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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...

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.

  • White Balance: Auto WB, 5 presets and manual
  • Memory Card: SDHC, SDXC, SD and 1.7GB internal memory
  • Output Size: 4608 x 3456 pixels
  • LCD: 3.5in OLED touchscreen with 819,000 dots
  • Sensor: 1/2.3in (6.16 x 4.55mm), 16-million-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Weight: 184g (including card and battery)
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, easy auto, 17 scene modes, smart portrait, movie and 5 special effects, ±2EV exposure compensation
  • File Format: JPEG
  • Lens: 10x zoom lens, 25-250mm (effective) f/3.2-5.8, 10cm close-focus macro mode
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL12 (140 shots)
  • AF array: Quick AF, continuous, area, tracking, face, multi
  • Shutter Speeds: 1-1/2000sec (4sec firework mode, 1/4000sec high-speed continuous)
  • ISO: ISO 125-3200
  • RRP: £379.99
  • Dimensions: 111.4 x 60 x 27.2mm
  • Metering System: 256-segment matrix, centreweighted, spot

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