Smartphone photos easily out number dedicated point and shoots. You can thank Facebook, Instagram, and the hardware makers for that. However, point and shoots still provided superior image quality that has yet to be truly matched by a phone’s camera.
Nikon’s S800c might be the best of both worlds. No, you won’t be able to make a phone call on it, but it will ship with an Android (Android 2.3 to be specific) operating system. As far as we know this is a first for a major camera manufacturer and while you might be skeptical to its usefulness, we suggest you take another look.
For the sake of comparison, think of many of today’s Smart TVs. Generally speaking they’re a mess in terms of UI. Now consider Google TV. The platform is slick, clean, and consistent from set to set. Digital cameras have long suffered from cumbersome UIs, so it’s only logical to step it up with an Android OS. Fold into the fact that the S800c has built-in WiFi and we’re talking about a digital point and shoot that is vastly useful beyond the rest. In other words you can snap a pic, and provided there is an open network near by, you can instantly upload photos to Facebook, Instagram, or if you dare a proprietary service, which Nikon offers (we’ll pass). Alternatively, you can beam photos directly to a smartphone and upload them to the web, though that process is more steps than perhaps some are willing to undergo, but an option nevertheless.
In addition to WiFi and Android, the Nikon S800c sports a 16-megapixel Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, a 10x optical zoom (25mm wide angle lens at start), and Lens-shift VR image stabilization. Nikon has also include full HD video capture with HDMI output for your big screen needs, GPS, built-in storage for apps, and a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen with 819k resolution.
The Nikon Coolpix S800c will hit store shelves probably next month and cost $350.