Nikon D50

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of a new entry level interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera 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 interchangeable lenses and expanded shooting options only available in a quality digital SLR camera, the new Nikon D50 makes exceptional digital SLR photography a reality for everyone.

Nikon D50 Review & Sample Shots

Nikon D50 Reviews (Last Update: 25.10.05)

PhotographyReview reviewed the Nikon D50 and wrote;

“The Nikon D50 lives up to its promises and is a quality camera inside and out. I am a control freak and giving up some control for the sake of automation had me worried. Needless to say, the results speak for themselves and I am very impressed. There is little sacrifice to be made with the D50. I made a big decision after reviewing this camera. When I realized how much fun it was to use the Nikon D50, I sold all of my Canon gear and switched back to Nikon. The D50 and the D70s performed so well for me, I felt completely comfortable making the switch. I recently bought an F6 and a D200. And I wouldn’t hesitate to buy the D50 for a travel or vacation camera. “

Matt Wagster reviewed the Nikon D50 at ePhotoZine 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.

In summary, the positive points of the Nikon D50 are: Ergonomic Grip, Lightweight body, Excellent battery life, Well thought out layout of controls, User friendly controls

The negative points are: Only accepts SD memory cards, Lightweight body, Silver finish is easily marked”

Patrick Singleton from reviewed the Nikon D50 Digital Camera and wrote:

“Nikon didn’t come out with a consumer level 8 megapixel DSLR in response to the Canon Rebel XT, and Nikon partisans no doubt insist that most people don’t need 8 megapixels and would rather have lower noise and more vibrant color. Fair enough – that’s a reasonable opinion, though we’ll have to see whether or not it prevails. In any event, the D50 unquestionably yields vivid, low-noise pictures, while also providing users with manual controls and customizable parameters. Furthermore, the D50 body is durable, with a logical and uncluttered array of controls. As a kit or just the body, Nikon created a package as good as anything on the market for beginner SLR users and priced it extremely competitively. For under $800, consumers will get every bit of their money’s worth. “

David D. Busch from Cnet gave 7.6 out of 10 ratings to Nikon D50 and wrote:
“The good:Strong performance; excellent image quality; low visual noise; simple modes for neophytes; robust burst mode.
The bad:Simplified controls sometimes clumsy to use; small viewfinder; no depth-of-field preview; only one set of custom parameters; raw-file editing/control software costs extra.
The bottom line: 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.”

Steve from reviewed the Nikon D50 and wrote:
“The D50’s image quality was excellent. Its exposure and autofocus system complemented each other, producing sharp, well-exposed images. The 5-point AF system is fast and accurate, and its predictive focus tracking is able to keep up with moving subjects. Image noise was not an issue with the D50. At ISO 200 and 400 noise was essentially absent. Shadow noise is detectable in images captured at ISO 800, and noticeable at ISO 1600, but highlight noise is remarkably low even at ISO 1600. The quality of the D50’s images at high sensitivity settings will be a compelling benefit to photographers upgrading from consumer digicams.
The D50 is a worthy competitor in the dSLR market. It is more responsive and flexible than the Canon Digital Rebel, but its performance lags the Nikon D70 and Canon’s Digital Rebel XT, and it falls 2-megapixels short of the XT’s 8-megapixel resolution. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so please have a look at our sample images, including a side-by-side shootout of the D50 vs Digital Rebel XT under identical conditions. “

Mark Goldstein from gave the Nikon D50 4 1/2 stars and wrote:
“The Nikon D50 is an entry-level digital SLR camera with a professional-level feature set. Nikon have resisted the temptation to dumb down their budget camera by removing lots of important features, so much so that the D50 isn’t all that different to the more expensive D70s. If you want a D70s but can’t quite afford one, buy the D50 instead – it delivers 90% of the performance at a lower cost. Having said that, the D50 obviously cuts some corners in order to keep the overall price down. The all-plastic body and 18-55mm kit lens don’t initially inspire much confidence, although they are fine in actual use, and there are a number of missing features that more experienced photographers will regret not having, such as depth of field preview and mirror lockup. Crucially Nikon haven’t shrunk the size of D50, as Pentax and Canon have done with their entry-level models, which makes the camera a lot more useable for people with average to large sized hands. Ultimately the Nikon D50 provides almost everything that most photographers need in a camera (digital or otherwise), whilst delivering great ease of use and very impressive image quality. Highly recommended if you are looking to buy your first digital SLR camera.”

