The Nikon Coolpix P950 was officially launched and displayed for Nikon at the CES 2020 event held in Las Vegas. This is the latest Nikon super zoom camera, which has been upgraded from the Nikon P900, which has been released for more than 5 years and also inherited some technology from the Nikon P1000, so it can be said that this P950 is like a mix of versions. It is also cheaper and lighter than P1000.
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With up to 83X optical zoom, this new Coolpix P950 doesn’t hold the zoom position as far as the P1000’s elder brother, it’s just the same number of zoom as on the P900, but that’s just the focal length. On the inside, the P950 is also upgraded with many new technologies such as on the P1000, such as an upgrade to the new sensor, better vibration resistance, or even the support of RAW to make it available, can capture better, produce sharper images, and much better post-editing capability.
The most significant upgrade on this P950 is the new image sensor upgrade, on this new Nikon P950 has been upgraded with a 16MP BSI CMOS image sensor with a large 1/2.3″ sensor size, ISO100- 6400 as on the Coolpix P900, for clearer images, sharper as well as the ability to remove noise better in low light conditions or poor lighting. With an upgrade on this sensor also helps P950 capable of recording capture videos with higher resolution, up to 4K 30fps, FullHD 60fps video recording, and time-lapse capture and join-in video capability. The ability to record image files in RAW format makes it possible for users to have more post-processing of image files is inherited from the P1000.
As for the lens, although it retains the ability to 83X zoom like the elder P900 with a focal length of 4.3-357mm with a large aperture of f/2.8-6.5 equivalent to a focal length of 24-2000mm on a Fullframe, it is upgraded with the ability to better anti-shake technology with dual anti-shake technology called Dual Detect Vibration Reduction provides up to 5.5 stops of stabilization, which is useful when you are trying to capture a scene or subject when the camera zooms out of the camera’s focal length without holding the tripod side by side.
Using ED and Super ED lens components for higher image quality. If you use Nikon’s ‘Dynamic Fine Zoom’ technology that is available on the P950, it can also increase the focal length by up to 2 times with a focal length equivalent to 4000mm or even if using the 4X digital zoom can increase the equivalent focal length up to 8,000mm.
In terms of continuous shooting capabilities, the P1000 is capable of continuous shooting up to 7fps, but unfortunately, it only has cached that can store only 10 images at 16MP resolution. In terms of size, this P950 is about the same size as the P900 and is not too heavy and big as the body of the P1000. Flash is also integrated on the P950, but it is smaller and doesn’t turn up as high as the P1000. The back of the camera has a 3.2″ 921k-dot LCD screen that can be freely rotated and the viewfinder 2.36 million pixels of OLED EVF with 100% coverage. On the P950 also has a built-in Mic 3.5 port, so you can easily attach separate types of Mic to make video recording sound better than just using the built-in mic.
On top of the camera is a hotshoe port, which makes it easy to mount the flash as well as accessories. Compared to the Coolpix P1000, the P950 has been removed from the control ring instead of the secondary rotation next to the lens and wide-telephoto knob. Other features and specifications of the Nikon P950 include 4K video recording capability, stereo audio recording, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connection, quick start, focus mode selection, and separate control ring on the tube (help customize manual focus or adjust white balance), picture control, filter effects, time-lapse, creative modes (Bird Watching, Moon Mode, and Macro 1cm) Nikon P950 uses EN- EL20a like on the P1000 gives you 290 shots when fully charged and the charging time is only about 3 hours.