Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70

Nikon Coolpix S9700 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front

Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70 Key Specs

Nikon S9700
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-750mm (F3.7-6.4) lens
  • 232g - 110 x 64 x 35mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Superseded the Nikon S9500
  • Renewed by Nikon S9900
Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Launched April 2017
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS60
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS80
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Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70 Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by brands Nikon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the S9700 (16MP) and the ZS70 (20MP) is very comparable and both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The S9700 was revealed 4 years prior to the ZS70 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a detailed comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the S9700 scores against the ZS70 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S9700 over the Panasonic ZS70

 S9700 ZS70 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Nikon S9700

 ZS70 S9700 
LaunchedApril 2017February 2014More recent by 38 months
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k921kSharper display (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon S9700 and Panasonic ZS70

 S9700 ZS70 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing

Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera often, you need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Nikon S9700 has external dimensions of 110mm x 64mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") with a weight of 232 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS70 has proportions of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") and a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the S9700 compared to the ZS70.

Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the S9700 and ZS70 is 90 and 87 respectively.

Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is tough to picture the difference in sensor measurements merely by checking out specifications. The visual underneath will provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the S9700 and ZS70.

To sum up, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different megapixels. You can expect to see the Panasonic ZS70 to produce greater detail because of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The older S9700 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70 sensor size comparison

Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S9700 Portrait photography features
Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography features
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
has manual focus
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
features face detect focus
saves RAW formats
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon S9700 Street photography highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Street photography highlights
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (232g)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
has touch to focus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S9700 Sports photography features
Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography features
incredible zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
features tracking focus
good battery (380 per charge)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S9700
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS70
lighter than competition in class (232g)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (25mm)
very long reach (750mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
good battery (380 per charge)
has touch to focus
decent megapixels (20MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon S9700
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS70
quite wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
has manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
saves RAW formats
good battery (380 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S9700 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Vlogging highlights
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (232g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external mic socket
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
missing mic port
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Nikon S9700 vs Panasonic ZS70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S9700 and Panasonic ZS70
 Nikon Coolpix S9700Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Panasonic
Model type Nikon Coolpix S9700 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-TZ90
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2014-02-07 2017-04-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 125 80
RAW data
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 99 49
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-750mm (30.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.7-6.4 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing range 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 921k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Slowest shutter speed 8 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.00 m 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 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) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 232 grams (0.51 lbs) 322 grams (0.71 lbs)
Physical dimensions 110 x 64 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
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
Battery life 300 images 380 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL12 -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $350 $450