Polaroid was the first company to announce an Android-powered camera, the SC1630, back in January at CES. But it looks like Nikon is going to be the first to bring one to market with the Coolpix S800c (above): a 16-megapixel CMOS camera with a 10x (25-250mm-equivalent) zoom lens and a 3.5in OLED touch panel, sporting an impressive 819k-dot resolution.
You'll be able to browse the web and access Google+, Facebook, and Twitter using the pre-installed applications. The camera also gives you access to the Google Play store, so you download applications to enhance your photographs from there.
The S800c can create an ad hoc network, so it is possible to transfer photos from it to your smartphone, even when no hot spot is available. Rounding out the camera's feature set is 1080p video capture and a built-in GPS so you can geotag images. It will be available in white and black versions on 27 September for £379.99.
Released on the same day is the enthusiast-oriented Coolpix P7700, costing £499.99 (above). The 12-megapixel shooter has a bigger sensor than most compact cameras - 1/1.7in in size - and an impressive 28-200mm f/2-4 zoom lens. This is a full stop better on both ends when compared to the camera it replaces, the Coolpix P7100.It does lose the small optical viewfinder that was included in the P7100's design, but adds a 3in vari-angle LCD, an improvement compared to its predecessor's tilting display. Video capture in 1080p and 720p is supported, and the camera features a hot shoe for use with an external flash, microphone, or other accessory.
Last is the diminutive Coolpix S01. This miniature camera is only 77. x 51.2 x 17.2mm in size and weighs just 96g.
The touchscreen shooter features a 2.5in LCD with a 230k-dot resolution. Images are captured using a 10-megapixel CCD image sensor and a 3x (29-87mm equivalent) zoom lens. Its small size comes with some sacrifice in flexibility—you can't remove its battery and are limited to 7.3GB of internal memory.
It will be available in red, white, silver, and pink finishes. The camera is priced at £149.99 and is also available from 27 September.