Rumors surrounding Nikon’s first Android-powered point-and-shoot have been circulating since early August, but today, the company finally made it official. The Coolpix S800c runs stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and offers full, unrestricted access to the Google Play Store.
This opens up a world of possibilities that you wouldn’t get from your average point-and-shoot. It means you can upload your shots to photo sharing services like Instagram or Flickr without having to transfer them to your smartphone or PC first. It also means you can use apps like Dropbox or Google Drive to send all of your images straight to the cloud, negating the need to physically sync your camera with your computer.
The Coolpix S800c offers a 3.5-inch OLED display and actually looks a lot like a smartphone from the back. But of course, this is likely to make the photographs you take on your handset look pretty poor. It boasts a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, an f.3.2 10x zoom lens with a range of 25-250mm, a built-in flash, and 1.4GB of internal storage — which, as you’d expect, is expandable via an SD card slot.
The Coolpix S800c offers a collection of filters and effects that allow you to edit your images on the fly, and it’s capable of shooting high definition 1080p video with stereo sound. It also has a nifty burst mode that will capture up to 8 frames per second, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a built-in GPS.
The Coolpix S800c will be available from September, but it doesn’t come cheap at just under $350.