It was rumored earlier this month that Nikon would be announcing an Android powered camera shortly. Those rumors turned out to be correct as Nikon announced the Coolpix S800c, the first camera to feature the Android operating system.
Nikon announced three new cameras today - the Coolpix S6400, the Coolpix S800c, and the Coolpix S01. It's the S800c that we want to pay special attention to. The camera is powered by Anroid 2.3 and features a 3.5-inch OLED screen for impressive photo detail.
Here's the official feature sheet from Nikon:
Simple setup and connection
Setup and text input for Internet connection using operations that are similar to those used by Android smartphones is possible.
Browse and post to social networking sites (SNS)
The beautiful still photos and movies recorded with this digital camera, as well as comments, can be posted to social networking sites such as Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. Not only is posting to an SNS simple, but browsing them is also smooth and easy.
Support for Google Play and built-in Google apps
Users can customize their cameras by downloading favorite apps from Google Play. This will expand the ways in which users enjoy digital photography. A number of Google apps, including Google+, YouTube, Google Maps, and Gmail come preinstalled on the camera.
Simple image transfer to other smart devices
The camera's Upload to Smart Device app can be used to transfer high-resolution photos and movies to smart devices running the Android or iOS operating system over a wireless connection.
The S800c will come equipped with a 10x optical zoom and built in vibration reduction. It's also able to record full HD movies at 1920x1080 resolution. All in all, it's a basic point-and-shoot camera that has the added bonus of being an Android phone without the phone. With Skype and free messaging services, there really isn't a need for the phone part anyway.
Unfortunately, there is no release date or price set for the camera yet. It's safe to say that the camera will be released by the end of the year. As for price, your guess is as good as mine.