Nikon Coolpix S800c official: Android compact costs as much as a phone
The leaks were legit: the Nikon Coolpix S800c compact camera has been announced today as we expected. It’s a revolutionary model that, for the very first time, brings a full smartphone operating system to a dedicated point and shoot camera. This 16 megapixel snapper runs Android, just like your phone – unfortunately, it’s set to cost as much as one.
As we heard yesterday, the Nikon Coolpix S800c, launched today at Photokina in Germany, does indeed run Android 2.3. It connects to Google’s Play store over Wi-Fi for the full app experience – you could even play Temple Run on its 3.5-inch AMOLED screen, or check into Foursquare using the built-in GPS location tech.
But it’s also a camera with a 10x optical zoom that can do double duty as a full HD video recorder. There’s 680 MB of space on board to install apps, as well as 1.7GB of space for pictures, music and media – but you can use your regular SD card for an extra 32GB of storage as well.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Nikon Coolpix S800c fares. Compact sales have fallen in the UK as people switch to smartphone cameras, but will they opt for the best of both worlds here? At £379.99, the Coolpix S800c isn’t quite as cheap as we’ve come to expect compact cameras to be these days, costing about as much as a brand new top end smartphone off contract. We’ll soon find out: the Nikon Coolpix S800c goes on sale here on 27 September.
Will you be buying the Nikon Coolpix S800c? Or is the Nokia PureView 808 the one for you? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.