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Nikon Coolpix 950

alaTest has collected and analyzed 298 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and value for money. The usability and performance are also appreciated. The low light performance and energy efficiency get mixed views, while there are some negative comments about the sensor and viewfinder.

portability, performance, usability, value for money, image quality

features, viewfinder, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 950 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 950


It uses the same 28mm filter threads as the older 900 and 900s so it can mount the existing Nikon wideangle and fisheye lenses as well as all of the Raynox and other third-party filters and lenses. Nikon will be offering a new 2X telephoto adapter that...

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Nikon Coolpix 950


Since the story broke back in mid--February, the Nikon Coolpix 950 (referred to as the 950 from now onwards) has generated a fever which has gripped the digital photography world on the Internet, firstly with its announcement and the rush from the...

Overall excellent image quality (detail, balance and colour saturation) ; Higher resolution (1600 x 1200) ; Great optics (bright and sharp) ; Little or no need for post-processing correction / sharpening of images ; Solid construction (metal case,...

Barrel distortion ; Colour fringing on high contrast areas ; Zooming from wide to tele could be faster (3.5s) ; Sometimes poor low light focusing (really could have done with an assist light) ; Inability to use Shutter Priority in anything but ISO 80 ;...

I got an email from a reader of the site who was asking me how I would rate the camera, I've previously tried not to have a "stars" rating or "out of ten" as it's really very subjective but for this camera I feel confident enough to do just that.

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Digital Cameras - Nikon CoolPix 950 Digital Camera Review


Optics The CoolPix 950's lens appears very similar to that on the CoolPix 900, although we understand that some changes were made to accommodate the larger 1/2-inch CCD sensor element. The lens is glass (as opposed to plastic), composed of 9 elements...

The Coolpix 950 is the first digicam in Nikon's line of popular digital cameras to break the 2-megapixel barrier, boasting a 1/2-inch , 2.11-megapixel CCD capable of producing prints as large as 8 x 10 inches. Measuring just 5.6 x 3 x 1.4 inches, and...


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Nikon Coolpix 950


While "professional" digital still cameras can cost up to $30,000, the Nikon CoolPix 950 packs 2.11 million pixels and has a list price of $1,000. Street prices are considerably cheaper

The lens is a 7 to 20mm zoom with a macro mode; that's the equivalent of 38 to 115 mm in a 35-mm camera. There are fisheye, wide-angle and telephoto adapters available. The aperture is f/2.6 to 4. There is a digital zoom (think of it as in-camera...

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Coolpix 950 vs. C-2000Z


I'm going to vote for the Coolpix on this one. The C-2000Z image seems a bit grainy to me, and maybe a little washed out (this could be from the skylight above though)

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Nikon Coolpix 950 Review


For many, the Coolpix 950 will do a fine job ; Excellent Color Rendition.. I've seen digital cameras that require lots of fiddling in Photoshop to get the color balance correct. The Nikon Coolpix cameras, while not providing the most saturated color...

Button Madness. The two buttons on the top of the camera have multiple personalities. While Nikon has tried to give photographers direct access to controls without having to refer to the color LCD, in practice you'll find that you can't always remember...

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Nikon CoolPix 950


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Nikon 950...... The Best In Digital


The BEST Ever , small and light to carry, takes great photos


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Amazon review summary for Nikon Coolpix 950


alaTest has collected and analyzed 118 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix 950 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

portability, performance, value for money, usability, image quality

features, viewfinder

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Nikon Coolpix 950 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

EISA Award - Best Product

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Nikon Coolpix 950


Nikon Coolpix 950 is a compact digital camera that breaks the 2 megapixel barrier. The high image resolution is supported by a sharp 3x zoom lens, an ingenious exposure system and comprehensive manual setting options. It also synchronizes external...


Product Specifications

The digital camera for the photographer in you. Advancing its heritage at the forefront of compact digital photography, Nikon introduced the Coolpix 950 compact high-resolution camera. With optical and digital innovations including 2.11-megapixel picture quality and superior-speed performance, it lets photographers explore their professional potential. The unique, practical swivel-lens design of the Coolpix 900 series, and magnesium body make Coolpix 950 extra-small and light. The camera features an advanced 1/2-in. high-density CCD for ultra-high-definition 1,600 x 1,200-pixel images. 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens enhances image sharpness, clarity and color. Coolpix 950 now looks like a Nikon camera with its jet black magnesium alloy body and the large, rubberized finger grip. The grip, shutter release and control switch look like they came right off of the Nikon F5 35mm camera. Coolpix 950's body is "sculptured" and feels rock solid in your hands. New to 950 is a recessed wheel on the front just below the shutter release. This is the Command Dial, it works with buttons on the back and top to activate the advanced features. The CompactFlash card slot is located on the bottom along with the battery door, which now has a secure sliding latch. The Video Out and DC power jacks are in the same place as on the Coolpix 900 but are protected by a rubberized cover. The serial I/O data port uses a round mini-plug instead of the flat plug. Effortless quick starting (around 2 sec. after power is switched on) and short shutter release time lag (approx. 0.1 sec. from the time the shutter release button is lightly pressed) enhance speedy performance so you don't miss a precious moment. Other unique advanced features include Best-Shot Selector (BSS) for automatic selection of the "sharpest" image, auto file numbering of PC-downloaded images, pause display for 10 sec.-freeze frame monitoring, sensitivity control for low-light shooting, and tone compensation in five modes. Nikon Coolpix 950 has got a terrific macro/close-up capability. In any focal length the macro function can be used to get close-ups, but there is a special "sweet spot" about halfway to telephoto where the lens will focus down to about 0.8 inches (2 cm). The white macro "flower" icon on the LCD will turn yellow when you have reached the sweet spot. Coolpix 950 offers manual control of all major camera functions. You can choose from programmed AE, shutter speed priority, or aperture priority. The ISO sensitivity is variable from ISO 80, ISO 100, +1 or +2 to increase its low-light capability. Image resolution and JPG compression can be selected to suit your needs. 950 can shoot continuously thanks to a large internal RAM buffer, create a 16-picture collage or shoot a 10-picture VGA sequence. The Coolpix 950 Millennium Camera Outfit includes the digital camera plus a rugged black Millennium camera bag, Energizer NiMH battery and charger, Lexar 64MB CompactFlash Card, USB card reader and four filters with a filter wallet.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Run Time (Up To):90min
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:No/Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:72MB/8MB


Model:950/950 Millennium
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6/F/2.6-4.0
Max Focal Length:21mm
Min Focal Length:7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):12.7 mm ( 1/2 ) / 12.7 mm ( 1/2" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:2.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:2.5
ISO (Max):160/320
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 160 / ISO 320 / ISO 80/ISO 100 / ISO 160 / ISO 80
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical