[Published by Sam Mallory]
Nikon has just announced the new COOLPIX S800c, a 16MP point-and-shoot digital camera powered by the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. It enables you to shoot pictures and Full HD video easily, share your creations through Wi-Fi, and it transforms your camera into a smart device so you can browse the Web, check your email and social networks and take your pick from Google Play’s thousands of available apps.
Equipped with a 10x optical zoom 4.5-45mm (25-250mm 35mm equivalent) f/3.2-5.8 NIKKOR ED glass lens and a 3.5” 819k OLED touch screen, the S800c features everything you would expect in a well-rounded point-and-shoot camera, having the added benefit of an incredibly powerful mobile OS and wireless connectivity. With all of Nikon’s imaging power and features like optical VR image stabilization, subject tracking and high ISO sensitivity, the COOLPIX S800c has everything that smart phones and tablets lack.
A built-in GPS chip on the S800c records latitude and longitude, so you can pinpoint the location where each photo was made, and in-camera effects can be added to stills and video for a more creative touch. A world of photo-related apps is at your disposal as well, going beyond applying filters like the ones found in popular programs like Instagram and Hipstamatic. There are scores of apps that add advanced capabilities for creating panoramic images, time lapses, HDR photos and more. There are also apps that use location data to calculate accurate sunrise, sunset and golden-hour times, so you know when you’ll have the best light in which to shoot. Innovative new photo apps are being introduced all the time, and the S800c lets you take advantage of them in low light with its backside illuminated CMOS sensor and optical zoom.
An SD/SDHC memory card slot handles media storage, but you could always email photos or upload them directly to Facebook when connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot or when tethered to a mobile device or a computer. Unlike many of today’s gadgets, when you run out of power in the field, you can just pop in another EN-EL12 rechargeable Li-ion battery. The high resolution OLED touch screen with anti-reflection coating handles many of the cameras controls, and it allows you to view your pictures and videos and those that you discover online, in crisp detail. The new COOLPIX S800c is available in either black or white, and it may challenge your notion of what a camera can do.