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Nikon D50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2121 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the portability and performance are on the whole positive. The lens and usability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the control panel and viewfinder, and there are some mixed reviews about the shutter.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D50


Nikon's D50, the company's latest foray into the sub-$1,000 digital-SLR category, outstrips most other budget bodies in its class and kicks much point-and-shoot ass.

With a mirror lock-up feature, and a better viewfinder, this would be a Kick Ass camera, without a doubt. Coming off the full-frame EOS 5D (reviewed in April) and its spectacular viewfinder, the D50 finder looks like a disposable camera’s. That...

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Nikon D50 Review [Botton-line: Excellent entry level D-SLR]


LetsGoDigital has an interesting review of the Nikon D50 entry level digital SLR camera. This little bother of the very [...]

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Nikon D50 D-SLR Image Sample Gallery


If you are wondering how good the new Nikon D50 can be, you should take a look at the image [...]


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The Nikon D50 is a solid contender among entry level DSLRs, providing users with a 6 megapixel APS-format sensor, 2.5 frames-per-second burst mode, vibrant color rendition, and excellent noise performance. Available at an MSRP of $899.95 and selling...

Excellent handling of noise ; Produces sharp images (even with the kit lens) ; Fast 1/500 X-sync speed ; Can use pop-up flash as "master" trigger ; 5 EV compensation range is far more versatile than competing models ; Autofocus does well in low light ;...

No depth of field preview ; 200-1600 ISO range (in full stops) is limited compared to competition ; Limited white balance options ; Default colors were vibrant but inaccurate ; Only one jog dial for exposure settings ; Uses SD cards, so it's not...

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...

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Nikon D50 (with 18-55mm lens)


Strong performance; excellent image quality; low visual noise; simple modes for neophytes; robust burst mode.

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.

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.

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Nikon D50 review by PC Magazine


For photographers yearning to get their hands on an entry-level D-SLR, the D50 is the best choice. It's simply a delightful camera to shoot with. ...

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Nikon D50


Digital SLR's are quickly becoming the fastest moving segment of the digital camera market, this means more new digital SLR's, more competition and lower prices. The Nikon D50 is introduced as a more affordable and easier to use version of the D70...

Good resolution and detail, just slight less 'crisp' than the D70/D70s ; Use of default color Mode III delivers punchy vibrant colors ; Low noise even at high sensitivities, better than competitors ; Excellent image parameter control; sharpening, tone,...

Not as crisp (per pixel sharpness) as D70/D70s ; Still some moire / maze artifact pattern visible (noticeably less than D70/D70s however) ; Kit lens performance is pretty average, corner soft, light fall-off ; No Kelvin white balance selection ; No...

Unlike Canon when they produced the EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) Nikon chose not to cripple their affordable digital SLR. Instead the D50 while lacking some of the D70's features doesn't compromise performance or photographic flexibility, most important...

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Nikon D50


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Low price ; Easy to use

Lacks some controls of Nikon's D70s

A fine entry-level digital SLR--particularly if you own some Nikon lenses. It lacks some of the controls found on the D70s.

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Nikon D50 announced


As expected, Nikon today introduced their D50 six megapixel CCD digital SLR, positioned as essentially a cheaper and easier to use alternative to the D70. Digital Photography Review has posted their preview of the D50 based on a pre-production version...

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Nikon D50 SLR


The D50 is the smallest, lightest and easiest-to-use Nikon digital SLR camera to date, and is designed for the broadest range of consumers including family memory-keepers looking to take advantage of the image quality, speed and responsiveness Nikon digit

The D50 is a worthy competitor in the dSLR market. It is more responsive and flexible than the

Product Specifications

Nikon D50 is an 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 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 capable of significant enlargement, yet remain 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. 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 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.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Children / Close-up / Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode/Landscape / Portrait mode / Close-up / Night portrait / Children / Sports mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5.6/F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Body only / Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm lens/Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm lens/Nikon G AF 28-80mm lens
Max Focal Length:55mm/80mm
Min Focal Length:18mm/28mm
Optical Zoom:2.9/3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.6 x 23.7mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.6 x 23.7 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level mirror pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 200-1600
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW/JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical