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Nikon announces Android-powered Coolpix S800c smart Wi-Fi superzoom

By dpreview staff on Aug 22, 2012 at 04:01 GMT

Nikon has announced the Coolpix S800c - the first compact camera from a major manufacturer to openly use the Android mobile operating system. On one side it's a 16MP BSI-CMOS compact camera with a 10x, 25-250mm lens built in, on the other it's a 3.5" OLED touchscreen device running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). We've had an opportunity to use a pre-production camera and have prepared an overview of the first real compact camera/smartphone hybrid.

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Press Release:

GREAT IMAGES ARE NOW TRENDING: WITH WI-FI® CONNECTIVITY AND A POWERFUL ANDROID™ PLATFORM, THE NEW NIKON COOLPIX S800c IS THE EASY WAY TO INSTANTLY CAPTURE, CREATE AND SHARE

The New COOLPIX S800c Enhances the User’s Connected Life, Letting Them Instantly Share Great Images From a Device That Includes Features Only a Camera Can Provide with the Ease and Versatility of a Smartphone or Tablet

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 22, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the innovative COOLPIX S800c,  Nikon’s first Wi-Fi compact digital camera to incorporate Nikon’s powerful camera imaging technologies and the boundless capabilities of an Android Operating System (OS). Designed for the always connected individual, the S800c delivers the high picture quality and superior performance expected from a Nikon camera coupled with communication functions and app-based versatility of a smartphone or tablet.

The new S800c answers the call for users who need the ability to capture photos and HD video with amazing clarity and color, yet offers a familiar portal to connect to social networks and popular imaging applications through an Android Operating System. With the introduction of the S800c, beautiful images can now be confidently and quickly shared with friends and family.

“With the new COOLPIX S800c, Nikon designed a camera for users looking to capture stunning images and videos with a compact digital camera but also want to share their content with their friends and family in a familiar way,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc.  “Now users can connect easily and instantly with their social networks through the wireless connection, and take advantage of the vast possibilities of the Android Operating System. The new S800c is truly the easiest way to share amazing images on the spot.”

Powerful Images Are What Connects Us
What sets the S800c apart from connected devices is the focus on the quality of images that people can share. Features such as the spectacular 10x NIKKOR zoom lens and the 16-megapixel CMOS sensor affords the ability to create photos and HD video with unrivaled sharpness and clarity, whether up-close or at a distance, even in challenging lighting conditions. The S800c helps users to create images they will be proud to share, while offering connectivity and additional benefits to users, including:

  • Optical 10x Zoom NIKKOR Lens: covering from wide-angle 25-250mm, so either the largest group or action from afar is captured with clarity that can only be accomplished with a quality lens. Additionally, the lens is bolstered with Nikon’s VR optical image stabilization for blur-free photos and stable HD video, even while handheld.
  • 16 Megapixel  Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS Sensor: Much larger than the CCD sensor traditionally found in smartphones or tablets, this BSI CMOS sensor excels in challenging lighting conditions, and provides images with vivid colors, low noise and exceptional contrast and sharpness.
  • Powered by Android: The camera’s connection features allow users to seamlessly connect, browse and upload to their social networks, including Google+™, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also take advantage of the full functionality of Android technology to surf the web or even download applications and games onto their S800c. Just like a smartphone or tablet device, the camera has the opportunity to run camera-specific photo and video applications, yet enables the various benefits of shooting with a real camera.   
  • Google Play™: The S800c provides access to a vast world of applications for games, productivity and personal communication/ email, including Nikon’s photo storage and sharing site, my Picturetown®. Users are also able to watch video downloaded from Google Play right on their camera.
  • The Benefits of COOLPIX Camera Technology : With the EXPEED C2 processing engine, users will enjoy rapid response and speedy performance from their device. Additional benefits include the ability to use a camera flash to illuminate subjects, while continuous drive mode captures up to approximately 8 frames-per-second (up to three shots) to help ensure no moment will be missed. What’s more, a variety of scene modes and creative filters keep it fresh and let the user easily create stunning images.
  • Full HD Video: The S800c makes it easy to capture Full HD 1080p HD video with amazing fidelity and sharpness, with full stereo sound.  Video clips can be instantly uploaded to popular video sites such as YouTube™ and Vimeo®.
  • Built in GPS: Ever wanted to track a weekend excursion or geo-tag a hard to find shooting spot? The GPS function enables recording of shooting location information on stills and movies.

