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The Coolpix 950 is the 2.1-megapixel update of Nikon's original Coolpix 900. Its swiveling-lens body is now made of a durable magnesium alloy, painted black with a large, red, rubberized finger grip. The grip, shutter release and control switch look like they came off of the Nikon F5 35mm SLR. The Coolpix 900 is a great digicam, however the Coolpix 950 takes it to a whole new level with double the image resolution, faster operation and the "look and feel" of Nikon's legendary film cameras.
The 950's body is "sculptured" and feels rock solid in your hands.
New to the 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.
|Coolpix 950 Millennium Limited Edition|
October 1999 press release)
|Nikkor 3x Zoom Lens|
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 will be perfectly matched to the Nikkor zoom.
To insure ultra-sharp images the focusing system now has a 4,746-step range, the Coolpix 900 used only a 945-step autofocus.
The Nikon 950 has got a terrific macro/closeup capability. In any focal length the macro function can be used to get closeups but there is a special "sweet spot" about halfway to telephoto where the lens will focus down to about 0.8 inches. The white macro "flower" icon on the LCD will turn yellow when you have reached the sweet spot.
The first picture here was taken at about 3-3/4 inches, the second picture was shot at just a little over 1 inch from the lens!
|Faster Power Up|
A common complaint about the Coolpix 900 was the length of time it took to turn on. The 950 powers up in slightly over 2 seconds and changing modes from Record to Play mode is just as fast.
The auto power-off timer is now selectable for 30sec, 1m, 5m, or 30m.
|Advanced Manual Controls|
The new 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. The 950 can shoot continuously thanks to a large internal RAM buffer, create a 16-picture collage or shoot a 10-picture VGA sequence.
The +/- button allows you to override the AE system by 0.3, 0.7, 1.0, 1.3, 1.7 and 2.0 steps in both the plus and minus ranges. This function operates in both A-Rec and M-Rec modes.
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Nikon 950 Specifications
2.11 million pixel, 1/2 inch, high density
1,600 x 1,200 pixels (UXGA)
1,024 x 768 pixels (XGA)
640 x 480 pixels (VGA)
3x Zoom-Nikkor, multi-coated, 9 elements in 7 groups,
aspherical glass lens. 7mm to 21mm (35mm equivalent: 38mm to 115mm)
Maximum aperture F/2.6 (wideangle), F/4 (telephoto).
(Optional fish eye, wide and telephoto adapters can be attached)
4 steps: 1.25x / 1.6x / 2x / 2.5x
Contrast-detect TTL autofocus with 4,746 steps
(1) Continuous AF mode
(2) Single AF mode
(3) Manual Focus (10 steps from 4 inches to infinity)
12 inches to infinity, (0.8 inches in macro)
3 mode TTL metering:
(1) 256-element Matrix,
(2) Spot or
1/750 to 8 seconds
Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
3 steps at F2.6 / F4 / F7 (Wide end), F11.4 minimum (Tele end)
Electro-magnetic drive rounded diaphram opening
(1) Programmed Auto Exposure (AE),
(2) Shutter-priority Auto,
(3) Aperture-priority Auto or
(4) Manual exposure compensation 2EV in 1/3 EV steps)
EV-2~15.5 (W), EV-0.8~16.7 (T),
ISO 100 equivalent
approx. ISO 80 equivalent
Default (approx. 80)
100 (approx. 100)
+1EV equivalent gain up from default
+2EV equivalent gain up
Automatic TTL homing system, can be set manually for:
(5) Flash light
(6) Preset white balance available
Tone Curve Selection
3 seconds or 10 seconds
Real image optical zoom
Magnification: 0.44x to 1.2x; Frame coverage 80 ~ 85%
Diopter adjustment: -2 to +1 dpt.
