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Nikon announces Android-powered Coolpix S800c smart Wi-Fi superzoom

By dpreview staff on Aug 22, 2012 at 04:01 GMT

Nikon has announced the Coolpix S800c - the first compact camera from a major manufacturer to openly use the Android mobile operating system. On one side it's a 16MP BSI-CMOS compact camera with a 10x, 25-250mm lens built in, on the other it's a 3.5" OLED touchscreen device running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). We've had an opportunity to use a pre-production camera and have prepared an overview of the first real compact camera/smartphone hybrid.

Click here to read our Nikon Coolpix S800c first look

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Press Release:

GREAT IMAGES ARE NOW TRENDING: WITH WI-FI® CONNECTIVITY AND A POWERFUL ANDROID™ PLATFORM, THE NEW NIKON COOLPIX S800c IS THE EASY WAY TO INSTANTLY CAPTURE, CREATE AND SHARE

The New COOLPIX S800c Enhances the User’s Connected Life, Letting Them Instantly Share Great Images From a Device That Includes Features Only a Camera Can Provide with the Ease and Versatility of a Smartphone or Tablet

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 22, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the innovative COOLPIX S800c,  Nikon’s first Wi-Fi compact digital camera to incorporate Nikon’s powerful camera imaging technologies and the boundless capabilities of an Android Operating System (OS). Designed for the always connected individual, the S800c delivers the high picture quality and superior performance expected from a Nikon camera coupled with communication functions and app-based versatility of a smartphone or tablet.

The new S800c answers the call for users who need the ability to capture photos and HD video with amazing clarity and color, yet offers a familiar portal to connect to social networks and popular imaging applications through an Android Operating System. With the introduction of the S800c, beautiful images can now be confidently and quickly shared with friends and family.

“With the new COOLPIX S800c, Nikon designed a camera for users looking to capture stunning images and videos with a compact digital camera but also want to share their content with their friends and family in a familiar way,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc.  “Now users can connect easily and instantly with their social networks through the wireless connection, and take advantage of the vast possibilities of the Android Operating System. The new S800c is truly the easiest way to share amazing images on the spot.”

Powerful Images Are What Connects Us
What sets the S800c apart from connected devices is the focus on the quality of images that people can share. Features such as the spectacular 10x NIKKOR zoom lens and the 16-megapixel CMOS sensor affords the ability to create photos and HD video with unrivaled sharpness and clarity, whether up-close or at a distance, even in challenging lighting conditions. The S800c helps users to create images they will be proud to share, while offering connectivity and additional benefits to users, including:

  • Optical 10x Zoom NIKKOR Lens: covering from wide-angle 25-250mm, so either the largest group or action from afar is captured with clarity that can only be accomplished with a quality lens. Additionally, the lens is bolstered with Nikon’s VR optical image stabilization for blur-free photos and stable HD video, even while handheld.
  • 16 Megapixel  Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS Sensor: Much larger than the CCD sensor traditionally found in smartphones or tablets, this BSI CMOS sensor excels in challenging lighting conditions, and provides images with vivid colors, low noise and exceptional contrast and sharpness.
  • Powered by Android: The camera’s connection features allow users to seamlessly connect, browse and upload to their social networks, including Google+™, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also take advantage of the full functionality of Android technology to surf the web or even download applications and games onto their S800c. Just like a smartphone or tablet device, the camera has the opportunity to run camera-specific photo and video applications, yet enables the various benefits of shooting with a real camera.   
  • Google Play™: The S800c provides access to a vast world of applications for games, productivity and personal communication/ email, including Nikon’s photo storage and sharing site, my Picturetown®. Users are also able to watch video downloaded from Google Play right on their camera.
  • The Benefits of COOLPIX Camera Technology : With the EXPEED C2 processing engine, users will enjoy rapid response and speedy performance from their device. Additional benefits include the ability to use a camera flash to illuminate subjects, while continuous drive mode captures up to approximately 8 frames-per-second (up to three shots) to help ensure no moment will be missed. What’s more, a variety of scene modes and creative filters keep it fresh and let the user easily create stunning images.
  • Full HD Video: The S800c makes it easy to capture Full HD 1080p HD video with amazing fidelity and sharpness, with full stereo sound.  Video clips can be instantly uploaded to popular video sites such as YouTube™ and Vimeo®.
  • Built in GPS: Ever wanted to track a weekend excursion or geo-tag a hard to find shooting spot? The GPS function enables recording of shooting location information on stills and movies.

