Nikon Coolpix S9700 Digital Camera, Black - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.

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The Nikon Coolpix S9700 Digital Camera (Black) is a compact point-and-shoot camera with a 16MP CMOS image sensor and a 30x optical zoom NIKKOR ED VR 4.5-135mm f3.7/6.4 lens with a 35mm equivalent of 25-750mm. The lens features Vibration Reduction to reduce the effects of camera shake at longer focal lengths and slower shutter speeds. The camera is capable of capturing stills as well as high definition 1920 x 1080 video with stereo sound. Additionally, the camera features a built-in GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a pop-up flash for illumination in low-light scenarios.

For times when you need more reach, the Dynamic Fine Zoom provides an enhanced digital zoom function that doubles your zoom to 60x. The S9700 even works with Nikon's mobile app, allowing for immediate review on your compatible Smartphone or tablet for almost instant sharing. And, with the built-in GPS you can view where your images were taken on Google Maps and other websites. The photos themselves can be stored in the internal 329MB memory or on an SD card (available separately).

Nikon S9700 Features

  • 30x NIKKOR ED VR Zoom Lens: The camera has a 30x NIKKOR ED VR zoom lens with an effective focal length range of 4.5-135mm, giving a 35mm equivalent of 25-750mm, which covers wide-angle to telephoto shots with an aperture range of f/3.7-6.4.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control with a compatible smartphone or tablet: Your smartphone or tablet will be your favorite accessory. Take beautiful photos with the COOLPIX S9700 and watch them instantly appear on your compatible smartphone or tablet
  • Built-in GPS, mapping, Electronic Compass and Points of Interest (POI) for creating amazing photo journals: The COOLPIX S9700 records the exact location of each shot you take, so you can follow the path of your adventure and every stunning view along the way
  • Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies: If you want a compact camera that shoots stunning Full HD videos, the COOLPIX S9700 delivers. Full HD 1080p means exceptional video quality. Record the action, then connect to an HDTV and watch your videos come alive
  • Take control of your vision: When you want to take control of exposure, the COOLPIX S9700 is ready. Select from P/S/A/M exposure modes and the creative options will seem endless
  • Reveal hidden beauty: Turn on Macro Mode and capture extreme close-ups of everyday subjects. Discover exciting new views of food, flowers, insects, jewelry-anything, really
  • Change it up: Wondering how that photo would look in black & white? As an artistic illustration? Easily preview a selection of fun Quick Effects on photos you've already taken, then save your favorites alongside the original
  • Intelligent autofocus: It's frustrating when a smartphone camera focuses on the wrong thing. With COOLPIX S9700, Target Finding AF quickly determines your intended subject and puts the focus where it belongs-on your subject
  • WI-FI Compatibility: This camera's built-in Wi-Fi capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod touch or smart devices running on the Android operating system. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera

