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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Boca Raton, florida
Comments about Nikon Coolpix S9700 16.0 MP Digital Camera - Black:
Great all around camera, carry all the time the D7100 is still the work horse but the 9700 never leaves my side. I am a Fire rescue photographer. WHY HAS THIS s 9700 BEEN DISCONTINUED???
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Excellent for a non-techie
This camera has elevated my pictures to a new high. I use the point and shoot (automatic), zoom ( which is really great for bringing the distant into a nice picture) and the movie functions. A quantum leap above my old Fuji. Purchased on a whim on a Cruise, and shot the best pictures I could hope for during a trip to South America. Sturdy and sits in my pocket nicely. Very quick power up. Battery life is a bit weak when left on. I can easily go 2 days, when I only power up for the shot. Perfect for me, and provides very good point and shoot results. Its now my favorite pocket sized camera. (and still way better than my smart phone)
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Lots of features
I have had this camera for about a month. I had a Nikon SLR film camera many years ago and was very happy with it. Since I started using point and shoot cameras, I have had mostly Canon point and shot. After reviewing what was available in compact P & S digital cameras, I selected the Nikon S9700 as it seem to have better focusing using the telephoto function and is pretty compact. So far I have taken the usual Christmas pictures and have been pleased. My biggest complaint is that the user's manual has lots of information in it, BUT for some reason it doesn't provide me with answers to some questions. I think the problem is that it describes the functions more on a design level. That is great and I am interested in that, but I also want to have a straight forward STEP-BY-STEP set of instructions. This is particularly true when I am trying to learn to use a a new camera. Most of the functions work like the Canon, but there are some nuances that have given me fits.
Great pictures, very useful shooting modes. A, M, S etc
from Hilton Head, SC
love this camera. It replaces an S6500 I had been using and was impressed with the image stabilization giving clear pictures in low light. I give it a 3 star rating rather than 5 star due to the dim monitor. Even at the highest brightness setting, the image is barely visible when it's bright outside, even if you shade the monitor. My old S6500 was (is) much brighter.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Love this camera!
from British Columbia, Canada
For a grab and go camera this takes amazing pictures! Everyone could not believe the harvest moon pictures.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great features, poor picture quality
This is my second huge disappointment on a Nikon point-and-shoot. The features on this camera are excellent for its size, and the lens seems very decent. However, the .jpg files (I shoot using .jpg fine) almost always look solarized, with very heavy pixelation. They would not make any print greater than 4x6, in spite of the high megapixels. I am surprised that this camera has been rated higher than 2 by anyone because of this problem. I have a Nikon D90 and a D800, both of which are fantastic, but the software in this camera that renders the .jpg file needs some serious work -- or the sensor needs to be replaced. Too bad I can't shoot in raw to determine which is the case. Just displaying the images on my computer, they look terrible -- skin tones look like they were painted on with water colors, and are very streaky. Edges are pixelated. On any other camera, I would have to "solarize" the photo to make it look like the standard .jpg files coming out of the S9700. If you want magnification, buy this camera. If you want good pictures, look elsewhere. My Canon S110 takes much better pictures, and it is not all that great. The best point and shoot cameras I have found are the Canon S95 I used to have (no longer available), an older Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28, and best of all, my first digital camera, the Sony DSC-F717, which was a point-and-shoot only in the sense that it did not have interchangeable lenses. Nikon, you should be capable of much better! I really wanted to find a good camera to go with my D800 that would fit in my shirt pocket so I could always have it with me. Very disappointed! I get much better photos with my phone. You will probably not be able to see the issue in the attached file (I did not want to put any photos of people on the web site) because of the size of the picture, but if you could enlarge this to full size you would see that the fur on my pet does not show any individual hairs, but rather strongly resembles a watercolor. This was in bright full sun. It is much worse in dimmer light. Looks okay from a distance, but up close you know you are dealing with an inferior camera.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Nice camera, poorly produced manual
Only had the camera a few days, seems great, though. Good quality, fast, great zoom. But the manual gives very little info, instead requiring you to go to the website to search out instructions which is ridiculous. If I'm at the beach I don't want to try and read a manual on my smart phone screen. GIVE US A WORKING PRINTED MANUAL WE CAN USE PLEASE, THAT INCLUDES THE WIFI DATA AND LINKING!!!!
(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Broke on second use!
from Tallahassee, FL, USA
Had this camera 30 days, broke on second use. It was hot and i was sweating all day and the camera stopped. NIKON told me to send it in for repair and the repair people sent it back in peaces saying it was un-repairable.
(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Love & Hate this camera...
The main reasons I bought this camera was for the WiFi and manual modes. The first couple days I used it I was very happy with it, but on our trip to Las Vegas it started to act up. I've had the camera for almost month and took a lot of pictures in Las Vegas. The last day there I noticed that the focusing was not working and the image in the viewfinder was flickering back and forth. When I tried to take a picture it was blurry. The camera has a lot of bells and whistles but I'm very disappointed in the way it all of a sudden had these malfunctions. I have several NIKON cameras (DSLR w/lens & Point & Shoot) that I'm very happy with. This one I sent in today for warranty and I'll see how that goes. I'll amend this review after I get it back and get to use it for a while. I give it 2 stars because I think overall the camera has great potential, but the one I got in particular has issues. Hoping for the best.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent P&S camera.
from Mead, WA, USA
I have had this camera for about a week and have tried about every feature listed in the manual. They all work as advertised. The shutter lag problem I have had with other P&S cameras is gone with this camera. The manual says 6.9 frames per second for 5 shots. Didn't time that, but sure that's pretty close. That was in the auto mode, didn't try it in any other settings. I have taken about 500 pictures in all different modes and they have all came out Chrystal clear, sharp with crisp colors and detail. Just to test, I took a picture of a light bulb about 50 to 60 feet away with telephoto and could read the words "Made in China" very clearly. One thing I have to get used to is the location of the flash. It pops up right under my left finger. Not a big problem just something I need to get accustom to. The wireless feature was a little challenging to get my iPad joined to the camera, but after a email to Nikon support, that too works like advertised. Wont be using that feature much, but it will come in handy. The 1080p video works very well, but if one does that much, you should get a extra battery or two. I couldn't be happier with this camera and can see I will be leaving my heavy DSLR at home more. Have owned 6 P&S cameras of different brands and there is no comparison, the S9700 is by far the best.
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