Nikon COOLPIX S9700 Brief Review


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  • Zoom up to 30x with optical zoom and 60x with Dynamic Fine Zoom
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing
  • Built-in GPS, mapping, Electronic Compass and Points of Interest (POI)
  • Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies
  • Release Date: 2014-02-27
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

4.5 Star Rating: Recommended
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Nikon COOLPIX S9700
16.1 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor; 30x optical zoom; Maximum aperture f3.7-6.4; Maximum shutter speed 1/2000; 5 fps burst mode; Contrast-detect autofocus; Lens shift and electronic vibration reduction; Macro mode for focusing as close as .4 inches from lens; Wi-fi; GPS; 3” LCD screen; Full HD video 1920x1080 at 30p; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery rated at 300 shots
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 2/10/2015

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix S9900.

Nikon's 2014 compact zoom, the S9700, looks to have an excellent set of features for the $350 retail price tag. The S9700 features the same 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3 sensor as Nikon's bulkier and pricer P520 and P600 ($450 and $500 retail, respectively). While the 30x zoom is smaller than the camera giant's extended zoom cameras, this one is small enough to fit in a pocket (note: we don't recommend storing cameras in pockets). This small shooter has a 5 fps burst mode for capturing action and wi-fi to share it almost instantly. Surprisingly, this $350 compact also includes manual modes. Like most smaller cameras though, there's no viewfinder. Overall, the camera looks to be excellent for the price.


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Nikon Reviews

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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