As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams, super zooms, compacts and mirrorless. The Nikon Coolpix S9700's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S9500 and the D5100)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S9700 compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (30x vs 20x), has a built-in GPS, has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 614k dots), has an OLED screen (OLED vs LCD) and has a significantly longer battery life (300 shots vs 230 shots).

However, on average it is much larger (compact (110×64×35 mm) vs compact (105×61×27 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), is thicker (1.4" vs 1.1") and is slightly heavier (232 g vs 191 g).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
similar age
$2,192

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the S9700)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the S9700)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and S9700

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very small: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Very light: 214 g vs 232 g

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500
1 year older
$417

Significant advantages of the S9500 (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller: Compact (110×60×31 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the S9500 (vs the S9700)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 300 shots
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the S9500 and S9700

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very small: Compact (110×60×31 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • OLED screens: OLED vs OLED

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS
10 months older
$397

Significant advantages of the IXUS 255 HS (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (97×56×23 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.4"

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 255 HS (vs the S9700)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly less zoom: 10x vs 30x
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the IXUS 255 HS and S9700

  • Very small: Super compact (97×56×23 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Very light: 144 g vs 232 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.4"

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
2 years newer
$179 - $249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller: Compact (97×57×28 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.1" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly lighter: 182 g vs 232 g

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the S9700)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 HS and S9700

  • Very small: Compact (97×57×28 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Very light: 182 g vs 232 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.4"

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
1 year newer
$254

Significant advantages of the SX610 HS (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×61×27 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.1" vs 1.4"

Significant disadvantages of the SX610 HS (vs the S9700)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Less zoom: 18x vs 30x

common strengths of the SX610 HS and S9700

  • Very small: Compact (105×61×27 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Very light: 191 g vs 232 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.4"

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
10 months older
$232

Significant advantages of the SX280 HS (vs the S9700)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (106×63×33 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX280 HS (vs the S9700)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Less zoom: 20x vs 30x
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the SX280 HS and S9700

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very small: Compact (106×63×33 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Very light: 233 g vs 232 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years older
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the S9700)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the S9700)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5100 and S9700

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
5 years older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XS (vs the S9700)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XS (vs the S9700)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XS and S9700

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S9700 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 35 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 461k dots), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a much narrower aperture (f/3.7 vs f/2), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
1 year older
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the S9700)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the S9700)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and S9700

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11
4 years older

Significant advantages of the G11 (vs the S9700)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G11 (vs the S9700)

  • None found

common strengths of the G11 and S9700

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
7 months newer
$534

Significant advantages of the G7 X (vs the S9700)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G7 X (vs the S9700)

  • None found

common strengths of the G7 X and S9700

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G6

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9 years older

Significant advantages of the G6 (vs the S9700)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G6 (vs the S9700)

  • None found

common strengths of the G6 and S9700

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S9700 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly smaller (compact (110×64×35 mm) vs professional size (125×85×107 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), has an OLED screen (OLED vs LCD) and is newer (february 2014 vs august 2012).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.7 vs f/2.9), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 23 mm), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
3 years older
$546

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the S9700)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/5000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the S9700)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the P500 and S9700

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 232 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.4"

Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

Fujifilm FinePix S9900W
1 year newer
$700

Significant advantages of the FinePix S9900W (vs the S9700)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.9 vs f/3.7
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the FinePix S9900W (vs the S9700)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×87×116 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)

common strengths of the FinePix S9900W and S9700

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×87×116 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 670 g vs 232 g

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
similar age
$700

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the S9700)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the S9700)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • No built-in GPS
  • Larger: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)

common strengths of the P600 and S9700

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 565 g vs 232 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 1.4"

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
1 year older
$450

Significant advantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the S9700)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 25 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the S9700)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SP-820UZ iHS and S9700

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×78×93 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 232 g
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 1.4"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S9700 compared to compact competitors include: it has much more zoom (30x vs 3x), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 37 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 115k dots) and has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.7 vs f/3.1), is much larger (compact (110×64×35 mm) vs compact (100×55×24 mm)), has a slightly shorter battery life (300 shots vs 320 shots), is thicker (1.4" vs 0.9") and is significantly heavier (232 g vs 167 g).

Olympus Stylus 820

Olympus Stylus 820
6 years older

Significant advantages of the Stylus 820 (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller: Compact (96×56×24 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly lighter: 165 g vs 232 g

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 820 (vs the S9700)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 30x

common strengths of the Stylus 820 and S9700

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD890 IS

Canon PowerShot SD890 IS
5 years older

Significant advantages of the SD890 IS (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller: Compact (95×57×27 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.1" vs 1.4"
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD890 IS (vs the S9700)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 30x

common strengths of the SD890 IS and S9700

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 300 shots

Fujifilm FinePix A100

Fujifilm FinePix A100
5 years older

Significant advantages of the A100 (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×61×22 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Much lighter: 124 g vs 232 g
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.4"

Significant disadvantages of the A100 (vs the S9700)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly less zoom: 3x vs 30x

common strengths of the A100 and S9700

  • None found

Casio Exilim EX-Z9

Casio Exilim EX-Z9
6 years older

Significant advantages of the EX-Z9 (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×55×23 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.7
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.4"

Significant disadvantages of the EX-Z9 (vs the S9700)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2.6" vs 3"

common strengths of the EX-Z9 and S9700

  • None found

Olympus Stylus 780

Olympus Stylus 780
7 years older

Significant advantages of the Stylus 780 (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller: Compact (100×55×24 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.4"

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 780 (vs the S9700)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 30x

common strengths of the Stylus 780 and S9700

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S650

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S650
7 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-S650 (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller: Compact (91×61×27 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.7
  • Significantly thinner: 1.1" vs 1.4"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-S650 (vs the S9700)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DSC-S650 and S9700

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S9700 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has an OLED screen (OLED vs LCD), has a built-in GPS, is thinner (1.4" vs 2.4"), is slightly lighter (232 g vs 403 g) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/500 of a second).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 102,800 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9)

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9)
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9) (vs the S9700)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9) (vs the S9700)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9) and S9700

  • Fairly small: Compact (107×65×33 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 232 g
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.4"

Sony a6400

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5 years newer
$898 (body only)
$971 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the a6400 (vs the S9700)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the a6400 (vs the S9700)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 2.4" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the a6400 and S9700

  • Fairly small: Standard size (120×67×60 mm) vs Compact (110×64×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 403 g vs 232 g
  • Inexpensive: $898.00 vs $469.99