In this Wednesday’s This and That post we have Nikon jumping in bed with Android and A service advisory for the Canon 40mm

Rumored Nikon Coolpix 800 with Android
Rumored Nikon Coolpix 800 with Android

What do you get when you cross Android and a point & shoot camera?  The answer may be the Nikon Coolpix S800c!  Which, if the rumors are correct, will be announced at the end of August(August 22) and provide a full android experience married to a decent 16MP-ish camera that includes GPS and Wifi.  Screen size of 3.5″ which is a 1/2 inch bigger than our current large screen cameras and of course would be touch sensitive.   How do you feel about this marriage?

Benefits I see –

Easy sharing of quality photos to your favorite social networks.

Apps like http://postagramapp.com/ become much cooler.

More robust photo editing on camera- the number of photo editing options for Android is impressive and some are quite good

Auto upload and backup of your photos – Good-bye USB cable and card readers

Downsides I see- 

Decreased battery life

More complex interface that could crash and or dissuade the user

Loads more instagram photos 😉

This isn’t a new idea but it is a big manufacturer(Nikon) jumping on the Android wagon.

Samsung has their own WiFi enabled camera and recently announced a new version and Nokia has a full phone with a 41MP camera

What are your thoughts?

In Other News

Canon has issued a product advisory for their EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens.  If you push on the lens, even just reattaching the lens cap, you can cause the autofocus to stop working.  They use the term Phenomenon – Full information below

Affected Product
EF40mm f/2.8 STM

Phenomenon
If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working.
*This phenomenon does not occur during normal shooting.
*This phenomenon does not result in a malfunction of the lens.

Workaround
When the above phenomenon occurs, detach and reattach the lens, or remove and reinsert the camera battery to restore the operations.

Market Support
The firmware to address this phenomenon will be available for download in late August, 2012.
Once this firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our Web site.

Support
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Please register your EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON
1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support

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