Almost all people use their phones to take pictures. And many of these phones are running the popular Android operating system.
But not often do you hear about a camera - not a phone, but a camera - running Android. Until now.
Nikon is rolling out the world's first Android-powered Wi-Fi camera, with hopes of making the camera (and your pictures) more connected with the web.
From the front, the Nikon S800c looks like any other silver-metallic point and shoot. It's small, slip and can fit in your pocket, though its 10x zoom can extend for tight shots and other types of closeups.
But flip this camera over and it looks less like a camera and more like a phone, with a 3.5-inch screen coating the rear.
The OLED touchscreen is small by today's smartphone standards, where massive 4.X-inch displays dominate, and anything smaller is just useless. And if you're using this screen to edit and filter the heck out of your world-class photography skills, this screen might be a little small.
It ships running Android 3.2, though details are still a little scant on how much RAM the camera will sport, and what kind of processor makes Android chug along.
Regardless, the camera will let you download apps from Google's Play app store. So theoretically, you'll be able to snap fantastic photos with a proper camera and upload those shots to Instagram and Facebook right away, while your friends are still trying to snap a photo for the umpteenth time on their iPhone or BlackBerry as they try to get the lighting just right.
The S800c, however, is still a camera at heart. Inside is a 16-megapixel image sensor designed to put images from smartphones to shame. The lens is also has optical image stabilization - a feature you won't find on any other smartphone.
So with Wi-Fi to connect to the wireless networks and GPS to track and map the location of your photos this is the most powerful camera attached to a phone ever, rather, the most Android-friendly camera.
The Nikon S800c is set to go on sale in September 2012 for $380.
Either we'll see more cameras running Android, or smartphones will be made with better cameras.
But thanks, Nikon, for forging ahead with this.
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets