Nikon Coolpix S800c Unveiled – 16MP Point and Shoot With Last Year’s Gingerbread for $350


After pics of the Nikon S800c surfaced yesterday, we were more than intrigued at the prospect of having an Android equipped point-and-shoot in our pockets. Today, the camera has finally been made official, with Nikon officially taken the wraps off the world’s first Android powered camera. The Nikon Coolpix S800c is your typical small camera. It features a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor with 10x wide optical zoom, built in GPS and WiFi, and can capture full 1080p HD video.

The standout feature of the camera is that it comes with a 3.5-inch 800×480 OLED touchscreen display along with Android 2.3 Gingerbread baked in, and 4GB of internal storage. With full access to the Google Play Store, that’s pretty impressive for those that might want to step up their Instagram game. The Nikon Coolpix S800c will come in black and white varieties and retail for $350 when it debuts next month.

What do you guys think? Gimmick? Or would you find having Android (no matter how old the version) useful in a camera?

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Future Hipster: take 16 MP photos from a digital camera and ruin it with instagram directly on camera :)

    1. Hipsters: Spend $$$$ on expensive top of the line camera technology…………. just to make it look like a Polaroid from the 70’s O_o

      1. pssht love me so paper camera

    2. I’m no hipster but I like the Polaroid effect and I wouldn’t trade some of my childhood pictures for anything else. But am I supposed to walk around with a Polaroid camera, a film camera and a digital camera? My man is a photographer so I get the professionalism involved here but it’s just fun to use.

  2. I can take crazy Instagram pictures that I’ll add a filter to with location data to share on my twitter and facebook where all my friends can retweet it or like it O_o

    1. And your friends can tell you how much fun you’re having and for one split second… you’ll actually believe it.

      1. REALLY…. I’m the only one that gets this joke? chavez please post that video.

        1. please do lol

        2. We all get the joke, it’s just not that funny.

      2. haha this is the real ‘iphone 5’! In Android.

      3. Fun crushers :(

  3. Gingerbread? Fail.

    1. shhhh you’ve failed.

  4. great~

  5. Aside from the obvious waste of having instagram and Facebook direct posts. You would be able to instantly upload photos to a cloud service like drop box or shutterfly, you could even print them more easily on any wifi enabled printer. There’s the obvious douchebaggery ghat will occur but there are also some good things. I think if I had the money to waste on it I would

    1. a thousand times this. my MAIN draw is to utilize googles “party pics” feature. every pic would upload a long with everyone elses photos. (my one x will do this as well with it’s monster camera but surely I am not alone when I say I miss having my trusty point and shoot!)

  6. I can haz root?

  7. Uscgamecock, have you ever played with a camera’s OS? Gingerbread is going to be a great addition. I mean ICS or JB would just be overkill. Besides The gamecocks are going to get their tails handed to them by Ark again this year… I’m an LSU fan. Geaux Tigers

  8. i wants this. and gingerbread is just fine, i mean, it’s a camera, not a phone.

  9. At that price I would rather go for a Lytro Camera….

    1. I’m with you Edgar. I’d love to get one of those.

  10. Just going on record to say I guessed this would be one of the prizes at Google I/O this year. Never did see who won those prizes…

  11. I would definitely pick one up if the asking price was a little lower, I definitely have been waiting for a camera like this

  12. One more android device that will probably get Jelly Bean before any phone on Verizon…

  13. Say what you want folks I’ll be getting this. perfect for trips.

  14. I’m not sure about $350 but this does intrigue me. I wouldn’t mind seeing bluetooth in it and knowing it had a good mic on it (for the ability to use bluetooth headsets as mics). if they’re putting it together to film 1080p then that means they intend video and i would want to know that necessitates audio, at least as far as I’m concerned.

    soo… a compact, hi-def camcorder(i have several still-shot point and shoots already) that runs on android is VERY appealing, but here is something that would make me want to rob my grandmother’s grave to get the money.

    add bluetooth, for the reasons stated above. keep the sexy look but waterproof it and make it as rugged as possible(durable materials) without making it too clunky(and this is actually just a concession to society at large, i have an Olympus tough and the boxy look doesn’t bother me in the slightest) and you have something to fight over to the death on black friday. especially if you can side load apps.

    imagine being able to control your phone with this(with the additions i described)… or vice versa, you could have the camera out using it in “hazardous” areas such as canoeing or hiking and while keeping your camera safely tucked away in a watertight/padded place still upload photos or make/answer calls or share photos/videos via text. or, you could set the camera up on a tripod and use your phone as a viewfinder/remote..

    ooohh me wanty me wanty.

  15. Said it a week ago and I’ll say it again. Nikon releasing this product with Gingerbread is a total FAIL. I’ll opt for the Samsung Galaxy with Jellybean instead…

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