Nikon has just announced four new additions to its Coolpix range of compact cameras, including the P7700, S01, S6400 and S800C.
While all models have their own unique selling proposition, the Coolpix S800C is that one that really captured our attention. The reason this little camera is so different from everything else on the market is that it runs the Android operating system, commonly found in a range of smartphone and tablet devices.
Before we look at the OS, we will qickly go over the camera specs, which include a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, 10x optical zoom NIKKOR lens, Full HD 1080p video recording, GPS, Wi-Fi and a 3.5-inch OLED touch panel.
While these specs are pretty good, its the integration of Android that makes this camera stand out. Running on the Android 2.3 OS, the S800C will apparently run like a smartphone (without the phone that it) and will be able to access the Google Play store for downloading apps.
The camera comes preinstalled with some social networking apps like Google+, YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail. Other sharing apps like Facebook and Twitter will obviously also be popular additions for sharing images.
The ability to share images instantly to social networks is a key area that compact cameras have been lacking when compared to smartphones. While there are already some cameras with Wi-Fi and social network upload capabilities on the market, the addition of the Android OS seems to be a good decision and a step in the right direction for the category.