We had a chance encounter with a Nikon Coolpix S800c the other day, so we took the opportunity to take a look at it and play with it for a short time. And during that brief period, we found the Coolpix S800c quite nice. More below.
Just a quick starter about the Nikon Coolpix S800c: It's the first Android-powered camera in the world (not including Polaroid's SC1630), leading by quite some time from the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Camera. It's also more compact than the latter which makes it more maneuverable, albeit the small 3.5" display.
The Coolpix S800c's build is decent, bearing a glossy white color with minimum markings. It's quite nice to hold and look at.
The Nikon Coolpix S800c sports a 1/2.3-inch 16-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a Nikon Expeed C2 processing engine, a 10x f3.2-5.8 25-250mm lens with optical image stabilization, and 4GB of internal storage. Sounds a little bit technical, but that jargon right there means this is a full-fledged point-and-shoot camera.
Running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it does bring something unique to the table. You can take photos, share them instantly through Twitter and Instagram via WiFi, tag them optionally with GPS, and when all is said and done you can play Jetpack Joyride or Fruit Ninja. Yes, you can actually run Google Play apps with this device.
Barring apps compatible only with better powered devices, the Nikon Coolpix S800c on Android mode can run most time killers. You can even use Viber on this device and actually call someone. But alas, the Achilles Heel of this device is its battery life.
Shoot all you want, play all you want, but this camera dies on you around 4 hours of continuous usage. So if you're on a long photo trip, bring a spare battery. You don't want this thing dying on you on the middle of your adventure.
Meanwhile, the photo quality of the Coolpix S800c is above average than cheaper point and shoots. You'll get to see the results once you plug it in a PC (or a Mac, if you prefer) and look at the snaps taken. Colors are crisp and lively, although that's debatable since there are tools that can actually measure image quality.
You can take and view photos via the camera's 3.5-inch OLED capacitive display, which is bright and vivid even when you're outdoors (even if display literature tells its not supposed to be that way). Plus, it has built-in filters that would modify your photo upon trigger. Perfect for the times you don't want to use Instagram.
In the end it all boils down to your preference: Are you an Android purist who wants the system to be where it belongs—on mobile? Would you rather have a dedicated camera without "otherware"? Or maybe you're a casual, new generation shooter that strongly appreciates combined technologies with heavy social media integration? Whatever your choice is, you can't deny the Coolpix S800c's accomplishment of being a first.
The Nikon Coolpix S800c is now out in stores for P21,990.