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Nikon Coolpix 3700 Digital Camera Review

Other Features

Noise Reduction: When shooting with the Nikon Coolpix 3700 at a slow shutter speed of 1/4 second or slower, as with Night Portrait, Dusk/Dawn, and Night Landscape "Scene" modes, the noise reduction function automatically engages to reduce noise. When this function is on, it takes approximately twice as much time to save pictures to the memory card.

Movie Mode: Activated by turning the rear mode dial on the camera to the movie position. Streaming technology allows 640 x 480 pixel movies with sound and a frame rate of 30 fps to be recorded until the SD memory card is full. There are eight movie modes on the Coolpix 3700, including B/W, Sepia, and Time-lapse movie mode that takes still pictures at specified intervals and joins these frames to create a silent movie. Note: The continuous shooting time will differ depending on the SD memory card type, its capacity, and its performance (recording speed).

Sound Record function: Allows for sound recording up to five hours with the camera's built-in microphone. The recorded sounds can be played back through the built-in speaker. For example, this feature allows the Coolpix 3700 to be used in business or educational settings as a recorder. It is also possible to record up to a 20sec voice memo with a captured image.




The 'Photo trim' function: allows users to crop an unwanted portion of any picture while it's still in the camera. The cropped image can then be saved as a copy while preserving the original image. Ideal if you want to show an image in a slide show straight from the camera, or if going direct to print. The Coolpix 3700 is direct print compatible via USB connection with select Epson Inkjet printers, and is also PictBridge compliant. (No computer required to print the image).

The Playback Menu system

Playback Menu: Pushing the playback button located in the middle of the setup control dial on the rear of the camera, and then the menu button above, activates the playback menu system.

The playback menu allows for setting; Print Set, Slide show, Image Delete, Image Protect, Auto transfer, Pic Enhance menu, Small Pic, and the Movie Trim menu.

Print Set Feature: The print set option is used to create "digital" print orders for devices that support the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF). Images desired for printing can be tagged, and number of prints of each can be selected on the camera.

Slide Show: This option can be used to play pictures back in an automated slide show with about three seconds between each picture. (Simply connect camera to TV with supplied AV cable for larger screen viewing)

Image Delete: The delete menu contains the following options; erase selected images, erase all images.

Image Protect: This option is used to protect pictures from accidental deletion. Protected pictures will only be deleted when the memory card is formatted.

The Pic. Enhance function: provides the ability to apply creative image effects such as B/W, sepia and halo filters, to captured images.

Small Picture Function: The Small Picture function is a convenient and user friendly feature for creating reduced-size pictures for web use and e-mail without altering the original image. One of three sizes can be selected 640 x 480, 320 x 240, or 160 x 120. The small pic reduced image will be stored on the memory card as a copy of the original file.

Movie Trim Feature: Movies can be edited on the camera in playback mode. The edited movie is saved under a new filename, and the original is deleted.

Image Transfer:
The camera is equipped with a USB interface. Images can be directly transferred using the supplied Nikon View software if a computer has a USB interface. As another option, it is also possible to remove the SD memory card from the camera and insert it into a card reader (similar to an external drive) to transfer the data.

The camera is compatible with both methods for USB. The PTP setting, short for Picture Transfer Protocol, is the new protocol for image transfer that can be used with Windows XP for Home Edition/Professional and Mac OS X. With any other Operating System (OS), only the Mass Storage setting should be used to transfer images. The Mass-Storage setting stands for 'USB Mass Storage Class'.

When the camera is connected to a computer via the USB cable, pressing the Transfer button on the back of the camera enables automatic transfer of images to a computer. The supplied Nikon View software must be installed in the computer for the purpose of reception and transfer of image data. Transfer on or off can be set from the menu. A Transfer Marking function that allows the user to select and mark the images to be sent via the one-touch Transfer button is also available. This feature allows only individually set image data to be transferred.


Power Source

A rechargeable Nikon Li-Ion EN-EL5 battery and MH-61 charger are supplied with the Coolpix 3700. It takes approximately two hours to fully charge a depleted battery.

The Coolpix 3700 is also compatible with the new CP-1 type Lithium disposable battery if required. An optional AC adapter EH-62A is also available.

Software: The supplied NikonView software provides for the following features:

  • Easy transfer of images from the camera (card reader) to a computer
  • Browsing, viewing, and simple editing of images
  • Slide show; layout printing; e-mail attachment
  • Searching and labeling
  • Easy-to-use Redeye Correction
  • Printing with the option of date imprint
  • HTML recording and reading
  • Recording to and reading from CD-R/RW (only combined with Windows XP, or Mac OS X)
  • Sharpness control; black and white conversion; sepia conversion
  • Full complement of batch processing functions: naming and renaming files / folders, shifting files, copying files, etc.

