Nikon announces COOLPIX P950, a 4K version of Nikon P900

Jan 8, 2020

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Nikon announces COOLPIX P950, a 4K version of Nikon P900

Jan 8, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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After being rumored a few days ago, the Nikon COOLPIX P950 is now officially announced. It’s another super-zoom compact camera from Nikon, and it’s kind of a crossover between the P900 and its younger brother P1000. It has the zoom range of the P900, which is smaller than the one of P1000. But on the other hand, it lets you shoot 4K video which P900 doesn’t. So let’s dive in and see what Nikon brings in its latest prosumer camera.

The most prominent feature of the Nikon P950 is its zoom range of 83x (24-2000mm equivalent focal length range). It sure is a lot, but it’s nothing new from Nikon, really. The P900 offers the same zoom range and it was launched five years ago. The P1000 was then launched in 2018 as a replacement and it offers 125x zoom (a 24mm and 3000mm equivalent focal length range). Nevertheless, I think you’ll still like the P950 if you want to zoom in to the moon… Or “prove” that the Earth is flat (please don’t).

A thing that’s similar to both the P900 and P1000 is the sensor. Just like the previous two models, the Nikon P950 offers a 16MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor.

When it comes to the display, the Nikon P950 has the same 3.2″vari-angle tilting screen like the P1000. The photos can be shared via Nikon SnapBridge and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Another feature that the new camera picks up from P1000 rather than P900 is video resolution. While the Nikon P900 shoots Full HD 1080p, the P950 is capable of shooting 4K UHD/30p movies across its entire zoom range. So that’s a nice upgrade.

Let’s see the remaining specs of the Nikon P950:

Imaging
PixelsActual: 16.79 Megapixel
Effective: 16 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio1970-01-01 04:03:00
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3″
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Image StabilizationDigital, Optical
Lens
Focal Length4.3 to 357mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 2000mm)
Optical Zoom83x
Digital Zoom4x Maximum (332x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (166x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 6.5
Focus RangeNormal
1.64′ to Infinity / 50 cm to Infinity (Wide)
16.4′ to Infinity / 5 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
Macro
0.39″ to Infinity / 1 cm to Infinity (Wide, Telephoto)
Optical Design16 Elements in 12 Groups
Filter Size67 mm
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 to 6400 (Extended: 100 to 12800)
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 5 Second
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Matrix, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent
Continuous ShootingUp to 7 fps at 16 MP for up to 10 Exposures
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Video
Recording ModesMP4/H.264
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 12.5p/15p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
HD (1280 x 720) at 25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
SD (640 x 480) at 25p/29.97p/100p/119.88p
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Video EncodingNTSC/PAL
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
Audio File FormatAAC
Viewfinder and Monitor
Viewfinder TypeElectronic (OLED)
Viewfinder Resolution2,359,000 Dot
Viewfinder Coverage1
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +3
Monitor Size3.2″
Monitor Resolution921,000 Dot
Monitor TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashYes
Effective Flash Range1.64 to 37.73′ / 0.5 to 11.5 m (Wide)
16.40 to 22.97′ / 5 to 7 m (Telephoto)
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Interface
Memory Card Slot1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
ConnectivityHDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B
WirelessBluetooth
Wi-Fi
GPSNo
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Physical
Battery1 x EN-EL20a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1110 mAh (Approx. 290 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.52 x 4.31 x 5.9″ / 140.2 x 109.6 x 149.8 mm
Weight2.21 lb / 1005 g

It looks like the Nikon went for a mid-value between the P900 and P1000 (I guess that’s also how they named the new camera). It’s ready for preorders now, and it’s a bit cheaper than the P1000 when it was announced. You can preorder it for $796.95, and it starts shipping on 7 February.

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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