I think this is the natural evolution of the camera phone. After all, I bet most readers reach first for their smartphone to take a picture these days and leave their digital camera only for those trips you suspect will feature a lot of photography. I know I do.
So, what is the natural evolution of the camera phone then? The phone camera.
Nikon, the camera people, have announced a 16-megalpixel, Android based, camera. That’s right, a camera that runs Google’s Android. This is a Gingerbread build. Android 2.3. While that puts it miles behind shiny tech like my Nexus 7 it means the camera is easily able to do photo edits and upload pictures to social network.
It’s integrated into Google Play. This means the camera has access to thousands of apps but we’ll have to see which apps make sense for the camera and whether anyone starts to produce camera-only apps. Is this enough to persuade people to carry a second device capable of photography?
The camera comes in black and white options and retails for about $350. It’s part of Nikon’s CoolPix range.
Nikon S800C specs;
- 3.5-inch OLED display
- 2GB internal storage
- A-GPS for location-based apps, photos
- 25mm to 250mm
- Vibration reduction (VR)
- Built-in flash
- 8 fps stills
- 1080p video recording
What do you think? One for you? Evolution or foolishness?