The Smartest Camera
The first Android-powered camera
Corinne Iozzio WHATSNEW@POPSCI.COM
Photographers post more than five million Images from their phones to Instagram every day. Yet even the most sophisticated phone can’t match the Image resolution and quality of a camera. In an attempt to make uploading photos from a camera as easy as It Is from a smartphone, manufacturers began adding WI-FI radios to their cameras last year, but the software interfaces were so difficult to navigate that few people actually used them. To simplify the process, Nikon engineers Installed a version of Google’s Android smartphone operating system on the Wi-Fi—enabled Coolpix S800c.
Designers took a fairly standard polntand-shoot, with a 16-megaplxel sensor and lOx optical zoom lens, and added 680 megabytes of storage for app downloads. Once logged Into a Wi-Fi hotspot, photographers can use the S800c as they would a smartphone and download any number of image-editing apps, such as Adobe Photoshop Touch, and sharing tools, such
as Photobucket. Nikon software engineers made only one tweak to the OS: Android can take at least 10 seconds to boot, so they programmed the camera’s processor to first open Nikon’s own camera software, which takes less than a second to fire up, while Android loads in the background. That way, photographers will never miss the shot.
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