Nikon 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 24mm1 to super-telephoto 2,000mm and everything in between. 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 4,000mm1, 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 in. From extreme close-ups to extreme zoom, the COOLPIX P950 delivers sharp, clear and beautiful images, all in a compact, highly portable body.

Product Description

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.


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 faster, the maximum in the history of Nikon compact digital cameras.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Other Features

  • VR ACTIVE mode effectively combats vibration in situations where the camera is prone to excessive shaking.
  • Zoom Memory returns the camera to a pre-determined focal length when powered on.
  • Manual (Spot) in AF area mode enables finer focus adjustment with the best AF area.
  • Target finding AF instantly predicts the focal point of the scene as shots are composed.
  • Active D-Lighting optimizes high-contrast images to restore shadow and highlight detail.
  • 19 Scene modes automatically select the most appropriate camera settings according to the scene or subject.
  • Creative mode and COOLPIX Picture Controls enable custom creative image expression.
  • Micro-USB charging with the EH-73P Charging AC Adapter and UC-E21 USB Cable.

Type: Compact Digital Camera

Effective Pixels (Megapixels): 16.0 million

Image Sensor: CMOS

Sensor Size: 1/ 2.3 in.

Total Pixels: 16.79 million (approx.)

Image Size (pixels): 4608 x 3456 (16M)

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 (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: 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 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)

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: 4K UHD 3,840×2,160/ 30p; 4K UHD 3,840×2,160/ 25p; Full HD: 1920×1080/ 60p; Full HD: 1920×1080/ 50p; Full HD: 1920×1080/ 30p; Full HD: 1920×1080/ 25p; HD: 1280×720/ 60p; HD: 1280×720/ 50p; HD: 1280×720/ 30p; HD: 1280×720/ 25p; HS 1920×1080/ 15p;HS 1920×1080/ 12.5p; HS 1280×720/ 60p; HS 1280×720/ 50p; HS 640×480/ 120p; HS 640×480/ 100p; VGA 640×480/ 30p; VGA 640×480/ 25p

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 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: Auto; Cloudy; Daylight; Flash; Fluorescent; Incandescent; White Balance Preset

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

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

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 (Battery life may vary depending on shooting interval and length of time menus and images are displayed.)

Tripod Socket: ¼ in. (ISO 1222)

Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth): 5.6 in. (140.2 mm) x 4.4 in. (109.6 mm) x 5.9 in. (149.8 mm)(excluding projections)

Approx. Weight: 35.5 oz. (1005 g) (with battery and SD memory card)

Operating Environment: Temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)