2-inch, 130,000 pixel, low-temp polysilicon color TFT LCD with
adjustable back light compensation
Update rate: 30 frames per second
Frame coverage: approx. 97%
Auto Power Save
Default 30 secs auto shut off
Can be set for 30 secs, 1, 5 or 30 minutes
Image Recording File Format
TIFF RGB (Uncompressed) or
JPEG (Exif 2.1); 24 bit RGB color
Multiple folders supported - user can create, rename or delete
Hi = Uncompressed RGB TIFF
Fine = 1/4 JPEG
Normal = 1/8 JPEG
Basic = 1/16 JPEG (Appox.)
Removable CompactFlash memory cards, Type I
(per 8MB card*)
Hi = 1 image
Fine = 8 imgs
Normal = 16 imgs
Basic = 32 imgs
(* Number of images may vary depending on the image captured)
(1) Fully automatic mode (A-REC) or
(2) Programmable manual mode (M-REC); (3 custom groups of settings from shooting menu options.)
1) Metering, 2) Capture mode, 3) Sensitivity, 4) White balance, 5)
Tone compensation, 6) Best-Shot Selector, 7) Monochrome, 8) Digital zoom, 9)
Converters (for adapter lenses), 10) Auto file numbering
Camera takes 5 shots automatically (@ approx. 1.5 fps) and
records the most detailed image of the 5 shots using anti-jitter logic, which is effective
for telephoto and macro shooting.
(BSS not available when Speedlight is on)
(3) High speed continuous
(4) Multiple continuous
(1) Single mode: Approx. 1 fps for full size or smaller images
(2) Continuous mode: Approx. 1.5 fps full size or smaller up to 10 images
(3) High speed continuous mode: Approx. 2 fps for VGA size images up to 60 images. Image size is fixed in VGA in this mode
(4) Multiple continuous: Approx. 2 fps. Camera captures 16 continuous images and put all 16 into 1 full size image frame.
approx. 2 seconds
Guide number 9 in meters, 30 in feet (at ISO 100)
(3) Force fill flash
(4) Slow-sync and
(5) Red-eye reduction (flashes for 0.8 sec. before main flash)
Multi-flash sync terminal connects to external Nikon Speedlight
SB-28, SB-26, SB-25, SB-24, SB-22s through the Multi-flash Bracket Unit (SK-E900). Built-in Speedlight can be canceled when external Speedlight is used
(1) Single Frame
(3) Slide show
(4) 2x or 3x zoom playback with scroll capability.
Hide and protect attributes can be set for each image
Deletes all frames or selected frames
Windows95 or later, NT4.0 or later, Macintosh OS 7.5.1 or later
Serial interface (Windows: 115 kbps, Macintosh: 230 kbps)
NTSC video signal output for image display on standard TV set
Power input, Video output, Serial port, Sync terminal for external
4 x AA - Alkaline, 1.2V Ni-Cd, 1.2V NiMH or 1.5V FR-6 Lithium
batteries. AC adapter EH-30 (optional)
Approx. 60 min. with LCD monitor off using alkaline batteries at room
temperature. (Shooting cycle time and Speedlight condition will be informed later.)
(W x H x D) (147 x 82.5 x 56mm) 5.8 x 3.25 x 2.2 in.
Approx. 12.3 oz. (350g) without batteries
Soft case, Strap, Video Cable, 8MB CompactFlash Card,
Serial Cable (Win), Mac adapter, NikonView Version 2 CD ROM, Lens cap, 4 AA
batteries, Open me first envelope, Registration, Warranty card, Fast Track Guide
Hardware & Software Manuals.
NikonView Version 2, Hotshots (PictureWorks), IPIX (Interactive
EH-30 AC adapter, FC-E8 Fisheye conversion lens,
WC-E24 Wide angle conversion lens, TC-E2 Telephoto conversion lens (2x),
SK-E900 Multi-Flash Bracket Unit, CompactFlash cards (4-64MB), PC
card adapter, EC-AD1 CompactFlash card reader with parallel interface for PC
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