Nikon Coolpix P950 Review

February 24, 2020 | Amy Davies |

Specifications

Type

Compact digital camera

Effective pixels

16.0 million (Image processing may reduce the number of effective pixels.)

Image sensor

1/2.3-in.type, CMOS, Total pixels: approx. 16.79 million

Lens

NIKKOR lens with 83x optical zoom

Focal length

4.3 to 357 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24 to 2000 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)

F-number

f/2.8 to 6.5

Lens construction

16 elements in 12 groups (5 ED lens elements and 1 super ED lens element)

Magnification

Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 8000 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format); Up to 3.6x when recording movies with [2160/30p] (4K UHD) or [2160/25p] (4K UHD)

Vibration reduction

Lens shift (still images), combination of lens shift and electronic VR (movies)

Autofocus

Contrast-detect AF

Focus range

[W]: Approx.50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx.5.0 m (16 ft 5 in.) to infinity, Macro close-up: [W]: Approx.1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx.5.0 m (16 ft 5 in.) to infinity (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)

AF-area mode

Target finding AF, face priority, manual (spot), manual (normal), manual (wide), subject tracking, center (spot), center (normal), center (wide)

Viewfinder

Electronic viewfinder, 1 cm (0.39-in.), approx. 2359k-dot OLED with the diopter adjustment function (-3 to +3 m-¹)

Frame coverage

Shooting mode: approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture); Playback mode: approx. 100% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)

Monitor

8.1cm (3.2-in.); Approx. 921k-dot, (RGB), wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment, vari-angle TFT LCD

Storage media

SD, SDHC, SDXC

File system

DCF and Exif 2.31 compliant

Storage file formats

Still images: JPEG, RAW (NRW) (Nikon’s own format); Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)

Image size (pixels)

16 M [4608x3456], 8 M [3264x2448], 4 M [2272x1704], 2 M [1600x1200], 16:9 12 M [4608x2592], 3:2 14 M [4608x3072], 1:1 12 M [3456x3456]

Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate

2160/30p (4K UHD), 2160/25p (4K UHD), 1080/30p, 1080/25p, 1080/60p, 1080/50p, 720/30p, 720/25p, 720/60p, 720/50p, HS 480/4x, HS 720/2x, HS 1080/0.5x

ISO sensitivity

ISO100 to 1600, [100-400], [100-800], [100-1600] (default setting), [100-3200], [100-6400], [100], [200], [400], [800], [1600], [3200], and [6400] are available when using P, S, A, M, U, or Movie manual mode

Exposure metering

Matrix, center-weighted, spot

Exposure control

Programmed auto exposure with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure bracketing, exposure compensation (–2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)

Shutter type

Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter

Shutter speed

1/2000 to 1s; In P, A mode, 1/2000 to 2 s (at ISO sensitivity [100-1600]) or 1/2000 to 30 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at [100]); In S, M mode, 1/4000 (at wide-angle position, with largest f-number setting (smallest aperture)) to 30 s (can be set at ISO sensitivity 3200 or lower); Bulb and Time setting (can be set when ISO sensitivity is 1600 or lower in M mode): Up to 60 seconds. When recording movies, 1/8000 to 1/30 s (at Frame rate [30 fps (30p/60p)]) or 1/8000 to 1/25 s (at Frame rate [25 fps (25p/50p)])

Flash sync speed

Synchronizes with all shutter speeds

Aperture

Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm

Aperture range

10 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)

Flash range (approx.)

[W]: 0.5 to 11.5 m (1 ft 8 in. to 37 ft), [T]: 5.0 to 7.0 m (16 ft 5 in. to 22 ft) (ISO sensitivity: [100-1600])

Flash control

TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes

Exposure compensation

In steps of 1/3 EV in the range between –2 and +2 EV

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

USB

Micro-USB connector (Do not use any USB cable other than the included UC-E21 USB Cable.), Hi-Speed USB

HDMI output

HDMI micro connector (Type D)

External microphone connector

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

Accessory terminal(s)

Compatible with the following accessories (available separately): MC-DC2 Remote Cord, WR-R10/WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards

IEEE 802.11b/g (standard wireless LAN protocol)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency

2412 to 2462 MHz (1 to 11 channels)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) maximum output power

9.2 dBm (EIRP)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security

Open system, WPA2-PSK

Bluetooth standards

Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1; Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz, Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz; Maximum output power: Bluetooth: 7.2 dBm (EIRP) Bluetooth Low Energy: 7.2 dBm (EIRP)

Power sources

One EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (included) EH-5d AC Adapter; requires EP-5C Power Connector (available separately)

Charging time

Approx. 3 h (when using EH-73P/EH-73PCH Charging AC Adapter and when no charge remains)

Battery life

Approx. 290 shots when using EN-EL20a4

Actual battery life for movie recording

Approx. 1 h 20 min when using EN-EL20a45

Tripod socket

1/4 (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 140.2 x 109.6 x 149.8 mm (5.6 x 4.4 x 5.9 in.) (excluding projections)

Weight

Approx. 1005 g (2 lb 3.5 oz) (including battery and memory card)

Operating environment - temperature

0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)

Operating environment - humidity

85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

Strap, LC-67 Lens Cap, EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-73P Charging AC Adapter (A plug adapter is attached depending on the country or region of purchase. The shape of the plug adapter varies with the country or region of purchase), UC-E21 USB Cable, HN-CP20 Lens Hood

  • ¹ Magnification of Dynamic Fine Zoom is calculated from the combined total of optical and electronic zooms at the maximum wide-angle position.
    ² By selecting a Scene Mode from Cityscape (default), Landscape, Sunset, Night Sky, or Star Trails, the most appropriate shooting interval is automatically set.
    ³ Based on CIPA standards.
    ⁴ Battery life does not reflect the use of SnapBridge and may vary with the conditions of use, including temperature, the interval between shots, and the length of time that menus and images are displayed.
    ⁵ Individual movie files cannot exceed 29 minutes in length, even when there is sufficient free space on the memory card for longer recording. The maximum size of a single movie file is 4 GB. If a file exceeds 4 GB even when you record for less than 29 minutes, it is split into multiple files and cannot be played back continuously. Recording may end before the maximum recording time is reached if the camera temperature becomes elevated.