The digital camera industry is constantly trying to reinvent itself, even if smartphones like the Galaxy S III are able to take pictures that rival their standalone point-and-shoot counterparts. Well, what if we could collide those worlds a little further with an Android-powered compact camera?

That’s exactly what’s going to happen with Nikon will reportedly reveal the Nikon Coolpix S800c later this week. On the front, it looks like most other Nikon Coolpix digital cameras, but if you swing around to the back, you could swear that you’re looking at an Android smartphone instead. I suppose people are getting more accustomed to smartphone interfaces, so that might be an easier way for the average Joe to understand a revamped UI for a camera too.

According to the rumors, that’s a 3.5-inch OLED screen on the back, showing off Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The leaked image seems to show a 4.5-54mm lens (f/3.1-6.5) with 12x optical zoom. I imagine the camera will make use of the Android “gallery” app and it’s quite possible to see some instant Instagram action in there too. Given the Android underpinnings, I’d imagine that Wi-Fi is in tow as well.

Reports are indicating that Nikon will have three different Android cameras when it makes the announcement around the 22nd of this month. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen an Android “smart” camera; Polaroid has one too. Is this the start of a new trend?

Via Slashgear

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