Easy Settings, Easy Connection, Instant Gratification
Smartphone and tablet users will feel at home with the S800c’s familiar controls and operation, and will be able to easily navigate using the wide and bright 3.5-inch touchscreen OLED monitor.  The camera will connect to the internet via granted access to any Wi-Fi network. Upon connection, the user will be prompted through an easy-to-understand set-up process, similar to that of other Android devices. The COOLPIX S800c also has the ability to connect through WPS for a fast and secure push-button connection.  Additionally, when a Wi-Fi connection is not open or available, the camera can transmit images and videos wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet, allowing the user to share better images through a mobile network. 

COOLPIX core technologies also make it easy for users to create share-worthy images. Various camera modes help the user achieve the greatest shot, whether it’s a macro shot of tonight’s cuisine or a scenic HDR shot of downtown, the image is instantly ready to share. For maximum creativity, the S800c has 18 filter effects, including the new Toy Camera effect, Pop and Super Vivid color filters, as well as Cross Process and Peripheral Darkening filters.

Nikon Coolpix S800c specifications

Price
MSRPSuggested retail price : $349.95
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorExpeed C2
Image
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatUnknown
File format
  • JPEG EXIF 2.3
  • DPOF compliant
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–250 mm
Optical zoom10×
Maximum apertureF3.2 - F5.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range10 cm (3.94)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.5
Screen dots819,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeOLED panel with Anti-reflection coating
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed Auto
Scene modes
  • Back Light
  • Beach
  • Black and White Copy
  • Close Up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Easy Panorama
  • Fireworks Show
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Snow
  • Sports
  • Sunset
Built-in flashYes (5.6m)
External flashNo
Drive modes
  • Best Shot Selector
  • Continuous H
  • Continuous H 60
  • Continuous H 120
  • Continuous L
  • Multi-shot 16
  • Single
Continuous drive8 fps
Self-timerYes (10 or 2 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
AE Bracketing±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC
Storage included1.7 GB
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless noteswith built-in Android OS
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion & charger included
Battery Life (CIPA)140
Weight (inc. batteries)184 g (0.41 lb / 6.49 oz)
Dimensions111 x 60 x 27 mm (4.37 x 2.36 x 1.06)
Other features
GPSBuiltIn

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Comments

Total comments: 224
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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Aug 22, 2012)

OMG this is it! I'm soooooooo selling all my equipment and buying this baby. There are times in life a man has to learn to go with the tide. This is the answer to all my prayers, a dream come true! What I most want from life is to share pictures of my cat with people I never met but call them 'friends' because they asked me to on Facebook. And now I can do it with a super-hyper-mega stabilized zoom and in real time; I can even use Goooooooooogle apps and play games with it. All that's missing is a GSM module, but I'm sure Firmware 2.0 will bring it.
Life is worth living.

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
5 upvotes
OneGuy
By OneGuy (Aug 22, 2012)

Cameras and phones are merging (read smashing) together. This is "the same" case as when 15 years ago we didn't know if we were gonna have a PC w/ TV or a TV w/ PC. At the time it was simplex (TV) going duplex (2-way) or PC dramatically increasing the bandwidth to absorb TV. I think PCs won, partially because of YouTube being able to put a personal spin on "TV."

Zo, professors, place your bets. Oh, don't forget you don't need them voice carriers to do voice. WiFi could be a cooler hotspot.

You also want to read a comment by Wisniewski below. He's got his head screwed on right.

If Nikon is an ivory tower, it also looks they can keep their ear close to the ground.

0 upvotes
Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Aug 22, 2012)

Don't mess things.
Computer won because whole assumption of TV and other limited devices being capable to taking it over was seriously sick.
PC is perfectly capable to showing any multimedia/content without problems while TV and other limited boxes with wonky user interfaces were then and are still bad fit to do jobs of PC.

Again even if it works well enough for auto-everything mode point&shooting Joe Average Consumers smartphone isn't platform capable to offering full functionality of dedicated camera.

Comment edited 22 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Beestripe
By Beestripe (Aug 22, 2012)

How can it be like a 'smartphone' if it's not a phone? Just saying.

4 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Aug 22, 2012)

It's a stupidphone.

2 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Aug 22, 2012)

You can thank Samsuck for this, they label everything as "SMART" so stupid people think they are buying something good

Comment edited 57 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
Professor999
By Professor999 (Aug 22, 2012)

Happy shopping then.

