Nikon Coolpix S800c review

Smart camera features Android operating system

Nikon Coolpix S800c
The Nikon Coolpix S800c runs Android apps such as Instagram

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon Coolpix S800c with the Panasonic TZ30, Samsung Galaxy Camera and Fuji F600 EXR.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon Coolpix S800c review

These results show that JPEG images from the Nikon Coolpix S800c have a strong signal to noise ratio at the lower sensitivity settings, but fall behind the Samsung Galaxy Camera at ISO 400-800, though the Nikon's images overtake again at ISO 1600 and above. The Nikon produces almost identical signal to noise ratio results to the Panasonic TZ30, until the top of the sensitivity range, where the Nikon is a few points ahead. The Nikon S800c shows a stronger SNR than the Fuji F600 EXR at almost every ISO. It is the best camera here for higher ISOs.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon Coolpix S800c

JPEG results for dynamic range show less fluctuations than those for signal to noise ratio, with the Nikon Coolpix S800c maintaining a fairly steady score at ISO 125-800, sitting below the the Panasonic TZ30 and above the Samsung Galaxy Camera. It dips below both rival cameras at ISO 1600, though, before finishing at ISO 3200 between the two again. The Fuji F600 EXR begins showing stronger dynamic range in its JPEG images than the Nikon, before plunging below all three other cameras at ISO 400 and above. The Nikon S800c doesn't perform as well in terms of dynamic range as it did for signal to noise ratio, but it's not the worst here either.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.