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Tech: Nikon Adding Instagram to the DSLR Camera (Android OS)
Nikon is reportedly working on an Android-powered camera later this month, according to a camera-enthusiast blog. The camera will be part of Nikon’s CoolPix line of point-and-shoots, and it’s said to connect directly to the Google Play market to download apps that will run on the camera.
The blog Nikon Rumors posted the report on Wednesday. Citing a filing with the Indonesian Communication Agency, the report suspects the model number will the CoolPix S800 or S800c. Although it doesn’t cite any other sources, the site says the camera’s “expected” specs: a 25-250mm lens, a 3.5-inch OLED screen, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.
The camera is supposed to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be able to download and run apps. While the rumored camera wouldn’t be the first ever to run some version of Android — Polaroid announced a model in January — it could be the first one to go on sale.
Why would you want a camera running Android? While the vast majority of Android apps would be fairly useless on a camera, the OS would enable the camera to run photography apps like Instagram or Pixlr-o-Matic. Combining the user-friendliness and social networking of those apps with a real camera is a potent combination.
However, it only becomes truly useful if you have connectivity. Wi-Fi is helpful in that regard, but one of the main reasons social photo apps are so popular is the ability to snap pics and share them wherever you are. Without 3G or 4G connectivity, that won’t be possible, although you could always connect the camera to a portable hotspot.
Besides the camera apps, running Android apps on the camera would let you fire up Draw Something if your phone’s out of juice.
The report says Nikon will unveil the Android CoolPix camera at the Photokina show in Germany on Aug. 22. When contacted by Mashable, reps for Nikon said the company doesn’t comment on future products or speculation.
How would you use an Android-powered camera? Share your ideas in the comments.