Comment edited 34 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Aug 23, 2012)

@ Professor999 right back at you Samsuck fan, ready for round 2?

0 upvotes
Professor999
By Professor999 (Aug 23, 2012)

Hope you enjoyed your break.

Just back from shooting with my Nex 5N and EM5 actually.

That's because I'm not blinkered, not a hater, and will use the kit that works for the occasion and not blindly follow one brand and hate another.

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Aug 22, 2012)

What is the focal ratio for the lens on this camera?

0 upvotes
edu T
By edu T (Aug 22, 2012)

If you mean the factor to get the 35 mm-equivalent focal length from the actual FL... it's 5.6x. (4.5-45 physical, 25-200 eq.)
(However, what determines this so-called "crop factor" is the sensor diagonal, not a particular lens or camera.)

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Aug 22, 2012)

I really wish they would put a phone in my camera. I use bluetooth hands free so the ergonomics of the phone really don't matter much to me.

I really want an interchangeable lens phone.

Comment edited 43 seconds after posting
3 upvotes
ScarletVarlet
By ScarletVarlet (Aug 22, 2012)

This isn't so much a mobile device with a camera as a camera as a mobile device. Nicely done.

2 upvotes
iAPX
By iAPX (Aug 22, 2012)

If you are putting $350 on wifi+gps pocket camera, there are chances you already have a smartphone, a much more capable smartphone for whatever you do, except taking pictures and videos...

Put it the other way, did you need 16MP to share pictures on facebook, twitter, 500px or others?!?

0 upvotes
ScarletVarlet
By ScarletVarlet (Aug 22, 2012)

Yes, you probably did, especially if you are fed up with your options with mobile phone cameras. This isn't going to be for everyone, but it will certainly appeal to those who want a better mobile camera.

1 upvote
philo123
By philo123 (Aug 22, 2012)

This is the camera version of Sony's PS Vita......just completely missing the current tech market. It'll be selling for half this price in 3 months and still prove difficult to shift from dealers shelves.

3 upvotes
RedMangrove
By RedMangrove (Aug 22, 2012)

why does everyone want to call people with their camera?

0 upvotes
Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Aug 22, 2012)

Because people want to carry just one device. It's what killed the PDA market, and is starting to erode the nav market and the market for small gaming devices. It's why Swiss Army knives have sold so well for so long, and why Leatherman tool knockoffs abound.

It's what killed the camcorder market. Maybe the P&S cameras couldn't do video quite as well as a dedicated camcorder, but a vacationer wants to carry one device, not two; one charger, not two; one kind of media, not two; one case, not two...

The bigger question is, why did you even need to as that?

We'll defer for another day the fact that the S800c doesn't have GSM or CMDA transceivers and can't actually make a phone call.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
7 upvotes
Mika Y.
By Mika Y. (Aug 22, 2012)

Having an all-in-one device is a nice idea and I don't really have anything against it, but it seems to me that the ergonomics of this camera (or pretty much any P&S camera) would be rather horrible when used as a phone.

A smartphone with a camera is not that great from ergonomics POV when used as a camera, but it seems to me that it's still a better compromise than making a (P&S) camera-shaped phone...

0 upvotes
BorisK1
By BorisK1 (Aug 22, 2012)

> We'll defer for another day the fact that the S800c doesn't have GSM or CMDA transceivers and can't actually make a phone call.

Skype? Google talk? VOIP?

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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BorisK1
By BorisK1 (Aug 22, 2012)

> but it seems to me that the ergonomics of this camera (or pretty much any P&S camera) would be rather horrible when used as a phone
What ergonomics? Modern phones are just rectangular bricks with a screen, that you hold to your head to make calls. As a phone, this one looks like it would be quite comfortable to hold.
When used as a mini-tablet, as long as you hold it by the thick end, it should be okay too. I guess landscape could be a bit tricky...

1 upvote
Mika Y.
By Mika Y. (Aug 22, 2012)

Regarding the ergonomics, it would of course depend of the particular P&S, but in case of this one, it looks like the camera has a quite thick bulge housing the optics, even if the lens itself appears to retract inside the body and there seems to also be a slightly protruding metal clip for a carry-on strap(?) which might feel quite uncomfortable against the user's face if the camera would be carelessly put on one's cheek while using as a phone.

