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Nikon Coolpix S9700
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Nikon Coolpix S9700 Digital Camera

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16MP 30x CMOS Feb 2014
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39 Reasons For

Six Industry Awards

Experts in cameras really like this digital camera and have given it six awards.

Four expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this compact camera digital camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs and Digitaltrends.com gave it a "Recommended Product" award.

An other two expert review sites liked this camera. The writer at Expert Reviews gave this compact camera digital camera a "Best Buy" award and said it was a sensible purchase and PC Mag gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and wrote it was marvellous.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on twenty-one expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews the average expert rating of this digital camera is 74%.

Good User Reviews

The average user rating of this compact camera digital camera is 86 out of 100 based on 234 user reviews.

Good Quality Lens

A few Nikon Coolpix S9700 reviewers reckoned that this digital camera had a good zoom. A. O'loughlin mentioned in their review of this digital camera “A view finder would be better for sunny days, however the pictures I took are pin sharp and the zoom is amazing” and rated it as excellent. Two years ago Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 on Amazon “Best zoom currently out there in convenient-size package”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Excellent camera with superb zoom”.

Some people wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Jello Jazzy wrote “Really great item with a great lens” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700. Virginia Plain mentioned “The lens extended fully and made a horrendous noise - like the noise of a piece of card attached to” in her review of this digital camera. Virginia Plain also wrote “The lens fully extends as soon as the camera is switched on”.

A few customers who bought the Nikon Coolpix S9700 thought it had a good autofocus. Mr. Richard Everitt wrote on Amazon “Power up time is quite good so is the auto focus.”.

A number of people said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Susman wrote “The Image stabilisation is pretty good, so when zooming right in on your subjects - shaky hands shouldn't cause any real camera blur”. Expert website Digitaltrends.com wrote three years ago “While we think the SX700 has a better image stabilization system, both cameras take good photos” although they gave the product a score of 60 out of 100.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several customers who reviewed it considered that it was able to produce good images. Two years ago Alan Crook scored this digital camera 5 stars and he wrote “It takes excellent pictures” in his review of this digital camera. Dark Knight Ltd wrote “Based on that purchase I would give it 5 stars!Very easy to use - fantastic photo quality - Bridging camera style functions if you want them” although they gave it a rating of 1 stars. David gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned “Image quality is great”.

A number of Nikon Coolpix S9700 owners who bought the Nikon Coolpix S9700 agreed that it had a good image sensor. David gave the Nikon Coolpix S9700 a score of 4 stars and he mentioned “It has a CMOS sensor; the type used in DSLRs.- A whopping 30x zoom” in his review of this digital camera.

Two customers who bought the product concluded that it was able to produce clear pictures. M. Aust said in their review on Amazon “Mostly I am delighted with the clarity and sharpness of the images”. One Nikon Coolpix S9700 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was good in low light.

One customer wrote that it had a good picture resolution.

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Easy to Use

Some customers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use. A. O'loughlin rated it 5 stars and said on Amazon “It is so handy to have it fit in my pocket, still on a learning curve with it”. Three years ago Dab mentioned “It's light, small, fits easily into a handbag and a joy to use!” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Also three years ago David gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and he said on Amazon “Easy to use interface Things that put me off (so far”.

A number of Nikon Coolpix S9700 owners mentioned that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Mr. Richard Everitt wrote “The 30x zoom may sound appealing; but; trying to hold the camera steady enough to capture what you think you are pointing at is more by good luck than judgement” although he scored the product 3 stars. Wayne Mccormick wrote “One slightly annoying thing it can be a little awkward to hold, as the most comfortable position puts one hand on top of the flash” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 and gave the Nikon Coolpix S9700 a very good review score.

A number of Nikon Coolpix S9700 owners who bought it concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Northern Snapper rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their review on Amazon “Superb lowlight settings”. Susman rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and mentioned “The navigation menu has a range of settings and functions for casual users”.

One person who purchased the Nikon Coolpix S9700 thought it was easy to setup. Michelle Kitchen mentioned on Amazon “Awesome product produces good quality pictures and very simple to set up and use in all sorts of situations! Great!” in her Nikon Coolpix S9700 review.

