Nikon D50 Review - DX DSLR Camera

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Nikon 50 Digital SLR Camera Nikon D50 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera The pictures are prettier than I thought, especially regarding the color and contrast. You will hear warnings that digital SLRs do not automatically give you better looking pictures and that you need to understand the camera better to get the job done right. That is not so for D50. It does automatically gives you better-looking pictures. (Of course the more you understand about the camera the better.) Don't assume the more expensive cameras necessarily take better pictures. The D50 has done some smart processing in camera. And there are plenty of adjustments you can make to suit different tastes. 2. The ergonomics and control layouts matter more than I thought. And Nikon got it right. A pure joy to use.

The Nikon D50 was introduced as a more affordable and easier to use version of the D70. Anyone who has seen or handled the D70 will immediately see a strong resemblance in the D50, it's only when you start to examine the camera in a little more detail that you notice the differences. This camera can use all Nikon F-Mount Lenses, has an internal motor for A-I lenses

This camera feels so much like my old Nikon film camera, it was love from the first moment I held it in my hand. Using a 2 Gig SD memory card I can now shoot 700+ "fine" quality photos without having to change out twenty rolls of film...or pay the processing! And an included battery recharger quickly restores battery capacity when needed. Even with lots of flash pictures its charge remained strong for very long periods of time. A helpful icon appears in the info screen area to let you see at a glance who much power remains.

Nikon's D50 interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera is designed to make it easier than ever to enjoy the thrill of outstanding digital SLR picture quality easily and instantly. Combining the outstanding response of Nikon's patented digital and photographic performance with optical performance available only from renowned Nikkor f mount interchangeable lenses and expanded shooting options only available in a quality digital SLR camera, the Nikon D50 makes exceptional digital SLR photography a reality for everyone. The next evolution of Nikon's scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program modes simplifies picture taking, freeing the photographer to concentrate on capturing the evanescence of special moments.

Selecting one of the seven easily distinguishable icons from the handy exposure mode dial optimizes otherwise complex settings and ISO-equivalent sensitivity to produce consistently remarkable results. Newly added is Child mode, which makes it easier to take memorable pictures of the little ones complete with ideal vivid color and contrast--ready to print beautifully without the fuss of later adjustments at the computer. Full manual exposure control is also available, allowing more advanced photographers all the creative freedom they desire while also making it possible for all photographers to expand their enjoyment of photography.


The D50 features a 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor and a highly advanced image processing engine that team together to create truly faithful image files that are capable of significant enlargement while remaining manageable in overall file size, making it easier to take and store more great pictures. These optimized components produce more consistent results, even under shooting conditions that challenge other digital cameras, such as when working with light-colored subjects or long exposure shots.

Distinguishing itself over lesser systems, the Nikon D50 is always ready to shoot when that special moment or expression presents itself. When the power is turned on, the camera is ready to shoot in just 0.2 seconds for near-instant readiness. The shutter's release lag time is also minimized for near-instant response that virtually eliminates a common frustration of digital photography.

The D50 is capable of continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second for bursts of up to 137 pictures. Continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second can be maintained for bursts of up to 137 pictures, making action photography a reality. Pictures taken are instantly processed and recorded to the photographer's compact SD (Secure Digital) memory card. A new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface supports faster transfer of images when connected to a compatible computer.

Shutter speed choices extend from 30 seconds to an action-stopping 1/4,000 second. A high-speed flash sync speed up to 1/500 second makes great fill flash photography possible, and Nikon technology makes it automatic. A bulb setting is also included for long exposures. The shutter is designed to ensure fast curtain action for consistent operation and accurate, predictable results, even at high shutter speed settings. Auto ISO maximizes available light by automatically setting ISO-equivalent sensitivity across the available range of 200 to 1600. D50 photographers can also opt to set the ISO sensitivity manually for personal control.

