Nikon P950

Nikon Coolpix P950 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-2000mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 1005g - 140 x 110 x 150mm
  • Launched January 2020
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon P950 overview

Nikon P950 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally revealed on January of 2020. The camera has got a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The P950 ranks at #5 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #385 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to try out our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your customized factors.

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Nikon P950 history

The Nikon P950 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-P950 front thumbnailNikon P95024-2000mm
Nikon-Coolpix-P1000 front thumbnailNikon P1000
P950 vs P1000
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Nikon-Coolpix-P900 front thumbnailNikon P900
P950 vs P900
Nikon-Coolpix-P610 front thumbnailNikon P610
P950 vs P610
Nikon-Coolpix-P530 front thumbnailNikon P530
P950 vs P530
Nikon-Coolpix-P600 front thumbnailNikon P600
P950 vs P600
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Nikon-Coolpix-P520 front thumbnailNikon P520
P950 vs P520
Nikon-Coolpix-P510 front thumbnailNikon P510
P950 vs P510
Nikon-Coolpix-P500 front thumbnailNikon P500
P950 vs P500
Nikon-Coolpix-P100 front thumbnailNikon P100
P950 vs P100
Nikon-Coolpix-P90 front thumbnailNikon P90
P950 vs P90
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P950 vs P80

Nikon P950 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon P950 based on factors that are usually viewed as useful in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
excellent zoom range (24-2000mm 83.3 x zoom)
flash built-in
fully articulated screen
good min ISO (100)
great reach (2000mm)
has bluetooth
has external mic jack
has HDMI support
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
high resolution screen (921 thousand dot)
offers face detection focus
offers tracking autofocus
rather wide (24mm)
saves RAW formats
screen size is decent (3.2 inch)
you can focus manually
heavier than competition (1,005g)
lack of headphone jack
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no phase detect auto focus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sluggish at full zoom (f6.5)
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Nikon P950 Sensor information

The sensor size in the Nikon P950 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW files are supported therefore you have more margin for error.

The graphic below illustrates the P950's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The P950 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon P950 dimensions

Nikon P950 weighs in at 2.22 lbs (1,005 gr / 35.45 ounces) & the overall size of the camera is 140mm x 110mm x 150mm (5.5" x 4.3" x 5.9"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Nikon P950 is more heavy than various rivals.

Photography Glossary

Listed below is a pic of the Nikon P950 with a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.

Nikon Coolpix P950 dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button arrangement on the P950.

Nikon Coolpix P950 topview buttons dials

Nikon P950 Lens information

The P950 has got an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 24-2000mm giving it a 83.3 x zoom which is great and could allow you to zoom right in.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens has an aperture of f2.8 and that is rather sluggish and not good for low light situations and you may find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to up your ISO setting producing noisy shots. Towards the long end, 2000mm is great zoom and comes at f6.5 making it quite sluggish and you might have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon P950 Connectivity

The P950 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send images and at times alter settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Several apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Nikon P950 Video information

The maximum video quality in the Nikon P950 is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p gives a fantastic quality for video. You can downsample to Full HD in order to get improved video. Beware of the considerable file sizes and ensure you own high quality SD cards with good write speeds. Even though the body has a mic socket, it is sadly lacking a headphone socket which means you will not have the option to check your sound levels.

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Nikon P950 Weather Sealing

Nikon P950 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions could affect the camera.

Nikon P950 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon P950 has got a 3.2 inch fully articulated display screen with a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to take self portraits and group shots when required. Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Nikon P950 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,359 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 90%

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are rather helpful.

Nikon P950 Shutter information

Nikon P950 can shoot continuously at 7.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Nikon P950 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon P950 has both integrated flash as well as external flash ability.

Nikon P950 Autofocusing information

Nikon P950 has only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which can be valuable for portrait photography.

It also comes with Tracking AF for moving objects. Nikon P950 can use manual focusing in case it is needed during low light situations or you want to have more accurate focusing control.

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Nikon P950 Battery life

The battery on the Nikon P950 is fashioned to last for 290 shots with respect to the CIPA requirements making it on par with it's competitors. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest possible (600) battery life within this group of cameras.

Here is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:

Nikon P950 for various forms of photography

The following bar chart indicates a overview of the Nikon P950 for various forms of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Nikon P950 Portrait photography info

The Nikon P950 receives a rating of 57 which is reasonable, and means the camera is fairly suitable for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the potential to work with external flash.

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has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
features face detection focus
supports RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/2.3")

Street photography with Nikon P950

Coming in at a modest points tally of 53, the Nikon P950 is fairly adequate for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competitors (1,005g)

Nikon P950 Sports photography advice

A reasonable sports photography rating of 54 means the Nikon P950 is reasonably appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
long zoom range (24-2000mm 83.3 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Nikon P950 Travel photography highlights

Portability is super important in getting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon P950 gets a reasonable 59 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly suitable for your holidays.

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connects via bluetooth
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
really wide (24mm)
great reach (2000mm)
more heavy than average in class (1,005g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

Nikon P950 as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon P950 at it's average rating of 55 as a landscape camera is somewhat suited in the current marketplace.

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manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3.2")
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")

Nikon P950 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera really should come with a moving display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Nikon P950 is reasonably suited for vlogging as it comes to a modest rating of 59.

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really wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has microphone jack
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition (1,005 grams)

Nikon P950 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the P950, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph down below gives you a summary of the P950 versus it's top scoring rivals listed previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To check out a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Coolpix P950
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-2000mm (83.3x)
Largest aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
3.2 inch
Screen resolution
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
300 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
11.50 m (at Auto ISO)
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
EN-EL20a lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
1005 grams (2.22 lb)
Physical dimensions
140 x 110 x 150mm (5.5" x 4.3" x 5.9")
Battery life
290 photos
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Cost at launch