Summary: Excellent high end consumer digital camera especialy suited for individuals needing flexibility in various exposure modes such as aperture or shutter priority,or relatively compact size (for travel or transport) with good optical zoom range (macro focus to 0.8 inches and 3x optical zoom with built-in telephoto)! 2 megapixel resolution and sharp optics provides excellent digital photoquality prints to 8x10" depending on printer and paper quality.
Pros: Excellent macro capability built in, good optical telephoto range, good flexibility in manual mode
Cons: Poor LCD brightness, flimsy compact flash door, poor location for compact flash door
GOOD: Image quality. BAD: No USB, distortion at wide angle.
5 April 2001
Summary: I own the 950 since the first days when it was launched. Since it is a product with many reviews, I will perhaps focus on a few positive and negative aspects I have found over this time. For positive, well, overall image quality is very good, colors are very balanced and not artificially saturated for that extra good look.
Summary: Had this a little over a year, great camera--have the feeling I'm still only scratching the surface of what this thing is capable of. The Pros: 1. Oustanding image quality, great colours, etc. Typically Nikon does err a little on the side of preserving detail, so you might find a little contrast/brightness adjustment in Photoshop to your taste. 2. Enough manual control if you want. Enough point and shoot in the Auto mode if you don't. 3.
Great Choice-Great Camera-Great Pictures-Great FUN!
Mama Llama, Amazon
15 November 2000
Summary: I have had my Coolpix 950 for almost a yest now. I bought it here, on amazon.com, and I'm still amazed. There are so many things you can do with it! I bought a 32 mg memory card and some rechargable batteries, too. (Well worth it!) The 32 mg is enough for me. I take my pictures at the second highest level becuase I noticed no difference. I almost waited for the 3 megapixal camera...but there is no need to get one unless you like to print pictures that are poster size.
Summary: Amazon's review still touts this as a "top of the line" camera when Nikon released the third generation CoolPix 990 months ago. The 990 fixes all the complaints people had with the 900 and the 950 (shown here). It also ups the resolution to 2K x1500 (3.34 Megapixels). It's a fantastic camera. That much said the 990 is more expensive, and if you don't need the extra resolution the 950 remains a great choice at a lower price.
Summary: The results are excellent, but getting there is difficult. It is not at all user friendly. Even the directions are difficult to access. As a research chemist who has often had to learn how to operate sophisticated scientific equipment, I found it challenging to learn. Plan to invest in rechargeable batteries and another software printing program for the best results.
Summary: There's no need to repeat all the wonderful things about this camera. It's great! However, I would like to make the following recommendations. 1) Get a couple sets of rechargeable NiMH batteries rated at 1500mah. The alkalines I first used were good for about an hour. With the NiMH batteries, I'm still shooting with the same batteries after more than 120 pictures, with no sign of drainage.
Summary: I bought a Nikon Coolpix (my first digital camera) about a six months ago and am very satisfied with it. Previously, I had owned a Nikon 35 MM "point-and-shoot" camera, but was interested in the advantages a digital camera would provide; immediate gratification through seeing your pictures NOW, the ability to send JPG images to freinds and relatives, the ability to delete pictures "on-the-fly", etc. What I got was a mixed bag of results - mostly positive.
Summary: Background: I have had a 35mm SLR camera for years and was a weekend photographer. I knew that to quicker exposure times on bright days, that I needed to turn the f-stop to a higher number, for example. I took time exposures by mounting the camera on a tripod with a remote shutter release...I knew some times, but was hardly a professional! Basic stuff. I spent about 4 weeks reading every review I could find on 2 megapixel digital cameras. It came down to several options.
Summary: I have owned this camera for over 9 months now and I really like it. The image quality is stunning and I didn't find it all that hard to figure out how to use it. The controls are generally well thought out and positioned ergonomically. 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.