The New Android-Powered Nikon COOLPIX S800c


Nikon has just announced the new COOLPIX S800c, a 16MP point-and-shoot digital camera powered by the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. It enables you to shoot pictures and Full HD video easily, share your creations through Wi-Fi, and it transforms your camera into a smart device so you can browse the Web, check your email and social networks and take your pick from Google Play's thousands of available apps.

Equipped with a 10x optical zoom 4.5-45mm (25-250mm 35mm equivalent) f/3.2-5.8 NIKKOR ED glass lens and a 3.5” 819k OLED touch screen, the S800c features everything you would expect in a well-rounded point-and-shoot camera, having the added benefit of an incredibly powerful mobile OS and wireless connectivity. With all of Nikon’s imaging power and features like optical VR image stabilization, subject tracking and high ISO sensitivity, the COOLPIX S800c has everything that smart phones and tablets lack.

A built-in GPS chip on the S800c records latitude and longitude, so you can pinpoint the location where each photo was made, and in-camera effects can be added to stills and video for a more creative touch. A world of photo-related apps is at your disposal as well, going beyond applying filters like the ones found in popular programs like Instagram and Hipstamatic. There are scores of apps that add advanced capabilities for creating panoramic images, time lapses, HDR photos and more. There are also apps that use location data to calculate accurate sunrise, sunset and golden-hour times, so you know when you’ll have the best light in which to shoot. Innovative new photo apps are being introduced all the time, and the S800c lets you take advantage of them in low light with its backside illuminated CMOS sensor and optical zoom.

An SD/SDHC memory card slot handles media storage, but you could always email photos or upload them directly to Facebook when connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot or when tethered to a mobile device or a computer. Unlike many of today’s gadgets, when you run out of power in the field, you can just pop in another EN-EL12 rechargeable Li-ion battery. The high resolution OLED touch screen with anti-reflection coating handles many of the cameras controls, and it allows you to view your pictures and videos and those that you discover online, in crisp detail. The new COOLPIX S800c is available in either black or white, and it may challenge your notion of what a camera can do.

Resolution Effective: 16MP, Actual:
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still images: JPEG
Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: WAV, AAC stereo
Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Stabilization Optical & Electronic 
Lens NIKKOR ED VR lens
8 elements in 8 groups
EFL: 4.5-45mm  (35mm equivalent: 25-250mm)
Aperture: f/3.2  (W)-5.8 (T)
Zoom Optical: 10x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 1.7' (0.5 m) to infinity
Telephoto: 3.33' (1.0 m) to infinity
Macro: 4.0" (10.2 cm) to infinity 
ISO Sensitivity 125-3200
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
1-1/2000 sec
1-1/4000 sec (high-speed continuous shooting)
4 sec (Fireworks mode)
Exposure Metering 256-segment matrix, center-weighted, spot 
Exposure Modes Programmed Auto, Exposure Lock
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Burst Rate 8 fps at 16 MP for up to 3 frames
Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec
Built-in Flash Yes, TTL Auto
Effective Flash Range Wide:
1.64-18.37' (0.5-5.6 m)
3.28-10.17' (1.0-3.1 m)
Built-in Memory 1.7 GB
Memory Card Type SD / SDHC
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL: HD 1920x1080p / 30 fps; 1280x720p / 30 fps
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder Type OLED screen
Viewfinder Coverage 98%
Screen 3.5" (8.9 cm) OLED Rear Touch Screen (819,000 pixels)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, HDMI C (Mini),  USB 2.0
Software Requirements Not specified by manufacturer
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating: 32 to 104 deg F (0 to 40 deg C)
Battery EN-EL12 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life Approx. 140 shots per charge (based on CIPA standard)
AC Adapter EH-69P (included); EH-62F (optional)
Tripod Socket 1/4"
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 4.4 x 2.4 x 1.1" (11.2 x  6.1 x 2.8 cm)
Weight Approx. 0.4 lb (0.18 kg) with battery and SD memory card


If I can get it his week, then yes and hang the price. Today on photoexpedition in Mount Vernon, White Plains, and Mamaroneck I was going crazy between my Nikon P510 five days old and not knowing where it was and my HTC EVO Android phone two months old, unable to zoom and running low on battery. I must bring back the P510 for my money back despite its excellent pictures because I take too many snaps on a Sunday bike ride to remember where they all were. I don't expect the S800c this week, so it will probably be the Nikon AW100.