Easy Settings, Easy Connection, Instant Gratification
Smartphone and tablet users will feel at home with the S800c’s familiar controls and operation, and will be able to easily navigate using the wide and bright 3.5-inch touchscreen OLED monitor.  The camera will connect to the internet via granted access to any Wi-Fi network. Upon connection, the user will be prompted through an easy-to-understand set-up process, similar to that of other Android devices. The COOLPIX S800c also has the ability to connect through WPS for a fast and secure push-button connection.  Additionally, when a Wi-Fi connection is not open or available, the camera can transmit images and videos wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet, allowing the user to share better images through a mobile network. 

COOLPIX core technologies also make it easy for users to create share-worthy images. Various camera modes help the user achieve the greatest shot, whether it’s a macro shot of tonight’s cuisine or a scenic HDR shot of downtown, the image is instantly ready to share. For maximum creativity, the S800c has 18 filter effects, including the new Toy Camera effect, Pop and Super Vivid color filters, as well as Cross Process and Peripheral Darkening filters.

Nikon Coolpix S800c specifications

Price
MSRPSuggested retail price : $349.95
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorExpeed C2
Image
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatUnknown
File format
  • JPEG EXIF 2.3
  • DPOF compliant
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–250 mm
Optical zoom10×
Maximum apertureF3.2 - F5.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range10 cm (3.94)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.5
Screen dots819,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeOLED panel with Anti-reflection coating
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed Auto
Scene modes
  • Back Light
  • Beach
  • Black and White Copy
  • Close Up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Easy Panorama
  • Fireworks Show
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Snow
  • Sports
  • Sunset
Built-in flashYes (5.6m)
External flashNo
Drive modes
  • Best Shot Selector
  • Continuous H
  • Continuous H 60
  • Continuous H 120
  • Continuous L
  • Multi-shot 16
  • Single
Continuous drive8 fps
Self-timerYes (10 or 2 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
AE Bracketing±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC
Storage included1.7 GB
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless noteswith built-in Android OS
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion & charger included
Battery Life (CIPA)140
Weight (inc. batteries)184 g (0.41 lb / 6.49 oz)
Dimensions111 x 60 x 27 mm (4.37 x 2.36 x 1.06)
Other features
GPSBuiltIn

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Aug 22, 2012)

Nice...

0 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Aug 22, 2012)

If Nikon add the phone function, then it is prefect.

3 upvotes
Octane
By Octane (Aug 22, 2012)

Who needs phone function? You need connectivity, you want app supports, easy integration into the web, social media and your home system. Making phone calls is really not important.

1 upvote
duartix
By duartix (Aug 22, 2012)

What for? Just put skype on the camera!
LOL.

1 upvote
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Aug 22, 2012)

We don't like low quality skype connection.
High quality phone connection is very cheap here. No people here uses skype for day-to-day use, including international calls.
If Nikon added the phone function, it would be a good alternative choice to iphone 4s.

0 upvotes
Kartik Mehta
By Kartik Mehta (Aug 22, 2012)

Ground Breaking , if this goes well , this camera will be remembered ... camera industry is going to change for ever .

4 upvotes
ennemkay
By ennemkay (Aug 22, 2012)

i'm sure we'll soon see one of these manufacturers partnering with hipstamatic to promote a launch of their android cam. the next generation of photography has arrived. android cams + compacts with 1" sensors = dream cameras.

0 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Aug 22, 2012)

At this point there should be no non-Android camera from now on.

What good is a camera that doesn't let you instantly publish your photos?

7 upvotes
Octane
By Octane (Aug 22, 2012)

I agree, cameras should run on a common platform that makes connecting and sharing seamless. But also to be able to enhance the camera features.

1 upvote
Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Aug 22, 2012)

Not sure Apple would agree. And iOS is the best "smart device" platform to program imaging apps on.

And don't count out microsoft. They got a pretty big win with Nokia.

3 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Aug 22, 2012)

"Not sure Apple would agree. And iOS is the best "smart device" platform to program imaging apps on. "

Not true. You don't have access to the raw sensor data (for example, to save real RAW photos before any kind of noise / WB control), for one. You can't do almost anything in video either to, say, subsample the entire sensor area to get rid of the 1080p/720p-FOV-is-too-near problem etc. On iPhone 4/4S, you can't utilize the second mike for stereo recordings either.

3 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Aug 22, 2012)

FINALLY. Now give us an Android interface for our Pro DSLRs, so that we can build our own apps to process/upload photos to our media centers.

7 upvotes
Skip M
By Skip M (Aug 22, 2012)

Not sure I want to fully process my images on my camera, but it's a killer app for anything less than images for clients...and if I can process one or two images during a wedding and surprise them by uploading and tagging them on Facebook, so much the better...

1 upvote
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Aug 22, 2012)

seriously ridiculous.(in a good way)

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