Nikon is back in the Android camera game after the disastrous S800c, which launched in late 2012 and suffered from bad software, poor performance and terrible app support.
The WiFi-enabled point-and-shoot, which sold for $379CDN, was a great idea, and has since been bettered by Samsung’s Galaxy Camera, which also launched its second version recently.
Today, the Japanese camera company announced a follow-up, the $370CDN S810c. Built on stronger stuff, the company has outfitted the camera with a 16MP 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor and 12x 25-300mm f/3.3-6.3 lens. Not only should quality be significantly better than its predecessor, but the software, based on stock Android 4.2.2, should be considerably better. It also has a 3.7-inch 1.2 million-dot touchscreen. With 8fps multi-shot and 1080p@30fps video, the camera looks to have a decently fast processor.
Nikon, like Samsung, argues that WiFi-enabled cameras are only as good as the applications they run — offloading photos to another device aside — and running Android 4.2, even though it’s old, enables far more, far quicker than its Gingerbread predecessor.
Since the S800c was launched, Android itself has seen some considerable camera-focused improvements, and as long as the S810c’s processor is good enough, this could be a very good camera.
The S810c launches early May in Canada in white for $369.95.