The Coolpix S800 is rumored for announcement later this month and features a 25-250mm lens, 3.5-inch OLED display, and built-in GPS and WiFi. Signs point to Android 2.3 being the operating system of choice, and it is said that the camera will have access to Google Play. The Coolpix S800 would be part of Nikon’s point-and-shoot range.

[via NikonRumors]

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  • http://twitter.com/wildtouch83 Dave

    what’s the purpose or target audience? My phone already takes great pics…has GPS…has wi-fi…so why would I need/want to carry another camera around?

    Seems like a fad/trend that would/should phase out rather quickly.

    • No_Nickname90

      My friend would love this. He’s a photographer. He may have a smart phone with a good camera, but he also has other cameras for actually taking pictures. So there’s your audience. LoL!!

    • LawrenceMcatee

      Refrigerators and cars have android now…. as to TVs and the like. ultimately everything but pet rocks will have android.

      • bob

        whatever dude! I would totally buy a new pet rock if it had android.

        • LawrenceMcatee

          you know what…..you’re right.. shut.up and take my money….

    • RavenFox

      not sure if serious. maybe on your planet you’re the only occupant.

  • Robert Manser

    Phone’s don’t take that nice of a picture and the lenses are usually junk. Not everybody uses a phone as a personal camera.

  • vioalas

    But…. Why…? Like… There’s no real purpose…. I mean.. I guess I see some like uploading real point and shoot camera quality pics to Facebook/G+/etc. without a computer I guess…

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Will it have a 60 second boot time?

  • oneillperson

    Best name ever. Just sayin’.

  • InspectorGadget80

    Bad move on Nikon’s part releasing it on 2.3 INSTEAD of ICS. and it would be a expensive camera too what’s the point when we already have 8-13mp camera phones already?

    • xmichaelx

      Both the sensor and the lenses on all smart phones suck. Really, really suck. You will never get as good a pic from a phone cam as you get from a crappy $200 point-and-shoot.

      That doesn’t mean you can’t get good pics from your phone — you can! But they are no replacement for a dedicated camera, especially if you want to do more with your pics than post them to Facebook.

    • Dave4321

      First, mega pixels do not mean anything over 6-8 on small sensor cameras because of the added noise. Megapixels is a marketing tool. A few advantages 10x Zoom. How many people buy cameras with no zoom? Not to mention better sensor’s and lenses.

  • xmichaelx

    This is awesome! I’d like to see it spread to nicer cameras like the micro-4/3rds. The filters and other capabilities available as apps would be really, really nice.