Conclusion: The Nikon S800c's design feels conflicted, with its camera and Android portions often seeming to be at odds with each other. Our conclusion after shooting with the S800c for some time is equally conflicted: there were things we liked about its design, and others that drove us batty. It's handsome, compact when you consider its zoom reach, and has swift autofocus.
Pros: Powerful 10x optical zoom lens, Can shoot photos before Android finishes booting up (but not change settings), Large library of available apps for download from Google Play store, Third-party apps allow functionality unheard of in closed-OS cameras, Integrated Wi-Fi and friendly app ease photo sharing, if you're not using a Jellybean-based device, Processor is fast enough even for some light gaming, Internal memory is pretty generous, Bright colors with very good hue ...
Cons: Dim OLED display attracts smudges, is hard to see under sunlight, Very limited stock camera feature set for its price, Strong division between Android and camera features, Doesn't fully take advantage of Android's benefits, Android version used is showing signs of age, Third-party apps cannot save full-res images or use optical zoom, Quite unstable; force-closes, lockups and the like are common, "Connect to S800c" app doesn't work on Android Jellybean devices, Can't u...
Excerpt: We recently reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Camera and found it to be more like the product of a high-end Android smartphone mated with a super-zoom lens. It was the first Android-powered camera we got our hands on, but it’s the Nikon Coolpix S800c that was the first digital camera to run Android. It was announced in August last year and was launched in India towards the end of the year. Let’s find out what it has to offer and how is it different from the Galaxy Camera.
Excerpt: At first glance, the Nikon Coolpix S800c ($349) looks like just another compact ultra zoom camera. It's anything but ordinary. The Coolpix S800c is one of only two cameras on the market powered by the Android operating system, with the other being Samsung's Galaxy Camera . The use of Android allows you to share photos without having to connect to your computer, or tether to a smartphone.
Summary: The Nikon S800c is an interesting hybrid of connected mobile device and traditional compact camera. The end result is a capable, but far from inspiring product which offers a lot of potential but not without some frustrations. Battery life is very poor, responsiveness isn't what we've come to expect (Android's 30 second startup time doesn't help) and image quality is only so-so.
Pros: Android ecosystem adds thousands of ways to edit and share your photos (among other things), 10X, 25 - 250 mm zoom lens in a small, stylish package, Sharp and vivid 3.5in touchscreen OLED display, Fast AF, shot-to-shot speeds, Built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth, Automatic scene selection when in Easy Auto mode, Plenty of scene modes and special effects, including HDR and 'sweep panorama' features, Full HD movie mode with stereo sound, use of optical zoom and image sta...
Cons: Mediocre photo quality; photos are soft and noisy, with strong highlight clipping at times, Terrible battery life, Wi-Fi has very poor reception, occasional connection problems, Buggy playback mode sometimes displayed photos out of order, or not at all, Camera not fully functional until Android is booted (which takes 30 seconds if camera has been off for a while), Running outdated version of Android, No manual controls, save for white balance, Hard to see subjects on ...
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S800c sounds like a wonderful idea on paper, but in practice, it’s a jack of all trades and a master of none. Nikon’s lack of smartphone experience really shows here: the old hardware, out of date software and lack of tight integration mean this simply doesn’t gel. That said, the snaps are adequate, so don’t grumble if one emerges under the tree this Christmas for you - and stay tuned for a full review of the rival Samsung Galaxy Camera coming soon.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S800c is the first Android powered camera in the market, but at the end of the day, it is meant to be camera first and anything else, second. For us, photographic performance is supreme, and we hoped that Android would actually add something to the shooting experience, but all it did was bring the 'freeze experience' to the camera. The average image quality doesn't warrant the Rs. 20,950 price tag.
Pros: Good build, Fast startup to camera
Cons: Apps can cause lags, crashes, Dated OS, Average image quality
Excerpt: We’ve grown a bit weary of the quest for instant gratification (“can I get a retweet, bro?” comes to mind). But Nikon’s COOLPIX S800c ($350) moves in a positive direction by blending point-and-shoot photography with smartphone connectivity. The included Android 2.3 OS and Wi-Fi allow users to instantly upload shot to social media, use various Android photo apps or even just browse the web.
Conclusion: Installing apps such as Facebook or Twitter enables you to share your images instantly, so long as there's a Wi-Fi connection available. It's worth downloading these as soon as you get the camera out of the box, to save hassle later.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S800c has the feel of a camera rushed through to be the first of its kind. It offers a glimpse of how smart cameras can revolutionise photography, which is an exciting prospect given that the technology will probably be developed further and find its way into more high-end cameras. Apart from its Android functionality, think of the S800c as a consumer-level compact with an excellent screen but poor battery life.