The Gingerbread-powered point-and-shoot features a 16-megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom, and can shoot 1080p video to boot. And afterwards stores date for use in the 3.5-inch LCD touch panel on the camera’s rear end, which allows users to fire up apps and browse the web with an embedded Wi-Fi radio.
Smartphone producers like Apple and HTC have been pumping up the cameras in their devices because they know their users are going to be carrying the things around anyway. Giving potential customers a solid way to capture the moments that unfold around them and it has also been a made a major selling point for most smartphones.
What Nikon seemed to do here was go in the opposite direction — it’s like the company’s product development team looked at their crop of cameras and pondered how to make them more like those new-fangled phones everyone’s always clamouring over. The end result seems to work well enough on a technical level (Imaging Resources has a great write-up of their time with the S800c).