Serious smarts: Nikon’s Coolpix S800c puts Android in your camera


posted Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:02 PM EST

Nikon's Coolpix S800c digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for our Nikon S800c preview!Phones borrowing features from cameras is nothing new, but today Nikon flips that paradigm on its head, with the debut of the first mainstream camera that inherits its standout feature from the world of the smartphone.

The Nikon Coolpix S800c isn't the first camera we've seen that's built around Google's Android operating system, but it's the first that seems to have been built from the ground up that way. Although it doesn't have the cellular connectivity of a smartphone, the Nikon S800c promises all the smarts, and a good bit of the convenience as well.

Courtesy of standard Android apps, you can shoot, edit, and share right on the camera itself, with your photos winging their way to social networks either via a handy WiFi network, or via the WiFi hotspot provided by your phone or tablet. The advantage: your artworks benefit from a lens and sensor that are much larger than those you'd find in a phone, and you're not draining its battery--nor consuming its often-limited storage--to feed your photo habit. Camera is camera, and phone is phone, once more. And hey, if you want to play a few games or surf the web from your camera, you can do that too.

The Nikon Coolpix S800c ships in the US market this September, priced at around US$350. It's an interesting concept, and one worthy of far more discussion than we can fit in this news item, so for the full story visit our hands-on Nikon S800c preview!

Nikon Coolpix S800c
Nikon's Coolpix S01 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer North America: S800c
Dimensions 4.4 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.
(111 x 60 x 27 mm)
Weight 6.5 oz (184 g)
Planned Price $350
Planned Availability September 2012
Image Capture
Sensor Type CMOS
1/2.3" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
16.79 megapixels (total)
16.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Image Dimensions 4608 x 3456 (15.9 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
4608 x 2592 (11.9 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 8.0 frames per second for 3 frames
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 3.5 in. diagonal820,000 dots
OLED Screen Yes
Touchscreen Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 4.5 - 45.0mm (actual)
25 - 250mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.2 (wide) / f/5.8 (tele) - ??
Focusing System Contrast Detection
Has AF assist lamp
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 4,082" (10 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, Fixed Range Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Exposure Modes Program
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash, Preset Manual (Custom)
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Flash off, Fill flash, Slow sync
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- EV
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format .MOV (H.264 with stereo sound) with audio
Movie Resolution / Frame Rate 1920x1080
Recording Medium SD/MMC including SDHC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG
Other Mini (Type-C) HDMI
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary EN-EL12
Product Bundle
Software Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary EN-EL12 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 2380.0MB Internal
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Waterproof No
Notes Runs Android 2.3 OS, built-in Wi-Fi, Full HD video, 3.5" OLED touchscreen (with Touch Shutter, Subject Tracking, and Touch AF/AE), built-in GPS, 4GB internal memory: 1.7GB available for images (plus SD/SDHC slot), 680MB for applications. Available in black or white.
More Photos
Nikon's Coolpix S01 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix S01 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix S01 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix S01 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for a bigger picture!


Press Release

Great Images Are Now Trending: With Wi-Fi® Connectivity And A Powerful Android™ Platform, The New Nikon COOLPIX S800c Is The Easy Way To Instantly Capture, Create And Share

The New COOLPIX S800c Enhances the User’s Connected Life, Letting Them Instantly Share Great Images From a Device That Includes Features Only a Camera Can Provide with the Ease and Versatility of a Smartphone or Tablet

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 22, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the innovative COOLPIX S800c,  Nikon’s first Wi-Fi compact digital camera to incorporate Nikon’s powerful camera imaging technologies and the boundless capabilities of an Android Operating System (OS). Designed for the always connected individual, the S800c delivers the high picture quality and superior performance expected from a Nikon camera coupled with communication functions and app-based versatility of a smartphone or tablet.

The new S800c answers the call for users who need the ability to capture photos and HD video with amazing clarity and color, yet offers a familiar portal to connect to social networks and popular imaging applications through an Android Operating System. With the introduction of the S800c, beautiful images can now be confidently and quickly shared with friends and family.

