Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The Coolpix S9700 kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the display screen.
Unlike many other camera models from other manufacturers, you won't have a lot of options regarding what type of information is displayed with each photograph in Playback mode. The Coolpix S9700 will display the file number and date and time the image was shot in the lower left corner.
And that's it. There's no option for showing a histogram for example, which is standard on most cameras. And you can't see detailed information about how a photo was shot until you download the photos to a computer.
The data will clear off the screen after a few seconds, but if you work through the Monitor Settings command under the Setup menu, you can select a mode where the data remains on the screen all of the time. It's unfortunate that you cannot see more information about the photos from the camera's display screen.
You can easily add Quick Effects to the photos you've shot by pressing the OK button with a photo displayed on the screen. So you could shoot all of your S9700 photos without using effects and then apply them later. A few of these Quick Effects are not available when shooting photos under the Effects mode on the mode dial, such as fish-eye or miniature. These Quick Effects editing options are:
Toy Camera Effect 1
Toy Camera Effect 2
Cross Process - Red, Yellow, Green, Blue
Selective Color - Pink, Red, Red/Orange, Orange, Yellow, Yellow/Green, Green, Green/Blue, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Dark Purple, Light Purple
To work more quickly through stored images versus viewing them one at a time, Nikon included a thumbnail grid option with the S9700's Playback mode. With a single image on the screen, press the zoom ring to the left to open the thumbnail grid. Each time you press the zoom ring to the left, the grid will display more thumbnail images, including 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, and 8x9 grids. Press the zoom ring to the right to reduce the number of photos shown in the grid. Press OK with a thumbnail highlighted to bring that photo to a full-screen view.
Pressing the zoom ring to the left with the 8x9 grid displayed will open a calendar screen that sorts the images by the date on which they were shot.
To ensure a sharp focus in your images that were shot, press the zoom ring to the right with a single image displayed on the screen to magnify the photo. You can magnify the image up to 10x. In the lower right corner you'll see a large rectangular box that represents the overall image and a small white rectangle inside the box that represents the current view.
When you're ready to delete an image from the memory card, just press the Delete button with a single image displayed on the screen.
While working in Playback mode you can access the Playback menu by pressing the Menu button. The Playback mode options are:
Sequence Display Options - Individual Pictures, Key Picture Only
Choose Key Picture
To play a movie that's stored on the Coolpix S9700's memory card, display it on the screen in Playback mode. You'll see the file number and date and time the movie was recorded in the lower left corner. The length of time of the recording is in the upper right corner, while the movie resolution is in the lower right corner.
Press the OK button on the back of the camera to begin playing the movie. You then will see the movie playback tools along the bottom of the screen. Use the four-way ring to access the tools.
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