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Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700

Portability
96
Imaging
45
Features
29
Overall
38
Nikon Coolpix S3600 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9700 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
48
Overall
43

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700 Key Specs

Nikon S3600
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.7-6.6) lens
  • 125g - 97 x 58 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2014
Nikon S9700
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-750mm (F3.7-6.4) lens
  • 232g - 110 x 64 x 35mm
  • Launched February 2014
  • Superseded the Nikon S9500
  • Newer Model is Nikon S9900
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Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700 Overview

On this page, we are evaluating the Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are created by Nikon. There exists a substantial gap among the image resolutions of the S3600 (20MP) and S9700 (16MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The S3600 was revealed within a month of the S9700 so they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a full comparison, here is a concise summary of how the S3600 matches up vs the S9700 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S3600 over the Nikon S9700

 S3600 S9700 

Reasons to pick Nikon S9700 over the Nikon S3600

 S9700 S3600 
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S3600 and Nikon S9700

 S3600 S9700 
LaunchedJanuary 2014February 2014Same age
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry around your camera frequently, you have to consider its weight and size. The Nikon S3600 provides outer dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs) whilst the Nikon S9700 has specifications of 110mm x 64mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") along with a weight of 232 grams (0.51 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the S3600 compared to the S9700.

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S3600 and S9700 is 96 and 90 respectively.

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor sizes merely by looking through specs. The pic below will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the S3600 and S9700.

All in all, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You can anticipate the Nikon S3600 to provide you with extra detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop pics more aggressively.

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700 sensor size comparison

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S3600 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S9700 as a Portrait photography camera
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sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
supports face detect focusing
no manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
37
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
provides face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S3600 as a Street photography camera
Nikon S9700 as a Street photography camera
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (125g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (232g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S3600
Sports photography with Nikon S9700
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
53
incredible zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S3600
Travel photography with Nikon S9700
70
lighter than competitors (125 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
lack of Timelapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
69
lighter than competition in class (232g)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
very long reach (750mm)
missing Timelapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon S3600
Landscape photography with Nikon S9700
41
really wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual control
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Timelapse function
45
really wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S3600 Vlogging information
Nikon S9700 Vlogging information
33
really wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
lighter than competitors (125 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone jack
34
really wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (232g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
missing external microphone port
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Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S9700 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S3600 and Nikon S9700
 Nikon Coolpix S3600Nikon Coolpix S9700
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S3600 Nikon Coolpix S9700
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2014-01-07 2014-02-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Full resolution 5152 x 3864 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 99 99
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-200mm (8.0x) 25-750mm (30.0x)
Max aperture f/3.7-6.6 f/3.7-6.4
Macro focusing distance 2cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/1500s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 6.00 m
Flash modes - TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280x720p (30fps) , 1280x720 (25p), 640x480 (30fps ) 1920 x 1080 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/30/25p) 320 x 240 (240p)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 125 gr (0.28 pounds) 232 gr (0.51 pounds)
Physical dimensions 97 x 58 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") 110 x 64 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 230 pictures 300 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 seconds) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $200 $350