I'm not saying it would be completely unusuable as a phone due to the ergonomics, I'm just thinking that most current smartphones would likely feel more comfortable. But who knows, the designers may come up with something that actually is a reasonable compromise for both puposes.

0 upvotes
BorisK1
By BorisK1 (Aug 22, 2012)

Never mind, you're right.
I just looked at the images - apparently, the (only?) microphone is on the front. That would indeed make it uncomfortable to use as a phone. Now that I think about it, that microphone is probably optimized for movie-recording, so you'd need to hold the camera in front of you, like you would a radio [edit: I mean, walkie-talkie radio].
Yup, using this thing as a phone wouldn't work very well.

Comment edited 9 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Aug 22, 2012)

@BorisK1 - try to skype or google talk on the WiFi out in the bush ... or even in a town.

1 upvote
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Aug 22, 2012)

About time!

I assume it can play MP3 and video too using Android applications, if Nikon does supply them.

Let's see what Samsung can do next. It is already an Android phone and mobile device maker. The small P&S market will disappear as phones get better cameras in them.

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3 upvotes
Camphoneguy
By Camphoneguy (Aug 22, 2012)

Not mentioning an MP3 player? I think they're missing out on that- makes a ipod the way to go instead- if they'd add a zoom lens.

0 upvotes
gl2k
By gl2k (Aug 22, 2012)

Nikon wants to surprise the market. Mission accomplished.
I was very surprised to see a totally outdated version of Android (2.3) on a brand new device.

2 upvotes
whyamihere
By whyamihere (Aug 22, 2012)

Mind you, there's some serious hardware requirements to make the most current Android version work, and cameras aren't subsidized by wireless carriers. Nikon probably realized nobody in their right mind would buy a $650 camera with these specs just to have Android 4.0.

5 upvotes
zonoskar
By zonoskar (Aug 22, 2012)

ICS and JB will run on any device that can run GB and without lags or stuttering too. It's the phone companies that want you to believe they don't, otherwise they might be pressured to update phones they really want you to abandon and buy new ones.

1 upvote
fz750
By fz750 (Aug 22, 2012)

There are a number of new devices with Android 2.3 (Samsung S6802 for example). I guess the HW reqts are too high...

Comment edited 16 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Aug 22, 2012)

Don't get caught up in the numbers. What's exactly about the latest Android 4.1 that you don't get with 2.3? And among them, which feature really matters to photography? I bet most Android phone users can't name even one. Here are some quick history about Android versions:

Android 2.3 - What comes with this camera
Android 3.0 - for tablet
Android 4.0 - merge phone with tablet into one version
Android 4.1 - more "fluid" user interface

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Morris Trichon
By Morris Trichon (Aug 23, 2012)

Is there an Apple-Nkon in the future. It is a matter of time based on the sales of small camera and the increase of phones with built in cameras It is a matter of time this nikon or samsung will have a phone system integrated intoa small pocket camera. Actually makes sense except for who will have their name onthe device - The camera co or the Phone co or one of the companies that already makes both

0 upvotes
MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (Aug 22, 2012)

Actually, running a top end DSLR or mirrorless on Android would make a lot more sense. Huge potential for customisation by the open source community, and potentially, an end to interfaces that some don't like. IE, user could customise the interface using Android 'skins'. Low end phones like this don't need this, but pros love to customise their toys.

1 upvote
whyamihere
By whyamihere (Aug 22, 2012)

Pros probably don't refer to their cameras as 'toys' and probably don't have time to waste on buggy custom Android ROMs. Add to that, there's little in a pro DSLR that would benefit from Android OS. Perhaps a consumer mirrorless would see some benefit, but not any of the top tier models.

0 upvotes
Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Aug 22, 2012)

Serious photographers want TOOL which does its job reliably and not portable game console.

Potential for problems is huge here.
All the stability, slow down and power hogging problems of PCs and smartphones comes with offering full blown OS and random source buggy code (not all bugs cause noticeable catastrophic problem) running on top of it.
You can't just pick best parts, you'll get whole load with associated problems.

And with wireless connectivity risk of malware becomes real when there's enough of these devices.
Though malware watermarking every picture with spam would be improvement from Instacrap effects.

I'll prefer to keep cameras free from need to waste HW resources and battery to anti-virus.
If necessary all that extra software should be run on separate device with camera in tethered mode giving you still functional camera if software just keeps crashing/eating battery empty.

