Nikon Announces First Android-powered Point-and-shoot Camera – Coolpix S800c

The rise and popularity of smartphone cameras has relatively brought down the demand for compact and point-and-shoot cameras, leaving camera makers with one option less in the camera market. However, Nikon doesn’t seem to let go that option of compact cameras, and hence has come up with a camera that is powered by Android.

And who said that Android was only made for smartphones? At least Nikon doesn’t think so, as the multinational company competing with Canon, has taken a new leap by announcing its first Android powered point-and-shoot camera, the Coolpix S800c, which is being marketed as a “social imaging device”.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

The Nikon Coolpix S800c is powered by Android Gingerbread and features a 16 megapixel sensor. It includes the usual 10x optical zoom covering from a wide-angle of 25-250mm. The lens is bolstered with Nikon’s VR optical image stabilization for blur-free photos and stable HD video, even while handheld.

The most prominent feature is the 3.5-inch OLED touch screen on the rear end, enabling the camera user to use Android apps and browse the Web. This means that the camera supports built-in Wi-Fi, and also includes a GPS.

The Wi-Fi and GPS addition is nothing new. In recent years, several camera makers have enabled Wi-Fi capabilities, which is an effort to improve the falling growth of cameras and also to compete with smartphones.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

The new Nikon S800c provides access to applications for games, productivity and email, including Nikon’s photo storage and sharing site, my Picturetown. Users will also able to watch video downloaded from Google Play right on their camera.

The lightweight Android powered camera weighs just 6.5 ounces and measures 1.1-inch in thickness. Nikon plans to launch the S800c in the U.S. in September with a $349 price tag. The camera is now available for pre-order, in either black or white.

According to the statistics shared by Flickr, the most popular cameras in the Flickr Community is the Apple iPhone 4S, which just overtook the Apple iPhone 4, and includes high end professional cameras below them.

In the Point and Shoot category, Canon PowerShot S95 tops the list, however, with the release of Nikon’s S800c compact camera powered by Android, we can expect the camera to overtake and take the top place in the near future.

You can view some of the sample image shared by Nikon here.

Nikon Coolpix S800c Full Specifications:

  • Type: Compact Digital Camera
  • Effective Pixels: 16.0 million
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.3 in.
  • Total Pixels: 16.79 million (approx.)
  • Lens: 10x optical Zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens
  • Lens Focal Length: 4.5-45.0mm
  • Lens f/-number: f/3.2-5.8
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 8 groups
  • Lens Zoom: 10x
  • Digital Zoom: Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 1000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
  • Vibration Reduction: Combination of Lens-shift and Electronic VR (still pictures)
  • Autofocus (AF): Contrast-detect TTL AF
  • Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection: Auto (9-area automatic selection), Center, Face priority, Subject tracking
  • Focus Range: [W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 3 ft. 4 in. (1 m.) to infinity, Macro close-up mode: Approx. 4 in. (10 cm.) to infinity
  • Focus Lock: Yes
  • Monitor Size: 3.5 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Type: OLED (touch panel) with Anti-reflection coating, Touch screen control
  • Wi-Fi Functionality: Yes
  • GPS: Yes (Built-in)
  • ISO Sensitivity: ISO 125-3200, ISO 3200 (available when using Auto mode)

Nikon Unveils D3200 DSLR with Super-sized 24-Megapixel Sensor

Priced at $700, Nikon has unveiled the successor of the Nikon D3100, a new-entry level DSLR – Nikon D3200 with new and enhanced features including, a faster burst mode, a new image processor, a super-sized 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a microphone input jack, and an optional wireless adapter. The $700 kit comes with the Nikon D3200 body along with a 16-55mm stabilized lens.

The new entry-level camera will help amateur photographers to take better shots with the help of a revamped version of the Guide Mode found in the D3100, adding in-camera tutorials for shot composition, manual controls, and shooting modes.

