Nikon Coolpix S9700

16-megapixel camera with 30X optical zoom, Wi-Fi® and GPS (Black)

  • Nikon Coolpix S9700


  • Nikon Coolpix S9700


  • Nikon Coolpix S9700

    Front, lens at full zoom

  • Nikon Coolpix S9700

    Front, with built-in flash deployed

  • Nikon Coolpix S9700

    Top, lens at minimum zoom

  • Nikon Coolpix S9700

    Top, with lens at full zoom

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by Eric Angevine

Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

Nikon CoolPix S9700 (red)

The Nikon Coolpix S9700 offers plenty of features in a convenient package.

Zoom in for razor-sharp detail

The Nikon Coolpix S9700 fits in your pocket, but it doesn't act like a small camera. Optical zoom brings your subject up to 30X closer, so you can photograph it in living color and crisp detail. No more tiny dots on a faraway stage — prove you were there with a close-up of the performer's face. That's not to say this camera is a one-trick pony, though. Macro mode provides stunning texture and color when you're focused on a honeybee in a flower, as well. If it's video you're after, the camera can record full HD movies as well.

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Tag and upload photos with built-in GPS and Wi-Fi®

The S9700 is a great choice for a vacation camera. Not only can it capture images close-up and faraway, but it can upload your photos and videos to a mobile device instantly. That means you can share your adventures as they happen. And the camera's built-in GPS will let everyone know exactly where you were when you saw that beautiful sunset or unusual bird. Make sure you remember the name of that fantastic beach so you can go back and visit again in the future.

Get hands-on when and if you want to

If you're new to photography, the Coolpix S9700 can help. Frame your shots perfectly with the 3" OLED viewscreen, or use it to check your shots immediately and take them again if you don't like what you see. Intelligent autofocus keeps your subject looking sharp, and preset scene modes match the camera's settings to your environment in a snap. If you're ready to take more control, just turn the dial on top of the camera to enter the creative world of manual shooting. In-camera editing features allow you to erase red-eye or do a quick touch-up on the spot.


  • 30X optical zoom lens lets you shoot detailed images of faraway subjects (60X digital zoom)
  • 3" OLED (921,000-dot) viewscreen with anti-glare coating and adjustable brightness
  • built in Wi-Fi and GPS for tagging and sharing photos instantly
  • 16.0-megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • records 6.9 frames per second in continuous shooting mode
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 25-750mm
  • variable ISO sensitivity from 125-1600
  • face priority mode for portraits
  • capture action with subject tracking and target finding autofocus
  • movie mode offers full HD video resolution (1920x1080/60i)
  • records to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included)
  • auto modes (Beach, Landscape, Portrait, Sports and more) handle settings for specific shooting environments
  • manual mode allows you to take control of settings when necessary
  • shutter speeds from 1/4000-8 seconds
  • connect to smartphones and tablets via micro USB or micro HDMI
  • rechargeable EN-EL12 lithium ion battery included
  • 1/4" tripod mounting socket
  • 4-3/8" W x 2-5/8"H x 1-5/16"D
  • weight: 8.2 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled Yes
Lens 35mm Equivalent 25-750mm
Optical Zoom 30x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Micro
Internal Memory 329 MB
Memory Media
Effective Megapixel Count 16
Total Megapixels 16.79
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4608 x 3456
HD Video Recording 1920 x 1080/30p
Width (inches) 4-3/8
Height (inches) 2-5/8
Depth (inches) 1-3/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 8.2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Digital camera (black)
  • EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V 1050mAh 3.9Wh)with plastic terminal cap
  • EH-71P AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1A)
  • 36" UC-E21 USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB connector on other end)
  • Wrist strap
  • Quick Start Guide (Eng Fr Sp)
  • Warranty Programs sheet

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Inputs and Outputs Notes

Recording Features

Overview: The Nikon Coolpix S9700 allows you to create beautiful photos and Full HD videos and instantly share them right from your camera using the built-in Wi-Fi. The camera also has a built-in GPS receiver, which can record location data with every photo and video you take, so you can see on a map exactly where you've been.

3.0" OLED Monitor: The Coolpix S9700 has a 3.0" OLED monitor, featuring approximately 921,000 dots, and an anti-reflection coating. The monitor has a 98% horizontal and vertical frame coverage for shooting and 100% for playback. You can adjust the brightness of the monitor from -2 to +2.

Note: There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.

Image Sensor: The Coolpix S9700 features a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 16.79-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 16.0-million.

Optics: The Coolpix S9700 uses a 30x NIKKOR glass lens for superb image quality. The 4.5-135mm lens has an angle of view equivalent to that of a 25-750mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 120x. The angle of view is equivalent to that of an approximately 3000mm lens (35mm format).

