Nikon S800c

 
Nikon Coolpix S800c front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 184g - 111 x 60 x 27mm
  • Launched February 2013
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  • Alternatives
Portability
93
Imaging
41
Features
40
Overall
40

Nikon S800c summary

Nikon S800c is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera first launched on February of 2013. It houses a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The S800c places at #35 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #683 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should check our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.

Nikon S800c family

The Nikon S800c comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can take a look at all previous and more recent models alongside key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S800c vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S800c vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S800c vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S800c vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S800c vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S800c vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
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Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S800c vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S800c vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S800c vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S800c vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S800c vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S800c vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S800c vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S800c vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S800c vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S800c vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S800c vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S800c vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S800c vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S800c vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S800c vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S800c vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S800c vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S800c vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S800c vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S800c vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S800c vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S800c Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon S800c based on factors that are usually considered useful in a camera.

built-in flash
built in lens has zoom (25-250mm 10.0 x zoom)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
great reach (250mm)
has OLED
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI port
provides face detection autofocus
provides tracking autofocus
relatively wide (25mm)
touchscreen functionality
very good size screen (3.5 inch)
bad battery pack (140 CIPA)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
doesn't have external microphone port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly display
lack of manual focus
max zoom aperture not good (f5.8)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no manual exposure
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (819 k dot)
screen is fixed
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Nikon S800c Sensor features

The Nikon S800c is powered by the Expeed C2 chip. The sensor measurement on the Nikon S800c is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 125 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the S800c's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The S800c sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Nikon Coolpix S800c sensor size Handle those 8K RED files like a boss

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S800c dimensions

Nikon S800c weighs around 0.41 lb (184 gr or 6.49 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 111mm x 60mm x 27mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Nikon S800c is very much the same in comparison with other rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Nikon S800c with a softdrink to help you have a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix S800c dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the S800c.

Nikon Coolpix S800c topview buttons dials

Nikon S800c Lens features

The S800c features a fixed lens having a focal range of 25-250mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which may not be amazing however it will be convenient in some conditions.

At it's widest 25mm, it will have an aperture of f3.2 and that is quite sluggish and not great in low light situations and you might struggle to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to raise your ISO which results in noisy pictures. On the long end, 250mm is terrific zoom and comes with f5.8 which is pretty slow and you will have to use slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon S800c Connectivity

The S800c has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Some apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Nikon S800c Video features

The max video resolution on the Nikon S800c is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance in quality vs file size but 1080p is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body does not have a mic and headphone jack so you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to shop for a different camera if you want decent sound in your video clips.

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Nikon S800c Weather Sealing

Nikon S800c does not have environment sealing so wet conditions can easily ruin the camera.

Nikon S800c Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S800c is equipped with a 3.5" fixed display screen having a resolution of 819k dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly so you will be able to switch focus point plus adjust settings with your fingertips.

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The View Finder details regarding Nikon S800c are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite handy in bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Nikon S800c Shutter features

Nikon S800c continuous shooting speed is 8.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Nikon S800c Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon S800c boasts just built in flash with missing external flash support.

Nikon S800c Autofocusing features

Nikon S800c boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and exact as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it handy for portrait photography.

The Sensor supports 9 focus points to pick from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Nikon S800c lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be good in low light situations or you need to have more precise focusing control.

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Nikon S800c Battery life

The battery pack (EN-EL12) for the Nikon S800c is built to last for 140 images as per the CIPA measurements making it less when compared with its rivals. The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the maximum (470) battery life in this category of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Nikon S800c for various types of photography

The following chart shows a summary of the Nikon S800c for various types of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Nikon S800c Portrait photography details

The Nikon S800c receives a score of 36 which is horrible, and means the camera is not suitable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files in addition to the capability to work with off-camera flash.

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decent MP (16MP)
includes face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Nikon S800c as a Street photography camera

Getting a decent points tally of 57, the Nikon S800c is fairly adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Nikon S800c Sports photography info

A horrible sports photography points total of 41 means the Nikon S800c is not suitable for photographing sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
has tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (140 shots)
no phase detect auto focus

Nikon S800c Travel photography factors

Portability is very crucial when buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Nikon S800c gets a above average 65 as a travel camera which is a respectable fit to buy for your journeys.

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good resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (25mm)
long reach (250mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
not so great battery life (140 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)

Nikon S800c Landscape photography details

For those who are planning to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon S800c at it's horrible score of 42 as a landscape camera is not suitable amongst it's competition.

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decently wide (25mm)
bigger than average screen (3.5")
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
terrible battery power (140 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse function

Nikon S800c Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera should really come with a moving screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon S800c is not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a horrible rating of 35.

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rather wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have mic jack

Nikon S800c Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the S800c, here is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram here gives you an overview of the S800c vs it's top rated rivals listed earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may check out as alternatives. To see a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Nikon
Model type
Nikon Coolpix S800c
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Launched
2013-02-04
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Chip
Expeed C2
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Max native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-250mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.2-5.8
Macro focusing distance
10cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3.5 inch
Resolution of display
819k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech
OLED panel with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
4 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
8.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
184 grams (0.41 lb)
Physical dimensions
111 x 60 x 27mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Other
Battery life
140 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
EN-EL12
Self timer
Yes (10 or 2 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC
Storage slots
One
Price at release
$290