Nikon to expand Android OS to cameras

Nikon to expand Android OS to cameras
What do you do if you are a camera company and your point and shout cameras are coming under fire from camera-equipped smartphones? If you are Nikon you apparently decide to fight fire with fire, and release a camera with a mobile operating system. According to the website Nikon Rumors, the upcoming Coolpix s800 will come running stock Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) complete with Google Play access, allowing you to get through a couple more levels of Angry Birds Space in those downtimes on your next photo shoot.

The full list of rumored specs include:

  • 25-250 mm lens
  • 3.5" OLED screen
  • The camera runs all Google Play apps
  • The camera will probably run Android 2.3
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Possible announcement: August 22, 2012


The lack of a cell radio means that these cameras won’t truly be mobile devices, but with built in Wi-Fi and a full-fledged mobile operating system it’s not hard to imagine that offloading picture to the cloud and direct posting to social media could be popular features for the point and shoot crowd. It’s not hard to imagine this sort of feature creeping up into the prosumer digital SLR cameras if they find success with the initial model.

What about you guys? Do you want a camera with a mobile OS running on it, or are you satisfied with the not-so-smart cameras? Or heck, have you already eschewed cameras altogether in favor of the phone camera that is always in your pocket?

source: Nikon Rumors via The Verge

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22 Comments

1. Savage unregistered

Uh oh, Building a camera phone with Gingerbread is not wise. They should release it with ICS atleast. Or even better, they can form partnership with any one OEM and make cameras for their phones.

8. MeoCao unregistered

No, I think GB is better suited for camera than ICS as it's lighter and the resolution of camera's screen is obviously not very high.

10. Savage unregistered

GB is lighter, but its too old. People won't fancy buying devices that run a 2 year old OS now.

11. MeoCao unregistered

I guess for cameras users care about functions and not the version of OS, until the competion heats up.

13. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

True. I think Nikkon's goal here is to simply incorporate google apps and features to their p&s cameras that would be suitable for taking pictures only. So a better version of OS would not be necessary (for now.)

15. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

At the moment, I really dont think it matters if its 2.3. The fact that you can take a picture and have it instant upload to google+, or post to facebook or instagram is really the idea here. I dont really think its about google now features or any other ICS/JB features. Its more about wifi conectivity. 2.3 will be fine. This camera will sell like crazy

20. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Even if GB is old it is still miles better than any other camera OS by a land slide. ICS is not necessary for a CAMERA when it didn't bring any new features to the camera app. (Panorama was on gingerbread phones long before ICS)

14. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

There are a few points to be made on this comment thread... First, it does not matter what OS is pre-installed, you can usually download whatever you want to a android device, as long as the developers can make the camera work. Second, to refute my previous point, they probably will use far outdated hardware to run it because it is now cheap and they are not worrying about how fluid angry birds runs... they are primarily thinking of the social aspect of being able to post to facebook etc. As it makes their camera more appealing to use instead of a phone. Thirdly, I really like the licensing idea for a smartphone as I would love to have a Nikon camera with me on my phone... But they want to sell cameras, and there is not a whole lot of profit to be squeezed out when people are just willing to pay the $199 upgrade per phone. Plus, I know that I have used my phone as a camera and it has died...voiding its primary use ... so it might be better to keep them separate, as long as they create a good interface for it (I was thinking the home screens could be shooting modes!) The real benefit of using this is that they do not have to develop their own software, and the can focus on the lenses, which I think is good.

2. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

I don't see the downside. As long as it can still produce high quality photos, like a point and shoot should, then android is just an added bonus.

3. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

took them long enough i knew this day would come( i am a nikon fan)

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i have an idea! instead of bringing Android to the Cameras... let's bring the Cameras to the Android...SMARTPHONES! ;D

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

HAHAHAH that is exactly what I thought when I seen the article!! I thought android was gonna bring Nikon over and make the camera better for android! LOL

22. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I think that it would be nice, but it will not work well. If HTC released a phone with Nikon optics and sensors, Nikon will have operate like chip makers and sell the hardware to HTC who sells the phone to us. I don't think this will work because if HTC screwed it up, Nikon would have to bear partial responsibility. This would require a lot of working together for a minor selling point which could ruin Nikon's reputation.

5. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

go partner up with htc although their cameras are quite good but i expect the camera on the one x to be a little better with nikon htc is unstoppable ! New HTC One X plus , with beats audio and nikon photography

6. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 554; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

i think its time for camera manufacturers like Nikon,Canon etc to step in the smartphone world,so that they can introduce new optics technologies for mobiles.its time to expand.Mobile world is ocean and after some years it will be space.

7. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

As long as they don't put Android on their DSLRs and keep it on their s**tty point n shoots, i'll be happy.

12. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Really is there any place for elitist talk like this?

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Let the market decided. Android is a free OS and Nikon might setup their own app store like amazon. If they end up working with Google all the better. The keyword here is freedom of choice. iOS and Windows are both lock down close platform. Nothing is possible without paying them hundreds of millons dollar. In fact i surprise it take Nikon this long to realize. Canon and Sony would soon follows.

9. Robottoe

Posts: 12; Member since: May 21, 2012

hmmmm , taking Instagram to the next level? :O

17. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

sTOOpid!!!

18. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

There will be a time where everything is smarter than it needs to be.

19. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

"Point and shout" that would be funny...

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