Nikon Goes Official With Android-Based Camera

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A couple days back, we heard about a new point-and-shoot digital camera from Nikon that would arrive running full-fledged Android. We only had some leaked info to go by at the time, but today Nikon has made things official, announcing its Coolpix S800c.

From the front, the S800c looks like your standard digicam. There’s a big 10x optical zoom, xenon flash, and a 16-megapixel image sensor tucked inside. Around back, though, you’ll catch the S800c running Gingerbread on its 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen.

The big selling point of Android, as far as Nikon is concerned, is the ease at which it lets users share their photos through email and social networks. The S800c has no cellular modem, but is WiFi-capable so you could always pair it with a hotspot on your main smartphone.

Of course, with all this hardware, the S800c is quite a bit thicker than even the chunkiest smartphones; it measures-in at 27.2 millimeters thick; that’s over an inch.

You probably won’t be using the S800c to run a lot of non-camera-related apps, but since that’s still an option, we’re curious to learn more about its technical capabilities. Unfortunately, Nikon hasn’t revealed just what kind of SoC is at the heart of this baby, nor pertinent details like the amount of RAM on board. The camera’s due to launch in September for around $350, so maybe we’ll learn more closer to its arrival.

Source: Nikon
Via: Engadget

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