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Nikon P900 vs P950

The Nikon Coolpix P900 and the Nikon Coolpix P950 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in March 2015 and January 2020. Both the P900 and the P950 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 15.9 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Nikon P900
versus
Nikon P950
Nikon P900 Nikon P950
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-2000mm f/2.8-6.5 24-2000mm f/2.8-6.5
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800) ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800)
Electronic viewfinder (921k dots) Electronic viewfinder (2359k dots)
3.0 LCD, 921k dots 3.2 LCD, 921k dots
Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive) Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive)
7 shutter flaps per second 7 shutter flaps per second
360 shots per battery charge290 shots per battery charge
140 x 103 x 137 mm, 899 g 140 x 110 x 150 mm, 1005 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Nikon Coolpix P900 and the Nikon Coolpix P950? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Nikon P900 and the Nikon P950 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Nikon P900 vs Nikon P950
Compare P900 versus P950 top
Comparison P900 or P950 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon P950 is notably larger (7 percent) than the Nikon P900. Moreover, the P950 is markedly heavier (12 percent) than the P900. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the P900 nor the P950 are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the P900 gets 360 shots out of its EN-EL23 battery, while the P950 can take 290 images on a single charge of its EN-EL20a power pack. The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon P900 140 mm 103 mm 137 mm 899 g 360 n Mar 2015 599 i
2.
 
Nikon P950 140 mm 110 mm 150 mm 1005 g 290 n Jan 2020 799 i
3.
 
Canon SX60 128 mm 93 mm 114 mm 650 g 340 n Sep 2014 549 i
4.
 
Kodak AZ901 139 mm 104 mm 119 mm 777 g 400 n Jan 2016 499 i
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 2 124 mm 80 mm 95 mm 520 g 410 n Sep 2010 849 i
6.
 
Nikon B600 122 mm 82 mm 99 mm 500 g 280 n Jan 2019 349 i
7.
 
Nikon A1000 114 mm 72 mm 41 mm 330 g 250 n Jan 2019 429 i
8.
 
Nikon P1000 146 mm 119 mm 181 mm 1415 g 250 n Jul 2018 999 i
9.
 
Nikon B700 125 mm 85 mm 107 mm 565 g 350 n Feb 2016 499 i
10.
 
Nikon B500 114 mm 78 mm 95 mm 541 g 600 n Jan 2016 299 i
11.
 
Nikon L840 113 mm 78 mm 96 mm 538 g 590 n Feb 2015 299 i
12.
 
Panasonic FZ100 124 mm 82 mm 92 mm 540 g 410 n Jul 2010 499 i
13.
 
Ricoh GR II 117 mm 63 mm 35 mm 251 g 320 n Jun 2015 699 i
14.
 
Sony HX400V 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 660 g 300 n Feb 2014 499 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The P900 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 25 percent) than the P950, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Nikon P900 and Nikon P950 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 15.9 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the P900 and the P950 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the P950 is much more recent (by 4 years and 10 months) than the P900, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Nikon Coolpix P900 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, which can be extended to ISO 100-12800. The Nikon Coolpix P950 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

P900 versus P950 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p...... ..
2.
 
Nikon P950 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
3.
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.8127 39
4.
 
Kodak AZ901 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p...... ..
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 2 1/2.3 14.0 4320 32401080/60i...... ..
6.
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..
7.
 
Nikon A1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
8.
 
Nikon P1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
9.
 
Nikon B700 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
10.
 
Nikon B500 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i...... ..
11.
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i...... ..
12.
 
Panasonic FZ100 1/2.3 14.0 4320 32401080/60i...... ..
13.
 
Ricoh GR II APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.613.71078 80
14.
 
Sony HX400V 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the P950 provides a better video resolution than the P900. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the P900 is limited to 1080/60p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The two cameras under review are similar with respect to both having an electronic viewfinder. However, the one in the P950 offers a substantially higher resolution than the one in the P900 (2359k vs 921k dots). The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Nikon P900, the Nikon P950, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Nikon P900921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
2.
 
Nikon P9502359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX60922 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4 Y Y
4.
 
Kodak AZ901202 n 3.0 920 swivel n 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 2202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 11.0 Y Y
6.
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
7.
 
Nikon A10001166 n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
8.
 