The D50's 5-area autofocus system inherits Nikon's proven cross-type center sensor, broad frame coverage, and class-leading low-light detection found only in the award-winning Nikon D70 camera, and it delivers even greater AF precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking. The new system adopts AF-A mode for smooth automated operation that switches between AF-S (single-servo autofocus) and AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) depending on the movement of the subject in the framed shot. An AF-assist illuminator is also included, which helps maximize performance when shooting in low lighting conditions.

The D50 produces consistently natural coloration by measuring the entire frame of the shot and matching white balance to the light source. Advanced auto white balance handles most lighting situations, but the flexible options include a choice of six specific manual settings, white balance bracketing for added creative choice of results, as well as a preset option for using a gray or white object as a calibrating reference under mixed lighting conditions.

Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering II ensures accurate exposure control in most types of lighting situations by automatically comparing input from its frame-wide 420-pixel sensor for each scene to a large onboard database of over 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Professionals and amateurs alike rely on Nikon's exclusive light metering technologies that produce ideal exposures instantly. Newly developed exposure evaluation methods detect highlights and shadows in the frame and compensate for them to help minimize under- or over-exposure by comparing the lighting pattern of the frame with the onboard database of scenes, As a result enhancing performance for more accurate and consistent exposures.

A key advantage and one source of the fun associated with Nikon digital SLR photography is the ability to take advantage of the creative possibilities offered by interchangeable lenses. The new D50 offers seamless compatibility with Nikon's extensive family of high-performance AF Nikkor lenses, as well as the expanding family of digital-dedicated DX Nikkor lenses, providing superb color reproduction, razor-sharp image clarity, and fast and accurate autofocus performance.

The compact, lightweight design of the D50 makes it easy to carry on any outing, while its body contours and easily accessible controls provide handling efficiency and easy operation. Newly designed on-screen menus present clear and helpful user information in plain language on the D50's large 2.0-inch LCD monitor, and intuitive help dialogs are available for on-the-spot reference to the respective menu selections. The high-capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery helps extend mobility and convenience by delivering the power to shoot up to 2,000 images on a single charge.

The D50's 2.0-inch LCD display is larger than the 1.8-inch screens found in cameras such as the Canon Digital Rebel XT. The D50 is an outstanding performer, right down to its diverse playback options, versatile custom settings, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface for easy connectivity or direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer with in-camera page setup, and Nikon's complimentary PictureProject software that will extend anyone's photographic experience with easy image transfers, effective image organization and editing, creative page layout design, plus printing and sharing. PictureProject's new version 1.5 provides customers with an exceptional added value topped only by its excellent performance.

These inherent advantages combine with the empowering and creatively inspiring components of Nikon's Total Imaging System, including high-quality AF and DX Nikkor lenses, Speedlights and Nikon's Creative Lighting System, as well as versatile software options, to deliver a new level of operating ease, expanded creative possibilities, and pure enjoyment. The Nikon D50 presents the perfect opportunity for anyone to start enjoying the advantages of digital SLR photography today.

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Effective pixels
6.1 million
Image sensor
23.7 x 15.6 mm RGB CCD; 6.24 million total pixels
Image size
L (3,008 x 2,000) / M (2,256 x 1,496) / S (1,504 x 1,000)
ISO equivalency 200 to 1600 in steps of 1 EV
Storage media
SD Memory Card
Color setting
3 modes available
LCD monitor
2.0-in., 130,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Exposure metering
TTL full-aperture exposure metering system; 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-Weighted, and Spot
Exposure control
Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait), Programmed Auto with flexible program [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], and Manual [M]
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Power source
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 133 x 102 x 76mm (5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0 in.)
Approx. 540g (1lb 3oz) without battery memory card, or body cap

Technical Details 6.1-megapixel sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints Body only; compatible with AF and DX Nikkor lenses Continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second for bursts of up to 137 pictures 2.0-inch LCD display; 7 scene modes, including new Child mode Stores images on SD cards; powered by Lithium-ion battery (battery and Quick Charger supplied)

 ASIN: B0009GZAGO Item model number: 541535241

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