The Coolpix 3700 continues the tradition of image quality, operating ease, and portability that distinguishes Nikon's Coolpix series. With its precision 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and 3.2 megapixels of resolution, the camera delivers photo-quality (2,048 x 1,536-pixel) images.
The Coolpix 3700 is equipped with 15 Scene Modes, including Portrait, Party/Indoor, Sunset, Museum, Fireworks Show and Panorama Assist, which instantly automate image composition for a wide range of activities, backgrounds and lighting conditions. Users can also enjoy continuous shooting, as well as shooting successive images at timed intervals to capture rapidly changing conditions in a time-lapse effect.
As with previous Coolpix models, the Coolpix 3700 incorporates Nikon's exclusive high-precision 256-segment Matrix exposure metering and Auto White Balance (AWB), providing faithful color reproduction, sharp contrast, and consistent clarity in virtually all shooting conditions.
The handy Macro Function allows for shots of subjects from as close as 4cm (1.6 in), while the cameras Multi-area Focus offers a selection of five focus areas. Reaching beyond still pictures, the Coolpix 3700 additionally features eight movie modes, including one for filming TV-resolution (640 x 480 pixels) movies at 30fps, complete with sound.
Capture a soft portrait of a subject standing out against a beautifully out of focus background. (Degree of defocusing depends on brightness.)
Take an atmospheric indoor party photo in which both the main subject and background are balanced in exposure.
Capture a night scene with a subject under natural exposure against an illuminated background.
Take perfect pictures of greenery and blue skies. The colors of mountains and buildings are brought out for vivid images.
Capture a beautiful sunset in all its splendor as a photographer sees.
Capture stunning nighttime scenes using a slow shutter speed. Unlike the case of night portrait, the speed light does not fire. (Set the camera on a stable surface or use a tripod if possible.)
Take pictures of indoor locations such as museums where the use of a flash is prohibited.
At last, users can capture the true colors and excitement of a fireworks display. (A tripod is essential to avoid blurring.)
This mode makes detailed subjects such as flowers and insects standing out from the background in stunning colors. AF operation is continuous.
This mode is convenient when shooting text and drawings.
It functions as taking clear copy of business cards, printed matters or whiteboard.
Take beautiful pictures of backlit subjects that would otherwise come out dark.
Lets you take several side-by-side images all at the same exposure and white balance setting condition, then combine them later using photo editing software to create spectacular wide-vista photos.
Fast shutter speed clearly captures quick movements. Perfect for taking dynamic sports shots when a subject is moving fast.
Capture a beautiful landscape in dim light before the sunrise or after the sunset. The speed light does not fire.
Setup Menu: The setup menu is displayed when the mode dial is rotated to SETUP.
|Setup menu option||Description|
|Welcome Screen||Options for Camera Setup|
|Date||Set the camera clock and choose home and travel destination time zones|
|Date Imprint||Imprint pictures with the date and or time of capture|
|Brightness||Adjust monitor brightness|
|Sound Settings||Adjust sound and volume settings|
|Snd release level||Set the volume for the sound release trigger|
|Auto Off||Choose how long the monitor will remain on before turning off automatically to save power|
|Memory Card Format||Format memory cards for the camera|
|Language||Choose a language for camera menu display|
|USB||Choose the USB setting when copying pictures to a computer or printing on PictBridge or Epson Direct Printers|
|Video Mode||Select the video mode from NTSC or PAL|
|Reset All||Restore camera settings to default values|
|Firmware Version||Display the camera firmware version|
|Shooting menu option||Description|
|Image mode||Choose image size and quality setting (Various settings shown in monitor screen shot below)|
|White Balance||Set the White Balance to match the lighting source, or set for Auto|
|Continuous||Take pictures pictures one at a time or in sequence|
|BSS||Turn the Best Shot Selector (BSS) on or off|
|Image Sharpening||Control how much the camera sharpens the outlines|
|AF area mode||Determines how the focus area is selected|
Image size and image quality: There are five available settings for resolution size; High Quality (2048 x 1536), Normal (2048 x 1536), Economy (1600 x 1200), PC (1024 x 768), and TV (640 x 480)
256-area Matrix Metering and Auto White Balance.
Seven white balance settings are available. With 'Auto', the camera automatically selects the ideal exposure. The 'Manual' comprises five white balance settings, matched to specific lighting conditions, including; Sunlight, Light bulb, Fluorescent, Cloudy, and Speedlight flash. The Preset setting allows the white balance to be measured based on a white object, and then stored for the next shot. (Such as a piece of white paper)
Continuous Shooting: With Continuous Shooting H, the maximum frame rate is 2.5 fps and up to three shots can be taken sequentially in all image modes. With Continuous Shooting L, the maximum frame rate is 1.5 fps and up to five shots can be sequentially taken in the 3M Normal (2,048) mode.
With Multi-Shot 16, the 3M Normal (2,048) mode is automatically selected. Sixteen shots are continuously taken at a maximum frame rate of 1.5 fps and are presented in a 4 x 4 arrangement on a single image file. Up to five files can be continuously shot.
Interval Shooting automatically works up to 1,800 frames (depending on the size of SD memory card) at a set shooting interval of 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or 60 minutes.
Timings: It takes approximately 1 second to store image data to the card, although it depends on the SD memory card's processing speed. Once the buffer is full, the next shot can be taken in approximately 1.7 seconds. (Again, in continuous mode, you can capture 2.5 frames per second.) Overall, the camera seems pretty responsive with quite little shutter lag.
It takes approximately 1.5 seconds for the Coolpix 3700 to start-up with an opening screen, or sound, and approximately 3.0 seconds if there is an opening screen pre-selected image to display.
Best Shot Selector (BSS) feature: Keeping the shutter release button pressed stores up to 10 images in the camera's internal memory. The sharpest image is then automatically selected and it is recorded onto the SD memory card. Useful for close-up photography, and in low light situations when dealing with non moving subjects.
Image Sharpening: The camera automatically processes pictures to emphasize the borders between light and dark areas of the image, making edges seem sharper. As this processing takes place after shooting, its effects can not be previewed in the monitor, but they will be visible in the final picture. In manual mode, the image sharpening menu gives you control over the amount of sharpening performed.
AF system: The Nikon Coolpix 3700 uses a contrast detection AF system. It employs five AF areas and automatically focuses on the nearest subject. The user can also manually choose any one of the five AF area points for focus. The camera incorporates an AF illuminator to assist the camera in focusing under low light conditions.
Automatic AF area or manually selectable
One of five AF area points can be selected manually