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SLR 6.1MP CCD SD Feb 2016
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23 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

The writers at two expert review sites both thought that this SLR digital camera was very good. Camera Labs and DP Review both gave this camera a "Highly Recommended" award.

This digital camera received a "Best Buy" from both Expert Reviews and Best4reviews.com, both of which decided that this Nikon camera would make a great purchase.

In addition, this Nikon digital camera received a "Recommended" award from Alphr.com, confirming their endorsement and the expert at Modsynergy.com gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and decided it was exceptional.

This Nikon digital camera received a "Technical Image Press Association Award" from Tipa.com.

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Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Nikon digital camera is 83% based on thirty-one expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers thought this digital camera was able to produce good images. Photo Radar wrote in their review seven years ago “Natural image processing and clean results” . Expert website Digicamera.com mentioned “It will deliver images every bit as good” in their review of the Nikon D50.

Some Nikon D50 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com rated this digital camera 4 stars and mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “Digital camera, 6,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2 in - Color”. Pcmag.com scored the product 5 stars and wrote on expert review site PC Mag “Secure Digital, Maximum Resolution” in their review of the Nikon D50. Photo Radar mentioned “Good resolution and detail, just slight less crisp than the 70 70s” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

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Good Size

A number of people who reviewed it reckoned that it was compact. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said “Compact digital cameras have largely replaced 35mm film-based compact cameras as the holiday snappers of choice”. Seven years ago Photoradar.com wrote on Photo Radar “Improved performance in an even more compact and economical package” in their review of the Nikon D50. Expert website Dcviews.com wrote in their review “Compact users who are looking to make the step to DSLR photography could do worse than buy the Nikon D50” .

One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was a good body shape. One Nikon D50 reviewer who reviewed the Nikon D50 reckoned that it was lightweight. Shutterbug.com mentioned “Small and lightweight for a Nikon digital SLR” .

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Easy to Use

Several Nikon D50 reviewers who purchased the Nikon D50 concluded that it was easy to use. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their review on expert website Expert Reviews “Its great to use”. Photo Radar mentioned “Excellent image parameter control”. Expert website Dpreview.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon D50 “The Nikon D50 is introduced as a more affordable and easier to use version of the D70 whi”.

A few Nikon D50 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Photo Radar scored it 80 out of 100 and said “Handles like a dream”. Photo Radar also wrote “Quick startup and overall handling”. Expert review site Dcviews.com mentioned “The camera is a pleasure to work with, with excellent handling and with all controls in exactly the right place”.

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Shutterbug.com mentioned eleven years ago “The switch from CompactFlash to Secure Digital cards is one reason for the smaller size.) The body is comfortable to hold thanks to the large handgri” in their review of the Nikon D50.

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Good Product Quality

A few people said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Cnet.com wrote on expert review site CNET.com “Strong performance; excellent image quality; low visual noise; simple modes for neophytes; robust burst mode” in their review of the Nikon D50 and rated the product 4 stars. Photo Radar scored it 4 stars and mentioned “USB 2.0 connectivity, great image quality” in their review. Photo Radar also said “Superior build quality to rivals”.

Robust

Some people said in their reviews that the Nikon D50 was well made. Expert review site Digitalcamerainfo.com mentioned “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” . Photo Radar mentioned in their Nikon D50 review “Nice build”.

Several Nikon D50 reviewers thought this digital camera was strong and durable. Expert website Neocamera.com said in their Nikon D50 review ten years ago “The Nikon D50 stands out as the most sturdy” although they only scored the Nikon D50 3 stars.

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Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 19,122 user and expert reviews for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Nikon has good reviews specifically for its SLR digital cameras.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Several Nikon D50 reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it was noisy. Expert review site Digitalcamerainfo.com wrote eleven years ago “Excellent noise performance” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Neocamera.com wrote “This camera is fast and has even less noise”.

