Excerpt: This camera has elevated my pictures to a new high. I use the point and shoot (automatic), zoom ( which is really great for bringing the distant into a nice picture) and the movie functions. A quantum leap above my old Fuji. Purchased on a whim on a Cruise, and shot the best pictures I could hope for during a trip to South America. Sturdy and sits in my pocket nicely. Very quick power up. Battery life is a bit weak when left on.
Summary: First Nikon Point and shoot camera and it takes stunning photos. The bells and whistles are way beyond what I expected but knew this before buying, research it. No software cd on the only bummer but you can download from Nikon. This was a factory refurb but it looks and acts new. Quite pleased. Oh, controls are different from other P&S cameras, Kodak, Canon, Olympus so the learning curve will take a bit longer. Very nice 30x zoom capability. Would buy again.
Summary: My wife loves this camera. it replaces an older model which just finally stopped working after 5 years. There is a learning curve - of course - but she is no techie and she has managed well. I don't know a lot about the technical qualities of the camera other than to say it does everything she needs simply and effectively.
Excerpt: I have had this camera for about a month. I had a Nikon SLR film camera many years ago and was very happy with it. Since I started using point and shoot cameras, I have had mostly Canon point and shot. After reviewing what was available in compact P & S digital cameras, I selected the Nikon S9700 as it seem to have better focusing using the telephoto function and is pretty compact. So far I have taken the usual Christmas pictures and have been pleased.