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Good Connectivity

A number of customers who reviewed it said that it was wifi compatible. Amazon Customer wrote “The wireless feature is effectively a non-starter for many!This camera was bought as a gift for me from Amazon”. Susman said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 on Amazon three years ago “This particular model has built in Wi-Fi, so the user is able to transfer images to your iOS or Android phone using the Wireless Mobile Utility app” and scored it 4 stars. Pcmag.com gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and said in their Nikon Coolpix S9700 review on expert website PC Mag “The Nikon Coolpix S9700 camera packs a 30x zoom lens into a compact body with Wi-Fi”.

Some Nikon Coolpix S9700 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had gps. Nick mentioned on Amazon “GPS is quick to pick up”.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix S9700 was good in terms of HDMI connections. David gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and he wrote “Has a HDMI plug in (along with the usual USB as well).- Got a brand new one off ebay for” in his review.

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Robust

Several Nikon Coolpix S9700 owners who reviewed it agreed that it was well made. Chrissieb wrote on Amazon “Unable to fully assess it as it will be a gift for someone else at Christmas - looks good and solid though”. Three years ago Robin Perks scored the product very highly and he mentioned “Excellent build quality”. Steve mentioned in his Nikon Coolpix S9700 review on Amazon “Its well made, controls are plentiful, anti-shake is great”.

Several people who bought the Nikon Coolpix S9700 concluded that it was strong and durable. David wrote in his review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 on Amazon “Feels sturdy, made of the right materials” and rated the product 80 out of 100. J. Davison mentioned “Frankly disappointing.I use a Nikon SLR which is a magnificent, robust piece of equipment” but even so they gave it a rating of 1 stars. J. Davison also mentioned “Neither is it robust”.

Two Nikon Coolpix S9700 reviewers wrote that the product was easy to damage or scratch. One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it was sealed. Alan Dean mentioned on Amazon “Opening the Sony package it was sealed with their secure sticker” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700.

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Nice Design

Some Nikon Coolpix S9700 owners reckoned that the Nikon Coolpix S9700 was good looking. Brian he said “Felt flimsy and is situated right under where your left index finger naturally holds a camera - as a "family" used item, I could see this getting broken pretty quickly” in his review of this digital camera. David wrote on Amazon “I find the pop-up flash pretty impressive and easy to bring up/put back” in his review and rated it 80 out of 100. Paul D Bryden wrote three years ago “What's good?Picture quality - a good lens - pretty good even at 30x” although he gave it a rating of 2 stars.

One Nikon Coolpix S9700 owner reckoned that it was neat. Nigel Fortnam gave the product an excellent rating and he wrote in his review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 on Amazon two years ago “Great neat camera, so much so that my brother has nicked it !”.

One Nikon Coolpix S9700 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix S9700 was a good design.

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Good Size

A number of people agreed that the product was compact. Barnacle Bill wrote “I recommend it to anyone looking for a very good, very versatile compact camera”. Chris wrote in his review of this digital camera three years ago “It succeeded, only compact camera I have ever owned which let me use bit like an slr, bit more fiddly”. Chris also wrote “You could not ask for more or get better I believe from a compact camera”.

Two people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to carry around. James Craig wrote on Amazon three years ago “Easy to carry and plenty of features” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700. Mr. L. A. Remon wrote “I took this on holiday this year as its very easy to carry, looking at the photos on return just as good as the DSLR”.

Several people agreed that it was a good body shape. Three years ago The Bookworm said on Amazon “I have always owned Nikon camera's since they came with a metal body and film” in their review. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review in the same month “The camera is off to a strong start thanks to a stylish body and an impressive list of features including Wi-Fi, GPS” and scored it very highly.

Two customers who purchased it mentioned that it was thin. Expert website Businesstoday.intoday.in said “The Nikon S9700 has got a slim body design”. One customer wrote in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Steve mentioned on Amazon “Love the camera, so easy to use, ideal for a beginner and not too heavy” in his Nikon Coolpix S9700 review.

