Nikon S3700

Nikon Coolpix S3700 front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.7-6.6) lens
  • 118g - 96 x 58 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2015
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Nikon S3700 summary

Nikon S3700 is Nikon's Ultracompact camera initially released on January of 2015. It has a 20 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5152 x 3864.

The S3700 stands at #14 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over all #692 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should look at our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Here is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Nikon S3700 family

The Nikon S3700 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can view all past and current models alongside main features.

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Nikon S3700 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Nikon S3700 based on criterias which are oftentimes considered necessary in a camera.

built in zoom lens (25-200mm 8.0 x zoom)
great battery pack (240 shots)
great minimum ISO (80)
has built in flash
has face detect autofocus
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking focus
MP count good (20 megapixels)
NFC connectivity
quite wide (25mm)
can't use external flash
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have HDMI out
does not have headphone support
does not have microphone support
does not have Timelapse mode
focusing manually not possible
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW files
lack of manual exposure
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no aperture priority mode
no moving screen
no shutter priority
screen is small (2.7 inch)
slow at full zoom (f6.6)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
small sensor (1/2.3")
OM System OM-1 Set to Enhance Autofocus

Nikon S3700 Sensor details

The Nikon S3700 is run by the Expeed C2 processor. The dimension of the sensor on the Nikon S3700 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5152 x 3864 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 20 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the S3700's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The S3700 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S3700 dimensions

Nikon S3700 weighs about 0.26 lb (118 gr / 4.16 oz) and the over all size of the camera is 96mm x 58mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Nikon S3700 is very much the same as compared to its rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Nikon S3700 with a soda to help you have a sense of its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S3700 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the S3700.

Nikon Coolpix S3700 topview buttons dials

Nikon S3700 Lens specs

The S3700 provides a fixed lens and a focal range of 25-200mm making it a 8.0 x zoom which is not great but it may be valuable in a few conditions.

At the widest 25mm, it offers an aperture of f3.7 which is fairly slow and not very good in low light conditions and you may find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You could also need to boost the ISO which causes noisy files. On the tele end, 200mm comes at f6.6 which is very slow and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon S3700 Connectivity

The S3700 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can send pictures and in some cases change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Nikon S3700 Video specs

The max video resolution on the Nikon S3700 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should aim for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera does not have a mic and headphone port which means you have got no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to look at an alternative model should you want better audio in your video clips.

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Nikon S3700 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Nikon S3700 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Nikon S3700 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S3700 has a 2.7 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder details regarding Nikon S3700 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy in sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Nikon S3700 Shutter specs

The highest shutter speed is 1/1500 seconds.

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Nikon S3700 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon S3700 includes only inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.

Nikon S3700 Autofocus specs

Nikon S3700 includes just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & precise compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detect which is useful for people photography.

It also has Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Nikon S3700 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus option can be useful in low light scenarios or you need more precise focusing control.

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Nikon S3700 Battery life

The battery pack (EN-EL19) on the Nikon S3700 is made to last for 240 photos as per the CIPA requirements which is higher than average when compared to its class. The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the maximum (320) battery life in this type of cameras.

Below is a number of Ultracompact cameras which have the highest battery life:

Nikon S3700 for specific forms of photography

The following illustration gives a outline of the Nikon S3700 for specific forms of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Nikon S3700 Portrait photography factors

The Nikon S3700 has a score of 39 which is bad, and means the camera is not really acceptable to use for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support along with the option to utilize off-camera flash.

OM System OM-1 Set to Enhance Autofocus
MP count good (20 megapixels)
has face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Nikon S3700 Street photography details

With a average rating of 59, the Nikon S3700 is somewhat acceptable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Nikon S3700 Sports photography highlights

A modest sports photography rating of 51 means the Nikon S3700 is reasonably adequate for taking photos of sports. A camera needs very good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
has tracking autofocus
good battery pack (240 CIPA)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Nikon S3700 Travel photography info

Weight is really critical in buying a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon S3700 gets a nice 70 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine pick for your vacations.

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good battery life (240 per charge)
MP count decent (20MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
lack of Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)

Nikon S3700 Landscape photography details

In case you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon S3700 and it's bad rating of 44 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable in the current marketplace.

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rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
great battery life (240 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.7)
screen is small (2.7")
manual exposure not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode

Nikon S3700 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon S3700 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a bad score of 32.

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decently wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone support

Nikon S3700 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the S3700, below is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall within the family of Ultracompact.

The line graph below shows you an overview of the S3700 vs it's top scored competitors shown earlier.

Following are several cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Expeed C2
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5152 x 3864
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-200mm (8.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7 inch
Display resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
2.80 m
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30p)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
118 grams (0.26 lb)
Physical dimensions
96 x 58 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8")
Battery life
240 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Cost at release