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NikonCOOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Red)
 
4.6

(based on 39 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Good image quality (33)
  • Zoom range/performance (30)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (27)
  • Compact (24)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (6)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (26)
  • Landscape/scenery (24)
  • Family photos (21)
  • Low light (14)
  • Video (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (34)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My new best friend

I've had my Nikon S9700 for a couple of weeks now, and I literally don't leave home without it. I bought it for travel, to avoid having to carry a DSLR plus extra...Read complete review

I've had my Nikon S9700 for a couple of weeks now, and I literally don't leave home without it. I bought it for travel, to avoid having to carry a DSLR plus extra lens , etc. The 30x zoom, 16 mp, and built-in GPS all led to this decision. And all work as well as I had hoped.

I have attended stage performances of two granddaughters since the purchase, the first on the very day I received it. I was able to get some excellent photos from 40 - 50 feet away, without flash, after some trial and error. One of those is now blown up to 8x10 and is on the living room wall. Second show, similar success, resulting in another 8x10 head shot from similar distance. With the movement in the dance numbers it was difficult, at maximum zoom. But for slow or solo numbers, it worked very well.

I'm still learning the controls and hope to get even better results once I an familiar with all the camera's functions.

As for now, this camera does all I had hoped, and then some.

Only area of complaint: The pop-up flash appears rather flimsy, and is located just where I usually have a finger planted. But time will tell on the former and I will learn to avoid the latter, I hope.

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Still not sure

No longer in business, just photographing for fun and using pictures to make note cards that I give away. Very attached to my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 which no longer works. Having difficulty getting...Read complete review

No longer in business, just photographing for fun and using pictures to make note cards that I give away. Very attached to my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 which no longer works. Having difficulty getting used to this camera. Don't like the tripod connection on an end instead of in the middle. Don't like the pauses between shots. Just beginning to get the hang of the different ways to shoot. Do like the ease of canceling shots. Guess it will just take time.

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3.0

Good Travel Camera

By Jake C

from New Orleans

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life
  • Zoom Controls Are Jerky

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Red):

Good travel camera if you want a versatile camera you can keep in your pocket without attracting to much attention as a tourist. Geotaging and zoom are well suited for travel.The only downside is the zoom control is a little jerky in its movement and the battery is not well suited for a lot of travel photos so bring a spare with you.

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5.0

Perfect for travelers

By Bruno

from Brazil

Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

Very good zoom, nice functionalities and easy to carry.

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5.0

great camera

By jefffs

from chicago

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Red):

    this a great camera I use when I do not want to take my dsl . the zoom is great for getting the close ups and wide angles . used bith inside and out very happy with the pics

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    5.0

    Excellent Camera

    By Erock

    from Sayreville, NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

      I purchased this S9700 for everyday use when I'm not bringing out the D800. This little guy shoots great. I woulnd't change a thing about it.

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      5.0

      Love the S9700!

      By Ellen

      from Topsham. Maine

      Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

      I haven't used it that much yet but loving it so far. It's way ahead of my S8100!!! Great pix so far!! Love the WiFi ability as well as the 30x optical zoom!!!

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      5.0

      GREAT CAMERA-GREAT PICTURES

      By rev

      from Auburn, Ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Red):

        This is my second S9700, the first one was stolen from my car. Both take excellent pictures with or without flash. You do have to learn to hold the camera so the flash is not obstructed. I recommend down loading the manual since it outlines all the features of this camera. Excellent low light pictures without the flash though the color is more reddish.

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        5.0

        Awesome zoom!

        By Kas

        from Rhode Island

        Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Red):

        I bought this camera solely to record a concert I was planning on attending and it did not disappoint! HD movie mode is insane. Quality of the pictures and videos exceeded my expectations. Love this camera and would recommend it to anyone.

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        5.0

        NIKON Bangs Out Another Winner

        By Blackjack 4450

        from Virginia coast

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

          I reviewed this camera on line at various websites prior to purchasing it from B&H Photo. It arrived within 2 short days at my door and I have loved this item ever since. It has more modes, bells and useful whistles than I can describe here. Beautiful, sharp digital pictures and so user friendly, it is amazing! To top it off, I got the best deal of the day ever from B&H Photo. Great company and products. Super fast shipping and a very large selection of items always available.

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          5.0

          I am so glad I bought the S9700.

          By Doctor Dec

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

              I owned a Coolpix S8200 which had an accident.
              I liked that camera so I bought The Coolpix S9700.
              I really love the zoom on it

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              5.0

              Great service and love my CoolPix!!

              By Donna

              from Ashland, Oregon

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Red):

                I'm just learning photography and my Coolpix makes it so easy, yet is very professional at the same time. (Even a professional photographer I'm working with was totally impressed with this camera!) Looking forward to getting out in nature more so I can capture the beauty of fall trees, beaches, snow-capped mountains and all the wildlife that live on our beloved planet Earth.

