Nikon COOLPIX S810c Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 12x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f3.3-6.3
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • Lens shift and electronic vibration reduction
  • 9 area contrast detection autofocus
  • Manual focus (using touchscreen)
  • Macro mode focuses as close as .8 inches
  • 3.7” touchscreen monitor (1,229,000 dots)
  • 1080p HD video at 30 fps
  • ISO sensitivity 125-1600 (3200 available in auto only)
  • Burst speed of 8 fps up to three images
  • In-camera image editing
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Android 4.2.2 operating system
  • Android apps available
  • 4 GB internal storage
  • About 1 GB RAM
  • Micro SD cards
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 270 shots
  • Weighs 7.7 ounces
  • Release Date: 2014-04-24
  • Final Grade: 89 B+

B+
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Nikon COOLPIX S810c
Nikon introduces their first Andriod camera.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/5/2014

The Nikon Coolpix S810c is only the camera giant's second model to offer an Android operating system in the growing world of smart cameras. Consumers looking for a smart camera should note though that the S810c is only equipped with Wi-Fi--when you're out of reach of a wi-fi network, you have to connect to a smartphone or tablet to share those images online.

The S810c has a lot of the usability of a smartphone camera (minus the 4G) with the image quality of a solid point-and-shoot. The 16 megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor is average for the category, but certainly above average compared to a smart phone camera. The 12x optical zoom is also a nice feature, along with a macro mode that can focus as close as .8" from the lens.

The S810c has a good burst speed of 8 fps--but beware that you can only take three images in a row at that speed, a spec that likely indicates this camera is a bit slower at processing images than a typical compact without Android. The shutter speed can reach up to 1/4000, however, which is actually quite good for the category.

When looking at smart cameras, there's a few more specs to consider. The Nikon S810c has an Android 4.2.2 operating system with 4 GB of internal storage and approximately 1 GB or RAM. The camera will run image and video apps available on Google Play, along with offering the in-camera image editing that's common on Nikon compacts.

The biggest downfall of the Nikon S810c is that you pay a bit more for a camera that's not quite as high quality in order to get the Android operating system and image apps--yet there's no 3G or 4G, so you are limited by wi-fi. Check out some of the competing models by Samsung before you buy.

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