Nikon Coolpix S800c

Announced Aug 22, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3.5 screen | 25 – 250 mm (10×)
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Announced Aug 22, 2012
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The Nikon Coolpix S800c is 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).

Overall, 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.

Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Focal length (equiv.) 25–250 mm
Optical zoom 10×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.5
Screen dots 819,000
Min shutter speed 4 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 184 g (0.41 lb / 6.49 oz)
Dimensions 111 x 60 x 27 mm (4.37 x 2.36 x 1.06)
GPS BuiltIn

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Our review

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.

Good for: The connected photographer will love having almost all of the functionality of a modern smartphone, attached to a much better lens and sensor.

Not so good for: Anything where you need endurance or critical image quality. The connectivity options are great, but overall, the sluggish S800c feels like a compromise.

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