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Nikon Coolpix P50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 175 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and portability are overall positive. The usability and image quality also get good feedback. The zoom and features get less positive opinions. There are some mixed views about the storage and responsiveness.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix P50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix P50


The Coolpix P50 is Nikon's attempt at a middle-ground camera: it's neither a point-and-shoot-only ultra compact nor a fully-fledged photographers' camera. Instead it's a pocketable digital camera that marries a sensible sensor to a useful lens and...

Generally decent image quality (at lowest ISO settings), though nothing 'special ; Consistently accurate metering ; Useful lens range with true wide-angle ; Nice use of materials ; D-Lighting can make the best of difficult situations ; Icon-based...

eVR is no substitute for optical stabilization ; Soft images with little latitude for additional sharpening in-camera ; Lens on our test model had softness on left side of image ; Sluggish performance ; ISO range more ambitious than capable ; Manual...

The P50 is a no-nonsense little camera. It's fairly compact, has a useful zoom range and doesn't cost very much money. The build quality is good and it is constructed using pleasantly tactile materials. Many people walking into their local store will...

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Nikon Coolpix P50


Placing priority on photographic performance, this new camera blends orthodox camera styling with an advanced feature set and operating ease that conservative camera users can truly enjoy. Built on a custom application of Nikon's innovative Expeed...

umer, Enthusiast ; Megapixels: 8.1 MP ; Maximum Resolution: 3264 x 2448 pixels ; Media Format: Secure Digital ; LCD size: 2.4 inches ; Included Memory: Media Card ; Canon ; Fuji ; Kodak ; Olympus ; Sony ; Nikon ; Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS ; Canon...

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Nikon Coolpix P50 Review


The Nikon Coolpix P50 is an 8 megapixel compact digital camera with a wide-angle 28-102mm, 3.6x zoom lens, new EXPEED image processing engine and a versatile ISO range of 64-2000. Available in the stylish ...

We had the black-bodied Nikon Coolpix P50 in for testing, which undoubtedly disguises the fact that it's not the skinniest compact around and the fact that construction is plastic in the main I doubt the ...


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Nikon P50 Reviews


The Nikon P50 is an 8.1 megapixel entry-level point & shoot camera.  It is targeted toward new camera users and is priced accordingly at about $150-160 street.  It features a 2.4″ LCD, a 3.6x optical zoom lens (28-102mm @ 35mm equivalent). [click to...

No-one will be getting excited about the Nikon Coolpix P50, a hobbled version of the P5100. There aren't many features but lots of tweakable settings, so the bottom line is that it is one of the most flexible compacts around, with correspondingly good...

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Nikon Coolpix P50


In Nikon's performance-oriented "P-Series", the new Coolpix P50 represents the lower end, but fits in with a balanced combination of versatility, advanced functions, great picture quality, and ease of use. According to Nikon, the P50 "combines classic...

8 megapixel resolution, Some manual operation in addition to 16 scene modes, Electronic image stabilization, Very small and handy for this much power, Face recognition mode, Voice recording, Full speed VGA movies with sound, Optical viewfinder

Smallish, low-res LCD, No full optical anti-shake, No optical zoom during movies

The Coolpix P50 is Nikon's latest effort to offer an entry-level model into its performance-oriented "P-Series." In reality, the small and handy P50 is somewhere inbetween a performance model and a point & shoot camera. We like the slightly wide 3.6X...

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Nikon Coolpix P50


In Nikon's performance-oriented "P-Series", the new Coolpix P50 represents the lower end, but fits in with a balanced combination of versatility, advanced functions, great picture quality, and ease of use. According to Nikon, the P50 "combines classic...

Smallish, low-res LCD, No full optical anti-shake, No optical zoom during movies

Nikon had to compromise to offer this much camera at a fairly low price. If the omissions do not bother you, you'll like the small and handy size and the many good features of this handsome little camera

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Nikon Coolpix P50


I bought his model in a clearance sale for USD.100/- which is steal. I own Nikon P5000 too but P50 is no match to that. I think this is the only camera with 28mm wide lens comes with AA battery power. Picture quality is average and satisfactory....

hmmmmm.....nothing so far

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Nikon Coolpix P50


I have a DSLR camera but its bulky to use it in some situations. I need to take pictures sometimes at work. So, I got this camera to carry everywhere. Good camera overall , lots of adjustments. It has also Timelapse recording feature but you can not...

Low light sensitivity is not perfect but its a P&S, so this is normal IMO ; Transferring the pictures to PC is could be more easy

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Nikon Coolpix P50


Good image quality on computer screen. Lens distortions are evident especially around edges, at various focal lengths. Managed to produce excellent 8x10 inch prints, even from cropped frames.

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Nikon Coolpix P50


Baad image quality. Grainy pictures even at low ISO. Inconsistent results. The name Nikon sounds pretty good though. Returned back to the store for full money refund.

Low battery life

Product Specifications

Blending photographic performance, traditional camera styling, and operating stability with an advanced feature set, the COOLPIX P50 is a compact digital camera that conservative camera users can truly enjoy. Built on Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image processing concept while incorporating the precision optics of a NIKKOR lens, the COOLPIX P50 is built for optimum performance and maximum image quality. The COOLPIX P50 combines 8.1 megapixels of resolution and a digital image-processing engine for outstanding imaging performance. The COOLPIX P50 also features a 3.6x Zoom-NIKKOR lens with 28mm wide-angle capability that covers a range from panoramic landscapes to close-up portraits. Electronic Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology enhances the shooting experience by counteracting the effects of camera shake or movement by unsteady subjects to realize sharper results. Extended light sensitivity up to ISO 2000 further helps prevent blurred shots when shooting in lower light conditions or when capturing fast-moving subjects. From its functional body design with stable grip and rubberized thumb rest to the intuitive operation of its Mode dial, the COOLPIX P50 is a versatile photographic tool that is ready to handle a wide variety of shooting styles. Its optical viewfinder enables accurate composition, even in bright sunlight conditions, making it a handy complement to the bright 2.4-inch LCD monitor. The COOLPIX P50 power is supplied by readily available AA-size batteries, which means the COOLPIX P50 can be used in virtually any location without worrying about recharging or running out of power.

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Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:1GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.6
Max Focal Length:17mm
Min Focal Length:4.7mm
Optical Zoom:3.6
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8.1Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:Extended service agreement

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):2000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 2000 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-1000)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical