Cameras and Electronics
Nikon Adds Apps
By Leo Jakobson
February 4, 2013
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Nikon is offering a new camera that flips the smartphone-with-a-camera model on its head by attaching a smartphone-sized screen and the Google Android operating system to a 16-megapixel digital camera.
The Nikon COOLPIX S800c can shoot full 1080p high-definition video and has a 10x wide-angle/zoom NIKKOR lens and Nikon’s VR optical image stabilization for blur-free photos and stable HD video. Like most digital cameras, the S800c uses a CMOS sensor rather than the smaller CCD found in many smartphone cameras. This means better pictures in poor light, as well as superior color, contrast, and sharpness. There are an array of scene modes and creative filters available as well.
With a wide and bright 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, the S800c also offers users access to the apps of a smartphone running Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. This means everything from Web browsing and games to Facebook and the ability to directly upload HD video to YouTube. The camera is available in black and white and has a suggested retail price of $349.95.