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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:


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

MSRPSuggested retail price : $349.95
Body type
Body typeCompact
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
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
  • 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
Storage typesSD/SDHC
Storage included1.7 GB
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
Wireless noteswith built-in Android OS
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

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Total comments: 224
By nmeuncn (Feb 19, 2013)

Can I directly upload pictures to my laptop through WiFi?

By Kodachrome200 (Aug 30, 2012)

I find this a little odd. Android is an OS for doing everything and the camera is a piece of hardware for a specific task. they dont seem to go together. I dont need to be able to play angry birds on my camera. Now if it replaced a mobile phone I would kind of get it. similar to the pureview. I wonder if a camera with wifi and some software for social sharing wouldnt be more logical

By GPSPhotography (Aug 30, 2012)

Has Nikon just revolutionized the compact camera with the new Android based S800c? Share your VOTE with us and see if others agree with you.​app_264801563554262

By bluevaping (Aug 29, 2012)

Android fragmentation is at high! They forgot the phone and headphone jack. Haha, well at least the headphone jack. If you plan on getting this don't forget a spare battery.

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By 1shot (Aug 26, 2012)

Yea, now I can buy a camera that crashes and freezes at the most inopportune times and just generally sucks.

Dumb Nikon sheep!

Lionel Lam
By Lionel Lam (Aug 27, 2012)

Lets hope not. I guess this version of android will be optimized for use in the camera. On the bright side, at least there will be tonnes of photo-manipulation apps on Google Play. I could forgive the very occasional freezing for the flexibility that android offers.

By Blaufeld (Aug 27, 2012)

@1Shot: You clearly have not the slightest idea of how much advanced Android OS is.

Gareth L
By Gareth L (Aug 25, 2012)

First glimpse of of the future of cameras. Finally2 years from now there might finally be a new camera worth buying.

By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Aug 27, 2012)

Yeah, like all cameras were bad until Nikon came up wih this...

By dylanbarnhart (Aug 24, 2012)

353 comments to trash a camera that doesn't matter (Pextax X5) but only 214 comments on a camera (Nikon S800c) that marks the beginning of a revolution.

History repeats itself. Nobody remembers who made the first Digital SLR (Kodak DCS 100). And few people cared about the first Full Frame DSLR (Canon 5D) when it was first introduced.

It takes a long time to realize how big this is.

By harry (Aug 24, 2012)

Has anyone tried to share or upload pictures through Android/WiFi? So far, Android is not designed (nor useful apps) to upload lots of pictures (especially original sizes) easily through the net. I hope eventually the user interface would be flexible enough such that I could hook up something like S800c directly to a portable external harddrive (need to solve the power issue first), bluetooth capability(?), and seamless upload (in the background) to the "cloud storage" whenever WiFi is available. Imagine a day when you could program something like S800c to automatically upload/save the pictures to your clouds (whether home-based or by commercial vendors)?!

By TacticDesigns (Aug 25, 2012)

This technology actually exists. Check out the Eye-fi. This generation of putting the Wi-Fi into the camera, instead of the SD Card is just the next step. Now the next step is to build on this to make the programs even more powerful, easy to use and more creative in their vision.

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Scott McClarin
By Scott McClarin (Aug 23, 2012)

Leica lookalike view frame and Facebook, Flickr coolpix Apps here we come and you can Brouse E-mails and web pages? how about e-books?
I wonder what Nikon would think of a slip on Leica Lookalike camera skin! things are quickly changing in the fancy pocket gadget tech camera sector.
please make the update version capable of manual controls with an image tag indicating that it was shot fully manual showing Exif data*. I like the idea that it isnt a phone for a vacation item, but that I could still update FB if I wanted to without a laptop or a Tablet. Coolpix Just got Cooler! A phone version might be much larger and 2x more expensive. so who wants a 500.00+ US Android phone for the additional 8MP that now comes with a Data Plan expense? It doesnt make sense really to do that. Wifi is Free in most major cities stick with that plan.

By Timmbits (Aug 23, 2012)

I can't wait for them to come out with android toasters too!

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By CAcreeks (Aug 24, 2012)

If you really want this, a Talkie Toaster app is available for Android, inspired by Red Dwarf. Not sure that it can produce grilled bread products, but it certainly talks.

