Why would this be so? For people new to the digital camera market this behaviour probably seems a little extreme. The excitement around the 950 grew up from the reputation of the Nikon Coolpix 900s (also known as the E910 in Japan), this very fine camera opened peoples eyes to the abilities of digital cameras to capture the moment in a high quality, detailed and well balanced manner, some people found it's swivel body design (now inherited by the 950) a little quirky but once you get used to it it is actually quite comfortable and useful, and offers a slim easy to carry package when not being used.
The 900s wasn't without it's faults however, with stories of cameras breaking at the "weak spot" swivel joint to out of focus viewfinders, failing zoom buttons, lockups and hanging units. However, the general concesus of opinion on the 900s was that it was (arguably) at the time the best digital camera (in that price band) on the market.
Without doubt the inspiration for this website grew out of my ownership of a 900s last August (1998), slowly building up from a place of photo galleries (some of which are still here) to daily news, reviews and forums.
Then, suddenly 900s's were in short supply, with rumours that Nikon were having production problems they finally announced that they were no longer producing the 900s... What did they have up their sleeves?
And here my task is to review the 950, the first review of a production model 950. Coming from such a strong stable the 950 has an important job to do for Nikon and there are high expectations in the market for this camera (not least represented by the frantic messaging on rec.photo.digital of estimated delivery dates for the camera - almost as bad as when Sony released the D700).
Since inception of this site I have built up a reputation for writing reviews "as it is" and not sugar-coating cameras to be something they're not. You can be sure that the 950 will get a thorough and severe review. Sometime after the review I will be posting a separate article which will directly compare the Canon Powershot Pro 70 with the Nikon Coolpix 950 side-by-side, both on features and image quality. For most consumers "in the know" these two cameras will probably be at the top of their shortlist.
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