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Nikon P950 vs W300

The Nikon Coolpix P950 and the Nikon Coolpix W300 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in January 2020 and May 2017. Both the P950 and the W300 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 P950
versus
Nikon W300
Nikon P950 Nikon W300
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-2000mm f/2.8-6.5 24-120mm f/2.8-4.9
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800) ISO 125-1,600 (125 - 6,400)
Electronic viewfinder (2359k dots) No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.2 LCD, 921k dots 3.0 LCD, 921k dots
Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
7 shutter flaps per second 7 shutter flaps per second
not weather sealedWaterproof body (30m)
290 shots per battery charge280 shots per battery charge
140 x 110 x 150 mm, 1005 g 112 x 66 x 29 mm, 231 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Nikon Coolpix P950 and the Nikon Coolpix W300? 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

The physical size and weight of the Nikon P950 and the Nikon W300 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The W300 can be obtained in three different colors (black, orange, yellow), while the P950 is only available in black.

Size Nikon P950 vs Nikon W300
Compare P950 versus W300 top
Comparison P950 or W300 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon W300 is considerably smaller (52 percent) than the Nikon P950. Moreover, the W300 is substantially lighter (77 percent) than the P950. It is noteworthy in this context that the W300 is splash and dust-proof, while the P950 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing. More than that, the W300 is water-proof up to 30m and can, thus, be used for underwater photography.

Concerning battery life, the P950 gets 290 shots out of its EN-EL20a battery, while the W300 can take 280 images on a single charge of its EN-EL12 power pack. The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. 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 P950 140 mm 110 mm 150 mm 1005 g 290 n Jan 2020 799 i
2.
 
Nikon W300 112 mm 66 mm 29 mm 231 g 280 Y May 2017 389 i
3.
 
Leica V-LUX 2 124 mm 80 mm 95 mm 520 g 410 n Sep 2010 849 i
4.
 
Nikon B600 122 mm 82 mm 99 mm 500 g 280 n Jan 2019 349 i
5.
 
Nikon A1000 114 mm 72 mm 41 mm 330 g 250 n Jan 2019 429 i
6.
 
Nikon P1000 146 mm 119 mm 181 mm 1415 g 250 n Jul 2018 999 i
7.
 
Nikon B500 114 mm 78 mm 95 mm 541 g 600 n Jan 2016 299 i
8.
 
Nikon P900 140 mm 103 mm 137 mm 899 g 360 n Mar 2015 599 i
9.
 
Nikon L840 113 mm 78 mm 96 mm 538 g 590 n Feb 2015 299 i
10.
 
Olympus TG-5 113 mm 66 mm 32 mm 250 g 340 Y May 2017 449 i
11.
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II 136 mm 97 mm 131 mm 810 g 350 n Feb 2019 899 i
12.
 
Panasonic TS7 117 mm 76 mm 37 mm 319 g 300 Y May 2018 449 i
13.
 
Ricoh WG-60 123 mm 62 mm 30 mm 193 g 300 Y Oct 2018 279 i
14.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 i
15.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 i
16.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 i
17.
 
Sony HX80 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349 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 obviously take relative prices into account. 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 W300 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 51 percent) than the P950, which puts it into a different market segment. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant 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. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and 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 P950 and Nikon W300 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 P950 and the W300 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 2 years and 7 months) than the W300, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the P950 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Nikon Coolpix P950 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, which can be extended to ISO 100-12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Nikon Coolpix W300 are ISO 125 to ISO 1600, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 125-6400.

P950 versus W300 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. 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 following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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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 P950 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
2.
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
3.
 
Leica V-LUX 2 1/2.3 14.0 4320 32401080/60i...... ..
4.
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..
5.
 
Nikon A1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
6.
 
Nikon P1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
7.
 
Nikon B500 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i...... ..
8.
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p...... ..
9.
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i...... ..
10.
 
Olympus TG-5 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30004K/30p...... ..
11.
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p...... ..
12.
 
Panasonic TS7 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
13.
 
Ricoh WG-60 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p...... ..
14.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p...... ..
15.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p...... ..
16.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p...... ..
17.
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p...... ..

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/30p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the P950 has an electronic viewfinder (2359k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the W300 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Nikon P950 and Nikon W300 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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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 P9502359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
2.
 
Nikon W300none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
3.
 
Leica V-LUX 2202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 11.0 Y Y
4.
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
5.
 
Nikon A10001166 n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
6.
 
Nikon P10002359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
7.
 
Nikon B500none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
8.
 
Nikon P900921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
9.
 
Nikon L840none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
10.
 