By dylanbarnhart (Aug 24, 2012)

It's certainly coming. Last CES show, Samsung already introduced a "Connected washer":,3253,l%253D292323%2526a%253D292323%2526po%253D67,00.asp?p=n

By Deliverator (Aug 23, 2012)

If Nikon produces it as an unlocked cell phone in the next product cycle, they will have created the ultimate travel zoom. They won't be able to keep them on the shelves.

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By Michal59 (Aug 23, 2012)

It shouldn't take time and we'll see a mobile inside as a bonus :)

By ianz28 (Aug 23, 2012)

Wonderful development and another game changing Nikon innovation.

This has been a long time coming and everyone should get used to it. Just like video functionality - over the next couple of years every camera maker will have "smart" cameras. And, in time even DSLRs will incorporate mobile operating systems.

Merging technologies that will "eventually" improve photographic creativity and capabilities.....exciting times.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 23, 2012)

Nothing new here.

By ianz28 (Aug 23, 2012)

based on your posting history there is "nothing new" with you making pointless statements either.

By jsis (Aug 24, 2012)

Have you been living under a rock? Samsung in Korea has done this many times before, dating back to more than 5 years ago. One of the models was the Samsung SCH-W880.

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By MarkInSF (Aug 26, 2012)

I looked up that Samsung and found a phonecamera. The news here is that this new camera runs Android. It isn't a phonecamera, it's a smartcamera, and that is newsworthy (if overdue.) The ability to run apps on a camera is more interesting than the ability to make phone calls on it, or even just to upload pictures via wi-fi, something quite a few cameras can do.

I suspect camera makers find this a bit scary, since much of the hardware for compact cameras is cheap and readily available. Much of the value of specific compact cameras has been in the firmware and the features implemented therein. Android as a camera OS lets third parties add powerful features that rival what the camera makers offer. I'm surprised this came from Nikon (though Canon would have surprised me more.) I would have expected it from Samsung or Sony first.

By qwertyasdf (Aug 23, 2012)

This is the FUTURE!
at the mean time, beta testers are welcomed!!!

Eric Peltzer
By Eric Peltzer (Aug 23, 2012)

Wow - almost no one gets that this is a groundbreaking fusion of decent camera plus computer with all that entails. Connectedness is only the beginning, you've got the possibility to join with all kinds of existing camera control and imaging software, and once this becomes more common there will be a lot of new software. Completely configurable and remote controlled interval shutter, for example, or HDR or Panorama software with a huge range of parameters and options. And instantly upgradeable forever.
This very much needs to happen and is actually long overdue. What we really need though is a more dslr or mirrorless quality camera with Android. Sony NEX? I'll be first in line.

Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Aug 25, 2012)

In principle I agree. I have waited long for programmable cameras. But, it depends on what you can do with the computer.

I have asked if anyone knows - but I dont think I have got any answer yet.

By facedodge (Aug 23, 2012)

It'll be a phone next year.

Mika Y.
By Mika Y. (Aug 23, 2012)

A bit of perspective about 2.3; while it's indeed been initially released a couple of years ago, the various 2.3.x versions (latest was released last September) take still up by far the largest share of various Android platform versions, totaling about 61% of all Android devices in active use:

4.0 and 4.1 have respective estimated shares of 15.8% and 0.8%, so it will still take quite some time before 2.3 is genuinely obsolete.

Sure, 4.0 or 4.1 would be nicer to have on this device (and getting an upgrade to either one of these would definitely be a good thing), but 2.3 is not exactly stone age stuff either. It'll still take some time until a significant portion of applications will require 4.0 or a more recent version of Android, as for now that requirement would rule out about 5 out of 6 devices out there.

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By Timmbits (Aug 23, 2012)

yeah so? when windoze7 was introduced, a similar percentage of PCs were running windoze vista. what's your point?

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Mika Y.
By Mika Y. (Aug 24, 2012)

Well, to use Windows as a comparison, even though it's been quite a while since Vista was released, not that many new applications require W7 to run. A significant amount of new applications even work on the much older XP (the underlying hardware is probably a more likely bottleneck than the OS version).

