Jul 3, 2005

Nikon D50

The Nikon D50 reviews are coming out fast and furious now. I have another today from DCViews.

The D50 looks similar to the D70 and D70s but is quite a bit lighter and definitely smaller. Still, the camera feels good in hand. If you are contemplating youor first DSLR, this should be on your short list to check out for yourself in the stores.

Nikon D50
Here are a couple of quotes from the DCViews review-
"Compact users who are looking to make the step to DSLR photography could do worse than buy the D50. The camera is a pleasure to work with, with excellent handling and with all controls in exactly the right place. It is an outstanding performer thanks to its many versatile custom settings, high speed USB 2.0 interface and direct print options. Images show plenty of detail with good sharpness across the range and nice punchy colours.
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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."

MAJOR FEATURES OF THE NIKON D50 DIGITAL SLR

Vivid color and sharp details straight from the camera

-- New 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor that
produces 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images with accurate color, high
resolution and sharp details for great pictures capable of significant
enlargement, or cropping for creative effect. File sizes remain
manageable, making it easier to take and store more great pictures.

-- Advanced digital image processor that marks a further evolution of
analog and digital processing and pre-conditioning technologies, producing images that require no preparation in a computer and are
ready to print straight from the camera. Image quality is optimized,
including auto white balance, auto tone and color control, and real-
time processes diminish digital noise to produce beautiful long
exposure shots.

-- 3D Color Matrix Metering II ensures accurate exposure control and white
balance.

Instant, precise response

-- Near-instant 0.2-second power-up, and short shutter release lag
(response) time.

-- Continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second for a continuous burst of
up to 137 pictures without having to wait for the camera to record the
images to the SD memory card. (Using JPEG NORMAL - Large settings, and
a SanDisk Ultra II 256MB SD Card) The number of continuous shots
possible in a single burst may be fewer depending on the type of SD
card used.

-- Fast 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-on(TM)
delivers greater precision with fast, more consistent subject
acquisition and improved focus tracking to capture all the action as it
happens. Automatic AF-assist illuminator helps ensure top AF
performance in dark situations.

-- Fast shutter speed with a range from 30 to 1/4,000 sec.

-- Fast flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec. for great fill-effects
under brighter light and back lighted conditions.

-- Fast data transfer and recording to SD memory cards keeps the D50
always ready to shoot in any situation.

Accurate automated and manual control for predictable results

-- Seven Digital Vari-Program selections for automatic adjustment of all
the settings necessary to produce incredible digital photographs
including ISO-equivalent sensitivity, white balance, sharpening, tone
(contrast), color, saturation and hue for crisp and vivid results that
match the intended shot. Selections include Auto, Portrait, Landscape,
Child, Sports, Close up, and Night Portrait.

-- Image enhancement options optimize sharpening, tone (contrast), color,
saturation or hue while using Auto Multi Program [P], Shutter-Priority
Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], or Manual [M] exposure modes to
best match the picture taking situation. The easy to set choices
include Normal, Vivid, Sharp, Soft, Direct print, Landscape or Custom
optimization.

-- Automatic control over ISO-equivalent sensitivity from ISO 200 to 1600;
can also be set manually.

-- Optimized exposure with a choice of three TTL (Through The Lens)
exposure modes: 3D Color Matrix Metering II with 420-pixel RGB Sensor,
variable Center-Weighted Meter, or choice of Spot Meters.

-- Auto exposure bracketing helps achieve the exact results desired.

-- Flash exposure compensation.

-- A choice of three color modes ensures the best match for the shot when
operating the camera manually.
Mode Ia: Renders natural-looking skin tones out of the camera. (sRGB)
Mode II: Realizes a wider color range suited for processing or
retouching. (Adobe RGB)
Mode IIIa: Renders vivid landscape and flora colors out of the camera.
(sRGB)

-- Simultaneous recording of compressed NEF (RAW) and JPEG image files for
the same shot helps by providing a smaller JPEG image file that can be
quickly sent via email and a compressed NEF (RAW) file for more
creative flexibility using Nikon PictureProject or Capture software for
further enhancement.

Intuitive handling and operating ease

-- Light and compact:
Dimensions (W x H x D): 133 x 102 x 76mm (5.3 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
Weight: Approx. 540g (1 lb. 3 oz.) without battery.

-- Intuitive and familiar operation with ergonomically designed and
sensibly located buttons and controls, including the handy multi
selector and mode dial.

-- Quality optical viewfinder features diopter correction and information
display.

-- New large 2.0-inch LCD monitor located directly below the viewfinder
displays the large fonts of the easy-to-view easy-to-understand menu
design, and the intuitive help system dialogs that make understanding
camera settings easy.

-- Versatile LCD playback options include Single image playback, Thumbnail
image playback (4 or 9 pictures at a time), Zoom playback, Slide show,
easy Histogram indication for determining highlights and shadow values,
and Highlight point displays for even quicker highlight information,
with automatic image rotation for vertical shots.

-- LCD control panel on camera top makes it easy to confirm settings and
camera status.

-- Long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery with power to shoot up to 2
2,000 images** on a single charge.

-- Custom Settings for personalizing camera operation to match the
individual's shooting style, or different picture taking conditions.

-- Wireless remote control of the D50 can be achieved with the optional
ML-L3 remote control.

Easy image handling

-- New Small Picture function for saving photos within the camera at the
reduced sizes of 640x480, 320x240, or 160x120 for Internet use - either
for mail attachments or placement on web pages.

-- In-camera page setup support makes it easy to print directly from the
D50 to any PictBridge compatible printer via the supplied USB cable.

-- Up to 36 alphanumeric characters can be entered in each image's EXIF
header (file information) for personal identification when images are
viewed in PictureProject software.

-- Video connector and supplied video cable makes it easy to connect the
D50 directly to a television for playing slideshows or viewing
individual images

Creative and versatile system components

-- High-quality Nikkor lenses: The unrivalled performance of AF, AF-S and
DX Nikkor lenses greatly expands creative possibilities.

-- Built-in auto pop-up flash features exclusive i-TTL flash control, fast
1/500 sec. flash sync shutter speed, and coverage for lenses as wide as
18mm.

-- Supports Nikon's Creative Lighting System when using a SB-800 and
SB-600 Speedlight mounted on the ISO flash shoe for additional on
camera flash output in large rooms, or for longer distance picture
situations. Also allows off-camera multiple flash lighting with iTTL
Technology with SB-800 and SB-600.

-- Integrated Nikon Software Solutions:
Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.3) (optional) is a comprehensive image editing
and remote camera control package that fully supports NEF**** (RAW),
TIFF and JPEG data. Among other features, the package offers Image
Dust Off sensor dust and particle shade removal control, D-Lighting
for scene-specific automatic dodge and burn control.

PictureProject is Nikon's versatile bundled software that simplifies
and improves data transfer, as well as browsing and editing of image
files. PictureProject features an intuitive user interface, and
supports optional plug-ins that add functionality and creative
options.