Nikon introduced its first Android-powered camera almost two years ago. Now the company’s giving things another try with a new model featuring a larger display, newer Android software, and a few improvements to the camera functionality as well.
The Nikon S810c should be available in early May for about $350.
The camera features a 16MP sensor, 12X optical zoom, a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, 1.4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software as well as access to the Google Play Store.
Nikon’s camera is basically a high-end point-and-shoot model, not a professional camera. But the optical zoom, image stabilization, and f3.3-6.3 lens should help you take better photos than you would with your phone.
Meanwhile the Android software lets you edit images without transferring them to another device by cropping, adding borders, applying filters, or making other changes. You can also upload images straight to Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or other sites using Android apps or send 1080p (or lower-resolution) videos straight to YouTube.
Second gen clunker, where the only notable thing is still just the use of Android.
That just doesn’t cut it.
Also, why should Android serve as an excuse for the lack of an articulating display on a camera that size?
Nice, but a $300 iPod Touch seems like a good deal for someone who really doesn’t know anything about cameras or photography.
I like the idea of being able to control it in a way similar to a smart phone. It makes it easier to learn and use. I have and use both a smart phone and a digital camera, each has its strong points. I like the price of this camera, price seems reasonable, IMO.
I don’t think Nikon has ever released a OS update for one of their Android cameras.
This is the main concern I’d have with manufacturers going Android. Customers can end up with abandoned hardware too easily with possible security holes.
I’m also surprised there is no Miracast or DLNA in these cameras.
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