Nikon Coolpix S800c Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 10x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle
  • 1080/30p HD video
  • Image stabilization
  • 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen with 819,000 dots
  • 8fps continuous burst
  • GPS tracker
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
  • WiFi connectivity
  • 1.7GB internal memory
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-01-01
  • Final Grade: 86 4.3 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S800c
16 megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor; 10x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle; 1080/30p HD video; Image stabilization; 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen with 819,000 dots; 8fps continuous burst; GPS tracker; Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system; WiFi connectivity; 1.7GB internal memory; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Nikon's answer to the deluge of camera phones eating into market share, the S800c is the first camera to run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). While in a Wifi hotspot, users can check their email, browse the web, download apps from Google Play, or upload pictures they've just taken. The camera innards are basically the same as those found on the very good S6300, a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom, with the addition of a GPS. While we heartily recommend the S6300, the S800c's image quality won't compare to other models in the $350 price range. And although Android and a large 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen to play with are nice additions, Nikon really needed phone functionality here to make the S800c a viable alternative to a normal camera phone. Still, gadget lovers will probably appreciate the versatility Android offers.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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