So, my point is that 2.3/Gingerbread is hardly obsolete in practical sense, and will not be for quite a while, even taking in account the somewhat more rapid release cycles for mobile OSes.

(I'm not saying that having 4.0 instead of 2.3 on the camera wouldn't have been nice, just that I don't think it's as a *that* big problem)

By CAcreeks (Aug 23, 2012)

The iPod Touch doesn't have a phone either, and some people buy it because it doesn't have a phone. This seems rare or non-existent in the Android space, until now. The iPod Touch camera is poor.

Esmee Farquhar
By Esmee Farquhar (Aug 23, 2012)

iPod touch is a "super-iPod". Camera is one of the added features. Nikon is a camera company. I don't expect them to sell what is essentially a phone without the phone. Apple is not a camera company, they are not trying to sell a music player as a camera.

Having Android on a camera does nothing for your photography. You can always use Eye-Fi if you want wireless connectivity.

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By h0tsauce (Aug 23, 2012)

Having android on a camera is great for your photography. A big part of your photography is your workflow after you took the picture. That's why camera phones are popular, you can instantly edit/share you photos bypassing your computer.

By dylanbarnhart (Aug 24, 2012)

"Having Android on a camera does nothing for your photography"
It seems that way now, but wait until when your life is dependent on a certain photography app.

By MarkInSF (Aug 26, 2012)

Almost all current e-readers use Android, and they certainly aren't phones. Not to mention tablets. It has some rough edges, but Android makes sense for running many kinds of devices. Just as Linux is used as an embedded OS in others. A camera is a natural for Android.

By jsis (Aug 23, 2012)

It's missing a phone, which Samsung has done in Korea like 4 years ago??? (SCH-W880 and even before that...)

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By SunflowerFly (Aug 22, 2012)

It was only a matter of time. After using smartphones with the ability download different shooting apps, competing image editing apps (Snapseed), then instantly sharing using a multitude of services from personal web sites, facebook, or printing postcards that are delivered before your vacation is over, uploading for actual prints at the closest quickprint when your 100 miles from home... it is really really hard to go back to uploading to your computer. While the quality of phone cameras is good, there is a huge market for a better camera.

Sadly this is stuck with an ancient version of Android (a common problem). Google finally addressed usability and security in 4.0 and 4.1 respectively.

By micahmedia (Aug 22, 2012)

According to the page on google Play, Skype is available for Android v2.1 on up, which means this should be compatible with it.

...which means yes, this CAN be a phone. Maybe only VOIP with wifi and who knows what battery life will be like, can do.

Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Aug 23, 2012)

Can do - and have is not exactly the same thing. You need WiFi access. Which you probably can fix at home and maybe at work, but probably not on the move. If you dont have a cell phone of course - but then you already have got a phone.

By Combatmedic870 (Aug 22, 2012)

Why do people keep mentioning viruses???

I have been on android since the first droid and i have yet to get a virus....ever...This is with me rooting and ROMing...If you were to get a virus....hard reset? Flash a different rom maybe?

Im pretty sure you would have to install a file that says....THIS IS A VIRUS.

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By Thorbard (Aug 23, 2012)

Generally people get viruses by installing files that say "get this cool functionality" or "get free photos of celebrities"...

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By iAPX (Aug 23, 2012)

The main point with viruses, is that people may have their computer or smartphone plagued by infections without knowing!

The fact that you don't SEE a virus doesn't means you don't HAVE a virus!
Remember the software incorporated in many Android phones that may have tracked your SMS or whatever operation you did with your Android Phone!!! A Malware with backdoor directly on your phone from day 1!

By MarkInSF (Aug 26, 2012)

Anti-virus software is readily available for Android, though viruses haven't been common. Taking pictures is not that complicated compared to all the other things that get done on computers. Somehow I expect this device will work as reliably as the Android phone I'm typing this on. Not perfectly, but acceptably.

By marike6 (Aug 22, 2012)

Samsung releases cameras with proprietary software but web connectivity and this board applauds loudly, hailing them as a "forward thinking company".

Nikon releases a camera with an open source OS and web connectivity and all I read is "where's the phone" and "watch out for viruses".