The Nikon D3200 comes with 11-point autofocus systems with Nikon’s automatic recognition system, which allows the photographer to find and keep focus while maintaining a clear view of that subject. According to Nikon, “the AF system is ideal for capturing tricky subjects like a dancer mid-leap during the big recital or a dive for the line drive in centerfield.”

Nikon D3200

The new DSLR offers a fixed, large 3-inch LCD screen packed with 921k dots in addition to a through-the-lens optical viewfinder.  The D3200 is capable of shooting1080p videos at 24 fps and 30 fps with HDMI output. Along with the in-built mono microphone, the Nikon D3200 also comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack for audio options.

Also Read: Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800 Comparison

In addition to all this, users can also purchase the wireless mobile adapter WU-1a, which allows the user to connect to the cameras using their smartphone or tablet to transfer files via wireless ad-hoc network. It also provides remote control over the D3200’s shutter release at distances within 49 feet of the camera. The WU-1a wireless adapter will be available in May for $60.

 Full Specifications of the new Nikon D3200:

Type

TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mountNikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective angle of viewApprox. 1.5x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent); Nikon DX format
Effective pixels
Effective pixels24.2 million
Image Sensor
Image sensor23.2 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels24.7 million
Dust-reduction SystemImage sensor cleaning
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)

 

Storage and File Format

Image size (pixels)6,016 x 4,000 [L], 4,512 x 3,000 [M], 3,008 x 2,000 [S]
File format· NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed· JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression· NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control SystemStandard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified
MediaSD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File systemDCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge

 

Viewfinder and Lens

ViewfinderEye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverageApprox. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
MagnificationApprox. 0.8x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment-1.7 to +0.5 m-1
Focusing screenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirrorQuick return
Lens apertureInstant return, electronically controlled

Lens

Compatible lensesAutofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses; Autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX-NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported) and AI-P lenses; Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M but the camera exposure meter will not function
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

 

Shutter and Release

TypeElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
Flash sync speedX=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower

Release

Release modeSingle frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Delayed remote, Quick-response remote, Quiet shutter release
Frame advance rateUp to 4 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
Self-timer2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures

 

Exposure and Focus

MeteringTTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method· Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)· Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame· Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
· Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV· Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter couplingCPU
ModeAuto modes (auto, auto [flash off]); Scene modes (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at detected value with lock button
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-LightingOn, off

Focus

AutofocusNikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo· Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status· Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus pointCan be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area modeSingle-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)

 

Flash

Built-in flashAuto flash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide numberApprox. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash controlTTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash modeAuto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoeISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting
System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminalAS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter (available separately)

 

White balance

White balanceAuto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning

Live View

Lens servo· Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)· Manual focus (MF)
AF-area modeFace-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

 

Movie

MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering methodMatrix
Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate
· 1,920 x 1,080, 30p (progressive)/25p/24p· 1,280 x 720, 60p/50p· 640 x 424, 30p/25p· Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
File formatMOV
Video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording formatLinear PCM
Audio recording deviceBuilt-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivityISO 200 to 6400; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)

 

Monitor

Monitor7.5-cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 160° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback
PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation and image comment (up to 36 characters)

Interface

USBHi-Speed USB
Video outputNTSC, PAL
HDMI outputType C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminalMC-DC2 Remote Cord (available separately), GP-1 GPS Unit (available separately)
Audio inputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800 Comparison

After much waiting, Canon finally unveiled the EOS 5D Mark III last week, marking the 25th anniversary of the EOS system. The all-new EOS 5D Mark III has got upgraded from its predecessor 5D Mark II and sports several new features.

However, with the release of the Mark III, Canon expects to give tough competitions to its rivals. The on-going rivalry between Canon and Nikon is nothing new. Both the companies have recently upgraded their high-end version of cameras with Nikon replacing the D700 with the D800, while Canon replacing its EOS 5D Mark II with the EOS 5D Mark III.

Both the cameras have their own pros and cons, but none of them stand out of the box when it comes to originality or something new. All I can say is that both the cameras have been enhanced a lot in terms of features and specs.