1 upvote
JensR
By JensR (Aug 22, 2012)

I completely agree with you (toys and tools, I would say ;) ) - but at the same time, I think it's not realistic: I just don't think manufacturers are ready to embrace open-source user-interfaces, let alone open-source functions.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 22, 2012)

But if you can update it with the 3rd party software, how Nikon and Canon will sell you a new one? If you noticed, most updates in those "every year a new model" cameras are in software...

0 upvotes
Cipher
By Cipher (Aug 22, 2012)

Innovation from Nikon...what a strange concept!

2 upvotes
magneto shot
By magneto shot (Aug 22, 2012)

finally, i can expect to see photos in instagram that actaully has good quality instead of the craps coming out of the existing phone-cams and ipads that is hidden by the filters

3 upvotes
FRANCISCO ARAGAO
By FRANCISCO ARAGAO (Aug 22, 2012)

if it had a phone it would be a killer device
hello, samsung, anybody there??

1 upvote
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Aug 22, 2012)

If it had a phone, it would kill iphone too!
Let's wait for the 2nd generation product; or simply wait for the similar product from Canon, with a phone.

0 upvotes
meanwhile
By meanwhile (Aug 22, 2012)

It's already out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIRBxRlsYR0

0 upvotes
jsis
By jsis (Aug 23, 2012)

Anycall phones from Korea, guess who manufactures them. In fact, they've been out more than 5 years ago.

0 upvotes
Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Aug 22, 2012)

Hope for cellular version.

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rondhamalam
By rondhamalam (Aug 22, 2012)

Brilliant move. This will be the best selling camera.
Android is everywhere.
The ability to install apps from Google Play is the selling point.
4GB internal memory and 64GB external memory card is huge.

Basically it's a computer with decent camera.

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SUPERHOKIE
By SUPERHOKIE (Aug 22, 2012)

Another pathetic point and shoot from nikon.

0 upvotes
tinternaut
By tinternaut (Aug 22, 2012)

I'm surprised. I expected Samsung to be first to market with this. Now, give us this in a CSC with built in 3G/GPS and All Share compatibility (oh, and Jelly Bean please so Google Now can point out nearby places of photographic interest).

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rondhamalam
By rondhamalam (Aug 22, 2012)

I am guessing that this camera uses Samsung chips, as what Apple iPhone and iPad do.

0 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Aug 22, 2012)

Let's hope it does not use a Samsuck sensor, but hey Nikon is not that stupid.

0 upvotes
Professor999
By Professor999 (Aug 22, 2012)

Cue the hater.

0 upvotes
jtan163
By jtan163 (Aug 22, 2012)

I'd prefer it with a phone, and it may not be the latest OS, but it is presumably as easy to program as any other Android device and as such will make a good toy for my inner geek.

I'm gettin'g one.

Until now I've had no interest in compact cameras - at least nothing more compact than my EM5.
But I think that a combination of programability and comms will be fun.

I wonder if it has accelerometers.

IMO the things it needs to be near perfect are:
- phone (for f*^&s sake!!)
- most recent Android version
- water resistance to at least 3m
- accelerometers

That's it.

Well probably more memory - but what mobile device does not need more memory these days?

1 upvote
Prognathous
By Prognathous (Aug 22, 2012)

If I still need to carry my phone, then what's the point?

Non-Android P&S cameras are already capable as they are. Their main limitations don't have to do with the OS that powers them, but more with their typically limited hardware and physical attributes (small sensor, slow lens, small grip, small battery, small physical buttons).

Wake me up when a new P&S camera can actually replace *both* my current P&S and my current smartphone.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Aug 22, 2012)

Absolutely agreed. Think of the RX100 with a phone in it... that'd be some serious converged device!

3 upvotes
meanwhile
By meanwhile (Aug 22, 2012)

Exactly. There is a space here for such a device. S100/RX100 size and quality, with a phone.

1 upvote
BorisK1
By BorisK1 (Aug 22, 2012)

I wonder if it can be used as a handset with one of those GSM watches. Nikon specs don't mention bluetooth though, so it's probably out:

http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Compact-Digital-Cameras/26356/COOLPIX-S800c.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

Edit: Never mind, according to Nikon Europe, there's Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR support, so it might be polssible to couple this as a handset with a dumb GSM device.
http://www.europe-nikon.com/en_GB/product/digital-cameras/coolpix/style/coolpix-s800c

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Simelane
By Simelane (Aug 22, 2012)

Camera makers must focus on making better cameras. I don't want an iPod Touch (or whatever the Android equivalent is) with better optics tacked onto it... I want my camera to play well with my existing app device... be that an Android/iOS phone or tablet or iPod Touch.

