It’s the first ‘smart camera’, and one with a 16-million-pixel sensor and 10x optical zoom. Tim Coleman tests the Google Android OS-powered Nikon Coolpix S800c. Read the Nikon Coolpix S800c review...

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Nikon Coolpix S800c at a glance:

  • 16-million-pixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Equivalent 25-250mm Nikkor lens (10x optical zoom)
  • Android enabled (Gingerbread 2.3)
  • 3.5in, 819,000-dot OLED touchscreen
  • Built-in GPS
  • Lens-shift vibration reduction
  • Street price around £340

Nikon Coolpix S800c review – Introduction

Smartphones are truly popular with photographers, thanks in no small part to their pocketability and multi-purpose functionality. Web access for instantly sharing photos is clearly useful, as are photography apps. Most importantly, the built-in cameras are getting better. DxOMark recently put on its website ( an article claiming the best smartphone camera has better image quality than high-end compact cameras of five years ago. Such devices have therefore put, dare I say it, one-trick-pony consumer-level compact cameras under serious threat.

Nikon was the first to announce the launch of a ‘smart camera’ that uses the Google Android OS (operating system) in the form of its Coolpix S800c, pipping the Samsung Galaxy Camera. Unlike the Samsung camera, there is no sim card in the S800c, which means no mobile data network or a contract to pay each month. Instead, Wi-Fi is used for photo sharing, web browsing, emails and access to the Google Play store for downloading applications. The S800c offers most of the advantages of a smartphone, but it is at its heart a consumer compact camera.

  1. 1. Nikon Coolpix S800c at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Our verdict
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  • Ray Harris

    The Panasonic G5 is a hidden gem. Panasonic have cobbled this camera by pairing relatively poor JPEG performance with a poor kit lens (if you have the 14-42). Stick a decent piece of glass on the end and shoot RAW, and you begin to realise what a bargain this is – under £400 for the body, which competes against most APS-C models and all but maybe the GH3 and NEX 7 in the mirrorless range. Neither the G6 nor the GX7 will be a real improvement in IQ, unless you shoot video and need manual controls.


  • unhappy customer

    In the specifications you didn’t list some of the most important items:
    – size of the sensor
    – lens mount type
    – battery life

    Besides, cookies will NOT be enabled.

  • Scott

    Are the skin tones different/better than those on the G3?

    I’ve found all of the Panasonic G disappointing in that area.