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Home page Camera index | Nikon | Nikon D50 dSLR
Specification: Max resolution - 3008 x 2000
Low resolution - 2256 x 1496, 1504 x 1000
Image ratio w:h - 3:2
Effective pixels - 6.0 million
Sensor photo detectors - 6.3 million
Sensor size - 23.7 x 15.5 mm (Nikon DX)
Sensor type - CCD
ISO rating - Auto, 200 - 1600
Auto Focus - Yes
Manual Focus - Yes
Auto focus type - Nikon Multi-CAM900
White balance override - 6 positions, plus manual preset
Min shutter - 30 sec + Bulb
Max shutter - 1/4000 sec
Built-in Flash - Yes, pop-up
Flash guide no. - 11 m (36 ft) m
External flash - Yes, hot-shoe
Flash modes - Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
Exposure compensation - -5 to +5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Metering - 3D Matrix metering II, Center weighted, Spot
Aperture priority - Yes
Shutter priority - Yes
Focal length multiplier - 1.5
Lens thread - Nikkor AF / F-mount, D-Type
Continuous Drive - Yes, 2.5 fps, up to 12 JPEG images
Remote control - Optional (ML-L3)
Self-timer - 2 to 20 sec
Orientation sensor - Yes
Storage types - SD card
Uncompressed format - RAW
Compressed format - JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Quality Levels - Fine, Normal, Basic
Viewfinder - TTL
LCD - 2.0 "
LCD Pixels - 130,000
Video out - Yes
USB - Yes, 2.0
Firewire (IEEE 1394) - No
Battery / Charger - Yes
Battery - Nikon EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion & charger included
Weight (inc. batteries) - 620 g (21.9 oz)
Dimensions - 133 x 102 x 76 mm (5.2 x 4 x 3 in)
Images: Nikon D50 dSLR camera
Nikon D50 dSLR camera
Nikon D50 dSLR camera
Reviews: DCResource has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"Overall the D50's photo quality was very good. Color was accurate, noise levels were low, and purple fringing was not a problem. While sharper than on most D-SLRs, some may find the photos to be a bit on the soft side. If that bothers you, you can turn up the in-camera sharpening or just fix it later in Photoshop. The one issue I did find with the D50 is that it almost always overexposed the photos I took. It didn't take me long to figure out that I needed to turn the exposure compensation down to -0.3EV or even -0.7EV in order to get a properly exposed shot (this was not an issue on the D70s). The good thing about this "problem" is that it can be easily fixed by fooling with exposure compensation or just bracketing your shots (I did -0.7EV, -0.3EV, and 0EV for many of my test photos)."
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By Thom has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"Finally, we come to battery performance: in a word, excellent. I've gone two days of regular shooting with a single battery, and the new EN-EL3a (available as an option for existing D50 users) extends that significantly. People like exact measurements, such as X number of images on one charge, but so many factors enter into the equation to make such statements even more unreliable than EPA estimates for cars. Suffice it to say that you should measuring your battery life in the high hundreds of images, even thousands. I regularly shoot hundreds of images a day demonstrating things at workshops and use the color LCD extensively when doing so. I've yet to exhaust a D50 battery in doing so. Indeed, if I'm correct in my memory, the fewest number of exposures I've ever gotten from a single charge is a little over 500 (and remember, I use the color LCD a lot). Most of the time I'm getting over a thousand images to a charge."
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Lets go digital has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"All in all the Nikon D50 is an excellent digital SLR camera. Ideal for those who have outgrown their compact camera or for those who want to take their first steps into digital photography. The Nikon D50 may be a so-called entry level model; nevertheless it offers the user almost everything. Nikon offers a model of the lowest priced segment; this will make us meet more Nikons in the street. The Nikon D70 already did very well, and the D50 will do equally well or even better! "
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DCViews has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"If you are serious about expanding your hobby though but are in doubt about which one to go for, take a good look at which functions you would really need, as the differences between the D50 and D70s are fairly minimal. The D50 may be lighter and more compact but some more advanced functions are less accessible. The D70s is definitely more bulky but feels more professional, while offering instant access to functions like metering or bracketing. It has white balance and ISO fine-tuning, a top shutter speed of 1/8000, DOF preview and the option for wireless flash control. If you feel that you would never use these functions anyway, go for the D50 and you will live happily ever after."
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Photo camera mag has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"Photographers that would increase they skill in the time being, would quickly feel the need to have a better machine in their hands (there are spreading rumors that a new Nikon D200 will soon be launched). But for the rest of them Nikon D50 would be an ideal companion for a long time. I'd good to spend some money on good lenses, the ones that can make the difference."
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Steve's digicams has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"The D50 is Nikon's lightest dSLR, weighing just 1 pound 6 ounces without lens - that's 2 ounces less than the D70s. While the body is marginally smaller than the D70s, it is quite comfortable to hold, the grip is tall and deep enough even for big hands. The 'fit and finish' of its durable polycarbonate body has a professional look and feel, as do the switches, buttons and covers. The layout of its controls is similar to the D70, missing only the Focus Selector Lock and the Bracketing button. Their organization is logical and convenient, having nothing positioned in a way that could be inadvertently activated. The D50 also lacks the D70s' top LCD illuminator and the button that activates it. The D50 packs a powerful 1400 mAH EN-EL3 battery; it had plenty of remaining capacity after capturing nearly 700 test shots, including extensive use of the LCD to explore and test the menu system."
