First Android user interface for a camera announced

by planetMitch3 Comments

I have been talking about alternative user interfaces for cameras on the digital convergence podcast and other places and lo and behold, Nikon is the first put out a camera with android as it's UI!

As some people have commented on the B&H post where I first found this, the android user interface is an older version version 2.3, however it's still rather interesting idea, and I can't wait to see what other manufacturers do in the future.

And no, it doesn't make phone calls!

The New Android-Powered Nikon COOLPIX S800c

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.

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(cover photo credit: snap from the B&H page)


  1. About time, I think it was here (perhaps another blog) that I predicted Android on cameras. With the amount of Android camera apps there are, should be great. Can connect it up to my phone through tethering and be able to access the web (assuming it has some kind of browser) or do some kind of editing/uploading whilst on the move. Exciting!

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