In 1999, an article was published in a popular photography magazine that suggested the Nikon Coolpix 950 was one of the first digital cameras to produce images that could rival 35mm film!
I can’t remember the name of the photography magazine, but this was a bold statement in the day when digital was trying to take over from 35mm film.
It’s also interesting how the digital vs. film debate has waged since classic cameras like the Nikon Coolpix 950 were first released. Pitching digital against film clearly began as a marketing ploy to get people to buy digital cameras instead of film.
Today, people compare digital and film for many reasons. Perhaps for nostalgia. But also for the love of analog film. There are many reasons for using 35mm and instant film.
During the advent of digital cameras, I upgraded my equipment annually. And the Nikon Coolpix 950 with 1600 x 1200 image resolution, 3x optical zoom, and 2 cm minimum focus distance, was the camera to have in 1999. It cost me £649 from Jessops!
This classic digital camera from the past doesn’t produce images that are close to those captured by 35mm film. But, it is a well-built camera with metal construction and really nice to use. I used this camera a lot for about a year until I upgraded to the Canon PowerShot G1.
The camera’s image resolution is OK for producing 5×7 prints and screen viewing, but nothing more. Like the Canon PowerShot G1, I wish I still owned the Nikon Coolpix 950 (purely for nostalgia). It’s unlikely I would use it again, but its classic design and picture quality (for the day) made it a great camera to use back in the day.
Look below at the Nikon Coolpix 950 sample images I processed recently! I haven’t viewed them for nearly twenty years. The green hues are a little yellow, and the overall colour saturation a little flat. But these shortcomings are easily corrected in Photoshop.
Nikon Coolpix 950: Sample Images
Check out these Nikon Coolpix 950 sample images taken in various locations in East Sussex, the West Midlands, and Staffordshire. A classic digital camera from years past.
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