P1000 or P950

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Texas hobbyist
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P1000 or P950
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In the market for a new camera. I have the B700 and my pocket camera is the CoolpixA. Considering the P1000 and the P950 and was curious of your thoughts since I've no experience with either of these nice long zoom cameras. I shoot mostly landscapes and wildlife and have recently begun enjoying catching snaps of birds.

Thanks in advance!!

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P10004K
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The P1000 is much larger so unless you need over 2000mm eqiv. most would prefer the P950 but I still prefer my P1000.

2400mm eqiv. :

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Texas hobbyist wrote:

In the market for a new camera. I have the B700 and my pocket camera is the CoolpixA. Considering the P1000 and the P950 and was curious of your thoughts since I've no experience with either of these nice long zoom cameras. I shoot mostly landscapes and wildlife and have recently begun enjoying catching snaps of birds.

Thanks in advance!!

..Probably should consider the P950 once the camera is released..

..Cheers, John..

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Thank you for showing the side by side.  Yep, the P1000 is probably larger than I'd be happy with. I like your drag racing photos though!  Steve Torrence and Scottie Palmer are friends so we love going to the races!!

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Thank you! We don't have a local camera shop anymore but Best Buy said they'd have it next week so I'll be going to look at it.

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P10004K
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https://cameradecision.com/compare/Nikon-Coolpix-P950-vs-Nikon-Coolpix-P1000

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Thank you! Any clue why they did not include image stabilization on the P950?  That may be a deal breaker and I'll just stick with my B700.

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Texas hobbyist wrote:

Thank you! Any clue why they did not include image stabilization on the P950? That may be a deal breaker and I'll just stick with my B700.

..No worries!..

https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/compact-digital-cameras/coolpix-p950.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

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P10004K wrote:

https://cameradecision.com/compare/Nikon-Coolpix-P950-vs-Nikon-Coolpix-P1000

Great link thanks!

Not sure if the touch screen info is correct, have seen different opinions.

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Patco Forum Pro • Posts: 14,898
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P10004K wrote:

The P1000 is much larger so unless you need over 2000mm eqiv. most would prefer the P950 but I still prefer my P1000.

It should be noted that in that top view, the cameras are not even close to being properly portrayed to scale.
The following comparison is more representative of the relative sizes:

Coolpix P1000 vs Coolpix P950

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Thank you for clearing that up.

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Stephen McDonald
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I think the number one question is how much of the improvement of the P1000 over the P900, was due to the new lens? The lens of the upcoming P950 is said to be the same that the P900 had.

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Texas hobbyist wrote:

In the market for a new camera. I have the B700 and my pocket camera is the CoolpixA. Considering the P1000 and the P950 and was curious of your thoughts since I've no experience with either of these nice long zoom cameras. I shoot mostly landscapes and wildlife and have recently begun enjoying catching snaps of birds.

Thanks in advance!!

You might like the P950 better for shooting wildlife, especially if you're engaged in another activity at the same time.

Say, stream fishing in the mountains.  The smaller size & weight would allow you to tuck the camera inside your waders better for that chance encounter of an elk wading across the water.

The primary advantage beside size/weight is the potential increased stablization for hand held shooting.  With the P1000, there is definitely a learning curve to getting blur-free images at 3000mm hand held, although it is much easier if you back off to 2000mm.  P900 stabilization is so good - it's similar to shooting a compound bow and 'feeling the wall' at full draw.

Nikonusa.com indicates the P950 has the highest stabilization of any Coolpix camera to date.  It states in Normal mode(as opposed to Fine/Raw?) there is up to 5.5 stops at 350mm eq.   Fingers crossed it's exceptional, and if it beats the P900, it will be.

Of course, the P1000, with the extra reach at 2200, 2400, 2600, 2800 and 3000mm has the advantage in many situations.  Think Space Force... or getting up close to cormorants for an intimate portrait.

Neotropic Cormorants

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Thank you! Yes, the P950 appears to fit my needs best. When trout fishing last year I did in fact catch an elk about 100 yds upstream with my B700. The size and weight of the P1000 I'm sure would most likely be too big for me.  I appreciate all the help and look forward to checking out the P950 next week when it's released.

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Marcodpr Regular Member • Posts: 396
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Couple of other points - you’ll likely pick up the P1000 cheaper than the P950 and the P1000 is better for manual shooting because of the control ring

I think because of the new tech premium on the P950 the P1000 gives you better bang for your buck

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I have the B700 and previously the P610. Both are similar, and the B700 is the P610 upgrade.

The B700 weighs nothing and handles easily in older hands, whereas the P900 and P1000 are lead weights comparatively. That was a factor for me. I was immediately discouraged by the size and weight of the P900 when I owned it, but could still handle it easily. The P1000, however, killed my neck when lugging it around, and while it's smaller than having a Nikon DSLR with a big zoom lens of past, it still takes some care to keep from bumping it into things and carrying it around your neck for traveling. It's a camera-bagger for sure.

I did extensive testing of the P1000 against the B700 for both zoom and landscapes and posted on this site over a year ago. While the P1000 was sharper on the zoom side, it was actually duller on the landscape side because of the 20 megapixels of the B700 vs 16 megapixels of the P1000. But noise is a bigger factor for the B700, so you have to play around with that--typically leave it on Normal.

Here are two comparisons between the P1000 and the B700. Definitely controversial ;o).

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/61674003

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4328839#forum-post-61794290

All given, I would go with the P950 because of it's updated features and probably improved software.

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Marcodpr wrote:

Couple of other points - you’ll likely pick up the P1000 cheaper than the P950 and the P1000 is better for manual shooting because of the control ring

I think because of the new tech premium on the P950 the P1000 gives you better bang for your buck

I don't think you will see the P1000 cheaper than the P950.

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Texas hobbyist wrote:

In the market for a new camera. I have the B700 and my pocket camera is the CoolpixA. Considering the P1000 and the P950 and was curious of your thoughts since I've no experience with either of these nice long zoom cameras. I shoot mostly landscapes and wildlife and have recently begun enjoying catching snaps of birds.

Thanks in advance!!

I have a B700 and, until recently, I also had a P1000. I bought the P1000 because I wanted the added reach it afforded while shooting mostly stationary objects. When I got seriously interested in shooting things like BIFs, I felt the P1000 was too slow in Continuous mode and had too shallow a buffer to reliably capture fast movement.

That led me to DSLRs which I now use for the majority of my wildlife shooting these days. I've even added a mirrorless ILC (Nikon Z50) to the line-up. Part of the funding for that came from selling my P1000.

For those instances when more zoom is a necessity, I keep my 60X B700 handy. It's a great camera, IMO. That said, though, the P950 has me curious. I'm waiting to hear/read some hands on reviews to see if it addresses the things I felt were shortcomings in the P1000, at least for my shooting interests.

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Gzoladz Contributing Member • Posts: 640
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Stephen McDonald wrote:

I think the number one question is how much of the improvement of the P1000 over the P900, was due to the new lens? The lens of the upcoming P950 is said to be the same that the P900 had.

I don't think most if the improvement of the P1000 vs P900 was in the iq department, other than marginal due to it being slightly faster maybe due to bigger lens. The only time I noticed a (very small) difference was once I did a side by side comparison at home (not even in "lab" conditions).

The biggest improvements were in other areas: focus ring, raw, Snapbridge, hotshoe, better evf, and other smaller convinience adjustments, i.e. birdwatching mode on the menu wheel, etc.

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Marcodpr Regular Member • Posts: 396
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I meant initially - I bought my P1000 for £600 new. It will be a little while before the P950 drops to that, being a newly available camera

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