Nikon COOLPIX P950
Take it all in
High-flying birds. Frame-filling aerobatics. The Nikon COOLPIX P950 bridge camera packs an incredible 83x optical zoom (2000 mm equivalent) into a robust body. Whether you’re at the air show or on safari, this superzoom gives you the freedom to get up close for standout photos and 4K movies.
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Near and far
With a focal length range of 24–2000 mm, the Nikon COOLPIX P950 superzoom takes you to the heart of every scene. Go wide to show the intensity of an electric storm over the ocean. Zoom in to capture sharply focused images of distant wildlife. The 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom digitally extends the upper zoom limit to an incredible 4000 mm.¹
You get great results from dawn to dusk thanks to the backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and bright NIKKOR lens with wide f/2.8 maximum aperture. Nikon’s EXPEED image-processing engine and Super ED glass reduce distortion at high zoom. Whether you’re zooming in on a banking plane or filming shy wildlife, you’re ready for every opportunity with the Nikon COOLPIX P950.
WINDOW ON THE WORLD
The large 1 cm (0.39 in) 2359k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder gives a clear view. An eye sensor automatically switches from monitor to viewfinder shooting as you lift the camera to your face.
EXPLORE EVERY ANGLE
Compose incredible shots with the bright 8.1 cm (3.2 in) 921k-dot LCD monitor, which can be tilted and twisted in almost any direction. It’s easy to frame images when holding the camera up high or down low.
RAW IMAGE CAPTURE
Edit with high-quality files. The COOLPIX P950 supports RAW (NRW) image capture, letting you save and export uncompressed image files to your processing/editing program of choice.
Thrilling 4K superzoom movies
Easily record stereo 4K/UHD 30p footage, or Full HD (1080p) video at frame rates of up to 60p. Clean HDMI out lets you output videos to an external monitor during recording. A built-in microphone jack lets you use an external mic for better sound. Movie Manual mode lets you adjust key exposure settings while filming: ideal in changing light.
Star trails and dawn skies
The in-camera time-lapse function is perfect for showing skyscapes, star trails, or plants opening in a forest glade. You can record magical time-lapse movies of approx. 10 seconds duration, which play back at either 25 fps or 30 fps. Scene modes automatically set the most appropriate shooting interval for your subject.²
Get steady photos and video footage, even when shooting handheld at super-telephoto lengths, or in low light. Nikon’s Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) lets you shoot up to five shutter stops slower than otherwise possible.³ VR Active mode delivers a more stable viewfinder and monitor image, ideal when you’re on the move.
Stay on target
The side zoom control lets you extend the lens with your thumb. A simple press of the snap-back zoom button retracts the lens to a wider angle: ideal when you want to pick up subjects that have moved out of shot.
The full-size hot shoe makes it easy to mount Nikon accessories like Speedlights. Or try the Nikon DF-M1 Dot Sight: this foldable scope helps track even fast-flying birds and keep them in the centre of the frame.
Bird-watching mode lets you select three different AF areas to keep fast-moving subjects in focus. Moon mode optimises camera settings for clear astronomical images: ideal for capturing the moon in all its phases.
The SnapBridge app for iOS and Android enables an always-on connection between your Nikon COOLPIX P950 and a smart device. Share photos. Track trips via the GPS on your smart device, which SnapBridge uses to update location and date. The SnapBridge app also lets you use your smart device to operate the camera’s zoom or release the shutter.
Compact digital camera
16.0 million (Image processing may reduce the number of effective pixels.)
