I got this camera earlier today, and I absolutely love it. My only thing though... i wish there was a way to get a data plan or something for the internet instead of just the wifi. got lost on my way from the city after buying this cam, and the GPS was useless. lol ohwells. awesome camera, really no other complaints.
June 2, 2013
Great concept, but...
My husband got this camera for Christmas and I was quite excited to start using it, however from day one, I have been having issues with the battery life. I would turn it off, then try to turn it back on and realize that the battery had been drained because it was on "stand-by" instead of "off"... had to actually read the manual and figure out how to do that. Takes great pictures, connects to wifi and allows access to Facebook, e-mail and other apps that you can automatically download your pics to, including your iPhone, which I have not been able to do as of yet (keeps giving me an error...).
A bit frustrated with the product, might have to return it....
December 31, 2012
Great camera overall with a fixable glitch
Excellent camera features including the Android OS v 2.3.x. Imagine having your android phone (without the phone of course) with a 16 MP camera attached to it. And a CMOS sensor, by the way. You can download many photo apps from the Google Play store to use with this camera, including another GeoTagging App. Now the glitch. Until Nikon issues a new firmware update that fixes this problem, you will need to rely on another GeoTagging App, not the one Nikon Camera uses in Settings to GeoTag its photos. The reason for this is that in two cameras s800c , the GPS Longitude written to the photo is very wrong from your location, while the Latitude is correct. In my case with both cameras, one I replaced, with 6 satellites above me me and goog reception, my photos taken in South Florida, Longitude 80 degrees, the Exif info Longitude records a position in the middle of China. Thats where all my photos get tagged with. No kidding.
So overall its a great camera that I will keep and use, without using Nikons GeoTag, but I do hope they issue a new firmware update for this.
November 17, 2012
Awesome Idea - Could use some enhancements
We bought this camera for a trip to Italy. We were super excited about having maps on the camera instead of having to carry around the paper map. We also wanted to be able to do email while gone without bringing a ton of devices that we would have to keep track of. I added the places we wanted to go to my google places before we left, which you can layer over the maps. Unfortunately, you need wifi to pull those up. You can view the maps offline, but you have to be zoomed in on where you are going before you leave wifi if you want it to be at the level you need to not get lost. Even though it has a few drawbacks, overall, it is a very nifty little camera.
- Even though the mobile upload is slow, it works, which was nice when abroad since we only had 1 device.
- Amazing picture clarity even when moving the camera. The clarity when zooming is better than most as well. As a camera it is better than most.
- Touch capture is awesome (focuses where you touch instead of having to hold down the button which always makes me move the camera like crazy)
- Nice to have one device instead of two, especially when traveling internationally where my phone won't work for calls anyway
- Battery life drains fast when using wifi
- You can't use the camera while it charges. I found this extremely annoying. We would come back from a day out and want to plug the camera in to charge while using the internet, but you can't use it while it is charging. I've never had a phone/computer/tablet that you couldn't use while charging so I'm not sure why this one won't, but it is extremely annoying. This is the biggest drawback by far. I hope it can be fixed with a software update.
October 26, 2012
Pretty good for the first Android phone
The OLED screen is visible outside in direct sunlight (not really high contrast, but definitely visible enough to use).
The instant on feature that lets you use the camera while android boots up in the background seems to work really well, and it actually seems to be ready for shooting quicker than some other point and shoot cameras I've seen.
The picture quality seems good to me, definitely better than your typical phone camera (I'm no photo expert, mind you, just going by subjective appearance).
Android seems to be well integrated. I've used android apps to transfer photos and movies via wi-fi and bluetooth, and the specialty android camera app I'm working on is no buggier on the camera that it was on the phone I was using for development previously.
You can't use it while it is charging. This puts a real crimp in the ability to use it for long periods of time in a fixed location where it would be perfectly possible to provide AC power for the charger. I have other Li-Ion battery devices that do not have this restriction. I have a feeling this is a marketing ploy to sell external chargers and spare batteries rather than having a legitimate technical reason.
No excuse for the non-standard USB connector. This means you have to drag around an extra cable just for the camera because no other cable you have will work on the camera. If anyone makes a small mini USB to Nikon USB adapter I could carry around instead of a whole extra cable, I'd love to buy one.
Whatever the surface on the touchscreen is made of is a bigger fingerprint magnet than I have ever encountered before in any device, and things that clean other surfaces OK, just seem to smear this one.
October 4, 2012
The sole reason I bought this camera was for wifi connectivity. Every once in a while it will actually connect but more times than not it doesn't connect or it disconnects itself. I saw that there was an upgrade in November 2012 that was supposed to fix this issue but it certainly didn't help mine.
June 18, 2013
Camera is awesome
I got this camera for Christmas and I really like it!
December 26, 2012
Is it average? Does it work? Does it break easily and need repair?
I would say that it is not average. Although it has apps and music on it unlike normal cameras, it is extremely slow after using it for about a month and it sometimes freezes. I had used this camera for about 3 months before the place where you connect the cord to charge the camera was too damaged to charge the camera. The camera works fantastic to take pictures. If that is the main reason for the camera, I recommend it. If it isn't, I do not recommend it.
August 20, 2014
Battery life makes this unusable for travel.
Do not buy this if you are traveling on vacation and can't recharge it several times a day. Battery life is miserable, not more than three hours, and less if you forget to shut down. i finally improved battery life a bit by shutting down all apps, putting it on airplane mode, and deleting all data for many of the preloaded google apps (gps, maps etc kill your battery life). Camera features are great (rapid focus, crystal clear detail, quick cycle time even if flash is used) but this is a fine camera posing as an email platform, Utube player, navigation tool, etc. BTW, I do not understand why all of these apps run on the iPhone without depleting that battery. Very hard to figure out how to shut down preloaded apps, the downloadable manual simply refers you to a google site, which pretty much gives no information at all.
