Nikon has announced the launch of the COOLPIX P950, its latest bridge camera and the dream of every flat earth conspiracy theorist thanks to the 83x optical zoom — and 166x digital zoom — that is somehow wedged into this compact body.
The fixed lens has a range that’s the equivalent of 24-2,000mm on a 35mm camera, offering excellent reach for those keen on distant objects such as birds in flight or cities located on the other side of large lakes. Those seeking to deny the curvature of the earth using woefully naive techniques will be delighted to learn that there’s the bonus of 166x digital zoom, giving the equivalent reach of 4,000mm in 35mm terms.
There are not too many huge upgrades to shout about over its predecessor — the 16-megapixel, 1/2.3 “ sensor remains the same but the EVF has been beefed up to 2.4 million dots and you can now shoot 4K video at 30 fps. Other notable features include a 7 fps burst speed, WiFi, and a macro mode that will allow you to focus on subjects that are just 0.4 “ (1cm) from the lens.