Nikon Coolpix S800c Review

October 23, 2012 | Gavin Stoker |


The first of any new product line is never going to offer value for money alongside the thrill of the new. And the Nikon Coolpix S800c is an exciting product, even if the short battery life is an issue as is the fact that accessing the ability to take photos isn't as immediate as we feel it should be. Not a problem if you're using a smartphone and are therefore going to be doing more besides, but rather more of an issue on an actual camera. Then there's the disappointment that the actual images produced aren't any better than a point and shoot camera costing half as much.

In truth then it is among early adopters rather than camera enthusiasts that the Coolpix S800c stands the best chance of finding an audience. Not just because of the premium asking price but also the initially modest camera specification, when compared what could be bought if you're not bothered about, or even put off by, an Android operating system. That said, while for now it might be considered something of a niche product, the smart money is still on a greater symbiosis between cameras and phones as being the shape of things to come rather than a passing gimmick. Which is why, importantly, while it ain't perfect, the Nikon Coolpix S800c is still a revolutionary product in its own right.

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 3
Image quality 3
Value for money 3