Ken Rockwell from reviewed the Nikon D50 and wrote:
“The Nikon D50 is a great camera for basic photographers, non-photographers or backup. Image quality should be 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.”

Dave Etchells and Shawn Barnett from reviewed the NikonD50 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.”

Dennis Hissink from reviewedthe Nikon D50 and wrote:
“The first time I took the Nikon D50 in my hands it immediately felt comfortable and like I would have expected a Nikon body to feel. I mean no plastic feeling, light weight, but not too light, easy access, intelligent software built-in with lots of ‘giving difficult out of your hands’ features, built-in flash but also possible to use external flash, manual control options to get more out of it when desired, etc. Personally I like the Nikon D50 a lot, it just gives you the right combination for an excellent price. For me as a photographer I really like the idea of getting an entry-level product to your consumer, but it’s not a product that is very limited for its task. Nikon gives their consumers a product that will help them understand more about digital photography without having to learn, just play with it. A great combo!”

Jeff Keller from reviewed the Nikon D50 and wrote:
“What I liked: Excellent photo quality (though see issue below) , Very well built, feels solid in your hands, especially compared to the Rebel XT, Good value for the money, Full manual controls, Robust performance; focus speeds were especially good, In-camera help system
RAW, RAW+JPEG supported , No redeye, AF-assist lamp, USB 2.0 High Speed supported, All the expandability you’d expect from a D-SLR
What I didn’t care for: Camera tends to overexpose; adjust the exposure compensation for an easy fix, No backlight for the LCD info display, Burst mode could be faster, Included software doesn’t allow for RAW image manipulation, No battery grip available” reviewed the Nikon D50 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.” reviewed the Nikon D50 and wrote:
“The new Nikon D50 surely is a very interesting product, because basically it’s a D70 only a little less fast, a little tinier and with some missing functions. It’s a successful machine that can be an ideal entry in Nikon digital SRL world.Of course this conclusions are based on first impressions that came during an half day use of the camera. We’d have soon the new Nikon D50 in our hands for an in-depth review. Watch this space.”

Nikon D50 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor Lens          Nikon MH-18a Battery Charger for the EN-EL3 Battery & D50, D70, D70s, D100 Cameras

Terry Sullivan from gave 5 stars to Nikon D50 and wrote:
“The camera scored very well on our resolution test, with 1,550 lines. (By comparison, the Rebel XT scored 1,750, which you’d expect because of the higher megapixels. The D70s—also a 6MP camera—came in slightly higher than the D50, at 1,600.) The results from our performance tests were outstanding, with a boot-up time of 1.06 seconds and a blazing 0.7 seconds shot-to-shot recycle time. As we’ve found with all the D-SLRs we’ve tested, there was no shutter lag on the D50, nor did we find any pincushion distortion. We did see a moderate amount of barrel distortion at the high end of the zoom range, but no more than is expected.
For the money, you can’t do better than the Nikon D50. Of course, if you want an 8MP D-SLR, you might think of stepping up to the more robust—and more expensive—Canon EOS 20D, which has a nine-point AF system, lets you shoot at five shots per second, and gives you greater control over white balance settings. But for photographers yearning to get their hands on an entry-level D-SLR, the D-50 is simply a delightful camera to use.”

David Pogue from New York Times reviewed the Nikon D50 and wrote:
“The prices of digital S.L.R.’s haven’t finished their long, slow descent from the stratosphere. He who waits longest, pays least — but misses out on a lot of spectacular photo ops. In the meantime, the Nikon D50 is a great camera, a mouth-watering option for the family amateur who wants to take professional pictures. “

Doug Harman from Pocket-Lint reviewed the Nikon D50 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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Related Link: IExif 2.2 can show you the Total Number of Shutter Releases for your D50.

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