Summary: First of all, the camera is overpriced. I bought it at Best Buy on sale for $299. The camera takes great photos outdoors and the gps works well, however the flash mechanism is always popping up and is very fragile.
Excerpt: I bought one of these in November 2014 as replacement for my old Panasonic Lumix TZ10, which has a scratched lens. I'd used the Lumix as my pocketable camera for several years and liked its easy handling and image quality (colours and sharpness).
Poor manufacturing quality and design problems lead us to say Thumbs Down
Amazon Customer, Amazon
21 October 2014
Summary: The display on this camera became defective the second day we used it. A blue line appeared vertically thru the entire display. We didn't know if it would also appear on the pics or not (it didn't, as it turns out). So that's a quality manufacturing problem.
Summary: Takes great photos BUT the camera turns on by itself extending the lense to full power...in the case and even when placed on a flat surface supposedly turned off. I can deal with a camera whose flash pops up at inopportune times but one that continuously turns itself on is ridiculous.
Summary: The first few dozen pictures were flawless and great. Wonderful color balance, sharp images, and great feature set on the camera. Love the zoom. Based on that initial experience, I'd give this a 4- to 5-star rating.
Summary: This is my second huge disappointment on a Nikon point-and-shoot. The features on this camera are excellent for its size, and the lens seems very decent. However, the .jpg files (I shoot using .jpg fine) almost always look solarized, with very heavy pixelation.
Excerpt: This is my second huge disappointment on a Nikon point-and-shoot. The features on this camera are excellent for its size, and the lens seems very decent. However, the .jpg files (I shoot using .jpg fine) almost always look solarized, with very heavy pixelation.
Software locks up and Control Dial Lettering rubs off
Robin K, Amazon
18 July 2014
Summary: I read many reviews on many cameras and IMO the S9700 was a good choice for a pocketable super zoom with good quality images and a rare combination of WiFi remote control + GPS. I love the ability to manually control the camera and center focus weighting.
Not real happy with this camera at this point... (Edit)
K. Fengler, Amazon
5 July 2014
Summary: I've had the camera for almost month and took a lot of pictures in Las Vegas. The last day there I noticed that the focusing was not working and the image in the viewfinder was flickering back and forth. When I tried to take a picture it was blurry.
Summary: Returned it for a refund. Thought the first one was defective because the zoom had a hair trigger. Barely touch it and it zoomed either completely out or completely in. Second one did exactly the same thing. Almost impossible to use the zoom to get exactly the shot I wanted.