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  • 16 MP 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor
  • 35mm Format
  • 83x / 4x Optical / Digital Zoom
  • 16 / 12 Elements / Groups
  • 7 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 100-1600 Expandable to ISO 3200-6400
  • 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 at 30p
  • Vari-Angle TFT LCD Display
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Overview

CoolPix P950

Step into a super-telephoto world.

The 83x optical zoom of the COOLPIX P950 covers an incredible focal-length range, from wide-angle 24mm to super-telephoto 2,000mm and everything in between.

Key Features:

  • 16 MP Low-light CMOS Sensor
  • 83x Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens
  • 3.2" 921,000-dot Vari-Angle LCD
  • 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 at 30/25
  • VR Image Stabilization
  • ISO 6400
  • CMOS
  • Scene Auto Selector / Easy Auto Mode
  • Smart Portrait System
  • Target Finding AF
  • Subject Tracking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Dynamic Fine Zoom

With a zoom this powerful, you can capture distant subjects far beyond the reach of an ordinary camera

From birds and other animals in the wild, to distant landscapes, aircraft and even planets.

Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom that effectively doubles the reach to a 4,000mm, allowing for even greater zoom potential. At the other end of the spectrum, macro photography can be captured as close as approx. 1 cm (0.4"). From extreme close-ups to extreme zoom, the COOLPIX P950 delivers sharp, clear and beautiful images, all in a compact, highly portable body.

Dual Detect Optical VR
For reliable super-telephoto stabilization

Image blur can be a major issue, especially with distant subjects and super-telephoto shooting. Thanks to its Dual Detect Optical VR (Vibration Reduction), the COOLPIX P950 effectively reduces image blur caused by camera shake for sharp images of distant subjects even when shooting handheld. In NORMAL mode, images are stabilized with an equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed 5.5 stops faster1, the maximum in the history of Nikon compact digital cameras.

Zoom with a view

The COOLPIX P950 is equipped with a brilliant dual viewing system, featuring a super high resolution, 2359K-dot eye level electronic viewfinder (EVF), plus a large, bright, 3" 921K-dot Vari-angle LCD display with approximately 99% frame coverage. Flip out the Vari-angle LCD to creatively compose photos and videos from unique perspectives—overhead, down low or just comfortably in front of you. Bring the COOLPIX P950 up to your eye and the display automatically switches to the EVF for a beautiful and accurate high-resolution view.

Cinematic 4K UHD movies

The COOLPIX P950 can record high-quality 4K UHD/30p movies across its entire zoom range, from 24mm all the way up to 2000mm. In Movie manual mode, you can completely control exposure and aperture settings for footage that looks just how you intended. AE can also be locked, even when ambient brightness changes significantly during movie recording. You can even choose the zoom speed during video recording by selecting one of three options with the side zoom control.

Bring excitement closer with Bird-watching and Moon modes

Bird-watching mode and Moon mode are independent of Scene Modes, and can be selected right from the Mode Dial. When taking shots of wild birds or the moon, these modes help you get great results without any complicated setting changes.

Control at your fingertips

The Focus-mode selector makes switching between MF and AF easy. In addition to the Snap-back zoom and Side zoom controls, the Side dial is conveniently located to control shooting settings. In MF mode, the dial is used to focus manually. When set to AF, it can be assigned to control exposure compensation, white balance or ISO sensitivity.

For advanced shooters, a PSAM mode dial is available right on top of the camera, much like a DSLR. Select the COOLPIX P950's aperture and shutter speed to control your shots exactly as you want them. But you don't have to understand exposure controls to get great results—the COOLPIX P950 can do all that work for you.

RAW (NRW) for stills

With RAW (NRW) file format support, full-resolution still images can be saved that contain all the setting information from the time of the shot, allowing post-capture image editing of white balance, exposure and COOLPIX Picture Controls without affecting the original.

