Overview of the Nikon Coolpix S9700
Despite having several flaws, with the strong versatility, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is still a great camera model, especially for those who like to bring it along traveling.
With the large 30X optical zoom lens, you can shoot many photos over far distances. This Nikon camera is also handy that you can bring it conveniently while traveling, because you won’t know what the closest distance you can get to landmarks ahead of time. You can easily put it in a carry-on bag, taking it along to travel by air or keep it in a pocket when are enjoying the beautiful landscapes.
The built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities are two extra nice advantages. The model’s value is even more with those two features. In addition, the built-in GPS helps you identify landmark locations and with the Wi-Fi, you can upload and share your photos online automatically. This is a nice feature because it helps ensure a backup copy in case there is any problems with your memory card while you are travelling.
The photo results are nice with the good image quality. Especially, with the 30X optical zoom range, , you can achieve photos of great sharpness with the autofocus mechanism. There happen some image flaws at times, so you should not expect to print the images at extremely large sizes the Coolpix S9700.
If the bargain price can be less than $300, the Nikon S9700 is a very nice model with a really good value along with its strong versatility.
Summary of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 Camera
- The resolution is 16 megapixels
- The optical zoom lens is 30X (25-750mm)
- The 3.0-inch LCD has a 921,000-pixel resolution
- The image size is 4608 x 3456 pixels at maximum
- The camera use a Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
- The dimensions are 2.5 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches
- The camera weighs 8.2 ounces (with the battery and memory card compartment included)
- The 1/2.3-in image sensor use the CMOS technology
- A Full HD 1080p movie mode is supported
- Good mix of automatic and manual control features
- Impressive 30X optical zoom lens in a thin camera
- OLED display provides bright and sharp images
- Autofocus mechanism provides very sharp photos
- Battery life is very good
- Some noise in low light images
- Some image quality flaws, such as purple fringing, in tough shooting conditions
- On-screen interface and menus are a little confusing to use
- Touch screen display would have been a nice feature
- Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi features can be a little difficult to set up
Detail Review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 Camera
The image quality with the Nikon Coolpix S9700 camera is more than adequate for making small prints and for sharing photos over social media networks. However, for large prints, it is not really good.
In terms of image quality, there are two advantages with this camera, including: the ability to shoot photos of extreme sharpness throughout its optical zoom range and the great performance of the autofocus. The photos are also well exposed and Nikon has done a great job with the Hybrid Vibration Reduction that helps prevent the camera shake.
But there are some problems with purple fringing in scenes in which the photos are of high contrast and excessive noise in low light conditions, especially when you increase the ISO setting over 400.
The resolution with this camera is 16 megapixels. But with a pretty small image sensor which is just limited to 1/2.3 inches, you will not have the top-notch image quality or able to make large prints. And in regard of the image quality, this camera is not favorably compared to some other models in the similar price range. Still, you can have photos of more than good image quality, similar to the kind that you shoot while traveling.
In terms of movies, the image quality is good and there are some different options of video resolutions for you to make nice movies.
The 30X optical zoom lens makes the Nikon Coolpix S9700 different from most other thin cameras. The performance of this lens is nice for a thin zoom model, in which you can obtain sharp images within the zoom range.
The overall performance is also great with this camera model. You can shoot your first photo just within couple of seconds right after you press the power button. There is no need to concern about the shutter lag in good lighting conditions and the recovery of the camera after each photo shot is pretty fast. The delays from shot to shot are also minimal even when the flash is used.
There are some different continuous-shot modes that you can select. The performance of those modes is all good.
The good battery life allows you to shoot a lot of photos for most of the day without needing a recharge. However, if the built-in GPS or Wi-Fi capabilities are used with the S9700, it will drain the the battery life in a shorter duration.
The biggest drawback in the design of the Nikon S9700 camera is the organization of the on-screen menus. Because, they are not well organized, you may find it difficult to look for the exact camera settings that you want to adjust. There is no shortcut popup menu that you can use to get quick access to the popularly used setting, too. This aspect is really disappointing.
Meanwhile, the OLED screen is very sharp and bright. Therefore, the performance of framing photos is very good, even in bright sunlight. The 3.0-inch screen’s anti-reflective coating works as expected. A touch screen feature would have been great to find in this price range.
The two advantages, including the Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities are the extra features of this camera over similar models. So if these two features are not what is really essential to you, you may get a better value by find another thin zoom camera to meet your needs.