Olympus TG-5none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 20.0 Y Y
11.
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II2360 n 3.0 1240 swivel Y 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
12.
 
Panasonic TS71170 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/1300s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Ricoh WG-60none n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
14.
 
Sony HX99638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
15.
 
Sony HX95638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
17.
 
Sony HX80638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
The P950 has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the W300 does not have a selfie-screen.

The Nikon P950 has 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 P950 and the W300 have zoom lenses built in. The P950 has a 24-2000mm f/2.8-6.5 optic and the W300 offers a 24-120mm f/2.8-4.9 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the P950 and W300 provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the W300 has less tele-photo reach at the long end. Both cameras offer the same maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the P950 and the W300 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 P950 and Nikon Coolpix W300 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 P950YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Nikon W300-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Leica V-LUX 2Ystereomono--mini2.0---
4.
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Nikon A1000-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Nikon P1000YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Nikon B500-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
8.
 
Nikon P900-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Nikon L840-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Olympus TG-5-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
11.
 
Panasonic FZ1000 IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
12.
 
Panasonic TS7-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
13.
 
Ricoh WG-60-monomono--micro2.0---
14.
 
Sony HX99-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
15.
 
Sony HX95-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
16.
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
17.
 
Sony HX80-stereomono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the P950 has a hotshoe, while the W300 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

Travel and landscape photographers will find it useful that the W300 has an internal geolocalization sensor and can record GPS coordinates in its EXIF data.

Both the P950 and the W300 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The W300 replaced the earlier Nikon AW130, while the P950 followed on from the Nikon P900. 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 what is the bottom line? Which of the two cameras – the Nikon P950 or the Nikon W300 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Advantages of the Nikon Coolpix P950:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.2" vs 3.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 7 months of technical progress since the W300 launch.


Arguments in favor of the Nikon Coolpix W300:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • More compact: Is smaller (112x66mm vs 140x110mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 774g or 77 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Better sealing: Is splash and dust sealed for shooting in inclement weather conditions.
  • Water-proof: Is rugged and sealed and can thus be used for underwater photography (up to 30m).
  • Easier geotagging: Features an internal GPS sensor to log localization data.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (51 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in May 2017).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the P950 emerges as the winner of the contest (10 : 8 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding 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.

P950 10:08 W300

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Nikon P950 and the Nikon W300 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera and Best Travel-Zoom Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the P950 or the W300. 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 where reviews by experts come in. 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 P950......4/54/5 Jan 2020 799 i
2.
 
Nikon W300..+..4/54/5 May 2017 389 i
3.
 
Leica V-LUX 2.......... Sep 2010 849 i
4.
 
Nikon B600..+..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 349 i
5.
 
Nikon A1000..+ +..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 429 i
6.
 
Nikon P1000..+73/1003.5/53.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i
7.
 
Nikon B500..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2016 299 i
8.
 
Nikon P900....77/1004/54/5 Mar 2015 599 i
9.
 
Nikon L840..+ +..3.5/54/5 Feb 2015 299 i
10.
 
Olympus TG-5..+ +..4/54/5 May 2017 449 i
11.
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II....83/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2019 899 i
12.
 
Panasonic TS7..+....3.5/5 May 2018 449 i
13.
 
Ricoh WG-60.......... Oct 2018 279 i
14.
 
Sony HX99......4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i
15.
 
Sony HX95.......... Aug 2018 429 i
16.
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 i
17.
 
Sony HX80.......... Mar 2016 349 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Nikon P950 vs Nikon W300

    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 P950 Nikon W300
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-2000mm f/2.8-6.5 24-120mm f/2.8-4.9
    Launch Date January 2020 May 2017
    Launch Price USD 799 USD 389
    Sensor Specs Nikon P950 Nikon W300
    Sensor Technology CMOS BSI-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 Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 6,400 ISO 125 - 1,600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 12,800 ISO 125 - 6,400 ISO
    Screen Specs Nikon P950 Nikon W300
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 90%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Viewfinder Resolution 2359k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.2inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 921k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Nikon P950 Nikon W300
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peakingno Peaking Feature
    Continuous Shooting 7 shutter flaps/s 7 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-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 P950 Nikon W300
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Geotagging no internal GPS GPS built-in
    Body Specs Nikon P950 Nikon W300
    Environmental Sealingnot weather sealedWaterproof body (30m)
    Battery Type EN-EL20a EN-EL12
    Battery Life (CIPA)290 shots per charge280 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 140 x 110 x 150 mm
    (5.5 x 4.3 x 5.9 in)
    112 x 66 x 29 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.1 in)
    Camera Weight 1005 g (35.5 oz) 231 g (8.1 oz)

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