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Imaging resource has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"Nikon and Canon have been fierce rivals in the photo business for decades now, and the advent of the digital era has only intensified the competition. Of course, this is nothing but good news for the consumer, as the battle between these two rivals (not to mention the rest of the growing pack of manufacturers), has resulted in a continuing stream of innovation and cost-cutting. The latest result of this process is the new Nikon D50 digital SLR, delivering most of the features that made the D70 such an exceptional product, but at a lower price point and with the camera's size and user interface retooled somewhat to better match the needs of the "family photographer." - Or anyone else who wants a feature-rich, easy-to-use, compact (but not too much so) digital SLR for a bargain price. What was most surprising to me about the D50 though, was that its image sensor and some aspects of its image quality (notably noise levels) are actually superior to those of the higher-priced D70S. (Although it must be said that the D70S is no slouch at all in the noise department.) You do definitely give up some features relative to the D70S (see the list in the pro/con box above, and the comparison matrix at the top of the review), and the D50's 18-55 mm "kit" lens clearly isn't the equal of the very nice 18-70mm unit that ships with the D70."
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DPreview has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"The nicest thing about the D50 however is that it just feels right, build wise it's a step above the Canon EOS 350D and Pentax *ist DS, it's also not too small, I'm all for making cameras lighter but there's a limit as to how small you can make an SLR before the hand grip feels cramped and controls begin to get in the way. The D50 feels as responsive as any film camera and is a pleasure to shoot with. The only change I would make would probably be a larger viewfinder view (like that of the Pentax *ist DS)."
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Ken Rockwell has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"The Nikon D50 is a great camera for basic photographers, non-photographers or backup. Image quality is identical to the D70 and D70s, which means brilliant 12 x 18" prints that many people confuse with prints from a medium format film camera. Most people will never miss the few features I would, so if you don't have any idea what I'm talking about in my comparisons get a D50 and you'll love it."
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CNET has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"In addition to considering the things that can be timed and tested--shutter lag, write speed, battery life, and so on--we evaluate the photographic experience that the responsiveness, speed, and accuracy of the camera provides. This includes characteristics such as how quickly, smoothly, and accurately the lens zooms and focuses; how sharp and accurate the viewfinder and LCD are; and whether the camera as a whole is fast enough to keep you from missing the shot."
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Pocket lint has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"The D50 represents an ideal D-SLR for those first time D-SLR buyers on a more modest budget. Image quality, handling, responsiveness and key features strike an excellent balance, and while the D50 lacks some of the more advanced bits of the D70s, it is no slouch and so should be at the top of - or at the very least - near the very the top of your list if your in the market for such a camera."
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Nikonians has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"Images from the Nikon D50 looked great. They were very Nikon D70-like, but with slightly lower noise levels at higher ISOs. In the default Mode IIIa color setting, D50 photos had a pleasing amount of color saturation and crispness. Unlike the very flat looking images produced by earlier DSLRs that required a bit of levels/curves adjustment in Photoshop to bring out their best, images from the D50 looked remarkably good right out of the camera. That’s an important thing because many new DSLR owners don’t want to fool around with a computer or learn Photoshop. They just want good quality prints that look like film. Nikon clearly heard the message from this group of photographers."
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Digital camera info has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"While the D50 comes with a significantly limited lens, it accepts Nikon optics – a product line that combines quality and breadth. The camera will also accept Nikon dedicated flashes, a very flexible and capable lighting system that can be controlled wirelessly by the camera’s pop-up unit or with an SB800 applied to the hot shoe. In short, the D50 is versatile while also being extremely expandable and adaptable. Users looking for an introductory DSLR to help learn the craft and produce work while they go will not be able to find a better alternative for under $800."
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EPhotozine has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"I found it a little difficult to get used to the smaller size and weight of the D50, but found the controls well laid out. The size and weight of the camera can be seen as both a positive and a negative point, depending on the user. Both viewfinder and rear LCD display are clear and bright. The kit lens supplied was the 18-55mm and gave good results. I was impressed by the quality of the camera; I expected a lot less for an entry level DSLR. My only real problem was the silver finish, which I found to mark easily. In longer usage it would start to wear and look tatty."
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Trusted reviews has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"The D50 kit is a mixed bag. On the one hand it is a truly affordable, easy-to-use digital SLR that offers an entry point into the huge Nikon system. It is well designed, well made and performs admirably. On the other hand it has a sub-par lens and some problems with image quality. Maybe the D50 would be better with a more expensive lens, but there’s no denying that at under £500, it is going to be found under a lot of trees this Christmas."
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Camera labs has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"At the end of the day, the choice of camera is a highly personal one. Once you're sure it has all the features and delivers the quality you're after, the choice boils down to look, feel and brand loyalty. Nikon's D50 may not have 8 megapixels, but scores highly in every other respect. It looks smart, feels well built, responds quickly, delivers great pictures and is a joy to use. You can't ask much more from a camera and as such it comes highly recommended."
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Shutterbug has reviewed Nikon D50 dSLR camera and wrote:
"Both novices and some photo enthusiasts will love the Nikon D50 for its versatility, speed, and reliability. Others will gladly pay extra for the larger D70s in order to get slightly more rugged construction and specific extra features that they consider essential. There’s really no wrong decision but the D50 clearly offers maximum value for the money. On the other hand, the D70s is more of a serious shooter’s camera that will expand to meet new needs and pay dividends for a willingness to experiment with additional capabilities."
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