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Nikon Coolpix 995 3.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

by Nikon

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  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • 4x optical plus 4x digital (16x total) autofocus zoom lens
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash memory holds 19 images at default resolution
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses dedicated lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack (included)
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Technical Details

  • Add-on Lens
  • DPOF
  • Macro
  • Mini-Movie
  • Rotatable Lens

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Product Details

Product Manual [7.46mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 5.5 x 3.2 inches ; 13.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00005MA9X
  • Item model number: 25047
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,518 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at November 15, 2001

Product Description

The Nikon Coolpix 995 builds on the versatile swivel design of the Coolpix 990 and 950, with features such as a new multimode pop-up flash that helps reduce red-eye considerably, and a handful of inventive creative controls, including white-balance bracketing, four-color saturation modes, and a 50-step manual focus mode. Its 3.34-megapixel CCD sensor captures high-resolution images (maximum of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels) for quality enlargements, and the 4x optical zoom Nikkor lens provides the 35mm photography equivalent of a 38-152mm zoom. This is currently the highest zoom range in the Coolpix line (as of July 2001). The Coolpix 995 also has a 4x stepless digital zoom, 256-element matrix metering, an advanced autofocus system, QuickTime movie mode for movies up to 40 seconds long, multiple automatic exposure modes, and a 1.8-inch LCD monitor with 6x zooming playback.

One of the best reasons to choose the Coolpix 995 is for the quality Nikkor optics and the ability to add any (optional) Coolpix converter lenses and accessories. There is even a multiflash sync terminal for attaching up to five external Nikon Speedlights. The camera's 4x optical zoom lens incorporates two aspherical elements (10 elements in 8 groups overall) for optimal performance in a compact design, plus it features super-integrated coating (SIC) for incredible sharpness. In macro mode, you can focus as close as 0.8 inches from your subject. Other interesting features include the ability to shoot subjects in motion with a high-speed full-resolution image capture at three frames per second, an improved shutter speed of 1/2,300 per second, and a fast maximum ISO setting of 800. There is also a noise reduction mode on the 995 to minimize digital artifacts and help capture excellent images at long exposures.

To sweeten the deal, the Coolpix 995 comes with rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger, Lexar 16MB CompactFlash memory card, USB cable for high-speed connectivity, multiple software products (even a program that allows users to edit their QuickTime movies), lens cap, and neck strap. It is covered by a one-year warranty.

