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.
I always see new photographers looking for all-in-one super zooms that they can use for everything. And I even see the occasional pro asking about them, too. Sometimes, just having a lightweight lens thgat can “do it all” is useful. When it’s more about getting the moment than it is about low light performance, or ultimate sharpness zoomed to 1600%, in steps the super zoom.
Nikon have their 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 DX VRII and Canon have a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM for full frame, as well as a lower budget 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 for APS-C. Now, Tamron’s recently announced new 18-400mm f/3.5-5.6 super zoom is now available to pre-order.
Shortly after its announcement I read a review of the Nikon P900 super-zoom bridge camera, where the author excitedly said it can be used to shoot objects as far as ten miles away.
Judging by this photo of the International Space Station, captured by Naftali Maimon, I’m happy to say the P900’s 83x 2000mm-equivalent zoom is also capable of snapping photos of objects 250 miles away.
That’s right, this photo was captured with a $597 bridge camera!