Summary: While the Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a few flaws, this model's strong versatility makes it a great travel camera. The 30X optical zoom lens will give you the option of shooting photos over a variety of distances, which can be handy when you're traveling, because you won't know how close you can get to landmarks ahead of time.
Summary: The COOLPIX S9700 is a competitively-priced 30x compact superzoom with a great range of features and a useful lens range of 25-750mm.
It offers the full range of PASM shooting modes for those who like to take control of exposure plus a good range of fully auto and scene modes coupled with a choice of capable AF modes.
Pros: 30x optical stabilised zoom., 3in 921k dot OLED screen., Built-in Wifi and GPS with map display., Wide range of movie modes.
Cons: No built-in viewfinder., Lacks NFC connectivity. (Newer S9900 has it though)., Settings inacessible in PASM modes., Basic and clunky remote shooting.
Summary: Outside of some design quibbles, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 puts big zoom power and nice photo quality (snugly) in your pocket.
Pros: The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 30x compact zoom that captures nice photos and video; it has very good shooting performance; and it has a full assortment of shooting modes from basic automatic to more creative options including full manual control.
Cons: The S9700's flash is poorly located, as are the stereo mics; Wi-Fi features are fairly limited compared with those in competing models; and battery life can be short if you do more than take photos.
Summary: Nikon's new Coolpix S9700 has the makings of an affordable all-around point-and-shoot. While it doesn't have the ultra zoom lenses of the P600 (60x) and the P530 (42x), it still boasts a whopping 30x optical zoom inside its petite shell, good for a 35mm equivalent of 25-750mm. The S9700 also features at 16-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, 1080/60i HD video recording, built-in Wi-Fi, built-in GPS (not on either the P600 or P530), and a high resolution 3.0-inch OLED...
Pros: Extremely sharp images in most shooting conditions, even at full telephoto setting, Hybrid Vibration Reduction feature works very well, Versatile camera with plenty of useful features, 30x optical zoom lens is impressive in this thin of a camera, Shot-to-shot delays are minimal, Shutter lag is not noticeable, Continuous shot modes are impressive with varied options, OLED display screen offers extremely sharp images, Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi included, Good battery life w...
Cons: Image quality is good, but lags some other models in this price range, ISO 800 and higher photos will show noise, Chromatic aberration is noticeable in high contrast photos, No touch screen or articulated display screen, Those who won't use GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities won't receive as good of a value, Wi-Fi and GPS functions can be a little confusing to set up and use, Playback features are a bit odd, Camera's shooting interface could be better designed, Menu structure...
Conclusion: With a similar price tag, looks, and specs as the SX700, the S9700 is clearly a direct competitor. While we think the SX700 has a better image stabilization system, both cameras take good photos. We prefer the quality of the images we took with the Canon, but the S9700 does offer options for improving the picture quality in-camera; with that said, we just wish it did that by default, as the SX700 did.
Excerpt: If you're in want of a long zoom lens in a pocket-friendly form factor, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a serious contender for your dollar. The 16-megapixel compact packs a 30x zoom lens, full manual control options, integrated Wi-Fi, and a GPS.
Excerpt: Packing a 30x zoom lens into a camera that's small enough to slip into a jeans pocket is an amazing achievement. Nikon isn't the only manufacturer to have done this in the last 12 months, though, so the S9700 needs to do even more to stand out. The camera is off to a strong start thanks to a stylish body and an impressive list of features including Wi-Fi, GPS and slow-motion video recording.