Product Description

Please read description of what this item is before you purchase. What you get: (1) Nikon Coolpix 995 Camera (1) Camera Neckstrap (1) Lens Cap (1) New Battery (1) Battery Charger (not pictured) (1) Instruction Manual (1) Camera Bag (as pictured) ***Also, CF card compartment flap door does not stay shut on its own, may have to use a small amount of electrical tape to keep shut There are no cables of any sort including the USB cable with this item or a CF card, you must purchase those items separately from another vendor.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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I received this camera as a gift 2 years ago. I sell gemstones and jewelry and it was very important that I could get a camera that took good closeup pictures. This camera… Read more ›
I am thoroughly pleased with it. I have made hundreds of pictures and have had great results. It does have a complicated menu but that is due to it's extensive feature set. Read more ›
This camera simply takes great pictures, indoors and out, and great low-light pictures as well. If you know nothing about cameras, just put the Auto Mode... You'll be… Read more ›
Well worth the cost. Great camera, great quality photos! Read more ›
On the positive side... and there is a very large positive side... this camera allows a novice like me to use it's sophisticated automatic features to produce excellent… Read more ›
I don't care for…The image clarity was better than I expected and we actually used some of the stills to cobble together a quick shot that the principal crew didn't get. Read more ›
The macro mode is great. The ring flash that comes with it allows very accurate colour reproduction. Read more ›
The 995 has a steep learning curve if you want…But its auto mode is intuitive enough that you can take the camera out of the box and start taking quality shots immediately. Read more ›
These halos completely disappear when you convert the image to B&W in Photoshop. UPSIDE: (1)The great manual functions. You can over-ride everything and tweek the things… Read more ›
Write speed to the…Use it in full auto mode, or switch to Manual mode where you have access to Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or full Manual control. I… Read more ›
Outstanding features. A must have for digital photography enthusiasts. Read more ›
Goes a reasonable distance on both sides of 50mm, at…Aperature-priority, shutter-priority, programmable auto and full manual settings let you take control of what you want. Read more ›
I'm on my 2nd Coolpix 995. This camera is easy to use - takes great portraits and stunning closeup photos. Read more ›
This is probably one of the best I can get for the money. The camera is very easy to use, without looking through the manual I was able to take some good pictures. The… Read more ›
OK, if you can afford it, this _is_ the camera to buy. It's easy to use, it's fun, it's intuitive, it takes great pictures. Save up, buy this one. Read more ›
This camera is easy to use for a novice (had my boyfriend using this to photograph his Edward Gorey art collection) and multi-functioned for the advanced photographer - it… Read more ›
The healthy 35-152mm zoom lens is just great along with the many many…My wife has the Olympus 3030 which I find takes even more remarkable photos and is far easier to use. Read more ›
Unfortunately,…The manual controls are still tricky and annoying to use (compared to the Canon G2's at least, which are laid out in a very easy to use and understand way). Read more ›
Finally - the hotshoe issue. The Nikon speed flash is marvelous piece of kit and when I used to work with one it's TTL system NEVER let me down (much!). However at over 300… Read more ›
I played with using and not using the flash for indoor, outdoor, and night shots. Night shots without flash were spectacular. Most indoor shots were also possible without… Read more ›
I read, and read, and read until I tried to have…I am so dissapointed after taking about 24 shots the 16MB Compact Flash has been fully occupied - Out OF Memory Message. Read more ›
This camera has the settings and flexibility of a high-end 35mm camera with several programmed modes…Flash photography with the built in small flash unit is exceptional. Read more ›
This is one great camera, you can read the…If you buy it (Amazon's price is very attractive) get a spare battery and a 128mb (or larger) Compact Flash card and you are set. Read more ›
My only complaint has to do with accessories, or lack of them (like a case) and cost of additional supplies. And you will need another battery and bigger compact flash card. T… Read more ›
I take mostly macro photos: this camera was designed for macros. Fantastic lens! The camera is still sought after by universities and research facilities because it has a… Read more ›
The results using my Nikon 995…You a get a great Nikor lens, with a very convenient Makro and so many manual options that makes it impossible to need another camera. Pl… Read more ›
With any flash on any camera, it is necessary to pay attention to the recommended distance for use. I also get a lot of fun out of the swivel function of the lens. It is… Read more ›
The Coolpix 995 has an excellent quality lens. Very realistic colors, with no-extra vivid touch, as I am used from Sony and Fujifilm. Read more ›
Han…With wide converter the barrel is quite well corrected, comparative with the wonderful Canon lens 2.8/24mm, and far better than Fujifilm 4700 without any wide converter. Read more ›
I bought the Coolpix 995 to shoot action…Part of my decision was based on the extras that I was able to add to the camera, like different lenses and external flashes. I… Read more ›
While I have been…I spent several weeks researching every camera out there... The 4x zoom on the Nikon is not as good as the 10x ... but the digital zoom is quite amazing. Read more ›
Gone are the…The zoom is improved over the Coolpix 990, and its possible to zoom after you take the picture, so you can crop the image in the camera after it is obtained. Read more ›
In a nutshell, the 995 is a great camera that will blow you away with…The healthy 35-152mm zoom lens is just great along with the many many features it has in it's menus. Read more ›
* User friendly controls - right where you would expect them to be. * Smooth zoom Cons: Read more ›
This camera rocks. The 995 has an awesome 4X optical zoom (38 to 152mm eq.)and super macro capabilities, down to less than an inch. The colors and clarity are better and… Read more ›
Sometimes I need to use the manual white balance settings to get great pics, but then hey - isn't that why…Overall, color accuracy is fantastic, sharpness is very good. S… Read more ›
I am a computer neandrethal and this puppy was up and running in a few minutes…Color is fantastic, but it helps to orchestrate your lighting for professional results. I… Read more ›
In conditions not requiring a flash, the fisheye and wide adapters worked very well, introducing little distortion or reduction of resolution and color saturation was very… Read more ›
For regular, goof-proof shooting, the camera is excellent. The pictures are very clear with acurate colors and the main controls are quite simple. One annoyance, which is… Read more ›
and it got a little smaller in size. now, nikon's pictures gives you incredible details and color. despite its slow lense, it captures enough light, not too satulated… Read more ›
The freedom to click on whatever I like to…I just have a 32MB card, but in the decent resolution that I use, I can take around 140 pictures or so before I have to reformat. Read more ›
While I do not expect to use full resolution often (most of my pictures will be for computer viewing where 1024x756 resolution is more than adaquate) it will be nice to… Read more ›
cheapest(paid $[money] for 256MB), most durable 7. I love higher resolution modes (though I never need more than 2 megapixels) - instead of xeroxing the book in the library -… Read more ›
The optics are Nikon-great, the optical zoom is an adequately powerful 4x, the resolution is good enough to make perfect 10" x 14" enlargements, and the rechargeable… Read more ›
Purchase a 128 MB memory card to go with it and…The battery lasts a good while, but an extra battery is good insurance for those times you will be using the camera all day. Read more ›
This is no digital video camera. The new rechargeable battery is wonderful. I thought this would be bad, but with only one extra battery, I was able to shoot around 200… Read more ›
Negative? Well, the battery does not last long. Keep an extra battery on the charger while you are using your camera. Read more ›
All in all, I'm pretty happy. The quality of my photos is excellent, the battery life is good and... it's cool to own a Nikon! Read more ›
I'm very pleased with the camera, and I believe it was offered at a great price... This is the third Nikon I've owned, but this is my first digital camera. Previous to it,… Read more ›
We measure resolution in various ways to get a handle on…The 995 fared well in our tests, equaling the best comparably priced Olympus in all but the widest angle setting. Read more ›
(Amazon has a Viking 128mb card at [a good price] And the shutter timer only works in macro focus mode and deselects itself after you use it, which can get annoying if you… Read more ›
Nikon, the company, is not very helpful and…The view finder makes it difficult to make closeup pictures in bright light and the automatic focus works great on large items. Read more ›
This is waht I do not like: 1. autofocus works well only in good light, if light is low or if there is large contrast autofocus very often goes wrong, Read more ›
Poor pictures with the…With SB-80DX becomes a very powerful tool, quick in focusing, precise in exposure metering, with no room for failure - a real professional camera. Read more ›
It just so flexible and let me shoot from any angle I want, control is hard to learned and seems complicated at first but after…Macro mode delivers the nice crip details. Read more ›
and it got a little smaller in size. now, nikon's pictures gives you incredible details and color. despite its slow lense, it captures enough light, not too satulated… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

