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Nikon Debuts Android-Based Wi-Fi Enabled Digital Camera COOLPIX S800c

August 22, 2012

Nikon Debuts Android-Based Wi-Fi Enabled Digital Camera COOLPIX S800c

By Jayashree Adkoli
TMCnet Contributor

The convenience of being able to share photos instantly from a camera device is sheer bliss for an always-connected individual. Lately, many camera manufacturers have been offering models with built-in Wi-Fi features for sharing photos wirelessly.

But a Wi-Fi enabled camera device featuring powerful imaging technologies and boundless capabilities of Android (News - Alert) Operating System (OS) along with fast access to a vast world of applications (apps) for games, productivity and personal communication, was not rolled-out yet.

Recently, Nikon, Inc. took this share by announcing its first 16-megapixel, Wi-Fi compact digital camera – COOLPIX S800c – powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS with complete access to the Google (News - Alert) Play app store.

Available in September 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $349.95, the new COOLPIX S800c compact digital camera has the versatility of a smartphone or tablet by providing users with an easy way to instantly capture, create and share the moments with family and friends.

Featuring a 3.5-inch touchscreen OLED monitor, the new COOLPIX S800c allows users to capture photos as well as high-definition (HD) videos even in challenging light conditions with its integrated 10x NIKKOR zoom lens and the 16-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor.

The camera can connect to the Internet via granted access to any Wi-Fi network.

The optical 10x zoom NIKKOR lens integrated in to S800c not only can cover from wide-angle 25-250mm, but is also supported with the company’s VR optical image stabilization for blur-free photos and stable HD video, even while handheld.

The 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, according to Nikon, helps S800c to capture sharp images and videos even in challenging lighting conditions, and also provides images with vivid colors, low noise and exceptional contrast and sharpness.

Having the capability to connect to social networks and popular imaging applications via Android eco-system, the new S800c also has built in geographical positioning system (GPS) feature, which allows users to geo-tag (News - Alert) images or record shooting location information on movies.

For the reason that S800c is powered by Android and EXPEED C2 processing engine, users can experience seamless and accelerated capturing of images, connectivity, browsing and uploading of content to desired social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter (News - Alert), Google Play and more.

In addition to surfing the Web, users of S800c can also download apps via Google Play and utilize these apps to post-process captured photos, post to their social media accounts, or even play games on their camera.

"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," Bo Kajiwara, VP of marketing, planning and customer experience at Nikon, said in a statement.

Added Kajiwara: "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."

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Edited by Braden Becker

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