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Good Technical Features

A few people wrote in their reviews that the product had good features. Brenton Miller said in his Nikon Coolpix S9700 review “Cool camera with amazing features!”. Itinerant mentioned “Very nice compact camera with good features including a simple point” in their review of this digital camera. J rated this digital camera as excellent and wrote “Good camera the GPS and wireless are features you didnt know you would use until you have them” in their Nikon Coolpix S9700 review.

Good Product Quality

A number of Nikon Coolpix S9700 owners who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9700 agreed that it was good quality. Alan P wrote “Good quality pics” in his Nikon Coolpix S9700 review. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Love this Camera, Great Quality, Great Photo's” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Chris said “Sharp auto focus and brilliant picture quality”.

Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 15,565 expert and user reviews, Nikon has good reviews for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically for its compact cameras compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Flash

Twelve people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good flash. David wrote on Amazon “The flash easily fills a whole living room, perfect for evening house parties” and rated it 4 stars. Geoff gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and mentioned “Other reviewers have grumbled about the pop up flash, & I agree it can be irritating” in their review. Geoff also said “It reverts to the default - which is auto flash”.

Good Support

Some people who reviewed this digital camera said that it had good technical guidance. David scored the product 80 out of 100 and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “I only shoot in manual mode; it's easy to adjust the aperture”. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “The 16-megapixel compact packs a 30x zoom lens, full manual control options, integrated Wi-Fi”. Expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 “A 3inch screen, high speed shooting, full HD video, manual controls, built-in Wi-Fi”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three Nikon Coolpix S9700 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S9700 thought it had a good screen. Dab mentioned “We bought this camera to replace our old digital camera as this has a bigger display and a much longer zoom on it” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 and rated the Nikon Coolpix S9700 4 stars. Three years ago Mbutler mentioned “I love the large screen”.

One person who purchased it reckoned that it had a good viewfinder.

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Good Video Capture

Several people thought it was good for video recording. Dark Knight Ltd wrote in their review on Amazon “Video clips are also high quality”. David wrote “Would've been better if you could swivel the flash so you can bounce it off walls (Just me being picky really).- 1080p video recording is easy to start up”.

Good Battery Life

Several customers who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it had a good battery life. Tim Williams said in his Nikon Coolpix S9700 review on Amazon “As a result the battery drains quickly” however he only scored it 40 out of 100. Virginia Plain mentioned in her Nikon Coolpix S9700 review two years ago “I have to leave the camera switched on until the battery wears itself out (luckily, this doesn't take too long!) then re-charge the battery”.

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a GPS (satellite), unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age which do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price], and the Panasonic DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] is also worth considering.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) which you might want to look at including the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price].

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Nikon Coolpix S9700 supports wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S9700 do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative cameras which support wi-Fi currently available that you might also want to consider include the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price], or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which has better reviews.

Other cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to look at include the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price].

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S9700 range from 3x to 63x. When compared to other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix S9700 that we have assessed, the Nikon Coolpix S9700's optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 30x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Panasonic DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] (50x).

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price], and the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price] both from Fujifilm or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the PowerShot G16[pl_1602829_price], and the PowerShot G16[pl_1602829_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price] are also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S9700.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price], or the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] which has better reviews.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price], or the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price].

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price].

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on compact cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Coolpix S9700 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on cameras of this spec and age.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 16,000,000 pixels, the Coolpix S9700 has a very high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. Digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S9700 have display resolution (numeric)s of between 230 pixels and 16,000,000 pixels.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 329 megabytes, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. Similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have internal memorys of between 6.9MB and 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 280MB.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S9700, the Nikon Coolpix S9700's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 750 millimeters is one of the longest. Across all the digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S9700 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Coolpix S9700 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Nikon camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 3264 x 2448, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200 and 4608 x 2592 and 3456 x 3456. Digital cameras of this age and spec still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Quite Big Extra/Smart Zoom

The Coolpix S9700 has one of the bigger extra/Smart zooms (60 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S9700 the extra/Smart zooms range from 1.3x to 96x.

