Nikon Coolpix 950 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
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- 2.1 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints
- 3x optical plus 4x digital zoom lens with autofocus
- Included 8 MB CompactFlash card holds 17 images at default resolution
- Connects to Macs and PCs via serial port
- 4 AA batteries included; an enthusiast's camera that allows manual control of virtually every function
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.5 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||130,000|
|Display Size||2 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||320|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I only)|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Nikon Speedlight sync terminal|
|Focus Description||4746 steps, continuous AF available|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|Hardware Connectivity||Serial interface|
|ISO Range||80, 100, 160, 320|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||3.01 x 1.44 x 5.63 inches|
|Item Weight||1.06 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||2 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.6 - F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||115 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/750 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||1,600|
|Minimum Focal Length||38 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||8 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Removable Memory||CompactFlash Type II|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
2.11 megapixel 1/2 " CCD - print sizes up to 11"x14". 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, 4,746 step autofocus control. High speed shooting to 2 frames per sec. 256-element Matrix Metering system. Aperture/Shutter priority exposure modes. Save images in TIFF or 1 of 3 JPEG. High resol, 2" LCD display. 2x telephoto lens plus fisheye & wide-angle lenses. 8MB removable CompactFlash memeroy card-stores up to 128 pics. 1/2" hi-density CCD. Choice of 3 pixels
Nikon's impressive Coolpix 950 gives you both professional-level quality and the ease of fully automatic operation. At 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, this digital camera gives you top-of-the-line image resolution. A wide range of advanced options include high-speed continuous shooting of up to two frames per second and aperture- and shutter-priority exposure modes for creative control. You can even save images in uncompressed TIFF for the ultimate in color and picture quality. Includes an 8 MB removable CompactFlash memory card that stores up to 128 pictures. A high-resolution 2-inch LCD display gives you real-time image viewing.
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To print photos, we bought the Olympus printer that Amazon "recommends" and found it to be small and flimsy. We returned it (as always a good Amazon return experience!) and bought the HP PhotoSmart P1100 with duplexer. The best thing about this printer is that you can just pop the Compact Flash card out of the camera and pop it into the printer, and HP's software is FAR superior to the Nikon junk that comes with the CoolPix.
A few annoying features: (1) the delay between when you press the shutter button and when the camera finally takes the photo. Hard to get used to when trying to photograph your two-year-old offering his stuffed Pooh a drink from his sippy cup (2) the flash is too close to the lens and everything with eyeballs turns red!
We use this camera a lot, especially outdoors. The macro mode is fun too.
The camera is also slow (I think this is true with most digital cameras.) You click the shutter and about 1 or 2 secs later it takes the picture. This may not sound like a big deal, but last night I was trying to take pictures of my infant son, and in that amount of time he often moved his face away from the camera.
A significant short coming is the built in flash. Its nowhere near powerful enough, even for a simple head and shoulders shot when the subject is 4 feet away. Images often come out too dark. This wouldn't be so bad if there were accomodations for an external flash, but there doesn't seem to be one. Also, the camera tends to create "red eye" a lot, which you can correct if you have PhotoShop, but that's more work than I want to do.
The camera does eat up a lot of power, I agree with the others who suggest getting rechargeable batteries. You can get a set of NiMH batteries and a charger for about $20 bucks (it takes 4 AA batteries.) I'd suggest getting at least 8 AA batteries.
I do suggest getting extra memory (I have 32 megs) and one of those USB memory card readers, its a lot faster than a serial port.
I think you also need to experiment with things like shutter speed to get the maximum picture out of the camera. I have had very mixed results with closeups but blame myself for not having gotten the hang of this yet.
Overall it is a really nice unit, solidly built. You'll need a bigger memory card, probably a USB card reader and NIMH batterys (don't let them sell you NICADS - get the 1500mah NIMH along with a 1 hour rapid charger).
You won't be sorry with the camera!