Move over Samsung–you’re not the only game in town trying to get further into the Android-powered camera world. Today Nikon introduced the Coolpix S810c, a 16MP point-and-shoot camera preloaded with the 4.2.2 version of Android Jelly Bean.
Nikon promises the camera will let users launch all their favorite Android camera apps without the compromises of a lackluster smartphone snapper. The Coolpix S810c is equipped with a 12x optical zoom Nikkor lens, albeit with an unimpressive f3.3-6.3 variable aperture. It might not produce very shallow depth of field but the Coolpix backside illuminated CMOS sensor should make up for the lack of light coming through that somewhat narrow aperture lens. Read on for more about Nikon’s new Android camera plus the new 18-300mm lens for its DX DSLRs.
More details are after the jump.
Just like the Samsung Galaxy NX and the Galaxy Camera 2, the Coolpix S810c will be able to use Android’s full range of camera apps. This includes everyone’s favorite Instagram, VSCO and Camera Zoom FX. The camera is also backed by a massive 3.7-inch touch-screen LCD monitor with 1.2 million-dot resolution, which should make it more than decent for photo editing apps like VSCO Cam.
The Nikon Coolpix S810c will be available by early May 2014 in Black or White for a $349.95—just a little more than your high-end Android smartphone.
Alongside the Android Camera Nikon also announced a new 18-300mm f3.5-6.3G ED VR lens. Nikon claims that the new lens is 30% lighter than the older 18-300mm f3.5-5.6 version, weighing just 19.4 ounces. As a trade off though the lens loses 1/3 stop of light when fully zoomed out.
The 18-300mm lens is built with 16 optical elements in 12 groups. This also includes three aspherical and three extra-low dispersion glass elements to minimize lens flare and ghosting and chromatic aberration. There’s also a seven rounded-bladed aperture and a Silent Wave Motor to reduce the sound of autofocus motors while shooting video.
The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR will ring up for $899.95 when it ships later this year in May.