It's one thing to pick up my tablet or other device to find that the battery has run down and I cannot edit or upload my pics or video to my favourite web site... its quite another to pick up my "refrigerator / toaster" hybrid (that is what Tim Cook called devices that try to be everything to everyone at once) only to find the battery flat because it has been downloading or running some game in the background.

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Gkpm
By Gkpm (Aug 22, 2012)

Exactly, devices like this are gimmicks, it still needs a phone to connect from everywhere so it means users need to keep two devices and sets of apps up to date.

Now in 1 or 2 years updated apps won't support Android 2.2, what good will it be then? Will Nikon really update this to 4.0? I doubt it.
They'll just make you buy another camera, it's built in obsolesce.

Nikon could simply add decent WiFi to their cameras. Let our existing phones/tablets/computers connect to it and run your apps there on the phone, with its nice screen, performance and connectivity.

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duartix
By duartix (Aug 22, 2012)

It was about FREAKING TIME!!!
Now let's get this one up the chain (CSC).

Decent and efficient interfaces for everyone, focus peaking, advanced timelapsing, RAW HDR, event triggered photography, the end to ridicule bitrate hacking, I could go on for quite a while...

Now, we're goint to need some extra juice! USB charging please!!!

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Gkpm
By Gkpm (Aug 22, 2012)

You really believe Nikon will give you access to the lower level hardware from Android to do as you please?

I bet the camera app works through very limited and closed device drivers.

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duartix
By duartix (Aug 22, 2012)

If it's running Android I think it can't be otherwise as far as sw is concerned...
They'd stupid to lock it too because that's the camera's best selling point.

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paolopan83
By paolopan83 (Aug 22, 2012)

Cool, but price is too high

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Nuno Souto
By Nuno Souto (Aug 22, 2012)

I think I'm gonna fall asleeZZZZZZZ....

1 upvote
the mono eye
By the mono eye (Aug 22, 2012)

Well, at least this model seems more appealing than the Coolpix S01...

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Eiffel
By Eiffel (Aug 22, 2012)

While the photographic hardware is underwhelming, it is still better than what one finds on any other android powered phone.

Given the open nature of the OS, this will give unprecedented potential for customization and new functionality (raw modes, usable bracketting for exposure/flash or possibly focus, image tagging, time lapsing, and, no doubt, many silly new modes), as well as fixes to issues manufacturer conveniently ignore. Hopefully this is the first of a long line of proper cameras with usable interfaces.

I hope DSLRs will move to the Android plaform in the near future, which would provide a way around the quircks and manufacturer imposed limitations of current firmwares

9 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Aug 22, 2012)

This comment deserves 16ML (mega likes).
I'm giving it the first one.

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0 upvotes
the mono eye
By the mono eye (Aug 22, 2012)

I'm not sure whether DSLR should move to android or not, but it sure is a good try first through the launch of android consumer compact and see the possible potential

0 upvotes
oysso
By oysso (Aug 22, 2012)

The first ever camera to be virus infected.......

5 upvotes
BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Aug 22, 2012)

WTF!!! Why not just sell your lens glass to Android and get it over and done with...

1 upvote
Justin Francis
By Justin Francis (Aug 22, 2012)

This is evidence that the compact camera is in its last throes of death. The iphone 5 and their like will see to that.

0 upvotes
raizans
By raizans (Aug 22, 2012)

*facepalm*

nikon, nikon, nikon...

why don't you just do what thom hogan says?

0 upvotes
jtan163
By jtan163 (Aug 22, 2012)

Surely this is close?
Ok it does not have a phone, but presumably you can talk to your phone via wireless.
You can program the hell out of it - and if you can't someone else will. In fact, given the relatively open nature of Android, Thom could probably start an open source project for it.
Actually that's a damn good idea, I'm off to Sans Mirror to suggest it.

0 upvotes
ashwins
By ashwins (Aug 22, 2012)

I think raizans, that Thom has seen how "dinosaurs" the top Nikon executives are and he's hoping to prove wrong the saying "old dogs can't learn new tricks".

0 upvotes
ngollan
By ngollan (Aug 22, 2012)

This is, by and large, totally stupid.