One person who reviewed it thought it was quiet. Photo Radar wrote seven years ago “Quick and quiet SWM lens included in bundle” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

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Good Quality Lens

Two Nikon D50 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon D50 mentioned that it had a good lens. Alphr.com gave it a score of 4 stars and said eleven years ago “With the kit lens its a better all-in-one package than Canons competitor.”. One Nikon D50 reviewer mentioned that it had a good autofocus.

Good Support

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it had good technical guidance. Eleven years ago Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned “It offers a full range of manual controls while retaining enough automated functions to allow a user to gradually step up the amount of involveme”.

Nice Design

One Nikon D50 reviewer reckoned that this digital camera was good looking. Seven years ago Photo Radar said “Kit lens performance is pretty average, corner soft, light fall-off”. One Nikon D50 reviewer who purchased the Nikon D50 considered that it was a good design. Photo Radar wrote “Good price, good handling, build and design, large 2-inch colour LCD” .

Good Battery Life

One Nikon D50 owner who bought the Nikon D50 thought it had a good battery life. Ten years ago Stuff.tv wrote “Add that to the high-powered battery, good for a claimed 2000 shots” and scored it very highly.

Good Connectivity

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity.

Good Technical Features

One Nikon D50 owner concluded that it had good features. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com wrote “The D50 is the perfect combination of intelligent, easy-to-use features and impeccable image quality” in their review.

CCD Sensor Type

The Nikon D50 has a CCD sensor type which is better than most digital cameras that came out in the last year. Most digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

This camera's sensor type (CCD) is in fact the best sensor type across all SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the D50.

A MOS sensor type is the worst sensor type amongst similar types of camera.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The Nikon D50 has a greater number of supported image formats than most latest digital cameras. This camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by recently released SLR digital cameras. The image formats "JPG" and "NEF" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The Nikon D50 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the D50. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on comparable spec digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The Nikon D50 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 100, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO speeds 200 and 1600 are also supported by this camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Nikon D50 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most latest SLR digital cameras. This Nikon digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on latest SLR digital cameras. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on SLR digital cameras that were launched in the last year.

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19 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Six Nikon D50 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon D50 concluded that it was not cheap. Cnet.com said on expert website CNET.com “Features that rival those of more expensive digital SLR cameras make the 6-megapixel Nikon D50 one of the best entry-level options.” in their Nikon D50 review. Stuff.tv mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Although the lens is noisier than the more expensive 18-70mm, it’s super sharp” yet they still scored this digital camera very highly. Neocamera.com wrote in their review of the Nikon D50 ten years ago “While it lacks features of more expensive SLR cameras” and scored it 60 out of 100.

A number of Nikon D50 reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it was not good value for money. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “The high cost of digital SLR cameras has forced many amateur” but despite that they still scored it very highly. Dpreview.com said on expert website DP Review “Unlike Canon when they produced the EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) Nikon chose not to cripple their affordable digital SLR”.

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The price of the D50 has increased by £0.91 in the last 58 days.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months, the Nikon D50 does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon D50 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched in the last 12 months also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D50, the Nikon D50 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Nikon D50 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D50 also do not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Nikon D50 does not support video recording. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the D50 also do not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon D50 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other recently released digital cameras also do not have a GPS.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon D50 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other new SLR digital cameras are also not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D50 is not waterproof. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the D50 are also not waterproof.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The Nikon D50 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 6.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other latest SLR digital cameras. Comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the D50 have megapixel counts of between 6MP and 37MP.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Across all the similar spec digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months the screen sizes range from 2" to 3.2". The Nikon D50 has one of the smallest screen sizes (only 2 inches) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age.

