Nikon to Release Android-based Compact Camera in September

Aug 24, 2012
Hideyoshi Kume, Nikkei Electronics
The "Coolpix S800c" uses Android 2.3 as its operating system (OS).
The "Coolpix S800c" uses Android 2.3 as its operating system (OS).
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The 3.5-inch touch-sensitive OLED display on the back side of the camera
The 3.5-inch touch-sensitive OLED display on the back side of the camera
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Nikon Corp announced the "Coolpix S800c," a compact digital camera that uses Android as its software base, Aug 22, 2012.

The company will release the camera in late September 2012. Though there is no manufacturer's suggested retail price, it is expected to be sold at a price of about ¥48,000 (approx US$611).

The S800c is based on Android 2.3. And it is possible to install applications software from the Google Play, Google Inc's content delivery base, in the camera. As a result, new functions can be easily added to the camera. The S800c is pre-installed with Google's applications such as YouTube, Gmail and Google Map.

As a data communication method, the S800c uses a wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g/n). Pictures taken by the camera can be directly uploaded to Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. Moreover, with Bluetooth capability, images can be transmitted to a smartphone or a tablet computer by using an application called "Connect to S800c."

The S800c is equipped with a 1/2.3-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with a pixel count of 16.02 million and a 10x-zoom optical lens with a focal length of 25-250mm (35mm equivalent). Its F value is 3.2 at the widest possible angle and 5.8 at the narrowest possible angle. The camera approximately measures 111.4 x 60 x 27.2mm and weighs 184g (including its battery, memory card, etc).