May 30, 2013
Horrible uploading picture experience.
I am really livid with this product because although it takes great quick pictures, it is an awful experience at getting the pictures uploaded. You think because it has "wifi" it is quick and easy, not so. It doesn't stay connected to the wifi, so after you spend time and select the pictures to upload, it will state it cannot upload them. And then you have to go back in and re-select your pictures. I have just now spent an hour trying to upload my vacation pictures with no success after 6 trials.
May 26, 2013
Promising concept but many flaws in the execution and current software/firmware
There are too many bugs currently to recommend using this camera.
Camera often takes up to 30 SECONDS to be shoot ready coming out of standby
Camera has been freezing regularly, will not come out of standby, will not go into shoot or playback mode immediately after coming out of standby, software freezes
Camera has been reporting errors with the SD card, and then after re-powering, card will be fine
Battery life barely lasts an hour under normal shooting conditions.
Controls like ISO and flash mode are inconsistent over different shooting modes. EX, you cannot change ISO in monochrome shooting.
October 31, 2012
Horrible App Support, Horrible Battery Life, Very Disappointed
Before I start I would like to make sure everyone reads this first which is the "intro" paragraph for this camera. Just a small reminder :)
~~~Introducing the most connected COOLPIX yet, S800c with the superior imaging power of a Nikon point-and-shoot camera and all the capabilities of an Android™ smart device. Create beautiful photos and Full HD videos, then instantly share them right from your camera—email them to friends, post them on Facebook, upload them to my Picturetown or wirelessly transfer them to your laptop, smartphone or tablet. You can even install popular Android photography and social networking apps, available on Google Play™! It's an all-in-one smart device that will change the way you create and share memories.~~~
I have had this camera for awhile and am very upset with it. My husband had purchased it for me as a present knowing I would be in Tech Heaven but now I constantly have to apologize for yelling at it and telling him how bad it really is.
Pro's - When it works it's great! Beautiful pics and videos!
Con's - No headphone jack to output video yes the usb port is great but I like to connect to my surround sound and there is no way to do that for me.
- I feel like giving it back to nikon at this point. Within the first month or so the battery died to the point where my lens was stuck half in half out. At this point I had to charge it just to a bit to get the thing to retract, meanwhile sitting it down. The shutter was stuck and managed to jam up. This happens all the time!
- The battery life!!! Oh the wretched battery life! I can not even count the important photo's and videos I have missed out on because of it fizzing out half way through the event, I am not sure why Nikon would make a product like this without a battery capable of supporting it. Forget Geocaching, by the time I get where we are it's dead. Yes I aware of switching it to airplane mode helps but I shouldn't have to do that all the time. Maybe for inside event's an AC adapter of some sort would work nicely?
- Why, unlike every other simpler and more complex products, can we not use it while charging??? This would take a little bit of my irritation away with the device. I want to love it I really do but it constantly leaves me stranded time and time again.
- App support through google play is the worst, you would think if Nikon was going to put out a product like this so nicely evolved that they would put a little support behind some apps for this. I would even pay for an app if it worked and didn't force close constantly. Even facebook and youtube force closes all the time new updates or not, forget instagram!!! Which are heavily advertised by Nikon as "instantly being able to share" !!!
- Bluetooth has never worked for me.
- I even had my mom buy one cause I thought they were so awesome but now I feel horrible because hers is just the same.
Now for my final word at the moment about my device. I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor in July. This gives me memory loss. My Dr. and support groups all give the ideas of taking pictures and videos and labeling them prior to surgery to help myself remember what it is that is lost. Also I thought that it would be nice to use the google calendar to help me remember the things that I am forgetting. Plus utilize the many apps that could really help a person in my position. Again I must say I am disappointed beyond belief with this thing, I wouldn't give it away to my worst enemy. I guess I will be trying to buy a $50 android phone from walmart to help myself stay organized and what not.
October 12, 2014
Worst buy ever. I want my money back
This camera is not worth any amount of money, let alone its steep price. It doesn't turn off properly so it is perpetually in standby mode, which drains the battery (even when all the wifi features are turned off). The battery dies after viewing pictures for 5 minutes and it tells you that yo have half a battery left when in picture mode, but then in standby mode, it tells you are at 10%. Super frustrating and I am going to try to return it. I only wish I hadn't brought it on vacation with us half way around the world!
August 10, 2013
I had to return this product for repairs within a few months because the lens jammed in full Telephoto mode and would not retract. When I got it back, it would not focus properly and all pictures take outside were horribly overexposed. While it was working, I found the smart features of no value. My iPhone and iPad did everything the camera did and easier and better. I only got this camera because it had wirleless and GPS. Neither worked well. I swapped it out for a Coolpix S9500. Its features are similar, but I think closer to what I want. A Smart camera is just not valuable to me. I hope the S9500 proves more reliable. The wireless transfer of pictures is a little difficult, but the GPS seems to be working fine, and it is nice to have a geographical record of each picture you take.
August 7, 2013
Aargh! What was Nikon thinking?
My previous review was based on incomplete data. I have now been working on a custom camera app and found that the implementation of the Camera API in android only allows you to take 8MP pictures max (3264x2448 image size). The only point to an android camera is to unleash the army of android developers who will produce ingenious apps that will make android cameras sell like hotcakes. If android developers aren't going to be able to access the full capabilities of the camera, it becomes utterly pointless.
October 20, 2012