Nikon Coolpix P950

16MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor | 24-2000mm equiv. F2.8-6.3 lens | 4K video capture

What we like:

  • Amazing zoom reach
  • DSLR-like controls and large grip
  • Raw mode

What we don't:

  • Noisy images at medium/high ISO
  • Soft results at very long focal lengths
  • Focus can be tricky at telephoto
The Nikon Coolpix P950 is a powerful, Raw-capable superzoom compact camera, built around a 24-2000mm equivalent zoom lens. Its sensor size is considerably smaller than most of the other cameras in this article.
The P950 is a pleasure to use. Despite the massive lens it handles like a mid-sized DSLR, with a main control dial on the upper right of the top-plate, and a small sub-dial on the rear. You also have a side control wheel, on the left of the lens barrel. The excellent EVF is supplemented by a perfectly usable (but not touch-sensitive) tilting rear LCD.
The Nikon Coolpix P950 gives you enough zoom range to capture everything from landscapes to the International Space Station.
In general, autofocus performance is pretty good at normal focal lengths. However, the more you zoom in, the slower and less reliable AF becomes. A maximum shooting rate of 7 fps is decent, but the slow buffer clearing times make the P950 unsuitable for shooting sports and action. Its battery rating of 290 shots per charge is average.
The P950's small sensor means that it can't compete with its 1"-type sensor peers. At low ISOs the P950's JPEG output is perfectly acceptable in most situations, with the exception of poor edge sharpness at wide angles. Things get very noisy at the higher ISO sensitivities, though. More critical photographers will get the best results shooting in Raw mode.
The P950's video feature set is competitive, but just as with stills, the smaller sensor means that it can't match the best of its peers. 4K video footage from the P950 looks very nice. Image stabilization helps give footage steady but can 'grab' and drift if you move the camera.
The Nikon Coolpix P950 gives you enough zoom range to capture everything from landscapes to (at a pinch) the International Space Station. It's coupled with an image stabilization system so effective that you'll rarely need a tripod. Assuming you respect its image and video quality limitations, the P950 is a powerful tool.

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