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Last Updated: August 21st, 2012

Okay, so maybe David's not looking forward to a point-and-shoot running Gingerbread, but someone probably is! Well, Ashton Q. Someone, here are some photos that should whet your appetite. Nikon Rumors is reporting the first alleged leaked images of the Coolpix S800c, an Android-powered camera.

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Oddly, the center image above does not match the other two. It's unclear if this means there will be a whole line of Android cameras (unlikely), if a single image of a different camera got mixed in (probably), or if the whole thing is fake (possible). Though, the one fact that lends the most credibility to these images is that the camera appears to be running Gingerbread. What self-respecting rumor monger would use a Gingerbread screenshot to get people hyped?

Then again, what self-respecting camera manufacturer would opt to use Gingerbread instead of at least Ice Cream Sandwich, which included all manner of awesome camera and photo-tweaking software? If you still really want this thing instead of grabbing the nearest flagship phone from the last year, we should hear more about this camera on August 22nd.

Update:

It looks like Nikon Rumors got their hands on the specs for this device:

Nikon Coolpix S800c specs

  • Sensor is a back-illuminated CMOS sensor 16 million pixels
  • NIKKOR lens 10x optical zoom
  • Equipped with Android 2.3
  • You can upload pictures and movies, such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Keyboard for text input
  • Equipped with Wi-Fi, support WPS2.0
  • (VR) The lens-shift + electronic camera shake compensation
  • Monitor - 3.5-inch organic EL 850,000 dot, electrostatic touch panel
  • Available for sale in late September

While it may sound like a decent camera for a point and shoot, it's still not sounding all that great as a smart device. Uploading pictures to Facebook might be a bit easier, but it's hard to not feel like this device is missing out on all the built-in editing features of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Source: Nikon Rumors

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  • wheineman

    I think this is a great idea! A good camera with apps to share your media over WiFi? Makes perfect sense to me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036552729 Matthew Fleisher

    I already have an Android 4.0 powered camera. Also has video, internet access, e-mail, text, calculator, calendar, and occasionally people call me on it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      The question is though: Is it a camera which can act like a phone or a phone which has an extreme camera?

      • wheineman

        Why are those the only 2 options? It doesn't need any phone functions at all. It is a camera which can go on the internet as far as I can tell.

    • umk

      im sorry, camera phones won't be anything more than that: camera phones.
      a real camera has a billion times more functionality and better hardware. there's only so much you can do with the sensor they put on phones.

      try and do this on your android 4.0 powered camera that also has video, internet access, e-mail, text, calculator, calendar, and occasionally people call me on it.
      http://www.pixelwhip.com.au/wp-content/gallery/south-east-asia/mbk_travel_trail_lr.jpg

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        I just need a little camera I can use for taking photos when I'm out and I don't want to take my SLR with me. I can just chuck this kind of camera in my bag and go. This way, I don't need to lug around a camera bag, but can still take photos without wasting my primary phone's battery life.

      • GazaIan

        I've already seen someone do it a while back on their Android phone, I believe it was a Sensation running Gingerbread. At its current state, camera phones may just be 'camera phones' but don't underestimate tech. The iPhone 4S already proved to take photos on par with some DSLRs, and if tech keeps advancing at its pace, phones will have unbelievable DSLR like quality and capabilities. Nokia already proved they're trying to make it there with Pureview.

    • GraveUypo
      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        See comment below.

        • GraveUypo

          yeah that was me. i thought my reply failed so i posted it again. oh well, wish i could delete it :P

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036552729 Matthew Fleisher

        Only because I don't know how yet. I could take 2 off those pics right now but would have to investigate how to do the third.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036552729 Matthew Fleisher

          Ok, I found it. I could do that on my old phone.

  • http://www.standingmist.com ikari7789

    It's possible that they considered an android based camera in the past, and these are leaked "old" prototype images. Hence why it's running Gingerbread vs. ICS or Jelly Bean.

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    Even the left and the right pictures do not match.
    Look at the position of what lookl like an additional flash, or some kind of a sensor - in the right image, it is aligned with the text "Nikon", however, in the left image, it is positioned much lower.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Looks quite cool; a rival to the Nokia PureView! If this had ICS or Jelly Bean, I'd buy it. Gingerbread=no go.

    Maybe someone could hack ICS or JB on it. I really would give it serious thought if it did have one of those.

    • fixxmyhead

      yea and have the main thing, the camera borked like every custom rom trolololo

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        But that always gets fixed.

        I'd rather have the camera broken for a few days when I don't need it, than have Gingerbread on it for ever. Wouldn't you?

        • fixxmyhead

          few days? i think u mean couple of weeks but yea GB is so freaking old it irritates me that there still putting this OS out

          • Mike

            Why because you wont be able to play Super Zombie Bird Smasher Bridge Builder in 9720p? It's a camera. It's purpose is to take pictures not run 7 millions applications.

            Maybe the hardware is limited in which version they chose. Or maybe, they've been working on this for a while and is the only version that they can get to play nicely.

            Just be grateful that it's actually running any version of android at all and not some custom propitiatory b.s.

          • tookieboy

            no difference if they're running custom proprietary bs and a heavily modded version of Android with proprietary drivers

          • GazaIan

            Varies by device of course. JB got a fully working port to the myTouch 4G in under a month.
            Plus, why should the OS here even matter? It's a camera, the intent is to take pictures.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036552729 Matthew Fleisher

        That's because they worry about about the main smartphone features, such as phone and data, first. In this case phone and data don't exist and camera is the main feature. Any developer who wrote one of the many camera apps available could port it into any tablet version of Android and add a simple Bluetooth or WiFi driver.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

    lolnikon

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    You can listen to music on it according to the software screenshot. IMHO though the formula is simple: Camera != MP3 Player

  • http://vertigokeyz.tumblr.com/ Keyz Karanza

    Seriously, how much of your smartphone usage is actually talk time? 5%, maybe 10%? I know the majority of the time, I am playing games, texting, browsing, and, naturally, taking pictures. Android on a camera is a natural no matter what version it contains! I look forward to the possibility of this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600092244 Wil Alarcon

    Think of a cool P&S with a free wi-fi calling option!
    I'd consider it if the software could be rooted and CM'd. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Bazar6 B Azar

    This is awesome, but I would rather an android phone with a Nikon lens/sensor instead of a Nikon camera with android (make sense?)... take the camera phone to the next level instead of taking the point and shoot to the next level... why won't Nikon/Canon pair with Moto/Samsung/HTC? To me it's a no brainer!

    • Cheeseball

      Probably their target audience. Having high-end phone functionality with a seperate CMOS sensor is gonna be quite costly, which means the market would only appeal to a small niche.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    None of the pictures match. The little white dot by the word NIKON on the camera face on the left is in a totally different position on the other two

  • http://www.facebook.com/serge.schuurbiers Serge Schuurbiers

    Wow nice Photoshop images !!

  • Jonathan Wong

    Why in the world would companies still insist on continuing to use old versions of Android?