Superior optical performance for high image quality

The COOLPIX P950’s advanced optical system features a Super ED glass element used in Nikon’s heralded DSLR lenses, which provides higher image-forming capability and effectively reduces chromatic aberration, dynamically achieving superior image quality with super-telephoto shooting.

The backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor, with 16.0 effective megapixels and sensitivity up to 6400 ISO, enables the capture of clear, sharp images even in dark shooting situations.

Super-telephoto. Super portable

The COOLPIX P950 puts the incredible power of a 2,000mm zoom lens into a compact body that weighs just 2 lb. 3.5 oz. This combination of portability and super-telephoto performance is incredible, giving photographers the freedom to take their creativity to exciting new places.

Faster AF speed and increased buffer capacity for lag-free shooting

With the COOLPIX P950, you don’t have to wait for image data to write to the memory card before your next shot. Thanks to an increased buffer capacity, you can fire two consecutive bursts in Continuous H mode (up to 10 frames* at approx. 7 fps).

Combined with faster AF performance at the telephoto end, it’s easier than ever to nail decisive moments and once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities when shooting elusive wildlife or fast action.

Time-lapse movies made easy

Dynamic time-lapse movies of landscapes and more can be automatically created from a series of still images captured in interval timer shooting. Just select one of five scene mode options and the most appropriate interval is automatically set.

Flexible long exposure options

Bulb and Time settings have been added to the COOLPIX P950’s shutter speed options to further customize the look of long exposure images, handy for taking pictures of fireworks, night landscapes, stars, or car light trails. The maximum exposure time for both the Bulb and Time settings is 60 seconds, with ISO sensitivity available up to 1600.

SnapBridge

Share your amazing super-telephoto shots easily with the SnapBridge App

Images taken with the COOLPIX P950’s super-telephoto zoom look so amazing, you’ll probably want to share them right away. SnapBridge lets you do just that. Images are seamlessly transferred to your compatible smart device as you take them—ready impress your followers social media. Once paired with the camera, images can be automatically transferred without even starting up the app for added convenience.

± Wi-Fi Compatibility

This camera’s built-in Wi-Fi capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod touch or smart devices running on the Android operating system. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.

Capability-expanding accessory options

An accessory terminal and accessory shoe let you expand the camera’s functionality with optional accessories like the DF-M1 Dot Sight, which helps keep track of small, distant subjects like birds and aircraft during super-telephoto shooting. Additionally, various accessories like flashes, microphones and more can be used to extend the capabilities of the COOLPIX P950 even further.

What's Included

COOLPIX P950 Digital Camera
EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EH-73P Charging AC Adapter
LC-67 Snap-on Front Lens Cap 67mm
UC-E21 USB Cable
AN-DC3 Strap (Black)

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Product Specifications

CoolPix P950

Type

 
Type Compact Digital Camera

Image Sensor

 
Effective Pixels 16 million
Image Sensor CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Total Pixels 16.79 million
Image Size (Pixels) 4608 x 3456 (16M)

Lens

 
Lens 83x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens
Lens Focal Length 4.3-357mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-2000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Lens f/-number f/2.8-6.5
Lens Construction 16 elements in 12 groups (5 ED glass elements, 1 super ED glass element and 2 aspherical lens elements in 3 surfaces)
Lens Zoom 83x
Digital Zoom Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 8,000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration Reduction Lens shift VR (still pictures)
Lens-shift and Electronic VR (movies)
Aperture Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm

Autofocus

 
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-Area Selection Face priority
Manual (spot)
Manual (normal)
Manual (wide)
Subject tracking
Target Finding AF
Focus Range [T]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 16 ft. 5 in. (5.0 m) to infinity
Macro mode: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm) (wide-angle position) (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Focus Lock Yes

Viewfinder

 
Viewfinder Electronic viewfinder, 1 cm (0.39-in.) approx. 2359k-dot equivalent OLED with the diopter adjustment function (-3 to +3 m-1)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx.  100%

