Nikon S9700

 
Nikon Coolpix S9700 front
 
  • 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
  • Launched February 2014
  • Superseded the Nikon S9500
  • Refreshed by Nikon S9900
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
48
Overall
44

Nikon S9700 summary

Nikon S9700 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first introduced on February of 2014. The camera uses a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Nikon launched this model as a way to update the earlier Nikon S9500 (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards introduced the updated Nikon S9900 (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this model.

The S9700 is placed #79 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #537 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our database. You should look at our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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Nikon S9700 history

The Nikon S9700 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can take a look at all earlier and new models alongside main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S9700 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S9700 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S970025-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S9700 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S9700 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S9700 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
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Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S9700 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S9700 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S9700 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S9700 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S9700 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S9700 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S9700 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S9700 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S9700 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S9700 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S9700 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S9700 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S9700 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S9700 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S9700 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S9700 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S9700 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S9700 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S9700 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S9700 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S9700 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S9700 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S9700 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon S9700 based on aspects which are typically considered useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
features tracking focus
good resolution screen (921 k dots)
great zoom (750mm)
includes HDMI out
incredible zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
lighter than others in class (232 grams)
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
focusing manually not possible
lack of headphone support
lack of mic support
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW files
lack of Time Lapse mode
max zoom aperture not good (f6.4)
no articulating screen
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
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Nikon S9700 Sensor info

The sensor size on the Nikon S9700 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 125 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the S9700's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The S9700 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

Nikon Coolpix S9700 sensor size Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S9700 dimensions

Nikon S9700 weighs in at 0.51 lbs (232 grams or 8.18 ounces) and features external dimensions of 110mm x 64mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Nikon S9700 is less heavy compared with various rivals.

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Down below is a picture of the Nikon S9700 beside a soda so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S9700 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the S9700.

Nikon Coolpix S9700 topview buttons dials

Nikon S9700 Lens info

The S9700 includes a built in lens and a focal range of 25-750mm giving it a 30.0 x zoom which is ideal and is going to enable you to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f3.7 which will be very slow and not very good in low light conditions and you will likely find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also need to up the ISO causing noisy photos. For the tele end, 750mm is great zoom and comes with f6.4 making it quite sluggish and you will need to use slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon S9700 Connectivity

The S9700 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and in some cases alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Nikon S9700 Video info

The max video quality on the Nikon S9700 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives a great balance between video quality versus file sizes but 1080p won't give you much room to crop. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone socket which means that you have no control over your audio. It is probably best to shop for an alternative model if you want decent audio in your videos.

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Nikon S9700 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Nikon S9700 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Nikon S9700 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon S9700 houses a 3" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 921k dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon S9700 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Nikon S9700 Shutter info

Nikon S9700 has the capability to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Nikon S9700 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon S9700 has got only built in flash lacking external flash support.

Nikon S9700 Autofocus info

Nikon S9700 has got just Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and exact compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which can be helpful for portraits.

The AF system boasts 99 focus points to select from. It also includes Tracking AF for moving subjects. Nikon S9700 does not have manual focus. Manual focus option can be useful during low light scenarios or you want more accurate depth of field control.

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Nikon S9700 Battery life

The battery pack (EN-EL12) in the Nikon S9700 is fashioned to last for 300 shutters as per the CIPA requirements which is about the same as its rivals. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the maximum (600) battery life within this group of cameras.

Below is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the best battery life:

Nikon S9700 for different styles of photography

The following illustration presents a rundown of the Nikon S9700 for different styles of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.

Nikon S9700 Portrait photography advice

The Nikon S9700 gets a score of 38 which is low, meaning that it is not good for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the option to use external flash.

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megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Nikon S9700 as a Street photography camera

With a above average points total of 61, the Nikon S9700 is a very decent pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (232g)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Nikon S9700 as a Sports photography camera

A modest sports photography score of 54 suggests the Nikon S9700 is somewhat suited for shooting sports. A camera should have good tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Nikon S9700 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really crucial when selecting a travel camera. Over-all, the Nikon S9700 gets a above average 69 as a travelling camera which is a very decent option for your travels.

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lighter than average in class (232 grams)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
long zoom (750mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)

Nikon S9700 Landscape photography highlights

If you find yourself looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S9700 with it's low rating of 45 for a landscape camera is not good amongst its competition.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode

Nikon S9700 Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a articulating screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Nikon S9700 is not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a low score of 34.

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decently wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (232 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
does not have selfie friendly display
no microphone jack

Nikon S9700 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the S9700, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart underneath gives you a bird's eye view of the S9700 compared to it's highest rated competitors listed above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To check out a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix S9700
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched
2014-02-07
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
99
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-750mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.7-6.4
Macro focus range
1cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inch
Screen resolution
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology
TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
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
Features
Min shutter speed
8 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
6.00 m
Flash modes
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
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)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
232 gr (0.51 lbs)
Dimensions
110 x 64 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
Other
Battery life
300 shots
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL12
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
Single
Cost at release
$350