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.
When shooting photos with the Nikon S9700, you'll see the current shooting mode and flash setting in the upper left corner of the screen. In the upper right corner is the video setting, still image resolution, and Vibration Reduction setting.
In the lower right corner you'll see the number of photos remaining that can be stored, as well as the length of video you can record.
You'll see the ISO setting and battery charge remaining in the lower left corner, as well as the shutter speed and aperture setting along the center of the lower part of the screen.
In advanced shooting modes, such as Manual mode, you can change the shutter speed and aperture by spinning the four-way ring.
In Shutter Priority mode (shown here) you can change the shutter speed using the four-way ring, while in Aperture Priority mode you can change the aperture setting.
As you turn the mode dial on the top panel of the camera, you'll see a digital representation of the mode dial on the screen. As you pause on a mode dial setting, you'll see the name of the selected mode displayed on the screen.
You can access shortcuts to four of the camera's settings through the four-way ring. Press the upper portion of the dial to access the camera's flash menu, the left side to access the exposure compensation menu, the lower part to access the macro mode, and the left side to access the self-timer menu. Once a menu appears on the right half of the screen, use the four-way button to move among the selections and press OK to select the command.
As part of the exposure compensation menu in certain shooting modes you can make changes to the camera's hue or vividness settings.
To access the Coolpix S9700's special effects menu, twist the mode dial to Effects. Then press the Menu button and use the four-way ring to access the Special Effects menu. The options are:
- Nostalgic Sepia
- High-Contrast Monochrome
- High Key
- Low Key
- Selective Color - None, Pink, Red, Orange/Red, Orange, Yellow, Yellow/Green, Green, Green/Blue, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Dark Purple, Light Purple
- Super Vivid
- Cross Process - Blue, Red, Green, Yellow
- Toy Camera Effect 1
- Toy Camera Effect 2
Turn the mode dial to Scene to access the Nikon S9700's various scene modes, which include:
PortraitLandscapeSportsNight PortraitParty/IndoorBeachSnowSunsetDusk/DawnNight LandscapeClose-upFoodMuseumFireworks ShowBlack and White CopyBacklighting - On, OffEasy Panorama - Normal 180 degrees, Wide 360 degreesPet Portrait - Single Shot, ContinuousImage Quality - Fine, NormalImage Size - 16M, 8M, 4M, 2M, VGA, 12M 16:9, 12M 1:1
The menu structure for the Coolpix S9700 looks like a lot of other Nikon fixed lens cameras, with main icons along the left side of the screen and sub-category commands in the middle. Highlight a sub-category command and then press the right side of the four-way button or the OK button to see each choice that's available under the highlighted command. The current choice appears on the far right of the screen, which is helpful as you can easily determine whether you need to make a change.
The commands listed under the Shooting menu will change depending on which shooting mode you've selected through the mode dial, although the Shooting menu will always be represented by the icon in the upper left corner of the menu screen. Under Program Auto (marked with a P) the menu sub-category commands and available choices are:
- Image Quality - Fine, Normal
- Image Size - 16M, 8M, 4M, 2M, VGA, 12M 16:9, 12M 1:1
- White Balance - Auto, Preset Manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash
- Metering - Matrix, Center-Weighted
- Continuous - Single, Continuous H, Continuous L, Pre-Shooting Cache, Continuous H: 120 fps, Continuous H: 60 fps, BSS, Multi-Shot 16
- ISO Sensitivity - Auto, Fixed Range Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
- AF Area Mode - Face Priority, Manual, Center, Subject Tracking, Target Finding AF
- Autofocus Mode - AF-S Single AF, AF-F Full-Time AF, PRE-AF Pre-Focus
- Quick Effects - On, Off
- M Exposure Preview - On, Off
The options under the Setup Menu (marked with a wrench icon) are:
- Welcome Screen - None, Coolpix Logo, Select an Image
- Time Zone and Date - Date and Time, Date Format (Y/M/D, M/D/Y, D/M/Y), Time Zone
- Monitor Settings - Photo Info (Auto Info, Show Info, Movie Frame + Auto Info, Framing Grid + Auto Info, Hide Info), Image Review (On, Off), Brightness (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Print Date - Date, Date and Time, Off
- Photo VR - On (Hybrid), On, Off
- Motion Detection - Auto, Off
- AF Assist - Auto, Off
- Digital Zoom - On, Crop, Off
- Sound Settings - Button Sound (On, Off), Shutter Sound (On, Off)
- Auto Off - 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, 30 min
- Format Card
- Language - 36 options
- TV Settings - HDMI (Auto, 480p, 720p, 1080i), HDMI Device Control (On, Off)
- Charge by Computer - Auto, Off
- Blink Warning - On, Off
- Eye-Fi Upload - Enable, Disable
- Reset All
- Firmware Version
The Wi-Fi menu options (marked by the antenna icon in the middle of the left side of the screen) are:
- Connect to Smart Device
- Disable Wi-Fi
- Options - SSID, Auth./Encryp. (Open, WPA2-PSK-AES), Password, Channel (1 through 11), Subnet Mask, DHCP Server IP Address
- Current Settings
- Restore Default Settings
The GPS menu options (marked by the satellite icon) are:
- Location Data Options - Record Location Data (Off, On), Update A-GPS File, Erase Location Data
- Distance Units - km (m), mi (yd)
- Calculate Distance
- Points of Interest (POI) - Embed POI (On, Off), Display POI (On, Off), Level of Detail (1 through 6)
- Create Log
- View Log
- Set Clock From Satellite
- Electronic Compass - Compass Display (On, Off), Compass Correction
To record a movie with the Nikon Coolpix S9700 just press the red record button on the back of the camera from any shooting mode. You'll stop the recording by pressing the red record button again. Or you can pause the recording by pressing the right side of the four-way ring and then restart the same video clip by pressing the right side of the four-way ring again.
While the camera is recording a movie, you'll see a red REC icon in the upper left corner of the screen and the current movie resolution in the upper right corner. The amount of time of the current recording is in the lower right corner.
Press the Menu button on the back of the camera to gain access to the Movie menu (marked by a movie camera icon on the left side of the screen). The Movie menu options include:
- Movie Options - 1080/30p, 1080/60i, 720/30p, iFrame 720/30p, 480/30p, HS 240/8x, HS 480/4x, HS 720/2x, HS 1080/0.5x
- Open With HS Footage - On, Off
- AF Area Mode - Face Priority, Center
- Autofocus Mode - AF-S Single AF, AF-F Full-Time AF
- Movie VR - On (Hybrid), On, Off
- Wind Noise Reduction - On, Off
- Frame Rate - 30 fps (30p/60i), 25 fps (25p/50i)