During the early days of Android we saw mobile phones being hit by the Android mania, later a slew of smart TV’s were hit by the same Android mania now the latest victims of this outbreak are cameras running Android ! . All device manufactures have started to embrace this platform to power their upcoming devices, mainly because Android is open source and the demand for Android powered devices is extremely high.
As of now there are only 3 Cameras Running Android
- Polaroid SC1630
- Nikon Coolpix S800c
- Samsung Galaxy Camera
These three pieces of innovation are the contenders in the race for the #1 position in the newly formed sub niche “Cameras Running Android” , this category faces tough competition from the camera sector and the smartphone sector
1)The Polaroid SC1630
Polaroid is a big name in the field of photography and they were the first ones to cash in on the Android mania, This is not a dedicated camera, but a smartphone with an integrated point and shoot camera, this beauty can shoot pictures and make phone calls as well!.
Polaroid is a really strange brand, it was a thing of the past, but regularly offers new products, it would be crime to forget the fact that Polaroid gave us the first instant cameras!.
Now the company has unveiled a new device, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera . This is a camera that runs Android , with 16 megapixels and 3x optical zoom and it can MAKE PHONE CALLS!.
The icing to the cake is that this camera(Or should we call it “this phone”) can connect to WiFi and access the internet or you can make use of the micro sim slot to connect to 3G
Details concerning the optics of this device, it has a 16 megapixel sensor, F3.1 – F5.6, 3x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom, the max shutter speed 1/1400 and has an ISO up to 3200. It is equipped with a system for image stabilization, face detection and can shoot video in 720p. It will be offered with a price tag around $ 300 U.S.D .
2)Nikon Coolpix S800c
This is a treat to the photo-bugs , presented by the Japanese camera manufacturer Nikon
The Coolpix S800c is the FIRST camera to run on Android. You may ask “what about the Polaroid SC1630″ ? isn’t that the first camera running Android ? The answer is no , this camera is a 100% camera and it can not make phone calls. The Japanese manufacturer has opted for Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread.Nikon has integrated the best photo-optics with the best user interface to deliver the best experience to the user
S800c connects to the internet via WiFi and has access to Google Play. Therefor it is possible to install Android apps of all kinds.You can post your photos directly to social networks (Google+, Facebook , Twitter …) from the camera itself. The S800c is equipped with 1.7 GB internal memory and 680 MB for pictures and applications. However it has a slot for SD card and SDHC which can store up to 32 GB.
This too is a 16 Megapixel camera, Nikon has created what is does the best – an optimal camera for low light photography!. This camera is armed with 10x optical zoom and it can shoot videos at 1080p @30FPS.
There is a class A GPS to geo tag images and a 3.5 inch capacitive touch screen with OLED disply.
This stallion is priced at $ 475 USD and is a fierce contender for the best cameras running Android
3)Samsung Galaxy Camera
The latest member to join the Android camera bandwagon is the “Samsung Galaxy Camera”.
After being hit black and blue by Apple , Samsung has released this device , and it would sincerely pray that Apple doesn’t sue them for this device too!.
The launch of this device was overshadowed by the launch of the much hypes Samsung Galaxy Note II.
With this digital camera armed with a quad-core processor of 1.4 GHz and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Samsung intends to strike a blow. The South Korean manufacturer is going to talk about “rebirth”.
From the back it looks like a smartphone, it has indeed a large LCD touch screen of 4.8 ” .The HD screen is of 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and runs Android in its version of latest stamped 4.1 Jelly Bean. From the front, it is of course a traditional compact camera that reminds with its 21X optical zoom, it features a BSI CMOS sensor that can shoot 16-megapixel Full HD 1080p at 30 fps or 720×480 at 120 fps.
In paper this is the best camera out there and we are not certain about the price of this device.