Nikon S800c firmware update resolves Android instability, Wi-Fi issues


posted Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM EDT

Last August, Nikon unveiled the Coolpix S800c, the first mainstream digital camera in over a decade to feature a full-blown operating system exposed to the user. Based on Google's Android OS, which has proven extremely popular in the world of smartphones and tablets, the Nikon S800c lets you install and run your own applications from the Google Play store. The S800c is even more unusual, though, in having a clear delineation between an app-focused Android mode, and a more photographer-friendly Camera mode. In effect, it's almost two separate devices in one body.

A new firmware update for the camera issued by Nikon today aims to correct some issues which seem largely to be related to the Android mode. There's no note of any changes relating to the Camera-mode record capabilities, but you'll certainly want to update to ensure a more pleasant experience when using the camera's Android functionality. The update also resolves issues with Wi-Fi connectivity and print orders configured in the Playback mode, as well as adding support for a couple of new languages.


According to Nikon, the following issues have been resolved:

  • An issue that sometimes caused unexpected termination of Wi-Fi connections.

  • When a memory card inserted in the camera was ejected while an Android app saved to the camera’s internal SD card storage (internal SD card space) was running, operation of the camera sometimes became unstable.

  • When multiple Android apps were running, operation of the camera sometimes became unstable.

  • When the camera was turned on and then off, icons for Android apps saved to the camera’s internal SD card storage (internal SD card space) sometimes disappeared.

  • DPOF-compatible printers were sometimes unable to recognize information specified with print orders (playback menu>Print order).

  • Support for Hindi and Arabic languages has been added.

No doubt due to the S800c's Android operating system, the update is uncommonly large when compared to typical camera firmware updates, weighing in at around 120 megabytes. The update is available for users on both the Windows and Macintosh platforms, and takes the camera to firmware version 1.1.


More details and the download itself can be found on Nikon's websites below if you're in the U.S. or Europe; customers in other markets should check with their local Nikon agent for information.