It reminds me a bit of when Nikon 1 was released everybody complained about "that tiny 1 inch sensor?". And Sony releases the RX100 with a 1 inch sensor and it's hailed as the best P&S ever. (I get the size thing, but having used both a J1 and RX100, I'm not sure the RX100 produces better images than a J1).

By JadedGamer (Aug 23, 2012)

How open source is it really? Only changes to the Linux kernel need to be "given back" (GPL), Nikon are free to customize their particular branch of Android as they see fit. Who will want to flash this baby with a Cyanogen build and lose all camera functions?

By Dachiko007 (Aug 22, 2012)

Finally! Its really nice to see open-source OS to widens its market! I think in the future it will be a big niche - cameras with android. No more weird software restrictions with proprietary firmwares, More freedom to society! %)

By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

And innovation.

By MrPetkus (Aug 22, 2012)

I'm still annoyed there is no phone. It would be such a well rounded device...

By CAcreeks (Aug 22, 2012)

The lack of phone saves about $1000 a year. Personally I find WiFi in more places I go than AT&T cell service - still lacking in Coloma, whitewater capitol of California. I wonder, can we expect image quality similar to the P310?

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By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

But the thing is, now that Nikon has built the platform, it leaves it open for a partnership with a cellphone manufacturer to use this platform along with their cellphone platform to make a phone with a better camera.

Alan Brown
By Alan Brown (Aug 22, 2012)

forgetting the camera specs.. the ability of Nikon to use the words 'Android' in their POS blurb will make it standout in stores.

Because it WILL be familiar to most consumers (from their personal phone experiences) and a passing notion that Nikon is a 'good brand'. I don't think upgrading to ICS will be a concern to many outside of Android nerd world (I include myself as a 'nearly' nerd, here)

I think Nikon know the market out there and it probably isn't anyone here.(i.e. a photographer who cares about noise/IQ etc as opposed to party animal/social networker)

just a thought...

By Zerg2905 (Aug 22, 2012)

Cool. What's next? Canon PowerShots with Windows and/or Mac OS?! CanonBerry?! Cheers! :)

Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Aug 22, 2012)

Hmmmmm ,,, interesting. Waiting for something like this for some time now. But ... i am not really sure what to make of this thing. I dont understand what it can do.

Its a real camera.
It runs Android and have WireLess.
It has GPS.

But - it has no phone/3G. Thats rather strange.

And - what parts of the camera can apps access? What can you do with the camera? Can you control all settings from an app? Can you plug in an app so that the ordinary camera app gets a modified behavior? No interesting info!!! Please DPReview (or someone else) tell us whats possible!!!

By zenit_b (Aug 22, 2012)

just set your smartphone up as a wireless access point and leave it in your pocket. The nikon will then have connectivity just like it does on the home wi-fi... assuming good mobile coverage of course. I'm actually quite keen on this idea since I dont need to buy another sim for the camera ...

By Bill1969 (Aug 23, 2012)

You need to pay $30 monthly fee to activate this, cell phone carriers are not dumb

Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Aug 23, 2012)

@Zenit - so - you are going to carry a camera AND a phone? Yeah --- you have to - as the Nikon thing has no phone. Hmmmm .... so you dont need Android then, only WiFi.

BTW - my smart phone eats batteries when I use it as a WiFi access point.

By mosc (Aug 22, 2012)

I don't understand the negativity. This is the first of it's kind man! Android nerds will buy this just to try their hand at more serious image and video software. Forget stills, this thing is a 250mm 1080p camcorder on a mini-tablet!

A decent chunk of the android market share is a bunch of folks who like tinkering. This is their ideal camera and camcorder. They don't care if it's a 1/2.33" sensor or a 1" sensor, it's priced right to be an extension of the android house. It's really not THAT much more money than any other 10x compact released these days. Certainly none of those are going to have this large a touch screen either.

I think this is an important camera for nikon, one that will sell, and one that will foster better integration of compact cameras and phones/tablets. I add tablets there because their market share is not going away. People keep saying they want this to be a phone but tablets with real cameras is a big revenue opportunity as well WITHOUT data plans.