Nikon S9700 Specifications

Effective Pixels
16.0 million
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Total Pixels
16.79 million (approx.)
Image Size (pixels)
4608 x 3456 (16M)
30x optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens
Lens Focal Length
4.5-135.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 25-750mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Lens f/-number
Lens Construction
13 elements in 11 groups (3 ED lens elements)
Lens Zoom
Digital Zoom
Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 3,000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration Reduction
Combination of Lens-shift and Electronic VR (still pictures)
Electronically-controlled 3-blade iris diaphragm
Autofocus (AF)
Contrast-detect AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection
Face priority
Manual with 99 focus areas
Subject tracking
Target Finding AF
Focus Range
[W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 6.7 ft. (2 m.) to infinity
Macro mode: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm.) (wide-angle position) (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Focus Lock
Monitor Size
3" diagonal
Monitor Type
OLED with Anti-reflection coating
5-level brightness adjustment
Monitor Resolution
Monitor Frame coverage (shooting mode)
98% horizontal (Approx.)
98% vertical (Approx.)
Monitor Frame coverage (playback mode)
100% horizontal (Approx.)
100% vertical (Approx.) (compared to actual picture)
Storage Media
SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
Internal Memory
Approx. 329MB
Storage File System
EXIF 2.3
DPOF compliant
Storage File formats
Still pictures: JPEG
Sound files (Voice Memo): WAV
Movies: MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: LPCM stereo)
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 30p
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 25p
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 60i
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 50i
HD: 1280x 20/ 30p
HD: 1280x720/ 25p
HS 1920x1080/ 15p
HS 1920x1080/ 12.5p
HS 640x480/ 120p
HS 1280x720/ 60p
HS 1280x720/ 50p
HS 320x240/ 240p
iFrame 720/ 30p
iFrame 720/ 25p
VGA 640x480/ 30p
VGA 640x480/ 25p
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 125-1600
ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
Lowest ISO Sensitivity
Highest ISO Sensitivity
Exposure Metering
Spot (digital zoom 2X or more)
Exposure Control
Programmed auto exposure with flexible program
aperture-priority auto
shutter priority auto
Exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Exposure Modes
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Programmed Auto (P)
Scene Auto Selector
Smart Portrait
Special Effects
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Scene Modes
Back Light
Black and White Copy
Close Up
Easy Panorama
Fireworks Show
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Pet Portrait
Scene Auto Selector
In-Camera Image Editing
Glamour Retouch
Quick retouch
Red eye correction
Skin softening
Small Picture
Exposure Compensation
± 2 EV in steps of 1/3
White Balance
White Balance Preset
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed
1/2000-1 sec.
1/2000-8 sec. (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at ISO 125 or 200 in P, S, A, or M mode) A Mode - When the aperture value is f/5.6-8 at the wide-angle position
1/4000 sec. (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting)
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
Up to 5 shots at approx. 6.9 frames per second (at full resolution)
Continuous Shooting Options
Best Shot Selector
Continuous H
Continuous H 60
Continuous H 120
Continuous L
Multi-shot 16
Pre-shooting cache
Can be selected from 10 or 2 seconds duration
Built-in flash Range (approx.)
[W]: 0.5 to 6.0m (1' 8". to 19')
[T]: 1.5 to 3.5m (5' to 11') (ISO sensitivity: Auto)
Built-in Flash Control
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Built-in Flash
Voice Memo Function
Hi-speed USB
Interface Data transfer protocol
Video Output
HDMI Output
Can be selected from:
I/O terminal
Micro-USB connector
HDMI micro connector (Type D) (HDMI output)
Wi-Fi Functionality
Yes (Built-in)
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Portuguese (European and Brazilian)
Power Sources
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (supplied)
AC Adapter EH-62F (available separately)
Charging Time
2 hours 20 minutes (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-71P and when no charge remains) (Approx.)
Battery / Batteries
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
Battery Life (shots per charge)
Nikon Rechargeable: 300 shots (CIPA)
Tripod Socket
(ISO 1222
Operating environment
Temperature: 0 to 40deg.C (32 to 104deg.F)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4" (10.92 x 6.35 x 3.55cm) excluding projections
8.2 oz (232.46 g) including battery and SD memory card

Nikon S9700 Reviews

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Great Little Camera

Great little camera for running around town

Reviewed by 13 customers


Great Little Camera


from Cleveland, OH

Great little camera for running around town


Great product - Fast shipment


from Camas, WA

I bought this as a refurbished camera, but it looks as a brand new.


Excellent for a non-techie


from Undisclosed

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


from Iowa

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


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


from Maryland

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.

(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!!!!

(1 of 5 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...


from Undisclosed

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.


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Andrew R  Refurbished goods sold by Adorama are all refurbished by the manufacturer (unless specified otherwise) to the original company's specifications. ----- Who refurbishes the units? They are all refurbished by the manufacturer (unless specified otherwise) to the original company's specifications. Why does availability seem unpredictable? Unlike new inventory, we can't order refurbs. We have to wait for the manufacturers to contact us when they have a batch to sell. What are the advantages of refurbished goods? All refurbished items will have been checked over by the manufacturer by hand, inspected very thoroughly, diagnosed, and calibrated by experienced technicians, and could therefore turn out to be more dependable than a new item - which will only have been checked by a process of systematic quality control protocol (ie by random sampling as it comes off the conveyor belt). What about firmware updates? Refurbished goods are shipped with the firmware updates and latest fixes which were completed at whatever stage it was at when we took delivery.
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