Nikon Coolpix P950 Gets 79% Overall Score and Silver Award

DPReview has completed their Nikon Coolpix P950 review. The long zoom compact camera achieves an excellent 79% overall score and Silver Award from the experts at DPReview.

The bridge camera features a 83x optical zoom range from wide-angle 24mm to super-telephoto 2,000mm and supports UHD 4K video recording at up to 30 fps and Full HD recording at 60 fps. From macro close-ups to extreme telephoto superzoom, the Nikon COOLPIX P950 delivers sharp, clear and beautiful images, all in a compact, highly portable body. Check out the Nikon Coolpix P950 Review. 

What we like

  • 24-2000mm equivalent zoom offers incredible versatility
  • 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder is very nice (and a big improvement on the P900)
  • Raw mode makes the P950 more versatile than some peers
  • Generous grip and nicely organized controls

What we don’t like

  • Image quality from aging sensor is just OK at medium / high ISOs
  • Corner sharpness at wide angles is fairly poor
  • Diffraction limits sharpness at extreme telephoto
  • Long lockup times after shooting bursts (especially with cheap SD cards)
  • Interface can be ‘laggy’
  • Focus slows and is prone to hunting at extreme telephoto

Conclusion from DPReview:

The only reason to consider buying the Nikon Coolpix P950 is its lens, which – covering an equivalent focal length range of 24-2000mm – is extraordinary. There are very few cameras that can match the P950’s versatility, although you’ll get better image quality and more advanced autofocus from several similarly-priced (but less ambitious) compact cameras.

Good for
Birding, travel (especially cruises, safaris etc), and those situations where you need to shoot for the moon – literally

Not so good for
Landscapes, fast-moving subjects or any situation where critical image quality is more important than zoom range

Nikon COOLPIX P950: $796.95 at B&H Photo Video/Adorama/Amazon.

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