By mosc (Aug 22, 2012)

The killer app for this product is youtube. You can record a video, upload it, and browse youtube all with an actual camera sensor and meaningful ranged lens. Millions of people are used to doing this on their camera phones already. It's going to become increasingly hard to sell novice users on a more dedicated photographic tool that doesn't feature an equally seamless connection to their facebook, youtube, and photobucket accounts.

Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Aug 22, 2012)

mosc - it does not have mobile Internet access - only WiFi. So - yiu can only browse the internet in a WiFi enabled zone.

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By Bamboojled (Aug 22, 2012)

True Ronal, but most phones nowadays can become a personal hotspot.
So all you have to do is enable the hotspot function on your phone and you have wifi with you at all times.
I think this is going to be a pretty amazing and fun little camera!

By 0lf (Aug 22, 2012)

140 shots per charge. Less than half of the HX20v, and one third the stamina of my nex, and that's cipa standards. With a small sensor, the flash is used more often. With Android and complete multitasking, it will become worse... Beta product.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Aug 22, 2012)

@Olf - and dont you dare to turn on geo tagging!! The GPS unit will eat your batteries!!

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By hud (Aug 22, 2012)

Yup, i can picture it now, installing google talk or groove ip or something, and holding this camera up to the side of my head talking to someone ... on... my... camera...

Don Fraser
By Don Fraser (Aug 22, 2012)

Will this phone be able to download upgrades to the Android OS, such as Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) or Jelly Bean (4.1)?

By peevee1 (Aug 22, 2012)

No, not enough internal memory for that.

By Aperfectpixel (Aug 22, 2012)

Dear DP Review,

In your article you say that the camera has full stereo sound but in the specs list it says it has mono sound. Which one is it?


By justmeMN (Aug 22, 2012)

Who will be the first-unlucky person to download malware to their camera? (grin)

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By Octane (Aug 22, 2012)

Who will be the first person to drop their device and break it?

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By Bamboojled (Aug 22, 2012)

Check out the link... pretty cool!

By Martin_PTA (Aug 22, 2012)

So it's curtains for the Polaroid SC1630! If you snooze you lose!

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By AdrianVB (Aug 22, 2012)

Oh neato. I can get the easy convenience of a point-and-shoot with the privacy-intrusion of having Android on it! Double bonus!

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Brian Church
By Brian Church (Aug 22, 2012)

Once they finally put a phone in this then the point and shoot will truly be dead and we'll be moving towards only camera phones and SLRs which in turn will hopefully drive features like built-in Wi-Fi and GPS into SLRs. I can't wait!

By tkbslc (Aug 22, 2012)

But if the camera makers make phonecameras, then what's the difference. The point and shoot isn't dead, it just grew a phone receiver and apps.

By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

And get the ability to have better pictures on Facebook. [grin]

By MGJA (Aug 22, 2012)

So close. I might get this just to write my own camera apps. But it really should have a phone to become to carry-everywhere device.

Attention, Samsung: we want a Galaxy s3/Ex-1 hybrid. It should be embarrassing that a pure camera company like Nikon beats the worlds largest smartphone maker in this game.

Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Aug 22, 2012)

boring crap.....

By tkbslc (Aug 22, 2012)

Apparently exciting enough for you to click through to the article and comment.

By beaucamera (Aug 22, 2012)

I wonder why Nikon didn't use the Android 4.1 OS, "jelly bean"?
Bringing out a product with "gingerbread" makes it obsolete at introduction.

By tkbslc (Aug 22, 2012)

It probably has a weak CPU. Besided, most camera apps (presumably the main use of android on this camera) can run on 2.3 just fine.

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By MarkInSF (Aug 22, 2012)

From what my Google contacts tell me, ICS and Jelly Bean are more efficiently coded than Gingerbread and work just fine on older processors. I suspect insufficient memory is the problem. Or Nikon started working on this a while back and didn't want to dedicate engineering time to making ICS or JB work. I think they're just testing the water with this modest model.

By fastlass (Aug 22, 2012)

This is probably more about optimizing their embedded-to-UI tool chain and maybe a touch of cross promotion rather than an avalanche of features for the consumer. You might think it means they can update or offer fixes and new features more quickly, but the truth is that it's not hard to offer a firmware update as it is.