Shipping a massively outdated version of the base operating system with a new device pretty much means that even your camera becomes a security nightmare in your pocket. Add to that the notoriously poor update morale of Android vendors (and possibly camera users), and what you end up with is yet another tech gizmo that will eventually be an easy vector for all kinds of malware.

How to get "into" the camera you ask? How about barcode scanning and processing capabilities that will inevitably end up directing the user to browse "bad" web content on their now fully connected device?

The only saving grace is that it's not a phone, and thus cannot send premium text messages.

0 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Aug 22, 2012)

Sony Nex with Android, please!

3 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Aug 22, 2012)

No wait, scratch that, Sony RX100 with Android! Dream P&S!

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6 upvotes
Anfernee Cheang
By Anfernee Cheang (Aug 22, 2012)

Now it's time to google "one step root for Nikon S800c"... LOL

1 upvote
b534202
By b534202 (Aug 22, 2012)

All I see are specs and specs. But making a camera like this without including an app that can WOW the consumers is just dumb. Are they seriously waiting for a 3rd party to provide some apps to sell this camera?

0 upvotes
Roger Knight
By Roger Knight (Aug 22, 2012)

I can not see it being anywhere near as good as the superb Nokia Pure-View because I am probably too picky about image quality. Tiny sensors are not for me.

1 upvote
Octane
By Octane (Aug 22, 2012)

Yes a 10 optical zoom lens is totally useless LOL

1 upvote
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Aug 22, 2012)

"Yes a 10 optical zoom lens is totally useless LOL"

If you do need zoom, you get this one. If you don't need it because you've always taken most or all of your past shot at the widest setting of your zoom, you get the - at that zoom level - vastly superior 808.

This is this simple.

1 upvote
Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Aug 22, 2012)

Roger, try to be as picky also about marketing.
If compacts had 5MP sensor they would give surely at least equally good output, and with todays tech probably noticeably better DR which depends on quality of signal given by pixels, which is quite strongly related to their size.

0 upvotes
Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Aug 22, 2012)

Good to the pocket. But I prefer a good compact like the Panasonic Lumix TZ cameras, but it is a good idea to implement Android.

1 upvote
Mika Y.
By Mika Y. (Aug 22, 2012)

Even though this is not really a product I'm interested to purchase myself (I'm more a DSLR guy), it's neat that dedicated cameras might finally be taking steps to become more open for additional functionality provided by 3rd parties. Sure, there have been (and are) projects like Magic Lantern, CHDK etc, but they're not really something that majority of people have heard about and are somewhat 'raw' from a random end-user's perspective.

Sure, most of the additional applications will be useless, silly toys or of poor quality, but there'll also be some genuinely useful pieces of software.

0 upvotes
spacelounge
By spacelounge (Aug 22, 2012)

I predicted several months ago that Ricoh would come out with an Android-based super-compact camera, essentially like the PX camera, but with wifi and all the good things that the OS brings.
I already use an Eye-fi card in my GRD4together with my android phone but its just in the wait for something better.
Hopefully Ricoh will make the first super compact that is professional-grade in its controls and usage, just like the GR series, and also integrate with Android OS for connectivity. I also hope that the lens will be non-extending like the PX.

0 upvotes
K_Photo_Teach
By K_Photo_Teach (Aug 22, 2012)

This allows photography to become like live tv - it will even have an impact on coverage of things like wars something similar what happened with twitter and facebook during the Arab spring

2 upvotes
lwillis108
By lwillis108 (Aug 22, 2012)

Heres the promo video in Japanese from nikon.
http://www.nikon-image.com/products/camera/compact/coolpix/style/s800c/index.htm

Super weak promo, despite the seemingly huge impact it would have as a new typology for cameras. kinda makes you think they really only did it as an add-on for lameo facebook or instant upload. they accidentally created an entire new genre and evolution for the camera without really thinking about the infinite possibilities it just opened up.

0 upvotes
kff
By kff (Aug 22, 2012)

The time is for ICS and JB !!!

This size is so good for my pocket, but I have Ricoh GR IV and Xperia Pro ... and so interesting camera concept, but it has many competitors in the Android devices ... Better would be 7'' - 10'' screen for my bag and mainly for taking pictures ...

Nikon V1i or D5200i with electronics for Android would be better ...

The best will be a modular system such as Asus Padfone with posibility selection interchangable camera system from simply phone camera to e.g. Ricoh GXR modules ... maybe will make it Google with his partner from camera business !!!