Availability, Pricing and Warranty
The Coolpix 3700 is already available on the market for a suggested retail price of $569 CAN. Nikon Coolpix cameras purchased through an authorized dealer in Canada are covered under a two year Canadian warranty against manufacturing defects.

Coolpix 3700 Sample Images



Note: Due to the poor weather of late, I have unfortunately not been able to take many outdoor shots with the Coolpix 3700. As soon as it gets a little sunnier, I will update the sample images. - Mike Collins

Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix 3700 is a metal, sleek looking, compact digital camera. With the option of basic automatic mode or the ability to select from one of 15 different scene modes, the Coolpix 3700 is certainly user friendly. The 8 different movie modes (with audio) offer a number of fun creative ways to capture video segments. The interval capture sequence is one such feature. The TV quality setting produces Quick Time movies that are surprisingly good, even when played back on a big screen monitor.

The image quality from the Nikon Coolpix 3700 is nice, well exposed and sharp. The images printed on an Epson 1290 Inkjet printer looked good (nice saturation), printed on Epson's Photo Premium Glossy Paper. With 3.2 MP effective resolution, images from the Coolpix 3700 can easily be printed up to an 8" x 10" size and even beyond.

If you are in the market for a stylish compact digital camera in the three megapixel range, based on my experience, I would recommend looking closely at the Coolpix 3700. A truly nice little camera with some exclusive features.

See the Nikon Press release here



Nikon Coolpix 3700


Image size: Effective resolution 2048 x 1536
1 /2.7" CCD size

Lens zoom

3 x optical zoom, 35 - 105 mm equiv.

Lens aperture

F2.7 - F4.9 (@105 mm)

Effective pixels

3.2 MP

Max resolution

2048 x 1536 High Quality


2048 x 1536 Normal
1600 x 1200 Economy
1024 x 768 PC
640 x 480 TV
Small Pic function: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120


Metal Ultra-Compact

Image modes


JPEG quality modes

Fine, Normal, Basic

Digital Zoom

Max 4x


1.5" TFT Highly Transparent LCD backlight 134,000 pixels


Auto (Approximately ISO 50, 100, 200)

AF mode

TTL Contrast Detection, Auto 5 Area AF, One of five focus areas can be selected

AF distance

Normal: 30cm Infinity
Macro: 4cm Infinity

White Balance

Auto, Manual preset, Fine, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Speedlight,

Exposure modes

Auto, 15 Scene modes


256 segment Matrix Metering

Min shutter speed

1/3000 sec

Max shutter speed

4 sec

Continuous advance

Continuous H 2.5 fps, Continuous L 1.5 fps
Multi-shot 16
Interval Timer Shooting: 1 min, 5 min, 10min, 30min, or 60min intervals

Quick review mode


Movie clips

8 movie modes with sound recording (limit when card is full)

TV movie at 640 x 480 at 30fps or 15 fps

Small size at 320 x 240 at 30 fps or 15 fps

Smaller size at 160 x 120 at 15 fps,

B & W movie at 320 x 240

Sepia movie at 320 x 240

Movie Trim feature for movie edit

Time Lapse movie at 640 x 480 at 30 fps

Voice memo 20 sec long

If sound recording only : up to 5hrs (Can be used as voice recorder)

Built-in speaker for playback

Video Support


Self Timer

10 or 3 seconds or Sound Release feature (1 sec delay)




Fixed internal

Flash range

0.4-3m/1.4-9.1 ft Wide
0.4-1.7m/1.4-5.7ft Tele

Noise Reduction

Auto noise reduction at ?sec or slower (Applies to using Night Landscape, Night Portrait or Dusk/Dawn mode)

In camera image rotation


AF Assist Illuminator



EN-EL5 Lithium-Ion battery + MH61 charger incl. Optional CP1 Disposable Lithium battery can be used, Optional AC adapter EH-62A


SD memory card

Storage supplied

16 MB SD card


(3.76 x 1.97 x 1.22 in) (W x H x D)

Printer support

EXIF 2.2, DPOF, Epson USB Direct Print Compatible, Compatible with PictBridge enabled printers


BSS (Best Shot Selector), Monitor brightness adjustment (5 steps), Three shutter release sounds can be selected, An opening welcome image can be selected, Grid Shaped guide (shown on LCD) feature for selecting compositions available, Date Imprint feature, World Time Function, NEW Voice or Sound activation feature. Optional Wireless SB-30 Speedlight Flash available,

Included accessories

16MB SD memory card, EN-EL5 Li-Ion rechargeable battery and MH-61 charger, USB cable UC-E6, Audio-Video Cable EG-CP14, Eyecup, NikonView 6. Instruction manual, 2 year Canadian Warranty


Two year Canadian warranty

Weight w/o battery

130 g


NikonView 6,

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