Refurbished Android based Nikon Coolpix S800c camera on sale

Adorama currently has refurbished Android based Nikon Coolpix S800c cameras on sale for $119 (original: $346.95).

I guess Nikon abandoned the Android based camera project, just like they did with the Coollpix S1100pj experiment (camera with a built-in projector).

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  • Guest

    Any word on year end deals for Nikon bodies?

  • Chimphappyhour

    Dang! They still want too much for those PJ cameras on Amazon.

  • JB

    Looks better than the Samsung S4 zoom, pitty it doesn’t have a phone function, otherwise it would have been mine!

  • Spy Black

    Those should be quite fun at that price. Just root the suckers and have a field day!

  • I don’t blame them for abandoning it. Having to pay Microsoft and LucasFilm, then on top of that no way to really compete with Samsung and their phone R&D. Way too big of a money loser.

  • At lot could be done with this concept. Partnering with the right companies would be the key. Phones have gotten thinner and thinner for some reason that I don’t understand. Do you REALLY want to put that phone in your back pocket? A thicker phone would allow for a pretty decent camera. How hard would it be to stick a phone in this thing?

  • Dead End

    If Nikon had been serious about entering the ‘phone market it would have helped if the thing had had the capability to make calls.
    Best stick to the core business.

    Now where’s the D400?

    • I’m beginning to think that Nikon have abandoned the idea of a professional DX camera. The latest FX cameras are all coming with crop options and a D300s replacement isn’t even a rumor. I think their strategy is to slice and dice the low end of the DSLR market to attract more people into that arena while they trim their point-n-shoot offerings way back in response to the move by consumers to phones. The other indicator is the lack of DX primes yet they continue to roll out seemingly redundant lenses for FX.

      • MyrddinWilt

        They may not see room between the D600 and the D7100

        A D400 would have to have the D800 full pro body which would put it at $1700 which is $100 above the price of the D600 right now.

        To be attractive over the D7100 at $1100 it would probably need to have a 36MP sensor.

        If there is a D400 it is almost certainly the last hurrah for Pro DX. The cost of a full frame sensor is dropping. They have more than enough resolution to deliver decent DX in crop mode.

        The D800 was the D400 it seems.

        • Thom Hogan

          Nonsense. They “saw room” between the D600 and D800 ;~). If they can see that a Df buyer is different than a D610/D800 buyer, they can see that a D400 buyer is different than a D7100/D600 buyer.

          • AM

            At this point, I’m starting to believe that the potential D400 buyer and the Df buyer are alike: emotional.
            Do they need a D300s replacement? I don’t think so. Do they want a D300s replacement? Most likely.

            • Thom Hogan

              They’re emotional because they’re still using 2006 sensor technology at a time when sensor tech has made some big, significant strides. They’re emotional because they perceive their only choices are: (1) buy a D7100 and go backwards in body and buffer, or (2) move to FX and pay more and lose pixel density, possibly even requiring new lenses (so more costs).

              Given that a lot of the D300 users are part-time or full time pros and high-end enthusiasts on a budget, #2 is a tough one for them.

              There’s also the emotional sense of abandonment. In 2007 Nikon made a huge deal of the D3/D300 combination. You could have it all in a D3, or you could pay less and get most of the goodness. Since then, EVERY camera Nikon makes except the D300 has iterated at least once (and many more than once) and two NEW models have popped up, as well. No wonder the D300 users feel abandoned. Big promises up front, never followed up on.

              So, sure, emotion plays a part.

              The problem, of course, is what those folk do with that emotion. One thing I’m seeing is that brand loyalty is going down amongst what used to be the Nikon faithful. That opens up opportunities for other companies.

            • That describes me pretty well. I’m a full time pro struggling to get established and just don’t have the budget to go FX and buy new glass. I’m shooting a D300s that I bought used on eBay for $750. It’s a very fine camera but I don’t get the low light performance I really need to be competitive. I’m using 50mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8 primes; 10-20mm Sigma super wide zoom and an 18-55mm VR kit lens. I’m looking at getting a 17-55mm to replace the kit, and it will have to be used. Anyway, along with a D90 backup body and a couple of SB600 strobes I’m into this for about $2,800. If all I had to do is replace the D300s I could do it. But going to FX is out of the question still.

            • Thom Hogan

              Right. So Nikon now has a customer who thinks “they never cared about me enough to upgrade the camera I need so why should I care about them?” or alternatively “all they now want is for me to spend a lot more money with them on something different, so why should I care about them?”

              Nikon really needs to fix this. The D300 (and D700) owners were some of their best ambassadors for their product. If they were to wait another 5 years to update the product, they’d have lost all the goodwill they built. The question at the moment is how much goodwill have they lost? 5%, 10%, 25%, more? I don’t know, but from everything I hear from D300 owners, it has to be a measurable and tangible number at this point.

            • Smudger

              As a wildlife photographer working with Nikon’s longest lenses + TCs on a D300s (yes, I shoot small birds), FX is simply not an option as an alternative.

              If the D4x (another myth?) has the PD, buffer size and frame rate in crop mode then it maybe the best DX camera we currently don’t have.

              Nikon has certainly lost my goodwill ( other issues as well as products MIA) but at the moment the other camera system is not a better option.

            • Max Archer

              I’m primarily an FX shooter but I use a D300 as my backup and for extra reach when shooting motorsports. Aside from the downgrade in body and performance, the fact that there’s no modern option that can share batteries and cards with pro bodies is a major problem. A major part of why I’m still shooting a D3s and not a D4 is that the batteries also work in my gripped D300s and allow vastly superior performance compared to the smaller batteries the grips for smaller cameras use. A D4s/D400 pair would be an almost definite upgrade were they to appear.

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      • lorenzo

        Is that what you saw in your crystal ball?
        If so maybe it is time to change it as might have a virus.

    • lorenzo

      Perhaps the D400 is in the same place where the D810E (no AF issues) and the D4x (24 Mpix) are 🙁

      • delayedflight

        Because the cameras that the ‘idiot’ mums and dads actually fund development for bigger and better flagships and lenses.

        Without them Nikon would probably not exist.

        The D800 focus issues were blown out of proportion, I have an early D800 which had the focus issue which has had zero impact on my photography as it was so specific to my wide angle lens. The only annoyance I had was that I paid full price for a slightly defective camera.

    • Andrew

      This looks like a first generation attempt by Nikon to work with the technology and get a feel where things should go.

  • Pat Mann

    All gone :-}

  • NW

    The adorama link has S800c back in stock for $79.95!!

  • Captain Megaton

    Nikon shouldn’t have even bothered making android cameras. They should have made Nikon branded camera modules for android smartphones instead. They could have had a range of different modules, with consumer-facing names, and worked to closely integrate the camera with custom software so they had better performance than the competition.

  • broxibear

    Instead of taking on phone cameras with compacts, maybe Nikon will just make their own mobile phones or partner a mobile phone maker?…

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