Maybe next year an Android camera will correct the shortcomings of the S800c: Excess pixel count for its small optical system, obsolete Android version (I love the improvements in maps, word editing and task control of Android 4) and short battery life. I can carry a spare battery (had a spare today for the real camera but not for the smartphone) and otherwise accept it for now, if it were available now but next month is too late.

What would be wonderful would be cellphone capability, but that would require service, and the mobile service companies want to approve each phone they serve, which generally takes forever especially for the cheaper services.

I love the Android operating platform on my phone and tablet. This camera is on order for me and I will enjoy it's not having to take my bulky D200 out. Just enough when I am out exercising, walking or browsing without all the heavy Stuff!

I think most of the folks commenting are missing the real news here. Whether this camera has a certain number of megapixels or other specific camera/PDA/Smartphone features is not the news. The real breakthrough is that third parties will be able to write creative applications that will run on this camera. They may be applications that provide innovative imaging cpabilities (like HDR) or innovative connectivity capabilities leveraging WiFi and GPS. This will open up a new direction for cameras and in some cases may extend their usable lifetime. If this one does not tickle your fancy wait for one with good enough image quality, speed and focusing ability and let creative folks writing 3rd party apps provide capabilities and flexibility you've never dreamed of built into a camera.

This is only the beginning! I can't wait to see Android technology on the high end and professional cameras. Built-in WiFi and photo editing apps. Instant gratification brought to another level. Smart Cameras are going to change the way we think of photography! How exciting.

Does this camera can make phone calls too?

Might be nice for those 3 people on the planet without a smartphone

Now, if it were only submergeble in water.

Unlock the bootloader, install a recovery and install CM 7.2 .... lol

Hmmm... No mention of music. I would love for this to replace my android device so I could always have a camera handy without carrying yet another device around. But it's not going to be a replacement unless it can handle music.And, if it's not going to replace my current device, I might as well buy a straight-up camera.

So it claims to shoot video, but battery life is 140 images. I assume video means 20 - 30 fps. Does that mean you can only shoot 5-7 seconds worth of video before your battery is drained?

I might have missed it but lets hope you can turn off the GPS feature on this new camera when you so desire. I have been using a Nikon COOLPIX P6000 (W/Gps)(ISO6400) and if you forget to disengage you'll wish you carried a backup battery. They (Nikon) dropped this feature in the next "P" series.

The battery life seems short to me but it´s OK for a 0.18kg device. Should we expect a cell phone to be included in the next model? :)-

I'll buy if it can use 3G.

But, can you play Angry Birds on it?

This is NOT a has no mention or cards or other on board memory...and 140 images is a joke what resolution ......why are they not telling and why......bob

Nikon zigged when they should have zagged. They should have skipped the 16mp sensor, used a good 12mp, and put ice cream sandwich or Jellybean on it. I'm guessing they stuck with Gingerbread to save $5 on ram memory.

Don't be fooled by the megapixel marketing. The more megapixels you cram into a sensor, the grittier the image. Most of today's point & shoots with 16 megapixels have less than pristine images at ISO 100, and they get terribly worse as you go up the ISO ladder.

Nikon: Can you please focus more on image quality? Pun intended. Right now, the best super-zoom camera out there for image quality is the Panasonic FZ150, soon to be outdone by the FZ200. neither Nikon or Canon super-zooms can compare to the sharpness of those images. I review cameras all day long with bells and whistles, but if the images are splotchy at 100% magnification, what's the point of buying it?

I love the idea, because I like to carry a simple flip cell phone. I would rather carry this one device than my tablet and a camera. The problem is Android 2.3 is too old in the android world. I say this because my tablet is only 2.3.

The tablet/smartphone technology is changing so fast, can the camera manufacturers keep up?

Make the next version with the latest Android OS.

Storage File formats Still pictures: JPEG Audio files: WAV Movies: MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo)

Looks very nice, but 140 exposures is very poor for a lithium battery. If it shot in raw and had better battery, I would consider this as a back up camera. Right now it's more of a niche product.

No phone function?

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