Built-in Wi-Fi: The camera has built-in Wi-Fi (compliant with 802.11b/g/n) with a range of approximately 32 yards (30 meters), and a data rate of up to 15 Mbps. The camera's Wi-Fi capability can be used with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (running iOS 6.0 or later), or smart devices running on the Android operating system (ver.2.3 and up). The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device. While the camera is connected to the smart device, you can take pictures remotely, download pictures as they are taken, view and/or download existing pictures on the camera, and share pictures via email or upload them to photo-sharing sites.

Global Positioning System (GPS): The Coolpix S9700 is equipped with a GPS receiver, which, when enabled, encodes time and positioning data into your photos. All your image and movie files are geotagged, providing a visual travelogue that pinpoints the places you have been. These files can be integrated with many photo sharing sites, Google Maps, and Google+ to display maps showing where the photo was taken. In addition, the camera features an Electronic Compass and built-in mapping with Points of Interest to indicate nearby scenic and historic landmarks.

Vibration Reduction: The Nikon Coolpix S9700 offers Vibration Reduction (VR) to reduce blurring caused by camera shake when shooting. For still images and movies, there are three options: Standard VR (using the lens shift method), Hybrid VR (combining lens shift and electronic VR), or Off.

Recording Media: The Coolpix S9700 uses SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards to record still images and HD movies. In addition, the S9700 has a built-in 329 MB internal memory for saving images.

File Formats: The Coolpix S9700 records still images in JPEG format. HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV format (Video: H.264; Audio: LPCM stereo). You have a choice of seven still image size options and nine movie options:

  • Still Images:
    • 16M: 4608 x 3456
    • 8M: 3264 x 2448
    • 4M: 2272 x 1704
    • 2M: 1600 x 1200
    • VGA: 640 x 480
    • 16:9 12M: 4608 x 2592
    • 1:1: 3456 x 3456
  • Movies:
    • 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    • 1080/60i: 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    • 720/30p: 1280 x 720 (16:9)
    • iFrame 720/30p: 1280 x 720 (16:9)
    • 480/30p: 640 x 480 (4:3)
  • HS Movies:
    • HS 240/8x: 320 x 240; 1/8x speed playback (record up to 10 sec; playback 1 min 20 sec)
    • HS 480/4x: 640 x 480; 1/4x speed playback (record up to 15 sec; playback 1 min)
    • HS 720/2x: 1280 x 720; 1/2x speed playback (record up to 30 sec; playback 1 min)
    • HS 1080/0.5x: 1920 x 1080; 2x speed playback (record up to 2 min; playback 1 min)

Shooting Modes: Using the camera's top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:

  • Auto: Used for general photography; allows you to adjust a variety of settings to suit the conditions.
  • P, S, A, M: Images can be shot with greater control by setting the shutter speed or aperture value manually. You can rotate the mode dial to the following modes:
    • Programmed Auto: Exposure automatically set with "flexible program" combinations of shutter speed and aperture.
    • Shutter-priority Auto: Shutter speed manually set and the camera automatically determines the aperture value.
    • Aperture-priority Auto: Aperture value manually set and the camera automatically determines the shutter speed.
    • Manual: The aperture value and shutter speed are manually set by the user.
  • Scene Modes: In the menu, you can select one of the following scene modes: Scene Auto Selector, Night Landscape, Portrait, Close-up, Landscape, Food, Sports, Museum, Night Portrait, Fireworks show, Party/indoor, Black & White Copy, Beach, Backlighting, Snow, Easy Panorama, Sunset, Pet portrait and Dusk/dawn.
  • Smart Portrait: Camera detects human faces and automatically releases the shutter when they smile. A skin softening option makes faces smoother.
  • Special Effects: You can apply the following effects to images during shooting: Soft, Nostalgic Sepia, High-contrast monochrome, High key, Low key, Selective color, Pop, Super Vivid, Cross Process, and Toy Camera Effect 1 & 2

Continuous Shooting: In addition to single frame shooting, the S9700 can shoot continuously at multiple speeds while the shutter release is pressed and held:

  • Continuous H: Up to 5 pictures are continuously shot at a rate of 6.9 fps.
  • Continuous L: Up to 36 pictures are continuously shot at a rate of 2.2 fps.
  • Pre-shooting Cache: To prevent missing the perfect moment, the camera begins saving images when the shutter release is pressed halfway, then shoots continuously at about 20 fps from the time the button is pressed until the time it is released. Up to 25 frames, including up to 5 frames in the cache, are saved. Image size is fixed at 1M (1280 x 960).
  • Continuous H 120 fps: Up to 50 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/120 seconds. (Image size is VGA 640 x 480)
  • Continuous H 60 fps: Up to 25 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/60 seconds. (Image size is 1M 1280 x 960)
  • Best Shot Selector: Up to 10 frames are taken, and the camera automatically selects only the sharpest picture in the series. Recommended for low light conditions without flash, with the camera zoomed in, or in other situations subject to camera shake.
  • Multi-shot 16: Each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera captures a series of 16 images and saves them as a single image. Frame rate is 30 fps, and the image is fixed at 5M 2560 x 1920.

Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10-second self-timer for self-portraits or a 2-second to prevent camera shake caused by pressing the shutter release button.

Flash: The built-in flash has a range of 1'-8" to 19' (Wide angle) and 5' to 11' (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes: Auto, Auto (with Red-eye reduction), Fill Flash, Slow Sync, and Off.

Playback Menu: You can view photos one at a time in full frame, or in a Thumbnail Playback of 4, 9, 16, or 72 images. You can also zoom in to magnify a single image up to 10x. When playing back movies, you can pause/resume, rewind/advance, and adjust volume. Other playback menu options include: Quick Effects, Quick Retouch, D-Lighting, Glamour Retouch, Small Picture, and Crop.

Quick Effects: Special effects can be applied to images immediately after releasing the shutter. You can check the end results of each effect on an image on the preview screen.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Coolpix S9700 is powered by the supplied EN-EL12 rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (3.7V, 1050mAh, 3.9Wh). The battery is charged in the camera using the supplied EH-71P AC adapter and UC-E21 USB cable. The supplied rechargeable battery will last up to approximately 300 shots or 65 minutes of HD movie recording on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery charges in about 2 hours 20 minutes.

Power Saving Function: When the camera is operated on battery power, after several minutes of no operations, the monitor turns off and the camera enters the Standby mode. The Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: The Coolpix S9700 has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting the camera to an HDTV for still image and movie playback. The image resolution of the HDMI output can be set to Auto, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. When connected to an HDMI-CEC-compatible TV, the camera can be controlled during playback with the TV's remote control.

Micro USB: The camera features a Micro USB connector for connecting the supplied UC-E21 USB cable. The Micro USB port is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible, and is used for downloading your photos to your computer or connecting to a PictBridge-compatible printer. It is also used for charging the battery inside the camera using the supplied EH-71P AC adapter.


ViewNX2: The Nikon S9700 comes with no software in the package. Nikon ViewNX 2 can be downloaded from the Internet. It contains the following applications:

  • Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer
  • ViewNX 2: for viewing, editing and printing your images
  • Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred movies

System Requirements: Nikon ViewNX 2 software will work with the following Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems:

  • Windows: Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows XP (SP3)
  • MAC: OS X 10.7.5, 10.8.5, 10.9
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Written By Chuck, Fort Wayne, IN on Sunday, April 27, 2014
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This camera is the perfect companion camera not only for your travels, but also as your everyday all-purpose camera that gives you true full-size DSLR results in a small package. It's 30X optical zoom lens gives one a very wide range of focal lengths from wide to zoom that meets most requirements except for those extreme situations that require interchangeable lenses, such as professional sports or extreme nature photography. The extensive menu selections that Coolpix cameras offer is the reason this is my 2nd Coolpix camera. After reviewing many other of Coolpix competitors over time, nothing came close to matching the menu features and other options found in the Coolpix line, and particularly this model. The viewfinder is large and bright. The controls are located where you'd expect them to be. The ability to select aperature or shutter speed and its manual settings capability allow one to override its automatic settings and manipulate this camera as easily as any DSLR. And its ability to connect to the Internet is a bonus that makes sharing your photos easy. It accepts GPS settings as well as the newer GLONASS settings which may make it easier to set in some parts of the world (and fives GPS a backup). The matte-black finish is striking and gives it a good grip. And it's low signal-to-noise ratio in low light situations is an added bonus. You absolutely can't go wrong with the purchase of this camera to meet all of the requirements of 99% of all cameras of this size
Quality build, fit and finish, extensive unmatched menu selection, small size, 30X optical zoom, manual setting capabilities allowing for manual override of automatic features, large & bright viewfinder, user-friendly controls.
* User's Manual that comes with the camera is inadequate as it does not explain all the extensive Menu features, forcing one to have to find and download the available Reference Manual for this model which is fortunately available online; small selection of form-fitting camera cases available from NIKON for this model (only one available at this time), and none offering a belt clip, forcing one to search elsewhere for one if a belt loop or clip is desired.
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