The new Coolpix 3700 can be called: surprising. The design is slightly different from the former models we know from the Coolpix family. First the housing of the camera is surprisingly slim and light of weight. The used lightweight material (aluminium) and the size make it possible to carry the Coolpix 3700 around without any problems to wherever you want to go. Its dimensions only measure 95.5x50x31mm and the weight is 130 grams (exclusive battery and memory card).This new model has a stylish look and in spite of the slim compact size it fits comfortably in your hand. The front of the camera is made from brushed aluminium which gives the camera a fine appearance. The built-in flash is placed in the centre of the camera en has some 5 flash modes: auto, red-eye reduction, flash off, fill in flash, and flash with slow shutter speed. At the front on the right the 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens is placed. This lens has a brightness of f2.8 in wide angle and is a reliable combination together with the handy Auto focus illuminator and the Multi Auto focus with a choice of five focus fields. The optical range of the zoom lens is equivalent to a 35-105mm lens on a 35mm camera. The zoom range can be adjusted in 19 steps. Minimum focal range is 30cm and using the Macro function 4 cm.
The camera is equipped with a 3.2 Megapixel image sensor. This sensor offers an image resolution of 2048x1536 pixels which enables you to make photo-realistic prints without a problem. Beside the possibility of capturing still images the Coolpix features an extremely extensive movie program. It enables the user to make a choice from a movie resolution of 160x120 pixels and an image speed of 15 images per second, a movie resolution of 320x240 pixels and 15/30 images per second and choice of black/white, colour or sepia and a movie resolution of 640x480 pixels. The last setting is called TV movie and creates a flicker-free and smooth video in a speed of 30 images per second. This multimedia experience does need some storage capacity; 10 seconds of high quality video uses about 16MB. The data is stored on a for Nikon new storage medium, the Secure Digital memory card. The Coolpix 3700 doesn't support MultiMedia cards.
The back of the camera features a 1.5-inch size LCD monitor with a high resolution (134.000 pixels). Next to the LCD monitor a handy command wheel is placed to enable selecting 6 main programs. The Auto mode offers the simplest setting to allow the camera to control nearly every setting. The Movie mode gives access to extensive Movie settings. The Manual mode enables you to have access to Image Resolution, White balance, Continuous, BSS (Best Shot Selector), Brightness and selectable AF-frame. The Scene mode hides no less than 15 pre-set scene shooting modes to offer the possibility to find the optimum camera setting in every imaginable situation. New is the Voice recording mode that enables a maximum of 5 hours of sound recording on a Secure Digital memory card with a capacity of 256MB or more, and it enables adding voice memo's at a maximum of 20 seconds to a photo. The recorded sounds can be listened to through the built-in loudspeaker. Last but not least de Set-up mode to adjust certain functions like date and time, brightness of the monitor etc. according to your own liking.
Above the command wheel, we find a handy multifunctional button. The button is settable in 4 directions, by pushing it a setting is confirmed. On top of the camera we find the on/off button. The Coolpix 3700 has a short start-up time so the camera can be used almost immediately. The structure of the menu is very clear and direct. We can make a selection out of ten different languages which of course facilitates operating the camera. Of course we also find the well known self-timer, however this time enhanced with a voice operation. Usually a self timer will go off after a certain pre-set time. The Coolpix 3700 is also able to activate the self-timer by voice command.
The Coolpix 3700 is delivered with a battery charger and one EN-EL5 rechargeable Li-Ion battery, also supporting the new CP-1 Lithium battery. The images can be transferred to a computer through the USB 1.1 interface and one who wants to play the images on a television through the camera only has to connect the camera to the television using an A/V cable. PictBridge is being supported standard so it is possible to print directly from the camera on a PictBridge supporting printer and EPSON USB Direct-Print printers. Standard included accessories are: carrier strap, 16MB Secure Digital memory card, EN-EL5 battery, charger, USB cable, A/V cable, CD-Rom with Nikon View 6.1 software, Photoshop Elements 2.0, lens cap and case.