Monitor

 
Monitor Size 3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor Type Vari-Angle 
TFT-LCD 
with Anti-reflection coating
5-level brightness adjustment
Monitor Resolution 921,000-dots
Monitor Frame Coverage (shooting mode) 100% horizontal (Approx.)
100% vertical (Approx.)
(compared to actual picture)
Monitor Frame Coverage (playback mode) 100% horizontal (Approx.)
100% vertical (Approx.)
(compared to actual picture)

File System

 
Storage Media SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
Storage File System DCF
EXIF 2.3 compliant
Storage File Formats Still pictures: JPEG
RAW (NRW)
Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)

Movie

 
Movie 4K UHD 3,840x2,160/ 30p
4K UHD 3,840x2,160/ 25p
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 60p
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 50p
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 30p
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 25p
HD: 1280x720/ 60p
HD: 1280x720/ 50p
HD: 1280x720/ 30p
HD: 1280x720/ 25p
HS 1920x1080/ 15p
HS 1920x1080/ 12.5p
HS 1280x720/ 60p
HS 1280x720/ 50p
HS 640x480/ 120p
HS 640x480/ 100p
VGA 640x480/ 30p
VGA 640x480/ 25p

Sensitivity

 
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 - 1600

ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
ISO Hi 1 (equivalent to ISO 12,800) (available when using High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)
Lowest ISO Sensitivity 100
Highest ISO Sensitivity 6400

Exposure

 
Exposure Metering Matrix
Center-weighted
Spot
Exposure Control Programmed auto exposure with flexible program
Aperture-priority auto
Exposure bracketing
Manual
Shutter priority auto
Exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Exposure Modes Auto
Scene
Scene Auto Selector
Smart Portrait
Special Effects
Scene Modes Backlighting
Beach
Bird Watching
Black and White Copy
Creative
Close-up
Dusk/Dawn
Easy Panorama
Fireworks Show
Food
Landscape
Moon
Movie Manual
Museum
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party/Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Scene Auto Selector
Snow
Sports
Sunset
In-Camera Image Editing Crop
D-Lighting
Filter Effects
Quick Retouch
Skin Softening
Small Picture
Exposure Compensation ± 2 EV in steps of 1/3

White Balance

 
White Balance Auto
Cloudy
Daylight
Flash
Fluorescent
Incandescent
White Balance Preset

Shutter

 
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed 1/4000-1 sec.
1/4000-5 sec. (when ISO is set to 100 in M mode) when the aperture value is set to f/8 (wide-angle end)
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution Up to 10 shots at approx. 7 frames per second
Continuous Shooting Options Best Shot Selector
Continuous H
Continuous H 60
Continuous H 120
Continuous L
Interval Timer
Multi-shot 16
Pre-shooting cache
Single
Self-Timer Can be selected from 10 or 2 seconds duration

Flash

 

Built-in flash Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto)

[W]: 0.5 to 11.5m (1 ft. 8 in. to 37 ft.)
[T]: 5.0 to 7.0m (16 ft. 5 in. to 22 ft.)
Built-In Flash Control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Built-In Flash Yes

Interface

 
Interface Hi-speed USB
Interface Data Transfer Protocol MTP
PTP
Video Output HDMI micro connector (Type D)
HDMI Output HDMI micro connector (Type D)
I/O Terminal Digital I/O (USB)
Wi-Fi Functionality Yes

Smart Device App Connectivity

SnapBridge
Bluetooth Yes

Supported Languages

 
Supported Languages The languages available vary with the country or region in which the camera was originally purchased.

Power

 
Power Sources One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20a (supplied)
Charging Time 3 hours (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-71P and when no charge remains) (Approx.)
Battery / Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20a
Battery Life (shots per charge) Nikon Rechargeable: 290 shots (CIPA)
Movies: Approx. 1 hour 20 minutes

Miscellaneous

 
Tripod Socket ¼ in.
(ISO 1222)
Approx. Dimensions (W x D x H) 14 x 11 x 15 cm (5.6 x 4.4 x 5.9") 
Approx. Weight 1005 g (35.5 oz)
 
Operating Environment Temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)

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