I often wondered why doesn't every single camera have upload-to-facebook/flickr feature right now. Going android means the time to market to implement such a must-have feature, with a large portion of the development and API stuff done, is quick.

I wouldn't be surprised if in 2 or 3 years all of Nikon's camera use Android. It's just cheaper and faster to do things that way. I think you need to look at this news as Nikon changing their embedded OS to one of the two standards for portable computing devices, nothing more.

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By Wallace Ross (Aug 22, 2012)

I can't believe how many people aren't looking into the future with this. This means a future with better HDR, focus stacking, photo courses built into the camera, alpha channels, remote printing from the camera. And many more things I can't think of right now. And opportunity for people other than the camera companies and yes Instagram and the like.

I hope this is just the beginning, I can't wait to see what some young people in Universities do with this.

By IZO100 (Aug 22, 2012)


By b534202 (Aug 22, 2012)

All those that you said should've been bulit-in apps in the camera. The fact that Nikon didn't include any of those, or any special apps (besides cloud storage), means that even THEY don't have a clear vision of the future of android cameras.

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By Mssimo (Aug 22, 2012)

Im sure you could hack it to do very cool stuff.Here are the features in the current firmware hack for canon cameras (CHDK)

-Shutter-priority (Tv) exposure - via shutter value override feature
-Aperture-priority (Av) exposure - via aperture value override feature
-Shooting in RAW, with RAW Average, RAW Sum, and RAW Develop features
-DNG (Digital Negative) in camera conversion, and USB download options
-Bracketing -Tv, Av, ISO, and Focus bracketing, using scripts, or in continuous or custom timer modes
-Live histogram (RGB, blended, luminance and for each RGB channel)
-Zebra mode (a live view of over and under-exposed areas of your picture) for many cameras
-Depth-of-field (DOF)-calculator, Hyperfocal-calculator with instant Hyperfocal and Infinity focus-set, and more

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By Mssimo (Aug 22, 2012)

-Battery indicator
-RAW and Video space-remaining gauges with custom low-limit alerts
-USB cable remote shutter release
-Motion-detection trigger - automatically fires camera on motion detection. - Ability to capture lightning strikes.
-Adjust Video quality and size (compression) adjustable while recording
-Elimination of 1 Gig video-size limit (for most DIGIC II cameras)
-Zoom during video function - for cameras without this feature
-Shutter, Aperture, and ISO Overrides
-Ultra-long shutter speeds - at least up to 64 seconds - and longer for supported cameras
-Ultra-fast shutter speeds - up to 1/10,000" and higher
-High-speed Flash Sync at all speeds up to 1/64,000 second
-Custom, user-editable visible grids for framing, cropping, and alignment (not all cameras)
-File browser
-Text reader
-Text editor

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By Mssimo (Aug 22, 2012)

-Fully customizable CHDK display, info placement, user colors, fonts in menus, etc.
-Multi-language Interface - CHDK supports many languages
-Custom CHDK User Menu - for instant recall of up to 10 favorite functions
-Scripts execution - including intervalometer, motion detection, etc
-And many others

Android is much much much more flexible. We will see some cool stuff i'm sure.

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By SunflowerFly (Aug 22, 2012)


By jsis (Aug 23, 2012)

we have those already... that device is called a smartphone. You just add apps to it.

By edm78 (Aug 22, 2012)

It was only a matter of time before someone would try this. I have to say that it is not a bad idea or concept. To me, the appealing aspect of this camera are the apps I would be able to use to do post-proccessing work right on my camera. And also, to be able to upload the pictures via wi-fi to social networks. Emails, and games would not be important to me. I think it's a cool idea that more companies will employ in the future.

By qwertyasdf (Aug 22, 2012)

Do not see details of the CPU and RAM in the PR
And more importantly, battery life.
If it lasts 16hrs like my current phone, and taking a few pictures would bring it down to 12hrs...then forget abt it.

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By qwertyasdf (Aug 22, 2012)

I bet i'll get a weird stare if I talk on this phone...

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By qwertyasdf (Aug 22, 2012)

OK...seems like it's not a phone.

