Nikon is Jumping Back into the Android Camera Game with the Coolpix S810c

Despite its lack of success in the world of Android-based point-and-shoot cameras, Nikon isn't packing up its bags and heading home just yet. Today, the Japanese-based multinational corporation best known for its optics and imaging products officially announced the Coolpix S810c -- the follow-up to the company's first Android camera, the Coolpix S800c. This time around, the goal for Nikon was to provide consumers with a larger touchscreen, a slimmer body and a longer zoom, as well as all of the other benefits Android has to offer, like the wide range of photo editing apps available on the Google Play Store.

The Coolpix S810c is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features a 3.7-inch 1229K-dot LCD touchscreen monitor, a 16-megapixel camera with 12x optical zoom 25mm lens and 24x Dynamic Fine Zoom, built-in WiFi connectivity, Nikon Image Space (for image sharing and storage), a combination of lens shift and electronic VR (Vibration Reduction), plus comment and timeline view functions. It also includes a high-performance NIKKOR lens, the EXPEED C2 image-processing system, backside illumination CMOS image sensor, built-in GPS, and 1.1GB of internal storage for pictures and 1GB of internal storage for installing apps from Google Play. You can also add a microSDHC or microSDXC card for more storage. Interestingly enough, there is also a 3.5mm headphone jack that will appeal to those who also want to use the camera as a media player.

Size-wise, the Coolpix S810c weighs in at 216 grams -- less than half a pound -- and is 1.1-inches thick, minus projections. The Coolpix S810c will set you back $349.95 and it will be available at the beginning of next month. Should you decide to add one to your gadget collection, there will be a white and a black model available to choose from.

Readers, how many of you out there picked up the Coolpix S800c when it was released? Those of you who raised your hand, what did you think of it? Now, how many of you are considering the S801c as your next point-and-shoot camera, and which feature(s) are you looking forward to the most? Drop us a line in the comment thread below. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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