For years now, camera makers accept slapped “Wi-Fi compatible” labels on agenda cameras to try to argue consumers that they can calmly admission the Web and allotment photos from these devices. Technically, this is true. But they’re generally abundant added bulky or complicated than advertised, abnormally compared to the photo-sharing acquaintance you can get with a smartphone.
So Nikon has alien a agenda camera that’s meant to grab the absorption of photo-happy smartphone owners and activity the best of both worlds: High-quality photos with attainable sharing.
The Nikon Coolpix S800c is a sleek, compact, point-and-shoot camera that runs on an Android operating system. It hit the bazaar aftermost month, and costs $350. It takes 16-megapixel photos and has a 10x optical zoom. Like an Android smartphone, the camera has a capacitive touchscreen affectation that responds to affable taps, is Wi-Fi-enabled, and offers adaptable apps like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Smartphone shutterbugs, rejoice!
Well, maybe authority off on the celebrations. I like the abstraction of a amalgam camera, and accepting accustomed apps and an Android keyboard at my fingertips fabricated administration easy. But I wasn’t badly afflicted with the affection of photos this camera captured, because that it’s a Nikon. And the administration was all absolutely abased on whether the camera was affiliated to a able Wi-Fi network, so I concluded up administration and emailing best of the photos from home anyway, not while I was out and about.
And consumers analytical about this arising class of cameras may appetite to delay a few weeks to analysis out the Samsung Galaxy camera, accession agenda camera with an Android operating system. That camera will be attainable through AT&T, so it will accept cellular abstracts options in accession to wireless capabilities. Polaroid says it’s still planning on introducing an Android-powered camera, which it aboriginal showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show aboriginal this year.
The Nikon’s two-toned anatomy has a slimming aftereffect (in the U.S., the camera comes in a aggregate of argent and either atramentous or white).
It measures 4.4 by 2.4 by 1.1 inches — abate than an iPhone, but fatter, with angled edges — and weighs aloof beneath bisected a pound. Photos and videos are stored on a full-sized SD anamnesis card.
It has a beaming 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen display. Next to that, there are concrete Back, Home and Menu buttons, alms a nice alloy of touchscreen and concrete buttons for abyssal the camera.
The Nikon Coolpix S800c is active on Android 2.3 Gingerbread — an anachronous operating arrangement — and it’s not updatable to newer versions of Android. In the case of this amalgam camera, though, I acquisition this to be a bit added forgivable than if I were reviewing a buzz or book with an old operating system.
Android users will acquisition the camera’s interface to be accustomed and user-friendly. The basal Android keyboard ancestor up back you allegation to type. Android apps are calmly attainable from the Google Play app store. The camera alike has a lock awning that looks like the lock on an Android smartphone.
Before I took any photos, I went into the Google app abundance and downloaded my admired apps, like Twitter and Instagram. YouTube, Gmail, Google Search and Google all came preinstalled.
To accumulate it simple for non-techies, the camera’s home awning has aloof bristles icons: Shooting, Play, Upload, Browser and Settings. Settings is area I affiliated the camera to my home Wi-Fi network. Shooting is area I accessed basal photo-taking functions.
Like smartphones, the Nikon Coolpix S800c has a GPS dent that annal area data, so users can see area anniversary photo was taken. I could booty photos by artlessly borer the display, and I could additionally pull, compression and clasp captured images on the camera’s affectation the way I would attending at photos on my smartphone.
Unlike smartphones, this camera offers optical zoom and added abstruse photo settings like Dusk/Dawn, Fireworks and Sports, for activity photos.
For me, it wasn’t a absolute adulation activity with the Nikon. While the camera captures crisp, full-HD video, some still images came out bendable or out of focus. I had to dabble with the white antithesis at aboriginal to get photos to attending normal, and not too orange or blue. The Nikon put its best face advanced back I took pictures at night or in low light, but some daytime photos didn’t attending all that abundant bigger than photos taken with my accustomed iPhone 4.
When I was affiliated to Wi-Fi, administration the photos from the Nikon was simple. I tweeted photos and aggregate to Instagram the aforementioned way I would from my smartphone. I could alike allotment a photo to the amusing networking app that we use internally at AllThingsD. And because I was logged into my Google account, the camera auto-filled my Gmail addresses for me. So, back I beatific a account to my 65-year-old aunt, who doesn’t email much, I didn’t accept to attempt to bethink her email address.
But back it wasn’t affiliated to a Wi-Fi network, the Nikon was aloof accession point-and-shoot camera with a nice touchscreen. In some accessible places, like a coffee boutique or hotel, the camera resisted connecting, alike back I had no botheration abutting my laptop to the accessible Wi-Fi network. In one situation, I relied on my iPhone’s “personal hotspot” affection to actualize a Wi-Fi arrangement for the camera.
Nikon says the Coolpix should breeze about 140 photos per array charge, but array activity on this one is a little bit trickier to measure, back it’s operating, in some ways, like a smartphone. For example, unless you shut off the camera absolutely by captivation the ability button bottomward for several seconds, it still keeps the OS active on basal ability in the accomplishments in adjustment to activity a quicker start-up back you columnist ability again.
In my experience, the lithium ion array lasted aloof beneath two canicule with alternate use. If you’re demography this camera on a continued vacation, you can apprehend to accept to allegation it regularly. You may alike appetite to buy an added battery, back its array is removable.
I additionally accomplished some accessory bugs with the camera. It froze up twice, banishment me to abolish the array to shut it bottomward absolutely and restart it. It additionally showed a awe-inspiring absurdity bulletin that the SD agenda in the camera couldn’t be used, alike admitting the agenda wasn’t abounding or locked.
The Nikon Coolpix S800c is air-conditioned in concept. It puts your admired Android smartphone apps appropriate at your fingertips, and if you accept admission to Wi-Fi you’ll get that burning delight that comes with actual sharing.
But it isn’t superb abundant to accomplish it my capital camera squeeze, or alike set it afar from some smartphones with acceptable cameras. If I was activity out for a hike, affair accompany for banquet or headed to a wedding, and I had to accept aloof one accessory to take, it would still be the smartphone.