Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950

Portability
49
Imaging
44
Features
67
Overall
53
Nikon Coolpix P1000 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950 front
Portability
94
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27

Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950 Key Specs

Nikon P1000
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-3000mm (F2.8-8) lens
  • 1415g - 146 x 119 x 181mm
  • Announced July 2018
  • Old Model is Nikon P900
Sony S950
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • 33-132mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 93 x 56 x 24mm
  • Revealed February 2009
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Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950 Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Nikon P1000 and Sony S950, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Nikon and Sony. There exists a crucial gap among the resolutions of the P1000 (16MP) and S950 (10MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The P1000 was launched 9 years later than the S950 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Nikon P1000 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony S950 being a Compact camera.

Before delving right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick summary of how the P1000 matches up versus the S950 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon P1000 over the Sony S950

 P1000 S950 
RevealedJuly 2018February 2009More recent by 115 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size3.2"2.7"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Sony S950 over the Nikon P1000

 S950 P1000 

Common features in the Nikon P1000 and Sony S950

 P1000 S950 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera, you should consider its weight and volume. The Nikon P1000 comes with exterior measurements of 146mm x 119mm x 181mm (5.7" x 4.7" x 7.1") accompanied by a weight of 1415 grams (3.12 lbs) while the Sony S950 has sizing of 93mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the P1000 against the S950.

Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the P1000 and S950 is 49 and 94 respectively.

Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950 top view buttons comparison

Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very difficult to visualize the gap in sensor measurements only by viewing specifications. The graphic below will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the P1000 and S950.

To sum up, each of these cameras feature the identical sensor size but different resolution. You should anticipate the Nikon P1000 to result in extra detail utilizing its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos way more aggressively. The more modern P1000 should have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950 sensor size comparison

Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon P1000 Portrait photography details
Sony S950 Portrait photography details
58
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
27
has manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon P1000 Street photography highlights
Sony S950 Street photography highlights
52
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition in class (1,415 grams)
56
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Sports Comparison

Nikon P1000 Sports photography information
Sony S950 Sports photography information
50
great zoom range (24-3000mm 125.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (250 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
25
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon P1000
Travel photography with Sony S950
55
has bluetooth
MP count good (16MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
fairly wide (24mm)
very long zoom (3000mm)
bad battery life (250 per charge)
more heavy than competition in class (1,415g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
51
built-in flash
no Time Lapse recording
resolution not great (10MP)
does not contain selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (33mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon P1000 Landscape photography advice
Sony S950 Landscape photography advice
52
you can focus manually
fairly wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3.2 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
delivers RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (250 per charge)
32
has manual focus
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (33mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

Vlogging Comparison

Nikon P1000 Vlogging advice
Sony S950 Vlogging advice
58
fairly wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external microphone support
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition in class (1,415 grams)
9
can't record video
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Nikon P1000 vs Sony S950 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon P1000 and Sony S950
 Nikon Coolpix P1000Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950
General Information
Company Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix P1000 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2018-07-10 2009-02-17
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Nikon Expeed -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-3000mm (125.0x) 33-132mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-8 f/3.3-5.2
Macro focus distance 1cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.2 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 921k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 99 percent -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 2 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.50 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC -
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1415 grams (3.12 lb) 167 grams (0.37 lb)
Physical dimensions 146 x 119 x 181mm (5.7" x 4.7" x 7.1") 93 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 250 photographs -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I support) Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail price $1,000 $130