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Very Small Eye Relief

The Nikon D50 has a quite small eye relief (only 8 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out in the last year. The average eye relief of SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D50 is 19mm, and the eye relief range from 8mm to 27mm.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Digital cameras that came out in the last year have display resolutions of between 130,000 pixels and 2,400,000 pixels. The display resolution of the Nikon D50 of only 130,000 pixels is one of the lowest amongst comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the D50.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon D50 is more than most new comparable spec digital cameras. This Nikon camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the D50. The flash modes "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only 3008 X 2000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon D50 has a 3008 x 2000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most latest cameras. Across all digital cameras that are a similar age to the D50 the worst image resolution is 2560 х 1280 pixels and the best is 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The Nikon D50 has one of the lower maximum ISO speeds (only 1,600) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. Across all the SLR digital cameras that have been around for the last year the maximum ISO speeds range from 1,600 to 110,000.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the new digital cameras the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 20s to 30s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 30s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 20 seconds, the Nikon D50's maximum camera shutter speed is one of the shortest amongst newly released comparable spec digital cameras.

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Very Big Minimum ISO Speed

The Nikon D50 has one of the biggest minimum ISO speed (200) amongst cameras of this age. The minimum ISO speed of digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the D50 range from 64 to 200, and the average minimum ISO speed is 110.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D50

Released Ten Months Ago

It was ten months ago when Nikon released the D50.

SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Weight

The Nikon D50 has a pretty standard weight (540 grams) compared to most of the other latest similar spec digital cameras.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Lens Mount
Focusing
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
HD Type
Audio
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Second Display
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Tripod Mount
Diopter Adjustment
Playback Mode
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
AC Adapter Included
Included Battery Charger

7 Awards

DP Review Highly Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy Camera Labs Highly Recommended best4reviews.com Best Buy tipa.com Technical Image Press Association Award modsynergy.com Editor's Choice alphr.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

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15 July 2009

The Nikon D50 takes the formula further, offering a comparable feature count and improved performance in an even more compact and economical package. This pitches the camera headlong into a fray... Read more…

Good price, good handling, build and design, large 2-inch colour LCD
USB 2.0 connectivity, great image quality
Nice build
Super sharp
Handles like a dream
The 18 55mm kit lens is quite limiting, as is a single command dial
Low-ish pixel count
Lens noisier than more expensive 18 70mm
Not a large step forward from earlier 70
8 Megapixel Canon available at similar price
1 January 2008

Nikon have released information on the new D50, their low end DSLR with an estimated street price $899.95 when bundled with the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens. Shipping is... Read more…

7 February 2007

Compact users who are looking to make the step to DSLR photography could do worse than buy the Nikon D50. The camera is a pleasure to work with, with excellent handling and with all controls in... Read more…

16 January 2007

The D50 is a competent camera and represents a fantastic deal for first time D-SLR purchasers on a tight budget. Login or register to post comments Digital Cameras D-SLR D50 digital SLR Nikkor...

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31 December 2006

The Nikon D50 is a good entry level DSLR. While it lacks features of more expensive SLR cameras, the lower price compensates well. Among entry-level SLR cameras, the Nikon D50 stands out as the... Read more…

15 December 2006

A review of the Nikon D50 Digital SLR Camera, featuring 6.0 megapixels and a large LCD screen. Reviewer Chris Roberts describes it as "a great all-around plagued by a variety of minor... Read more…

9 November 2006

Introduced in 2005| 6.1 Mpixels | 3D Color Matrix II, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering | 2.5 fps | 1/4000 to 30 seconds shutter | ISO equivalency 200 to 1,600 | 19 oz. - 540g | Street price ~740... Read more…

27 October 2006

The Nikon D50 is a fine camera, especially for quality-seeking amateurs. But it left this reviewer longing for the top-of-the-line D80...

20 September 2006

Forget the low-ish pixel-count, this camera has the lot: handling, features and image quality. Add that to the high-powered battery, good for a claimed 2000 shots, and you have a real belter...

1 June 2006

Nikons D50 is a budget-friendly SLR. It doesnt have the highest resolution, but its great to use. Nikons D50 is designed to be a lower-cost alternative to the popular Nikon D70. Its a... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon f456, nikon f3556, nikon f3356, nikon f456g, nikon d50002, nikon f3556g, nikon f3356g, nikon d50002l, nikon d50002le, nikon d50002len, nikon d50002lens, nikon d50002lensk, nikon d50002lenski, nikon d50002lenskit
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