176 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Brian Baute on January 4, 2002
1. 4x optical zoom. Most digicams in this price range only have 3x, and most lower-priced cameras only have a 2x or no zoom at all.
2. Pop-up flash. Many owners of the Coolpix 990 and 950 have significant red-eye trouble. Popping up the flash on the 995 gets it far enough away from the lens to eliminate most red-eye troubles.
3. High resolution. 3.3 megapixels in a quality camera like this is more than enough for most serious amateurs. The only time this will become a limitation is if you want to make obscenely large prints (probably 16" x 20" or larger, and even then I don't think it would be a significant degradation) or if you want to crop significantly and make an 8" x 10" or something in that range. I have been very pleased with my results, even in...
4. Auto mode. The 995 has a steep learning curve if you want to really take advantage of its full feature set. But its auto mode is intuitive enough that you can take the camera out of the box and start taking quality shots immediately. The auto mode is no more complicated than any point-and-shoot camera. Excellent feature.
1. 16 mb CompactFlash card. This one is really a joke. Nikon should have included at least a 32mb card and probably a 128. I strongly suggest purchasing a larger CF card immediately. Most CF cards have fallen to the 50 cents per meg range now (January 2002), so you should be able to get a good name-brand 128mb CF card for $60 or so. Do it. Now.
2. Digital zoom. Worthless. The pixellization is horrendous, and unless you have a huge amount of light the lens speed is such that you really need a tripod to avoid camera shake.
3. Lens speed. With no zoom the aperture is f/2.6. The further you zoom, the worse it gets.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Paul Little on January 6, 2002
Oh the Debates in our household. - She wanted something cheap and cheerful - me having done photography for a living, wanted something I could control, a camera that wouldn't fight back. This was the the perfect solution. (Except that she wasn't so cheerful that it wasn't so cheap!)
A - Auto setting- a simple point and shoot
M - Manual in the loosest sense of the word gives access to the miriad functions and adjustments available.
I suspect that many of the problems other users have reported have come from not reading the instructions sufficiently, I still find myself refering back to it every so often to make sure there's something I've not missed. That said the manual control options are very straightforward if you already know ones f-stop from ones elbow...
Complaints that the 995 produces softer pics than the 990 arise I suspect, from the fact that the 990 automatically applies more sharpening in-camera. Enter the 995's menu and change its auto sharpening setting to max and the result is an image so sharp yer eyeballs bleed. personally I prefer to back off from crystal tip clarity and apply sharpening later with Photoshop if neccessary. At least the 995 allows control.
The same is also true with colour saturation. here I habitually adjust the 995 saturation to +1 which really brightens up our cooler British colours but there's also the option to go the other way- right back to black and white images.
Yes- Total manual control of aperture and shutter speed is impractically fiddly, however there is a very practical and effective workaround.
In P - program mode, adjusting the thumb dial cycles through the various combinations of Apperture/shutterspeed whilst maintaining correct exposure with its insurpassable matrix metering system.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jonason Keeton on September 3, 2001
I will start off by saying I've had a CoolPix 800 for 1.5 years and was very satisfied with it. However, as I progressed with learning photography, the camera did not allow me to do all I was wanting to do. The 2x zoom got old having to deal with the teleconverter which did not allow a wide shot to be taken while on without a periscope effect. The lack of settings control wore thin as I experimented with more advanced picture scenes. I decided to upgrade to the 995 with the 4x zoom being a big factor in my decision along with allowing more control. I now had 4x zoom without my cumbersome teleconverter and could trick it to use my wide angle WITH the flash. Note: That is with the old WC-E24 lens, not the WC-E63. You'll still get a 'shadow' by trying to use the flash with the WC-E63 lens. Here is what I've gained from my use thus far:
This camera is suited for those who want more control. Auto mode works pretty well for anyone just like my 800, but if you aren't going to take advantage of the Manual mode, you may be paying for too much camera. That being said, I had gotten used to my CP-800 doing most of the work. I was completely mortified in the beginning that my 'better' 995 was producing much softer, almost out-of-focus pictures. As others have mentioned, READ READ READ the manual. I'm still in the learning process of this camera since I do not take pictures every day. However, I have absorbed more knowledge of how to use this camera. My pictures have now exceeded what I could do with the CP-800 after tweaking image sharpening, overriding shutter/aperture/etc settings, and turning continuous AF off. The latter reduces lag in taking pictures and stops most of that clicking noise the lens part makes (normal for this camera).
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