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Brad Morris
By Brad Morris (Aug 22, 2012)

I wonder how long it will take Apple to sue Nikon for Patent infringements?

3 upvotes
fz750
By fz750 (Aug 22, 2012)

Some of the patents that the US patent office has awarded apple (e.g. multi-point camera focusing system for multitouch-equipped devices) are just plain ludicrous, so I imagine it's not long...

1 upvote
Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Aug 22, 2012)

Third Android phone announcement. But unlike the polaroid SC1630 or Agio A8, this one is probably going to make it. I knew there was a reason I downloaded that Android SDK. This is going to be fun.

3 upvotes
mikmach
By mikmach (Aug 22, 2012)

Interesting choice of words 'first camera to *openly* use Android'. So, which cameras use green robot in hidden way?

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Aug 22, 2012)

Who knows? And that's the point - we know the chips exist and that some devices are using it in the background, so it's quite possible some of those devices are cameras.

0 upvotes
tjobbe
By tjobbe (Aug 22, 2012)

when you log into the WiFI Access Point of a Samsung camera, it shows "traces of Android" in it

0 upvotes
jj74e
By jj74e (Aug 22, 2012)

well the merge of phone and compacts is finally happening this year.

too bad they still will have to rely on being at a wireless hotspot, will have much worse battery life than most phones (140 shots on this one? I don't know how that translates to call time, but I'm guessing your camera won't last very long if you're shooting, editing, downloading and playing games on it).

Honestly, I don't think going Android is the answer. It's nice to see companies finally doing something to try to revive the compact market (instead of perpetually adding on more crappy scene modes and zoom), but honestly, people have their phones on them all the time now. You don't need the whole Android market on your camera. You just need to develop a UI that offers customization, connectivity, and photo-centric abilities. Why don't camera companies develop these themselves?

Make the camera more personal, more open, and quick-edit capable/fun; don't try to make it a clunkycell

But at least Google is happy ;)

2 upvotes
Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (Aug 22, 2012)

If the camera manufacturers were to build such a platform, they would then have to go and court third-party developers themselves, something which they have little to no experience. Android is a popular, mature, and open platform that exposes the S800c to a wealth of already developed applications, with the potential to do much more given the real photographic hardware.

3 upvotes
dara2
By dara2 (Aug 22, 2012)

"too bad they still will have to rely on being at a wireless hotspot"

Don't you have another Android phone that you can turrn to be hot spot (Mobile access point)?

2 upvotes
Blaufeld
By Blaufeld (Aug 22, 2012)

More personal and open? Enter the 21st century: last month I've downloaded a free Android app in beta stage, Akooma, that with a simple graphic interface let me program simple "if-then" application.
In five minutes I created an app that, as soon as I am in range of my home wifi spot, it uploads the images I took with my Galaxy S3 in a backup folder of my PC.
Wait for the "other OS" to let you do that... ;)

2 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Aug 22, 2012)

An awesome addition to compact cameras!

1 upvote
Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 22, 2012)

Well it will be interesting to see where these trends lead, at the very least! Revolutionary times, we are in.

1 upvote
techmine
By techmine (Aug 22, 2012)

Making cameras smarter is a smart move!

1 upvote
Birch_Tree
By Birch_Tree (Aug 22, 2012)

I always thought Android was a resource hungry operating system. Which would mean battery life, Performance or bulk would suffer. Probably better operating systems out there to use in a camera.

0 upvotes
yslee1
By yslee1 (Aug 22, 2012)

Android doesn't have any kinds of restriction on data traffic, so it can eat through battery life. Since this has no 3G, it'll be better for battery life.

0 upvotes
Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Aug 22, 2012)

It's really pretty efficient. Where did you grt the idea it wasn't ? That's just frutist propaganda.

1 upvote
Birch_Tree
By Birch_Tree (Aug 22, 2012)

The fact that Symbian throws run fine on single core processors clocked at 680mhz while Androids need dual and quad cores clocked at 1.2GHZ to achieve comparable performance. Or power consumption, Nokia 808 540hr on standby compared with 300h for Samsung Galaxy S III I747.

2 upvotes
jgardia
By jgardia (Aug 22, 2012)

My Samsung Galaxy S (single core 1ghz) runs ICS perfectly well. My wife's HTC Legend (single core 600mhz) is a bit slow, but perfectly usable.

0 upvotes
Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Aug 22, 2012)

@Birch_Tree, you might want to look up what a "fact" is.

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