Nikon CoolPix950 Instructions for
Recommended Camera Settings
• Turn the camera on to the manual recording mode (M-REC)
• Set image quality to Fine. This is accomplished by holding down the "QUAL" button
located below the color LCD screen and rotating the dial located in front of and below the
shutter release button until "FINE" appears in the lower right hand corner of the color LCD
• Disable the flash. To toggle between the different flash modes, including OFF, press the
flash mode button located to the right of the small digital LCD screen near the shutter
release button. The flash mode is indicated on both LCD screens (on the right hand side
of the small digital LCD screen and in the upper right hand corner of the larger color LCD
• We recommend zooming in until the circular OneShot360 image exactly fills the digital
camera LCD viewer screen. If you zoom in too much, you will lose part of the field of view.
If you zoom in too little, you will not get maximum resolution. Note also that the
OneShot360 image may not be exactly centered in the LCD screen – this is normal. The
zoom control is located on the same side of the camera as the color LCD screen in the
upper right hand corner. You must re-calibrate the zoom level after powering the camera
• For indoor shots, put the camera in aperture priority mode. This is done by holding down
the "MODE" button located below the color LCD screen and rotating the dial in front of and
slightly below the shutter release button. You are in aperture priority mode when the letter
"A" appears in the lower left hand corner of both LCD screens. Next set the camera to the
middle of 3 aperture settings (approximately F4.7 at the correct zoom level for
OneShot360 images). You can see the aperture value in the lower middle portion of the
color LCD screen and also in the smaller digital LCD screen. For outdoor shots, automatic
exposure is fine. This mode is indicated by the letter "P" in the lower left hand corner of
both LCD screens.
• The Nikon CoolPix 950 is equipped with a timer. This allows the photographer to exit the
area before the shot is taken. This button is located on the same side of the camera as
the smaller digital LCD screen, on the lower right hand side. Press the button 3 times until
the timer symbol appears in the upper left hand corner of the color LCD screen. The timer
must be manually re-enabled for each shot that you want to use it.
• Now make sure the camera is set to a focal distance of 1.5 meters. The button for placing
the camera in manual focus mode is the same as that for setting the timer, so if you want
to use both the timer and a manual focus setting, you must enable the timer first.
Otherwise the camera will be set back to auto focus mode when you enable the timer. To
input a manual focus distance, press and hold down the manual focus mode button as
you rotate the dial located just in front of and below the shutter release button. Rotate that
dial until 1.5 appears on either LCD screen.