Summary: The Nikon COOLPIX S800c is a beautiful Smart Camera with Android OS, Wifi, Bluetooth and integrated GPS that allows you to do just about everything. The device is fully controllable thanks for the presence of a beautiful 3.5-inch OLED touch display with very high resolution where you can view the beautiful photos and video that this camera allows you to create (thanks to automatic modes and a very interesting optical zoom 10x).
Pros: Built-in GPS, System Lens-shift vibration reduction; Graphics Processor EXPEED C2, Android OS, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, back-illuminated CMOS sensor 16 MP; wide optical zoom with 10x optical zoom, 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen display and 819k points; Full HD movies (1080p); Price.
Summary: At Rs 20,950 (including a 4GB SD card, pouch and HDMI cable), the Nikon Coolpix S800c is priced at par with premium travel zoom digital cameras such as Canon PowerShot SX260 HS. Considering the S800c lacks good zoom range and manual modes, coupled with the fidgety user interface and performance that doesn’t match up to other cameras in its price range, the asking price is too high.
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.
Nikon Coolpix S800c marries Android, point-and-shoot with mixed results
12 December 2012
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S800c marries an above-average point-and-shoot with the functionality of an Android device with mixed results.
Pros: The Nikon Coolpix S800c is a good-looking point-and-shoot running on Android with a nice touch screen, Wi-Fi, GPS, and full access to the Google Play store and all the apps and content you'd find on other Android devices.
Cons: The S800c feels like a camera with an Android smartphone tacked on, and a slow and old one at that. Battery life is very short. Photo quality isn't any better than its far less expensive line mate, the Coolpix S6300.
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.
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 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
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.