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SLR 6.1MP CCD SD Feb 2016
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22 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

The experts at Camera Labs and DP Review both strongly endorse this Nikon camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The writers at two more expert review sites both decided that this camera was a sensible purchase. This digital camera received a "Best Buy" award from both Expert Reviews and Best4reviews.com.

An additional two expert review sites both endorsed this SLR digital camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from Alphr.com and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from Modsynergy.com.

Tipa.com gave this digital camera a "Technical Image Press Association Award".

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on thirty-one expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews this SLR digital camera has an overall expert rating of 83%.

Easy to Use

Five customers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to use. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their Nikon D50 review on expert website Expert Reviews “Its great to use”. Photo Radar said eight years ago “Excellent image parameter control” in their Nikon D50 review and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Dpreview.com mentioned “The Nikon D50 is introduced as a more affordable and easier to use version of the D70 whi”.

Several customers who bought it concluded that it was easy to handle. Eight years ago Photo Radar mentioned in their review of the Nikon D50 “Handles like a dream” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Photo Radar also mentioned “Quick startup and overall handling”. Dcviews.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon D50 “The camera is a pleasure to work with, with excellent handling and with all controls in exactly the right place”.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Good Size

Several people concluded that this digital camera was compact. Expertreviews.co.uk scored it 5 stars and wrote on Expert Reviews “Compact digital cameras have largely replaced 35mm film-based compact cameras as the holiday snappers of choice” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Photoradar.com scored it 4 stars and said in their Nikon D50 review “Improved performance in an even more compact and economical package”. Ten years ago expert review site Dcviews.com said “Compact users who are looking to make the step to DSLR photography could do worse than buy the Nikon D50”.

One person who bought the product mentioned that it was lightweight. Shutterbug.com wrote “Small and lightweight for a Nikon digital SLR” in their review.

One customer said in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Shutterbug.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon D50 “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”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several people who reviewed it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Eight years ago Photo Radar mentioned in their Nikon D50 review “Natural image processing and clean results”. Expert review site Digicamera.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “It will deliver images every bit as good”.

Three people wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Digital camera, 6,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2 in - Color”. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “Secure Digital, Maximum Resolution” in their review and scored it 5 stars. Photo Radar said in their review of this digital camera eight years ago “Good resolution and detail, just slight less crisp than the 70 70s”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Nikon D50 reviewers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was good quality. Twelve years ago Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website CNET.com “Strong performance; excellent image quality; low visual noise; simple modes for neophytes; robust burst mode”. Photo Radar said “USB 2.0 connectivity, great image quality”. Photo Radar also mentioned “Superior build quality to rivals”.

Robust

Some people who bought the Nikon D50 considered that it was well made. Expert website 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” in their review of the Nikon D50. Eight years ago Photo Radar mentioned “Nice build” in their Nikon D50 review.

Some Nikon D50 reviewers who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was strong and durable. Neocamera.com said “The Nikon D50 stands out as the most sturdy” in their review of this digital camera.

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Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

Nikon has good average reviews for its SLR digital cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A few Nikon D50 owners who bought it thought it was noisy. Twelve years ago expert website Digitalcamerainfo.com said “Excellent noise performance”. Expert website Neocamera.com said eleven years ago “This camera is fast and has even less noise” however despite that they only gave it a score of 3 stars.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was quiet. Photo Radar scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their Nikon D50 review “Quick and quiet SWM lens included in bundle”.

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Good Quality Lens

Several people who bought the Nikon D50 agreed that it had a good lens. Expert website Alphr.com said “With the kit lens its a better all-in-one package than Canons competitor.” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. One Nikon D50 reviewer who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good autofocus.

Good Support

A number of customers thought the product had good technical guidance. Twelve years ago Goodgearguide.com.au gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and wrote on expert review site Good Gear Guide.com.au “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” in their Nikon D50 review.

Nice Design

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was a good design. Photo Radar mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good price, good handling, build and design, large 2-inch colour LCD”. One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Photo Radar mentioned eight years ago “Kit lens performance is pretty average, corner soft, light fall-off” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Battery Life

One Nikon D50 reviewer who bought it considered that it had a good battery life. Expert website Stuff.tv scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Nikon D50 “Add that to the high-powered battery, good for a claimed 2000 shots”.

