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Nikon snaps first Android-based camera crown

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Nikon today unveiled its first Android-based point-and-shoot camera, the Coolpix S800C.

The smart snapper runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and connects through Wi-Fi to provide full support for Google Play apps, easy image upload to social networking sites and GPS tagging functionality to boot.

With a plethora of photo-related apps available, users can literally touch-up their captured moments from the camera's 3.5in, 819k-dot touchscreen.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

In terms of snap specs, the S800c features a 16Mp CMOS sensor with backside illumination to better handle low-light conditions. The 10x optical 4.5-45mm lens (25-250mm, 35mm equivalent) should satisfy for most environments too. Video capture at 1080p is also on-board.

While the S800c won't support phone-calls, the distinguishable gap between mobiles and cameras continues to shrink. Indeed, Nokia's Pureview 808 handset features some top notch camera tech and we've already seen Samsung flirt with cameras controlled remotely from Android phones and tablets.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

Polaroid took to CES 2012 to unveil its own Android-based PMP in the body of a point-and-shoot camera, although we're still unsure of exactly when it'll hit the market.

So it would appear that Nikon takes the crown as first to market a standalone Android camera in the UK with the Coolpix S800c, available from 27 September for £380. ®

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