Sep 21, 2005

Nikon D50 Digital Camera Review

The Nikon D50 is an appealing SLR for family photographers and shutterbugs on a budget. Performance and features that rival those of more expensive digital SLR cameras make the 6-megapixel Nikon D50 one of the best entry-level options today.

Patrick Singleton at has posted his Nikon D50 Digital Camera Review and said-
"The Nikon D50 is a bridge camera, meant to snag users who are on the fence, deciding between a high-end “SLR-like” camera and a low-end DSLR. Here's the case for the D50: it has a larger sensor than most “SLR-like” cameras, leading to richer images with more dynamic range and less noise. This will surely provide a much better 6 megapixel image than you would get from a smaller sensor. The camera contains a deep set of manual controls that are easily accessible and well organized. Nikon also included a full set of image parameters and selectable color modes to expand image control in-camera.

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."

Nikon D50 Features:
* 6.1-Megapixel CCD imager yielding 3008 x 2000 pixel images
* Compact and lightweight digital SLR camera
* Accepts Nikon F-mount lenses (with 1.5x FOV multiplier)
* Choice of three color modes ensures the best match for the shot
* Simultaneous recording of compressed NEF (RAW) and JPEG image files
* Seven Digital Vari-Program selections (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, and Night Portrait)
* Program w/shift, Shutter priority, Aperture priority and Manual modes
* Near-instant 0.2-second power-up, and short shutter release lag (response) time
* Continuous shooting at 2.5fps for a continuous burst of up to 137 pictures (using JPEG NORMAL - Large settings, and a SanDisk Ultra II 256MB SD Card)
* Fast 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-on™
* Shutter speed range from 30 to 1/4,000 seconds
* Flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec. for great fill-effects under brighter light and back lighted conditions.
* Image enhancement options optimize sharpening, tone (contrast), color, saturation or hue
* Auto ISO sensitivity from ISO 200 to 1600; can also be set manually.
* Three TTL exposure modes: 3D Color Matrix Metering II with 420-pixel RGB Sensor, variable Center-Weighted, or Spot Metering
* Large 2.0-inch color LCD with 130,000 pixels and white LED backlight
* Onscreen menus for Playback, Shooting, Custom functions and Setup
* Review with zoomed-playback & pan, histogram and highlights
* Noise Reduction circuitry for long exposures
* 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash with SB-600, SB-800 flashes
* Secure Digital memory card removable storage
* Selectable video output with NTSC or PAL format
* USB 2.0 high speed data and control interface
* Long-life rechargeable battery with power to shoot up to 2,000 images
* Custom Settings for personalizing camera operation
* Wireless remote control with the optional ML-L3 remote control