Good Connectivity

One Nikon D50 reviewer who bought the product thought it was good in terms of connectivity.

Good Technical Features

One Nikon D50 owner who bought this digital camera 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 Nikon D50 review.

CCD Sensor Type

The Nikon D50 has a CCD sensor type which is better than the MOS sensor type found on most SLR digital cameras that were released in the last year. 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.

A CCD sensor type is actually the best sensor type across all SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D50.

A MOS sensor type is the worst sensor type across comparable types of camera.

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Supports Three Image Formats Supporteds

The Nikon D50 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera supports a RAW image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year. The image formats supporteds "JPG" and "NEF" are also supported by this digital camera.

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

The Nikon D50 has a wider light exposure correction than most latest SLR digital cameras. This camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most latest SLR digital cameras have a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

A ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction is actually the best light exposure correction amongst all SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

The worst light exposure correction amongst similar types of camera is ± 5EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step).

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Has Two White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon D50 is more than most SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the D50. The white balance "Manual" is also found on this Nikon camera.

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Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon D50 is more than most SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 200 and 1600 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

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

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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19 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Six Nikon D50 owners who bought the product reckoned that it was not cheap. Expert website Cnet.com wrote in their review “Features that rival those of more expensive digital SLR cameras make the 6-megapixel Nikon D50 one of the best entry-level options.”. Stuff.tv said “Although the lens is noisier than the more expensive 18-70mm, it’s super sharp” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Neocamera.com wrote “While it lacks features of more expensive SLR cameras” and scored the product 3 stars.

A number of people thought the product was not good value for money. Twelve years ago Expertreviews.co.uk said on expert review site Expert Reviews “The high cost of digital SLR cameras has forced many amateur” in their review of this digital camera. In the same month Dpreview.com mentioned in their review 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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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Nikon D50 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other new similar spec cameras also do not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released in the last year, the Nikon D50 does not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D50 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon D50 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the D50 also do not support Full HD video.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D50 is not waterproof. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the D50 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon D50 does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth noting that most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D50, the Nikon D50 does not support video capability.

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Not 3D

Most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D50 are not 3D. The Nikon D50 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The average megapixel of new similar spec digital cameras is 19MP. When compared to other cameras that are a similar age to the D50, the megapixel of the Nikon D50 of only 6.1 megapixels is one of the lowest.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Cameras that are a similar age to the D50 have display diagonals of between 2" and 3.2". With a display diagonal of only 2 inches, the Nikon D50 has a very small display diagonal compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D50.

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Very Small Eye Relief

At only 8 millimeters, the Nikon D50 has a fairly small eye relief compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for the last year. SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D50 have eye reliefs of between 8mm and 23mm, and the average eye relief is 18mm.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

When compared to other new SLR digital cameras, the display resolution (numeric) of the Nikon D50 of only 130,000 pixels is one of the lowest. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of newly released SLR digital cameras is 130,000 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 770,000 pixels.

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Only Features Three Flash Modess

The Nikon D50 has a greater number of flash modes than most SLR digital cameras that were launched in the last year. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D50. The flash modess "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 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The worst image resolution of all digital cameras that were released in the last year is 2560 х 1280 pixels and the best is 7680 x 5120 pixels.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of SLR digital cameras that were launched in the last year is 1,600 and the highest is 110,000. At only 1,600, the Nikon D50 has a quite low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the D50.

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Heavy

With a weight of 540 grams, the Nikon D50 is one of the heavier recently released SLR digital cameras amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. The lightest digital camera that is a similar age to the D50 is 390g , the heaviest is 880g, and the average weight is 510g.

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Quite Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

When compared to other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year, the Nikon D50's slowest camera shutter speed of only 20 seconds is one of the shortest. Across all the similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the D50 the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 20s to 60s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 31s.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of latest digital cameras is 110, and the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 64 to 200. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 200, the Nikon D50's ISO sensitivity (min) is one of the biggest amongst latest SLR digital cameras.

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1 Other reason to consider the Nikon D50

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months. 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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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Sensor Format
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Mounting Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
HD Type
Audio
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Tripod Mountable
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Playback Modes
Eye Relief
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
AC Adapter Included
Battery Charger Included

7 Awards

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

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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