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Connections

The 995's connectors are split into three distinct areas. First on the left side of the camera (from the front), are the video out and digital I/O connectors (behind a rubber door). On the front of the camera left side we'll find the DC-IN (8.4 V) power, and on the right side the Nikon Speedlight sync terminal (protected by it's screw-on cover).


Lens

This year Nikon broke from the traditional 3x optical zoom by fitting out the 995 with a new 4x optical zoom lens. This adds a little bulk to the bottom of the lens portion of the camera but no more length. It provides the equivalent of 35 - 152 mm. This new lens has an aperture of F2.6 - F5.1, which makes it very slightly slower than the lens used on the 990. The 995 at 105 mm has a maximum aperture of F4.3, compared to F4.0 for the 990 lens at 105 mm.


Focal length
(35 mm equiv.)
Coolpix 995
Max aperture
Coolpix 990
Max aperture
38 mm F2.6 F2.5
50 mm F2.9 F2.7
70 mm F3.3 F3.1
80 mm F3.6 F3.3
105 mm F4.1 F3.8
115 mm F4.3 F4.0
135 mm F4.7 -
152 mm F5.1 -

When I reviewed the 990 I commented that the lens mechanism was quite noisy, it has a grinding noise in both zoom and focus. The 995's mechanism is certainly quieter, while the noise is similar it's muted quite a bit, though it does still transmit some vibration through the case.


Split body swivel

The Coolpix "9 series" split body swivel design is something you either love or hate, I'm firmly on the "love" side of the fence, and most people, once they've actually used a camera with a split body, appreciate its flexibility and never look back. The 995's swivel feels as stiff and as well built as the 990 (I've heard no reports of breakage's there) and has the same 270 degrees range of movement (not ALL shown below).

Additionally the 995 now has a swivel limit switch on the base (beside the tripod mount), with this set to "limit" it's not possible to turn the swivel past the 90 degree point (forwards or backwards), this excellent new feature gives the 995 an extra feeling of solidity at the most natural shooting angle and is also a boon when using add-on lenses, no need for third party "wings" to support the lens portion any longer...


Base / Tripod Mount

Sticking to a tried and tested formula, the 995 has the same excellent rubber "foot" (although slightly smaller) and metal tripod mount we found on the 990. By definition of its design it would be difficult to locate this mount directly under the lens, so you'll need to use some a bracket if you intend to shoot panoramas with a fish eye or wide angle lens.

You'll also note the swivel limit switch, this stops the lens at the 90 degree point (see above).


Pop-up flash

The Coolpix "9 series" has, up until now, been infamous for its poor ability to deal with the problem of redeye in flash shots. This was generally accepted to be a problem with the proximity of the flash to the lens. Nikon, proving that they have listened have taken a radical approach to solving this problem. They've "bolted" a pop-up flash on to the top of the lens portion of the camera (similar to Sony's F505/V). Just below the flash window itself is a redeye reduction lamp, which shines just before the shot to reduce the size of the subject's pupils. With the flash closed it is disabled. Releasing it (pulling a small black lever backwards), automatically enables flash mode (depending on the last flash mode set).


Box contents

I'll just put a note here that the Coolpix 995's user manual is excellent, 178 pages covering every detail of the camera, operation and use in different photographic situations. Excellent.

Supplied in the box are: (exact contents may vary by region)

  • Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera
  • 16 MB Compact Flash Card (Lexar card in US) & case
  • Nikon EN-EL1 Lithium-Ion battery & cap
  • Nikon MH-51 (MH-50 in Europe) battery charger & power cable
  • Video cable (RCA jack)
  • USB cable
  • Lens cap & string
  • Shoulder strap
  • User manual
  • CD-ROM's (US):
    • NikonView 4 & NikonView reference manual (PDF)
    • ArcSoft PhotoStudio 2000
    • Print Pro 2000
    • Panorama Maker 2000
    • Video Impression 1.6
    • Genuine Fractals LE
    • iView MultiMedia Pro
    • Canto Cumulus 5.0
  • CD-ROM's (Europe):
    • Nikon View 4 & NikonView reference manual (PDF)
    • Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE
    • Fotostation 4.5
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