By sfpeter (Aug 22, 2012)

Interesting, I was thinking not that long ago the manufacturers should come out with something like this to compete with smartphones. It's not what a serious photographer would use, but has the capability to download and use all the apps people love these days, in the irony they use digital processing to make their photos look as bad as a Holga with expired film. Go figure. The specs and Android version are probably to keep the price low enough people will buy it. It would help tremendously if it had cellular service--which would also have involved contracts with phone carriers and who knows what else, although the subsidized price would have allowed a higher end model to be released. I have no plans to buy one of these, but am curious how the general public will react to it.

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By jsis (Aug 23, 2012)

Have you been living under a rock? Devices like this already existed, in fact, Sony (CLIE NZ90) and Anycall phones by Samsung in Korea has these capability YEARS ago. This is nothing new, just new for a major camera manufacturer, Nikon.

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By AllOtherNamesTaken (Aug 22, 2012)

I wish it was running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) or Jelly Bean (4.1) rather than 2.X. Other than that I like the concept. Battery life might be pretty average though.

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By Jogger (Aug 22, 2012)

This camera doesnt appeal to me at all. But, im not sure why there is so much hate.

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By W5JCK (Aug 22, 2012)

I'm not sure why folks are discussing this as if it is a camera + phone. There is NO phone radio, only WiFi. And WiFi outside of your home will be almost impossible to use unless you find a hotspot. And using Android 2.3 was stupid. Android is a POS limited OS that is a PITA to use. Every Android device I've ever used suffered from severe battery drain due to the OS. If you think your current camera's menu system sucks, wait until you have to navigate the totally non-intuitive menus of Android! This camera will be such a disappointment that I predict it will be replaced faster than the average cellular phone. I hope Nikon and the stores that sell it have a generous return policy!

If you want to be able to send crappy pictures of your dog licking himself to your friends on Facebook, just use your cellular phone camera. Pictures destined for Facebook are in no need of a decent camera to create, and certainly not a 16MP camera.

By MichaelKJ (Aug 22, 2012)

How many Android devices have you used? If you hated your first one so much, why did you get another. I have no problem getting 18-24 hours of battery life on my Galaxy S2. That may not meet your needs, but it does mine.

By ikinone (Aug 22, 2012)

> Android is a POS limited OS that is a PITA to use.

Android is easy to use. You obviously have some kind of disability.

By Photo_AK (Aug 22, 2012)

The screen on my Android phone drains 76% of the battery juice, while the OS itself drains 3%, so WTF are you talking about?

And have you ever heard for setting up your phone as a portable wireless hotspot? I always carry my phone, so using WiFi on S800c is basically non-stop, always available

Looks like you didn't know how to use every Android device you've ever used ...

"If you want to be able to send crappy pictures ... on Facebook, just use your cellular phone camera. Pictures destined for Facebook are in no need of a decent camera to create, and certainly not a 16MP camera."

Really? So why is it better to post from 12mpix camera on my Xperia S, than 16mpix from S800c? Have you ever thought of using 16mpix for taking pictures while traveling and downsizing to 2mpix for posting on Facebook? It is possible to lower the resolution, you do know that, do you, Apple user?

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By jtan163 (Aug 22, 2012)

Actually to use wifi away from a hotspot you just have to use your 3g phone to create a wifi network (in WAP or ad hoc mode) and join the camera to that network.

But not having aphone sucks. The problem of course is that going from cameras to phones is a big l, highly technical, regulatory nightmare leap.

I think Nikon should attempt to do so, but I suspect they would need to work with a partner who is already doing phones.

Alternatively they just license their tech out to phone makers.

I suspect that the phone/"proper" camera will be something that Sony, Samsung or maybe Panasonic might do as they do do phones as well as cameras (do Panny stilldo phones?).

By Peiasdf (Aug 22, 2012)

Samsung has been talking crap about other camera companies and how Samsung is the leader of innovation but they always wait for a Japanese company or Apple to come out with a feature first before jumping in.

Samsung Android P&S has been floated around for years but you have to wait til Nikon and SONY to actually implement it.

By Boerseuntjie (Aug 22, 2012)

I agree with you 110% but the rumors say Sony will not be using Android?
Good for Nikon

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