“With the new COOLPIX S800c, Nikon designed a camera for users looking to capture stunning images and videos with a compact digital camera but also want to share their content with their friends and family in a familiar way,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc.  “Now users can connect easily and instantly with their social networks through the wireless connection, and take advantage of the vast possibilities of the Android Operating System. The new S800c is truly the easiest way to share amazing images on the spot.”

Powerful Images Are What Connects Us
What sets the S800c apart from connected devices is the focus on the quality of images that people can share. Features such as the spectacular 10x NIKKOR zoom lens and the 16-megapixel CMOS sensor affords the ability to create photos and HD video with unrivaled sharpness and clarity, whether up-close or at a distance, even in challenging lighting conditions. The S800c helps users to create images they will be proud to share, while offering connectivity and additional benefits to users, including:

  • Optical 10x Zoom NIKKOR Lens: covering from wide-angle 25-250mm, so either the largest group or action from afar is captured with clarity that can only be accomplished with a quality lens. Additionally, the lens is bolstered with Nikon’s VR optical image stabilization for blur-free photos and stable HD video, even while handheld.

  • 16 Megapixel  Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS Sensor: Much larger than the CCD sensor traditionally found in smartphones or tablets, this BSI CMOS sensor excels in challenging lighting conditions, and provides images with vivid colors, low noise and exceptional contrast and sharpness.

  • Powered by Android: The camera’s connection features allow users to seamlessly connect, browse and upload to their social networks, including Google+™, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also take advantage of the full functionality of Android technology to surf the web or even download applications and games onto their S800c. Just like a smartphone or tablet device, the camera has the opportunity to run camera-specific photo and video applications, yet enables the various benefits of shooting with a real camera.   

  • Google Play™: The S800c provides access to a vast world of applications for games, productivity and personal communication/ email, including Nikon’s photo storage and sharing site, my Picturetown®. Users are also able to watch video downloaded from Google Play right on their camera.

  • The Benefits of COOLPIX Camera Technology : With the EXPEED C2 processing engine, users will enjoy rapid response and speedy performance from their device. Additional benefits include the ability to use a camera flash to illuminate subjects, while continuous drive mode captures up to approximately 8 frames-per-second (up to three shots) to help ensure no moment will be missed. What’s more, a variety of scene modes and creative filters keep it fresh and let the user easily create stunning images.

  • Full HD Video: The S800c makes it easy to capture Full HD 1080p HD video with amazing fidelity and sharpness, with full stereo sound.  Video clips can be instantly uploaded to popular video sites such as YouTube™ and Vimeo®.

  • Built in GPS: Ever wanted to track a weekend excursion or geo-tag a hard to find shooting spot? The GPS function enables recording of shooting location information on stills and movies.

Easy Settings, Easy Connection, Instant Gratification
Smartphone and tablet users will feel at home with the S800c’s familiar controls and operation, and will be able to easily navigate using the wide and bright 3.5-inch touchscreen OLED monitor.  The camera will connect to the internet via granted access to any Wi-Fi network. Upon connection, the user will be prompted through an easy-to-understand set-up process, similar to that of other Android devices. The COOLPIX S800c also has the ability to connect through WPS for a fast and secure push-button connection.  Additionally, when a Wi-Fi connection is not open or available, the camera can transmit images and videos wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet, allowing the user to share better images through a mobile network. 

COOLPIX core technologies also make it easy for users to create share-worthy images. Various camera modes help the user achieve the greatest shot, whether it’s a macro shot of tonight’s cuisine or a scenic HDR shot of downtown, the image is instantly ready to share. For maximum creativity, the S800c has 18 filter effects, including the new Toy Camera effect, Pop and Super Vivid color filters, as well as Cross Process and Peripheral Darkening filters.

Price and Availability
The S800c will be available in September 2012 in both White and Black for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $349.95*. For more information about this COOLPIX camera, or other Nikon products, please visit

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR® optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the new Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. In 2012, production of NIKKOR lenses surpassed 70 million, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @NikonUSA.


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