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)
February 13, 2015
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.
January 4, 2015
Love this camera!
For a grab and go camera this takes amazing pictures! Everyone could not believe the harvest moon pictures.
September 15, 2014
Excellent P&S camera.
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.
May 23, 2014
Best of the S9xxx Series Yet!
I started with the original 9000 series camera and have been upgrading with each new release, with the exception of the S9500, since I didn't think the upgrade with worth the minor differences (some of the features were actually not as good IMHO).
Anyway, you can read all of the detailed reviews about the great shots, low light shooting, etc. What I'd like to add is that they done two additional things that make this camera amazing. They've greatly increased the overall speed of the camera. It's quick to start, stop, focus, save, etc. etc. etc. They've also changed the battery/memory compartment door. It now stays shut. This change alone was probably worth the wait.
Congratulations to the Nikon design team. This camera is absolutely amazing. I hardly ever have a need to even use my D7000 any longer.
PS: I'm using the Lexar 128GB SD card. When I first placed it in the camera, the camera would not recognized it at all. So, I put it in one of my Panasonic video cameras and reformatted the card. It worked! So, I'm now able to use the card! If the design guys are reading this, they may want to take note, since they claim to have tested the Lexar 128...hmmm...
April 23, 2014