Nikon Coolpix P950 Gets 79% Overall Score and Silver Award at DPReview

DPReview has completed their Nikon Coolpix P950 review and test results: The Nikon Coolpix P950 compact camera achieves an excellent 79% overall score and Silver Award from the experts at DPReview.

What we like

  • 24-2000mm equivalent zoom offers incredible versatility
  • 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder is very nice (and a big improvement on the P900)
  • Raw mode makes the P950 more versatile than some peers
  • Generous grip and nicely organized controls

What we don’t like

  • Image quality from aging sensor is just OK at medium / high ISOs
  • Corner sharpness at wide angles is fairly poor
  • Diffraction limits sharpness at extreme telephoto
  • Long lockup times after shooting bursts (especially with cheap SD cards)
  • Interface can be ‘laggy’
  • Focus slows and is prone to hunting at extreme telephoto

Conclusion from DPReview:

The only reason to consider buying the Nikon Coolpix P950 is its lens, which – covering an equivalent focal length range of 24-2000mm – is extraordinary. There are very few cameras that can match the P950’s versatility, although you’ll get better image quality and more advanced autofocus from several similarly-priced (but less ambitious) compact cameras.

Good for
Birding, travel (especially cruises, safaris etc), and those situations where you need to shoot for the moon – literally

Not so good for
Landscapes, fast-moving subjects or any situation where critical image quality is more important than zoom range

Nikon COOLPIX P950: $796.95 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

Read the full review at DPReview.