1/2.3-in.type, CMOS, Total pixels: approx. 16.79 million
NIKKOR lens with 83x optical zoom
4.3 to 357 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24 to 2000 mm lens in 35 mm  format)
f/2.8 to 6.5
16 elements in 12 groups (5 ED lens elements and 1 super ED lens element)
Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 8000 mm lens in 35 mm  format); Up to 3.6x when recording movies with [2160/30p] (4K UHD) or [2160/25p] (4K UHD)
Lens shift (still images), combination of lens shift and electronic VR (movies)
[W]: Approx.50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx.5.0 m (16 ft 5 in.) to infinity, Macro close-up: [W]: Approx.1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx.5.0 m (16 ft 5 in.) to infinity (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Target finding AF, face priority, manual (spot), manual (normal), manual (wide), subject tracking, center (spot), center (normal), center (wide)
Electronic viewfinder, 1 cm (0.39-in.), approx. 2359k-dot OLED with the diopter adjustment function (‑3 to +3 m-¹)
Shooting mode: approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture); Playback mode: approx. 100% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)
8.1cm (3.2-in.); Approx. 921k-dot, (RGB), wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment, vari-angle TFT LCD
SD, SDHC, SDXC
DCF and Exif 2.31 compliant
Storage file formats
Still images: JPEG, RAW (NRW) (Nikon’s own format); Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
Image size (pixels)
16 M [4608×3456], 8 M [3264×2448], 4 M [2272×1704], 2 M [1600×1200], 16:9 12 M [4608×2592], 3:2 14 M [4608×3072], 1:1 12 M [3456×3456]
Movie – frame size (pixels) and frame rate
2160/30p (4K UHD), 2160/25p (4K UHD), 1080/30p, 1080/25p, 1080/60p, 1080/50p, 720/30p, 720/25p, 720/60p, 720/50p, HS 480/4x, HS 720/2x, HS 1080/0.5x
ISO100 to 1600, [100-400], [100-800], [100-1600] (default setting), [100-3200], [100-6400], , , , , , , and  are available when using P, S, A, M, U, or Movie manual mode
Matrix, center-weighted, spot
Programmed auto exposure with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure bracketing, exposure compensation (–2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
1/2000 to 1s; In P, A mode, 1/2000 to 2 s (at ISO sensitivity [100-1600]) or 1/2000 to 30 s (when ISO sensitivity is fixed at ); In S, M mode, 1/4000 (at wide-angle position, with largest f-number setting (smallest aperture)) to 30 s (can be set at ISO sensitivity 3200 or lower); Bulb and Time setting (can be set when ISO sensitivity is 1600 or lower in M mode): Up to 60 seconds. When recording movies, 1/8000 to 1/30 s (at Frame rate [30 fps (30p/60p)]) or 1/8000 to 1/25 s (at Frame rate [25 fps (25p/50p)])
Flash sync speed
Synchronizes with all shutter speeds
Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm
10 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)
Flash range (approx.)
[W]: 0.5 to 11.5 m (1 ft 8 in. to 37 ft), [T]: 5.0 to 7.0 m (16 ft 5 in. to 22 ft) (ISO sensitivity: [100-1600])
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
In steps of 1/3 EV in the range between –2 and +2 EV
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Micro-USB connector (Do not use any USB cable other than the included UC-E21 USB Cable.), Hi-Speed USB
HDMI micro connector (Type D)
External microphone connector
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Compatible with the following accessories (available separately): MC-DC2 Remote Cord, WR-R10/WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards
IEEE 802.11b/g (standard wireless LAN protocol)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency
2412 to 2462 MHz (1 to 11 channels)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) maximum output power
9.2 dBm (EIRP)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security
Open system, WPA2-PSK
Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1; Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz, Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz; Maximum output power: Bluetooth: 7.2 dBm (EIRP) Bluetooth Low Energy: 7.2 dBm (EIRP)
One EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (included) EH-5d AC Adapter; requires EP-5C Power Connector (available separately)
Approx. 3 h (when using EH-73P/EH-73PCH Charging AC Adapter and when no charge remains)
Approx. 290 shots when using EN-EL20a4
Actual battery life for movie recording
1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 140.2 x 109.6 x 149.8 mm (5.6 x 4.4 x 5.9 in.) (excluding projections)
Approx. 1005 g (2 lb 3.5 oz) (including battery and memory card)
Operating environment – temperature
0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Operating environment – humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
Strap, LC-67 Lens Cap, EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-73P Charging AC Adapter (A plug adapter is attached depending on the country or region of purchase. The shape of the plug adapter varies with the country or region of purchase), UC-E21 USB Cable, HN-CP20 Lens Hood
¹ Magnification of Dynamic Fine Zoom is calculated from the combined total of optical and electronic zooms at the maximum wide-angle position.
² By selecting a Scene Mode from Cityscape (default), Landscape, Sunset, Night Sky, or Star Trails, the most appropriate shooting interval is automatically set.
³ Based on CIPA standards.
⁴ Battery life does not reflect the use of SnapBridge and may vary with the conditions of use, including temperature, the interval between shots, and the length of time that menus and images are displayed.
⁵ Individual movie files cannot exceed 29 minutes in length, even when there is sufficient free space on the memory card for longer recording. The maximum size of a single movie file is 4 GB. If a file exceeds 4 GB even when you record for less than 29 minutes, it is split into multiple files and cannot be played back continuously. Recording may end before the maximum recording time is reached if the camera temperature becomes elevated.
COOLPIX P950 – VQA100EA