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                4.0

                It's the Coolpix I remember

                By Jeff

                from Overland Park, KS

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Position of the flash

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

                My first point in shot was a 4 meg Coolpix when that was best you could get. This was purchased for an upcoming trip so the big DSLR wouldn't need to come. No disappoints so far from macro photos to HD video. Everything has worked great and it has been enjoyable getting accustomed to all the features.

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                5.0

                Very pleased

                By Edgar

                from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Taking outdoor and indoor family photos

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Excellent second camera.

                  By Christopher

                  from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Good Tech Documentation
                  • Video

                  Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I use it around my woodworking shop for important documentation.
                  Keet it in my car for those opportunity photos, a week ago an abandoned warehouse-factory here in Milwaukee...Man , trespassing never was so much fun.
                  There are times the manual control acts a bit wonky, turning that little wheel, just 5/8" diameter can trigger other functions.

                  The 750mm optical is pretty good and it is 1500mm with digital telephoto.
                  I understand it got better reviews than it's companion Canon brother.
                  I really like my Rebel dslr purchased from B&H These people are great!

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                  3.0

                  Still not sure

                  By JL

                  from Mount Laurel, NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

                  No longer in business, just photographing for fun and using pictures to make note cards that I give away. Very attached to my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 which no longer works. Having difficulty getting used to this camera. Don't like the tripod connection on an end instead of in the middle. Don't like the pauses between shots. Just beginning to get the hang of the different ways to shoot. Do like the ease of canceling shots. Guess it will just take time.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By Sbyman1

                  from Salisbury,Md

                  Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Red):

                  By far this has been my favorite new camera,and like some features on it that I did not have on my old camera. I reccomend this camera to anyone who likes Nikon cameras.

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                  5.0

                  Pleasant Surprise

                  By sirius56

                  from Lake Forest, IL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Tired of the weight a full sized Nikon DSLR on a vacation, I was looking for an alternative. The S9700 has a wealth of features at 1/6th of the weight. I'm surprised at the features and quality you get for the money.

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                  5.0

                  Great all aound camera

                  By Kismet Kid

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

                    I bought this camera just before going on vacation. Once I charged the battery I was off to the races. Everything was very simple and, in many cases, intuitive. It was very easy to use and the zoom came in handy for all those scenic shots. Used several of the settings and all the photos came out amazing. So happy I selected this camera! I can't wait to take a video with this camera.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By Exfed

                    from Sanford, FL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Great camera....great price by a great merchant.
                      The camera arrived in a very timely fashion and the price is highly competitive. No doubt I made the right decision.

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                      5.0

                      Exceeds my expectations

                      By nlbc9902

                      from Harrisburg, PA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Black):

                        I ordered this camera just before a family vacation, having put off replacing my old compact digital that died on me a few months ago. This camera exceeded my expectations. I won't suggest that it's perfect but it's pretty darn good for the price and compact size. As others have noted, the location of the flash can be a bit annoying and I think that would be the biggest complaint. What really surprised me though is the quality of the photos this camera takes. Most were quite crisp and had beautiful color. Admittedly, holding the camera steady and giving the camera time to focus precisely was key. I haven't yet tried it at a sporting event and will be interested to see how it responds. I did however grab some great photos of kite surfers and movement didn't seem to be a problem even in auto mode.

                        The zoom on this camera is the best feature. I'm so accustomed to compact digitals blurring photos when you try to zoom in. The zoom is so spectacular on this camera that it was like having a pair of binoculars. And while pictures taken at max zoom might not have been perfect, they were really good for a camera at this price and size.

                        The whole family had a lot of fun with the editing features built in. Who doesn't love shaving off 10 pounds? And my 4 year old niece couldn't stop giggling at the different colors of eyeshadow we could add to her picutre right from the camera.

                        I have yet to try the video mode on this camera but it' a nice bonus. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't run into any problems with battery life but I'd assume that similar to my smart phone, the video mode drains it a bit faster.

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                        5.0

                        Nice Camera

                        By Lizzard

                        from Houston TX

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time

                        Cons

                        • Flash Locationpop Up

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera (Red):

                        Somewhat of an impulse buy while on vacation in NYC but had checked it out online. Had to call Nikon to get wifi feature to work - instructions are not very clear and manual not enough info. But other than that it takes great pictures, love the 30x zoom. Took photo of Statue of Liberty while up on top of the Empire State Building - over 5 miles away - pretty impressive range. Just have to be steady when on that long zoom or images get fuzzy or blurry. Love the wifi feature and GPS once it was enabled. A little bigger than I like for my normal point and shoot but this one will win me over on use over size. Really fast recovery between shots. Haven't tried it in low light yet. Only used it outdoors or in brightly lit indoor areas so far. Hard at first to get used to flash popping up on top where my finger usually goes too. Have not tried video yet.

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