83x Zoom and 4K Video: A Review of the Nikon Coolpix P950

Nikon Coolpix P950

Professional lenses generally top out around 10x zoom ranges. However, certain bridge cameras have wider zoom ranges, with some pushing extreme ratios like 100x. This great video review takes a look at one such camera with a crazy 83x zoom range of 24-2,000mm, the Nikon Coolpix P950. 

Coming to you from DP Review, this excellent video review examines the Nikon Coolpix P950. The P950 features a 16 MP 1/2.3″ sensor, 4K video at 30 fps and full HD video at 60 fps, built-in time-lapse capabilities, and a 2.36-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, but of course, the marquee feature is the extreme zoom range of the lens, which covers everything from wide angles to ultra-long telephoto focal lengths. Obviously, you should not expect top-notch image quality from the combination of a relatively small sensor and such an extreme lens, but that has never been the point of such cameras. Rather, they are meant to give you the flexibility to be able to carry them everywhere and into any situation knowing you will be able to get the shot. They can be great walkaround cameras for anyone looking to travel light while still capturing memories along the way. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

Capture Decisive Moments

A photographer’s eyes are vital for seeking out inspiration, but the right camera can take us above and beyond what the naked eye is capable of. From soaring aircrafts to astronomical wonders, the 83x optical zoom and 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom1 2 of the Nikon P950 lets you capture subjects that the typical portable camera simply cannot, effectively doubling its reach to a 4000mm equivalent.

For smaller subjects that require a closer look, Macro AF means you can focus on subjects as close as approx. 1 cm/0.4 in.

Versatility and reaction time can be the difference between a stunning photo and a spurned opportunity, and this camera’s fast response with increased autofocus speed at the telephoto side enables you to be quick on the draw when shooting decisive moments.

Increased buffer memory allows users to take the best shot easily with  continuous shooting up to 10 frames4 with 7 fps enabled up to two times in a row. This camera thrives long after the sun has set thanks to its EXPEED image-processing engine and high-sensitivity back-illuminated CMOS sensor which allows ISO up to 6400, ensuring high quality image in even the darkest scenarios.

Credit: Fstoppers, Nikon