BUY/Pre-Order: Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Nikon Cameras

Nevertheless, we’d still want to compare what each of the cameras have in different, particularly when it comes to features and technical specifications. Here’s a comparison of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800

Nikon definitely surprised every photography and camera enthusiasts on earth when it released its D800. The Nikon D800 sports a massive 36 million pixel sensor with a huge jump from the 12.1 MP sensor in the Nikon D3, which was released in 2007.

Certainly, everyone expected that Canon would release its next camera with a similar sensor in order to compete head-to-head against the D800. However, Canon decided to play a completely different game by releasing the EOS 5D Mark III with a 21 million pixel low-resolution sensor, focusing on better image equality and noise reduction characteristics along with improved features on AF features/performance and weather sealing.

The reason being is that Canon has been receiving a lot of criticism from the Canon community for over several years on these areas, and that isf why Canon decided to listen to what its community has been saying. It is definitely a smart move from Canon specifically with the autofocus features and performance.

Most of the  users from the community are stating that the EOS 5D Mark II should have sported the features what the EOS 5D Mark III currently has. I agree to some extent, but when it comes to image quality, I disagree with the statement.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has significantly improved in its autofocus features by introducing 61 points – a big upgrade from the Mark II, which only has 9 autofocus points along with 6 assist autofocus points. However, the Nikon D800 offers 51 AF points, with 15 cross-type sensors.

Nikon has improved the D800 video features a lot, especially with the options to shoot at different frame sizes for different focal length and depth of field effects, as well as 50p and 60p slow-motion capabilities. The video offerings in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the D800 are pretty much the same, since both have the capability to shoot full HD videos.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon 800

Here’s a full specification comparison of the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III –

 

Camera Feature

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikon D800

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canon 5D Mark III

 

 

 

 

 

Sensor Resolution

36.3 Million

22.3 Million

Sensor Type

CMOS

CMOS

Sensor Size

35.9x24mm

36x24mm

Dust Reduction / Sensor Cleaning

Yes

Yes

Image Size

7360 x 4912

5760 x 3840

Image Processor

EXPEED 3

DIGIC 5+

Viewfinder Type

Pentaprism

Pentaprism

Viewfinder Coverage

100%

100%

Viewfinder Magnification

0.70x

0.71x

Storage Media

1x Compact Flash and 1x SD

1x Compact Flash and 1x SD

Continuous Shooting Speed

4 FPS, 6 FPS in DX mode with MB-D12 battery grip

6 FPS

Max Shutter Speed

1/8000 to 30 sec

1/8000 to 30 sec

Shutter Durability

200,000 cycles

150,000 cycles

Exposure Metering Sensor

91,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III

iFCL metering with 63 zone dual-layer sensor

Base ISO

ISO 100

ISO 100

Native ISO Sensitivity

ISO 100-6,400

ISO 100-25,600

Boosted ISO Sensitivity

ISO 50, ISO 12,800-25,600

ISO 50, ISO 51,200-102,400

Autofocus System

Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX with 51-points (up to 15 cross-type points)

61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 cross-type points)
AF Detection

Up to f/8 (up to 9 cross-type sensors)

Up to f/5.6

Built-in Flash

Yes

No

AF Assist

Yes

No, only with external flash

Video Output

H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format

AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format

Uncompressed Video Output

Yes (HDMI)

No

Video Maximum Resolution

1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p

1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p

Audio Recording

Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)

Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)

LCD Size

3.2 diagonal TFT-LCD

3.2 diagonal TFT-LCD

LCD Resolution

921,000 dots

1,040,000 dots

Exposure Compensation

±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments

±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments

Bracketing

2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments

HDR Support

Yes

Yes

Built-in GPS

No

No

Wi-Fi Functionality

Eye-Fi Compatible, WT-4A

Eye-Fi Compatible, WFT-E7

Battery

EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery

LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery

Battery Life

850 shots (CIPA)

950 shots (CIPA)

Battery Charger

MH-25 Quick Charger

LC-E6 Charger

Weather Sealed Body

Yes

Yes

USB Version

3.0

2.0

Camera Construction

Magnesium Alloy

Magnesium Alloy

Dimensions

144.78 x 121.92 x 81.28mm

152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm

Weight

900g

860g

MSRP Price

$2,999

$3,499

BUY/Pre-Order: Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Nikon Cameras

Nikon Expected to Announce Mirrorless Camera Solution Next Month

Thomas Sutton,who invented the single-lens reflex camera (SLR) in 1861, would never have imagined that the most significant part of his invention  – the reflex mirror,  would no longer be needed.

In the year 1861, Sutton was granted a British patent for the first internal mirror SLR photographic camera. Today, 150 years later, Nikon is busy developing a solution that would eliminate mirrors in camera. They have already registered several patents for the new mirrorless camera that it is expected to be launched sometime soon.

According to various sources, Nikon is expected to have planned a major announcement next month, and my guess is that they are planning to launch the mirriorless solution which will have a 2.6x crop factor with an image diameter of around 17mm

Nikon Mirrorless Camera

Nikon enthusiast Thom Hogan, reported on his site stating –

I’m pretty certain of the 1″ (~2.7x) sensor at this point, and since I can’t find anyone else making one that makes sense for the camera, I continue to wonder if this will be another Nikon designed sensor. That certainly would be an interesting development. As I noted last week, you don’t have to get very far forward from the D3100 sensor to get something that could be 10-12mp and highly credible at 2.7x.

I’ve now been told by three different sources it will launch before CES, probably in late September, and it’ll launch with three lenses (wide angle prime, kit zoom, telephoto zoom). The lenses are reportedly quite smallin nature, along the lines of fat C-mount lenses.

Nikon has not made any official announcements, though it is widely believed that they are working on the mirrorless camera solution, and some officials have made statements to that effect sometime back.

iPhone 4 Tops Flickr’s Camera Popularity Charts

Six months back, Apple 3G topped the best camera device on Flickr and iPhone 4 slowly picked up it’s pace. Now, a year after iPhone 4 was released and Apple CEO Steve Jobs (at WDDC 2011), pointing out at that iPhone 4 was the second most popular camera on Flickr, has now topped Flickr’s camera popularity charts and is rated as the most popular camera in the Flickr Community.

According to the data released by Flickr, iPhone 4 is currently at the top of the list which overtook Nikon D90. It is followed by Canon cameras that are dropped down to third, fourth and fifth spots.

Most Popular Cameras on Flickr

It’s not just that. The iPhone 4 tops the “Popular Cameraphones” category surpassing Apple iPhone 3G.

Popular Cameraphones

The number of iPhone 4 usage has drastically increased over the year. iPhone 4 has been ranked 1 out the other 4 devices – iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch and iPad 2

The reason fact being that the iPhone 4 is at the top of the list is that Apple’s iOS offers web connectivity and brilliant photography apps. It is also that smartphones are social network friendly and its easier to capture and share photos as we carry it along everywhere we go.

1001 Noisy Cameras argues with the facts that the high ranking of the iPhone is more of a testament, the number of mobile phones and the probability of people having the phone rather than the success and popularity of the iPhone.

  • Every year there is exactly one new iPhone model released
  • For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2010, Apple sold 14 million iPhones (that’s 14 million iPhones in 3 months)
  • In two quarters (half a year), Apple sold 30~ million iPhones. If they have two more similar quarters, the total number of iPhones would be half of the total number of digital cameras produced/shipped by the digital camera manufacturers in the whole of 2010

Apart from the features offered by iOS, the other reason could be the number of iPhones units sold. From the above stats its clear that even if DSLRs or point-and-shoot cameras had built-in Wifi/3G or were social network friendly, they still cannot stop/overtake the iPhone due to the high volume of iPhones units.

Flickr data suggests that more users are using camera phones to click everyday photographs, slowly abandoning the point-and-shoot cameras. However, Flickr’s indication of the popularity phones are accurate to the extent that they can only detect the camera that is used to take the photo or shoot the video and not the timeline marked with dates.