Nikon P10002359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
9.
 
Nikon B700921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 5.0 Y Y
10.
 
Nikon B500none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
11.
 
Nikon L840none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
12.
 
Panasonic FZ100202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 11.0 Y Y
13.
 
Ricoh GR IIoptional n 3.0 1230 fixed n 1/4000s 4.0 Y n
14.
 
Sony HX400V210 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

The Nikon P900 and the Nikon P950 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Both the P900 and the P950 have zoom lenses built in. Both optics have identical focal length range and aperture specifications (4.3-357mm f/2.8-6.5). Both cameras offer the same maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the P900 and the P950 write their files to SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon Coolpix P900 and Nikon Coolpix P950 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Nikon P900-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
2.
 
Nikon P950YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Canon SX60YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Kodak AZ901-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 2Ystereomono--mini2.0---
6.
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Nikon A1000-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Nikon P1000YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
9.
 
Nikon B700-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
10.
 
Nikon B500-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
11.
 
Nikon L840-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
12.
 
Panasonic FZ100Ystereomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Ricoh GR IIYstereomono--micro2.0YY-
14.
 
Sony HX400VYstereomono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the P950 has a microphone port, which can help to improve the quality of audio recordings by attaching an external microphone. The P900 does not feature such a mic input.

Travel and landscape photographers will find it useful that the P900 has an internal geolocalization sensor and can record GPS coordinates in its EXIF data.

The P950 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Nikon. In contrast, the P900 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the P900 was succeeded by the Nikon P950. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Nikon website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Is the Nikon P900 better than the Nikon P950 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Reasons to prefer the Nikon Coolpix P900:

  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 106g or 11 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (360 versus 290) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier geotagging: Features an internal GPS sensor to log localization data.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced segment (25 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in March 2015).


Arguments in favor of the Nikon Coolpix P950:

  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/60p).
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (2359k vs 921k dots).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.2" vs 3.0") for image review and settings control.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More modern: Reflects 4 years and 10 months of technical progress since the P900 launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the P950 comes out slightly ahead of the P900 (7 : 6 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

P900 06:07 P950

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Nikon P900 and the Nikon P950 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the P900 or the P950. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon P900....77/1004/54/5 Mar 2015 599 i
2.
 
Nikon P950......4/54/5 Jan 2020 799 i
3.
 
Canon SX603/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2014 549 i
4.
 
Kodak AZ901......3.5/53/5 Jan 2016 499 i
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 2.......... Sep 2010 849 i
6.
 
Nikon B600..+..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 349 i
7.
 
Nikon A1000..+ +..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 429 i
8.
 
Nikon P1000..+73/1003.5/53.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i
9.
 
Nikon B700..+..4/54/5 Feb 2016 499 i
10.
 
Nikon B500..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2016 299 i
11.
 
Nikon L840..+ +..3.5/54/5 Feb 2015 299 i
12.
 
Panasonic FZ100..+..4.5/54.5/5 Jul 2010 499 i
13.
 
Ricoh GR II......4.5/54.5/5 Jun 2015 699 i
14.
 
Sony HX400V4/5+ +..4/54/5 Feb 2014 499 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Nikon P900 vs Nikon P950

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Nikon P900 Nikon P950
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-2000mm f/2.8-6.5 24-2000mm f/2.8-6.5
    Launch Date March 2015 January 2020
    Launch Price USD 599 USD 799
    Sensor Specs Nikon P900 Nikon P950
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Screen Specs Nikon P900 Nikon P950
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 90%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Viewfinder Resolution 921k dots 2359k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.2inch
    LCD Resolution 921k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Swivel screen
    Shooting Specs Nikon P900 Nikon P950
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 7 shutter flaps/s 7 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Nikon P900 Nikon P950
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port no MIC socket External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Geotagging GPS built-in no internal GPS
    Body Specs Nikon P900 Nikon P950
    Battery Type EN-EL23 EN-EL20a
    Battery Life (CIPA)360 shots per charge290 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 140 x 103 x 137 mm
    (5.5 x 4.1 x 5.4 in)
    140 x 110 x 150 mm
    (5.5 x 4.3 x 5.9 in)
    Camera Weight 899 g (31.7 oz) 1005 g (35.5 oz)

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