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.
Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.
It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.
Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.
Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.
Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.
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