Putting my DSLR Down and Giving A Coolpix S800c A Try

As a Best Buy Ambassador, I get to try out a lot of products. I was very excited when we were told we would be trying out cameras, but then we were updated with the fact that they would be point and shoots. I knew I would have a little bit of a problem. My DSLR and I have been attached at the eyeviewer (yea, I’m a little old school) since I purchased it, and now I would have to give a Nikon Coolpix S800c a try. OK. So…after hemming and hawwing at it, I grabbed the box and took it with me on a trip.


Once I got to my room, I read the instructions and charged up the camera. The battery is rechargeable just like a smartphone, just plug it in and let it charge up overnight. One of the cool things about this is that the camera also runs the Android system, so it can connect to the internet and all the apps that are available via Android, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I was starting to think this camera wouldn’t be too bad. I live my life on the go and I also share my life with, well, you. A lot of times I would prefer not to go home, load up my computer, edit and then finally put on Facebook, so the ability to upload instantly was amazing.

I am not a pro-photographer so I am not gonna get all technical on you. I’m still learning what aperture and white balance mean. But here are some likes and dislikes I have found.


  • Compact and Sleek looking
  • Android (woo!)
  • Colors were vibrant

Nikon s800c review

  • Multiple “scenes” like Food:
Nikon s800c Review

This picture was taken in Florouscent Light, very late at night and it is unaltered.

  • and Pets (the pet setting captures multiple shots while focusing on your pet’s face, so that you get one great shot!)

Pet Setting Nikon s800c

  • and it does well even in low light settings

Nikon s800c Review in Low Light

My Dislikes:

  • The Battery runs out really fast, even while not using the Android apps.
  • If you aren’t Tech savvy, it may take you awhile to figure out the settings and how to get things to work. I’m pretty used to tech and android systems, and it still took me about an hour or so to figure how to set things up.
  • Focus. This could be my peeve as a DSLR user, but I like to be able to focus on a particular item and highlight it, so to speak, in my picture. I couldn’t do this with this camera.

Nikon s800c Review

Nikon s800c Review

Each time, I was trying to focus on the blue ornament


It wasn’t the camera itself, I’m sure, it’s a point and shoot thing, but I figure if a camera is as technical as this one is, it would have a way to function as a partial DSLR.

Overall, I think this is a great camera for a mom who knows her way around a smartphone. It is also great for quick trips to a park or zoo, and anywhere you will want to upload instantly. You can also check your Facebook, Twitter and Emails while you are on the go, so it is perfect for today’s modern mom.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products above as a Best Buy Ambassador. All thoughts, opinions and photographs (except where indicated) are 100% my own and my not be reproduced without written consent from me.

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