Remember the earth shattering P900? The optical zoom on that was the talk of the everything zoom. Well it seems there’s been an update to a superb bridge camera making it even better.
The zoom on the new P950 remains the same 83x but it comes with lots of other updates on the 2015 launched P900. Lets not forget, we are talking optical zoom here and NOT digital zoom. The major difference being optical is all about the lens getting right in there on the subject. Digital zoom, which often comes in small print on lesser cameras such as those used to sell mobile smart phones, is simply the stretching of the image.
That stretching may well give an appearence of zooming in but at a cost of image quality. On a small hand held mobile device you may not see that loss in quality, but try printing it out and you soon will. With the Nikon COOLPIX you get none of that loss.
Of course you could also delve in to digital zoom as well on the P950 images and get even more ridiculous levels of zoom.
The Nikon P950’s 83x zoom affords an equivalent focal length of 24-2000mm. This can be extended even further using the 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom digital option, which reaches an equivalent 4000mm.
It’s aimed at wildlife photography where you want to be out there taking shots without having to carry huge amounts of DSLR kit around with you. Like the P900, you can bet it will also be a shelf grabber for those who wish to photograph the night sky.
Inside the Nikon Coolpix P950 is a 16-megapixel back-lit CMOS sensor, along with Nikon’s Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction.
The Nikon P950 can record 4K/UHD video at 30p, or Full HD video at frame rates up to 60p. Video is also recorded in stereo sound, and users can manually adjust exposure settings during filming.
The P950 adds a larger, brighter, 921k-dot, 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD. There’s also a new 2360k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with an eye sensor that is twice as large as before at 1cm.
Other features include support for raw files and compatibility with Nikon’s SnapBridge app for easy transfer of images from the camera to your smart device.
Released in “Spring 2020” expect to pay around £799 for one.