Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700

Portability
88
Imaging
42
Features
60
Overall
49
Nikon Coolpix S9900 front
 
Nikon D700 front
Portability
54
Imaging
58
Features
56
Overall
57

Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700 Key Specs

Nikon S9900
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-750mm (F3.7-6.4) lens
  • 289g - 112 x 66 x 40mm
  • Launched February 2015
  • Superseded the Nikon S9700
Nikon D700
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  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Push to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1074g - 147 x 123 x 77mm
  • Launched October 2008
  • Updated by Nikon D800E
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Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700 Overview

Here, we will be looking at the Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Advanced DSLR and both of them are sold by Nikon. There is a huge difference among the sensor resolutions of the S9900 (16MP) and D700 (12MP) and the S9900 (1/2.3") and D700 (Full frame) boast different sensor sizing.

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The S9900 was brought out 6 years after the D700 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Nikon S9900 being a Compact camera and the Nikon D700 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before we go into a complete comparison, here is a concise summary of how the S9900 scores against the D700 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S9900 over the Nikon D700

 S9900 D700 
LaunchedFebruary 2015October 2008More modern by 78 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon D700 over the Nikon S9900

 D700 S9900 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Screen resolution922k921kSharper screen (+1k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S9900 and Nikon D700

 S9900 D700 
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry around your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor its weight and size. The Nikon S9900 offers exterior measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") along with a weight of 289 grams (0.64 lbs) while the Nikon D700 has specifications of 147mm x 123mm x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0") with a weight of 1074 grams (2.37 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have at that time. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the S9900 vs the D700.

Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the S9900 and D700 is 88 and 54 respectively.

Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be hard to visualize the contrast in sensor sizes just by researching specs. The pic below will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the S9900 and D700.

As you can plainly see, both of the cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The S9900 featuring a smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF tougher and the Nikon S9900 will result in extra detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs way more aggressively. The newer S9900 should have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700 sensor size comparison

Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S9900 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon D700 Portrait photography highlights
38
good MP (16 megapixels)
includes face detect autofocus
no manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
64
focusing manually
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon S9900 as a Street photography camera
Nikon D700 as a Street photography camera
68
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (289 grams)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
53
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competition (1,074 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S9900
Sports photography with Nikon D700
54
long zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
includes tracking focus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
60
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
big sensor size (Full frame)
weather proof
better than average battery life (1,000 shots)
comes with phase detect auto focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S9900 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon D700 as a Travel photography camera
77
lighter than competition in class (289g)
good MP (16MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
quite wide (25mm)
very long zoom (750mm)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
53
better than average battery life (1,000 CIPA)
weather proof
built-in flash
heavier than competition (1,074g)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S9900 Landscape photography details
Nikon D700 Landscape photography details
47
quite wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
67
focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
better than average battery life (1,000 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S9900 Vlogging features
Nikon D700 Vlogging features
73
quite wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (289 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
lack of mic port
9
no video
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Nikon S9900 vs Nikon D700 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S9900 and Nikon D700
 Nikon Coolpix S9900Nikon D700
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S9900 Nikon D700
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Launched 2015-02-10 2008-10-07
Body design Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor - Expeed
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4256 x 2832
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Max enhanced ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 51
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Nikon F
Lens zoom range 25-750mm (30.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.7-6.4 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Available lenses - 309
Crop factor 5.8 1
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 921k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.72x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 8 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.00 m (at Auto ISO) -
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 289 gr (0.64 lb) 1074 gr (2.37 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 66 x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") 147 x 123 x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 80
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.5
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 2303
Other
Battery life 300 photographs 1000 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 EN-EL3e
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash (Type I)
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $300 $2,700