Nikon Unveils Android-Powered Camera With Wi-Fi

Over the years, Canon and Nikon have established themselves as industry-leaders when it comes to professional photography. While both companies offer a variety of consumer-friendly products as well, it looks like Nikon is the first to unveil a "social imaging device".

Dubbed the Coolpix S800c, the Japan-based company's latest point-and-shoot camera comes with a fully functional Android operating system.

With the oncoming floods of smartphones each year, along with their increasingly powerful cameras, it's no surprise that compact camera demand has dwindled.

"It is often very difficult or even impossible to capture decisive moments or telephoto shots with a smartphone," says Nikon. "The S800c, however, is always ready for those once-in-a-lifetime images with a level of performance that ensures sharp, blur-free photos. It allows users to easily express themselves in a wide variety of ways as photos with superior image quality and definition can be uploaded directly from the camera to a SNS.

The benefits are obvious: users will be able to quickly and easily upload high-quality photos and videos that aren't restricted by a smartphone's camera. In addition, the camera functions just like any other Android smartphone-minus the calling part. This means users will be able to play games, check emails, or run any number of different Android applications on the camera's 3.5-inch touchscreen.

Though no specifics were given on the hardware powering the Android system, we'd assume it's sufficient enough to flood Instagram with some high quality shots. The camera will be available sometime in September, with a manufacturer suggested retail price of $350. For more information on the device, check out the full release on Nikon's webpage.

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  • scythe944
    Wondering when they would come out with this.. only a matter of time.
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  • dimar
    I hope the battery will last for long time, because I'd hate to waste it on playing games, and then not being able to take any pictures :-)
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    It allows users to easily express themselves in a wide variety of ways as photos with superior image quality and definition can be uploaded directly from the camera to a SNS.

    Oh great, brace yourselves for more pics of people's food, duck faces and cats.
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  • frappes
    The music in that video is terrible.
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  • freggo
    dimarI hope the battery will last for long time, because I'd hate to waste it on playing games, and then not being able to take any pictures :-)
    I always have at least one spare battery and memory in the bag !
    You always run out of juice when the best photo ops come your way.
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  • thecolorblue
    2 devices... don't think so.

    people share photos because they have the camera in their pocket by default... most don't care about razor sharp snappy perfection... especially when it requires a 2nd device. i just don't think they get it
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  • g-unit1111
    amk-aka-PhantomOh great, brace yourselves for more pics of people's food, duck faces and cats.
    And videos of fails. :lol:
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  • eddieroolz
    Ergh, I don't like the way this is moving. Cameras should stay cameras, without some bloatware loaded onto it.
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  • That dude in the Nikon AD looks like a total hipster.
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  • amlman
    if unlike simple p&s cameras, this one take 2 min. to power up, its worthless.
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