Android hits the Imaging world

With the increase in the impetus on the mobile and user friendly interfaces today, everything seems to be moving from the complex to the friendly. And Nikon has taken it one step forward with their latest release, the Coolpix S800c, an Android based compact camera. With Nikon’s expertise in the imaging technology and endless possibilities with Android’s app market, photography enthusiasts around the world have been asking for something exactly like this for a long time now.

The camera operates on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and the photographs shot with the camera’s 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor can be instantly uploaded to Flickr, Twitter, Instagaram or pretty much any social network available in the Google Play store. Apart from that, cloud storage services, on-camera photo editing and Internet browsing are some of the endless things one can also use the camera for. The interface of the 3.5-inch OLED multi touch display is very similar to that of a modern day smartphone, and though multi touch has been there in the imaging industry for quite some time now, the Android-powered operating system makes it something very different from anything we might have seen before. The camera is expected to smoothly toggle between the camera and Android modes at the touch of a button, providing the user with full control on the interface.

The camera will be priced at $350 in the US market, but the price for the Indian market hasn’t been declared yet. The battery might prove to be a problem, as there are two (camera and Android) rather than one mode to run on the same battery, and Android devices are known to have faced battery issues in the past. The Android system is also 2.3; all the apps currently available on the latest 4.1 system will not be available for this device. But this is definitely a start, as it will surely result in other brands dedicating research to better products in the time to come, and the consumers are sure to win.