Nikon CoolPix S800c Compact Digital Camera

I’m still not quite sure if I should call this new Nikon point-and-shoot camera as the world’s first Android-system camera technically, practically, and officially. I mean, there are already some models launched with Android as the platform, but they often ended up being a smartphone with bigger camera mechanics but without the cellular function. Nikon’s entry to this category with its new CoolPix S800c promises the exact modern feeling for a point-and-shoot camera, but when priced at around $300, should this compact camera be a must-have?

The Nikon CoolPix S800c looked much alike to its predecessor, the 6300, when compared, while at the same time, shares some common characteristics with the other CoolPix models in terms to design. Bodied in a sturdy plastic material, the S800c is relatively thin and compact for all its capabilities at just 4.4inches wide, 2.4inches tall, and a remarkable 1.1inches thick. This thickness should be well and good thinking how well the camera hides its long zooming lens barrel. Lastly, the camera itself weighs no more than 6.5ounces.

Moving forward, the Nikon CoolPix S800c has the same set of camera specs with its predecessor, and this includes a 16-MP 1/2.3”-type BSI CMOS sensor, a 10x zoom lens with aperture size of F3.2-5.8, and a Nikon Expeed C2 processing engine. Adding to these are the dual image stabilization technology (optical and digital), the new 819k-dot OLED touch-capable display at 3.5inches diagonally, and the JPEG-only file formatting capability. Being a camera itself, the S800c does not really have anything so good to be a new marketing idea aside from the long optical zoom capability.

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Albeit the lack for newer strictly-camera features, the Nikon CoolPix S800c is but modern enough making its price a bit reasonable. What made this camera so special is that it runs on Android (I am still bothered to realized that the camera only has a Gingerbread version of the Android, and as of now, there’s no news yet about any possible upgrades to the Jelly Bean), so users will find the familiar Android home apps and capabilities. This is facilitated by the touch display as said, and as tested, the responsiveness is swift and intuitive enough. Coming with the Android system are also the familiar Android physical buttons for menu, home, and return, wherein the first allows users to check on camera options directly, the second one for the Android interface, and the last one is what its name says.

Thankfully, being an Android, icons are displayed properly for the touch without letting users crumble because of pressing the wrong capacitive buttons. One trouble I saw, though this does not really matter much, is that you have to swipe the screen over and over again if you are looking for an item that is not immediately displayed. Other than this, the Nikon CoolPix S800c has all the essentials of an Android, though some camera apps don’t really ‘talk’ well to the camera’s mechanisms, making zooming capabilities only digital rather than optical. Lastly, running a Gingerbread version should be an answer to keeping the machine off the performing heat, but still, a lot of apps are sluggish if not terminating themselves or crashing unexpectedly.

Adding to being modern, the Nikon CoolPix S800c also supports GPS for Geo-tagging photos in real time, plus the Wi-Fi capability that allows the camera to ‘quickly’ connect to an available hotspot, or to even another Wi-Fi capable device without the need for an established network. Both these features should work well with sharing files and data with photos, and uploading them is an added snap; thanks to the said Android capabilities. Lastly, users can also enjoy watching movies and playing games on this device; thanks to the Bluetooth technology for connecting to other playback devices.

The biggest problem so far with this camera is the very hollow battery life that stops at only 140 shots—and that’s without games and video playback. You’d sure have to take extra cells with you plus a charger for keeping this camera up for you.

Nikon CoolPix S800c Compact Digital Camera Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 350.00

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