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First Look: Nikon's Coolpix S9700 puts big zoom power in your pocket

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First Look: Nikon's Coolpix S9700 puts big zoom power in your pocket

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The S9700 packs a 30x zoom lens, very good photo and video quality, and all the trimmings you should expect.

[MUSIC]. [MUSIC]. On the short list of what most people expect for a pocket camera these days, is a lot more zoom range. On the short list of what most people expect for a pocket camera these days, is a lot more zoom range. It used to be 10X zoom was a lot, then 15, and then 20, and now we're at 30X zoom with a Nikon Coolpix S9700. It used to be 10X zoom was a lot, then 15, and then 20, and now we're at 30X zoom with a Nikon Coolpix S9700. I'm Josh Goldman with C Net. I'm Josh Goldman with C Net. And if pocketability, a long telephoto lens, and modern features like Wifi and GPS, and shooting options like full HD and high speed movies, easy pan and shoot panoramas, and filters and effects are what you're after. And if pocketability, a long telephoto lens, and modern features like Wifi and GPS, and shooting options like full HD and high speed movies, easy pan and shoot panoramas, and filters and effects are what you're after. You'll want to check this out. You'll want to check this out. Nikon also added semi manual and manual modes for those who want more exposure control. Nikon also added semi manual and manual modes for those who want more exposure control. And photo quality is excellent in daylight, good indoors if well-lit and your subject is still, but not great in low light without a flash. And photo quality is excellent in daylight, good indoors if well-lit and your subject is still, but not great in low light without a flash. Because of this, you'll wanna limit your use of the zoom lens indoors, and even fast moving subjects like kids and pets can be tricky outdoors. Because of this, you'll wanna limit your use of the zoom lens indoors, and even fast moving subjects like kids and pets can be tricky outdoors. That goes for most cameras of this type. That goes for most cameras of this type. Though so, more something to be aware of in general. Though so, more something to be aware of in general. A potential deal breaker with S9700 is the flash which is prone to getting block and despite being able to bend back, can't be firing in that position. A potential deal breaker with S9700 is the flash which is prone to getting block and despite being able to bend back, can't be firing in that position. Also while the audio is generally good, one of the stereo mics could potentially get blocked or even just brushed over by your fingers. Also while the audio is generally good, one of the stereo mics could potentially get blocked or even just brushed over by your fingers. Battery life is good, as long as you're just taking pictures. Battery life is good, as long as you're just taking pictures. But doing anything more than that will cut things a bit short. But doing anything more than that will cut things a bit short. You can read the full review on cnet.com but this is certainly a very good way to put big zoom power in your pocket. You can read the full review on cnet.com but this is certainly a very good way to put big zoom power in your pocket. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's a look at the Nikon Coolpix S9700. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's a look at the Nikon Coolpix S9700. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC]. [MUSIC]. On the short list of what most people expect for a pocket camera these days, is a lot more zoom range. On the short list of what most people expect for a pocket camera these days, is a lot more zoom range. It used to be 10X zoom was a lot, then 15, and then 20, and now we're at 30X zoom with a Nikon Coolpix S9700. It used to be 10X zoom was a lot, then 15, and then 20, and now we're at 30X zoom with a Nikon Coolpix S9700. I'm Josh Goldman with C Net. I'm Josh Goldman with C Net. And if pocketability, a long telephoto lens, and modern features like Wifi and GPS, and shooting options like full HD and high speed movies, easy pan and shoot panoramas, and filters and effects are what you're after. And if pocketability, a long telephoto lens, and modern features like Wifi and GPS, and shooting options like full HD and high speed movies, easy pan and shoot panoramas, and filters and effects are what you're after. You'll want to check this out. You'll want to check this out. Nikon also added semi manual and manual modes for those who want more exposure control. Nikon also added semi manual and manual modes for those who want more exposure control. And photo quality is excellent in daylight, good indoors if well-lit and your subject is still, but not great in low light without a flash. And photo quality is excellent in daylight, good indoors if well-lit and your subject is still, but not great in low light without a flash. Because of this, you'll wanna limit your use of the zoom lens indoors, and even fast moving subjects like kids and pets can be tricky outdoors. Because of this, you'll wanna limit your use of the zoom lens indoors, and even fast moving subjects like kids and pets can be tricky outdoors. That goes for most cameras of this type. That goes for most cameras of this type. Though so, more something to be aware of in general. Though so, more something to be aware of in general. A potential deal breaker with S9700 is the flash which is prone to getting block and despite being able to bend back, can't be firing in that position. A potential deal breaker with S9700 is the flash which is prone to getting block and despite being able to bend back, can't be firing in that position. Also while the audio is generally good, one of the stereo mics could potentially get blocked or even just brushed over by your fingers. Also while the audio is generally good, one of the stereo mics could potentially get blocked or even just brushed over by your fingers. Battery life is good, as long as you're just taking pictures. Battery life is good, as long as you're just taking pictures. But doing anything more than that will cut things a bit short. But doing anything more than that will cut things a bit short. You can read the full review on cnet.com but this is certainly a very good way to put big zoom power in your pocket. You can read the full review on cnet.com but this is certainly a very good way to put big zoom power in your pocket. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's a look at the Nikon Coolpix S9700. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's a look at the Nikon Coolpix S9700. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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