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OLED Display

The Coolpix S9700 has an OLED display which is better than the LCD display found on most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. OLED is a newer technology for displays and has much better colour reproduction, faster response times, wider viewing angles and higher brightness compared to LED displays. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S9700 the worst display is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Coolpix S9700 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This Nikon camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on cameras of this type and age. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Coolpix S9700 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S9700.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

At 6,400, the Coolpix S9700 has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S9700. Across all the compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S9700 the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 3 to 26,000.

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300 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Coolpix S9700 is a digital camera that takes 300 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix S9700 take between 110 and 949 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on compact cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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11 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Nikon Coolpix S9700 reviewer who bought the Nikon Coolpix S9700 considered that it was not noisy. Ipaduser mentioned in their review on Amazon two years ago “The the motor for the zoom lens is jammed making an awful noise”.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S9700, the Coolpix S9700 does not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support video capability including the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price]; or the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price].

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix S9700 do not support Full HD video. The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

Other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price], or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

Most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S9700 are not 3D. The Coolpix S9700 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price] or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is not waterproof.

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Only Features Two Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix S9700 is more than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix S9700. The flash modes "Red-eye reduction" is also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Features One Auto Focusing (AF) Modes

The Coolpix S9700 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Contrast Detection Auto Focus are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Four ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Coolpix S9700 is more than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Coolpix S9700 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix S9700.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of digital cameras of this age and type is 94. The ISO sensitivity (min) of the Coolpix S9700 of 125 is one of the biggest amongst comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S9700.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S9700 range from 1.3 to 6.9. With a minimum aperture number of 3.7, the Coolpix S9700 has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst compact cameras of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S9700

Released Over Three Years Ago

Nikon released the Coolpix S9700 over three years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Coolpix S9700 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth looking at include the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (4.8") which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel

The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a pretty standard megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative 16MP cameras currently available which you might want to consider including cheaper cameras such as the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price].

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (16.3MP and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], or the Panasonic DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price].

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] (810x).

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MOS Sensor Type

The Coolpix S9700 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most cameras of this spec and age. Most cameras of this age and type have a CCD sensor type.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price] or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Pre-Flash
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Headphone Outputs
Camera
GPS (satellite)
Self-Timer Delay
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Recharge Time
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Technical Details
Self-Timer

6 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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5 June 2015

The Coolpix S9700 is made for people looking for higher zoom in a compact camera. It is an incredible package that covers both basic auto shooting and more creative photography.Nikon brings the...

24 February 2015

Camera Labs

The Nikon COOLPIX S9700 is a compact travel zoom with a 30x optical zoom lens, a 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor and a 3 inch OLED screen with a 921k dot resolution. The COOLPIX S9600, launched at the... Read more…

5 January 2015

Updated as on January 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.Compact cameras have reached all kinds of people over the past few years. As a result, the... Read more…

25 September 2014

Lots of great features, high image quality in tricky conditions and a competitive price ? the Nikon S9700 is a Best Buy compact...

Expert Reviews

Compact cameras are gaining power. Optical zoom is being preferred over the megapixel count and the Nikon S9700 is a perfect example of this. The Nikon S9700 has got a slim body design. It isn't... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 28 May 2016 by Esther G
(Verified Purchase)

It was a lovely camera while it lasted... but it died 2 years after purchase. At this price this wasn't good enough. Quality of pictures was excellent and delivered all it said it would - for the... Read more…

Reviewed 11 January 2016 by Ev
(Verified Purchase)

Point and shoot capable. Takes good photos in various lighting. The button is sensitive, so it might open in your purse if you do not put it in a case. But then, what sort of weirdo puts an... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

Bought to replace my beloved olympus that bit the dust in a Brazilian puddle - this turns out to be an even more amazing compact camera with a zoom to die for. Last weekend I go a close up of a... Read more…

Reviewed 14 August 2015 by Tim Williams | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

We have been very disappointed in this camera. The first one failed within three days of being taken on a holiday of a lifetime. We received a replacement which has failed in exactly the same way... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

I really regret buying this camera. The first camera I received was faulty. When charged and switched on, the lens extended fully and made a horrendous noise - like the noise of a piece of card... Read more…

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