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Nikon Coolpix S800c First Look Review

We have a look at the new Nikon Coolpix S800c, the World's first Android powered digital camera.

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 Nikon Coolpix S800c First Look Review: Nikon Coolpix S800c (15) (Custom)

The Nikon Coolpix S800c is an Android camera running Android 2.3.3 - with WiFi, GPS, and access to all the same apps as the android phone, such as Angry Birds, Skype, Web browser, Facebook and Twitter.

You can also access the Android store where you can download camera apps to your heart's content. This includes apps like instagram, retro camera, pudding camera and HDR camera, just to name a few. We had a go with a few of these and they worked well, although HDR camera expected you to hold the camera in a portrait position (like most camera phone pictures).

Nikon say a main benefit of Android is that photographers can choose from the many apps on offer to create the effects they want, rather than necessarily being limited to the Nikon ones. However, one issue from using multiple camera apps on the camera is that they all have a habit of using a different folder location to save photos, rather than the more standard DCIM photo location.

Nikon Coolpix S800c First Look Review: Nikon Coolpix S800c (9) (Custom)

Nikon Coolpix S800c First Look Review: Nikon Coolpix S800c (10) (Custom)

There are a few camera effects in the Nikon "Shooting" camera app and a larger number of scene modes. The Nikon shooting app has an easy-to-use touch screen with clearly laid out options and large icons showing what each option does.

Nikon Coolpix S800c First Look Review: Nikon Coolpix S800c (2) (Custom)

The camera switches on impressively quickly even after having just put a battery in, with the camera coming live first and then the Android operating system coming up after roughly a minute. When left, the Android operating system goes into standby mode so hopefully battery life shouldn't be too short. However,  Android on mobile phones has been known to be quite battery hungry, although this is also due to the use of mobile phone networks. As the camera has just been released the effects of Android on the battery life are not yet known, but with a CIPA rating of 150 shots, we would expect a second battery to be necessary as the provided battery is rated at just 1050mah.

Nikon Coolpix S800c First Look Review: Nikon Coolpix S800c (20) (Custom)

The camera is not as slim as Nikon's other compact zoom cameras such as the S6400, but it is still pocketable. For anyone used to a modern touch screen mobile, particularly the Android operating system, the camera will be extremely intuitive to use. Although one reservation we had was that the shutter release button doesn't automatically take you to the camera, we were told the current app that you are in has to be shutter button aware for this to work. It's possible this may be updated with a final version of the firmware, as this model was pre-production.

Nikon Coolpix S800c First Look Review: Nikon Coolpix S800c (6) (Custom)

Nikon Coolpix S800c First Look Review: Nikon Coolpix S800c (7) (Custom)

Nikon say that their focus is on apps that allow the camera to connect to 3G devices such as the iPhone etc. so that you can send images to it, when you may not have a Wi-Fi connection, and that development of other apps is down to 3rd parties. They expect people may develop apps specifically for the camera, and that the camera is the closest you're going to get to an open system.

The camera has 2gb of storage built in, as well as an SD card slot. It features a 10x optical zoom, back-illuminated 16-MP CMOS sensor and a high-resolution 8.7 cm (3.5-in) OLED touch screen.

The Nikon Coolpix S800c compact camera will be available from 27 September 2012 with an RRP of £379.99 and comes in two colours: white and black.

Nikon COOLPIX S800c Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Nikon COOLPIX S800c Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.2 - f/5.8
35mm equivalent25mm - 250mm
Optical Zoom10x
Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3-in
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.5in
Screen resolution819,000
Touch ScreenYes
Min Focus10cm
Focusing modes
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity125 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8.1fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS60
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL12
Battery Life (CIPA rating)140shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (with Terminal Cover), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6

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flash783 Avatar
flash783 17 12 England
29 Aug 2012 1:36PM
Why not add the capcity to make phone calls and remove the need for a seperate mobile phone, freeing space in your pocket and opening the product to a wider target market...!
NikonJohn Avatar
29 Aug 2012 2:44PM
It has Skype. So you could in theory make calls.

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