Nikon D50 (with 18-55mm lens)
Manufacturer: Nikon Inc. Part number: 25231
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CNET editors' review
price range: $1,899.66
- Reviewed by: David D. Busch
- Edited by: Aimee Baldridge
- Reviewed on: 08/28/2005
- Released on: 06/20/2005
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.
Great Camera for the Price!
by frosty318 on September 8, 2005
Pros: Very Low Image Noise
Cons: no vertical grip
Summary: I have used many digital camera's, everything from point and shoot to Nikon D100 and Fuji S3. The Nikon D50 is a great camera. Super low image noise, very ...
Summary: I have used many digital camera's, everything from point and shoot to Nikon D100 and Fuji S3. The Nikon D50 is a great camera. Super low image noise, very high dynamic range, very responsive. You would be hard pressed to find anything wrong with this camera!If you are debating between the d70 and the d50. The D50 is the camera to have, it produces much better images than the d70.
by froggutts on August 5, 2005
Pros: Great Value, Good feel, solid, Nikon Quality
Cons: no problems as yet
Summary: Just bought this camera yesterday and being a true amateur and new to the Dslr scene i have to say this is a great buy!! i got it as a ...
Summary: Just bought this camera yesterday and being a true amateur and new to the Dslr scene i have to say this is a great buy!! i got it as a package with the standard 18-55mm and 70-300G Nikkor lens from my local camerastore($1490AU) for a good price, now i found out that a get an extra 70-300mm lens from Nikon Australia(maxwell.com.au) not that i need it, but its something for nothing and it will be easy enough to sell! i also considered the Pentax and Canon, but when this deal came along i couldnt refuse, plus the EOS-350(rebel xt) just didnt feel right in my hands, bit to small for my liking and the new Pentax DL seemed a bit to cheap! i think ive made an excellent choice!!
by cmcspadden on July 21, 2005
Pros: shutter speed, color, subject, lighting, options
Cons: can't seem to find many, blurry without the flash
Summary: buy it
Summary: buy it
1 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
2 Months old and broken
by kellahellaher on January 30, 2007
Pros: Nice photos
Cons: Poor Quality
Summary: After 2 months, the thumb wheel broke. The thumb wheel controls the shutter and aperture in manual mode. The thumb wheel just spins and spins and the shutter stays at ...
Summary: After 2 months, the thumb wheel broke. The thumb wheel controls the shutter and aperture in manual mode. The thumb wheel just spins and spins and the shutter stays at 3200 and aperture at 6.4. Very frustrating after spending $850 USD.
Can now only take pictures in Auto mode. Total waste of money.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nikon Dropped the Ball
by rtomson on April 22, 2005
Pros: Finally a Rebel-Competitor. Same body rigidity and sturdyness of the D70.
Cons: SD CARD!!!???? Same sensor, not updated image processor. Limited funcationality.
Summary: Nikon has really dropped the ball on this product. It is over priced for what it is. Nikon is trying to still be "exclusive" in a market that should be ...
Summary: Nikon has really dropped the ball on this product. It is over priced for what it is. Nikon is trying to still be "exclusive" in a market that should be open. Canon's Dibital Rebel XT is a far better choice for this price range. The Rebel XT's sensor is a generation past the D50's and it will outperform the D50 with noise testing. Using the same sensor as the D70 and same image processor, the image quality will be Exactly the same. This means the same grain and noise problems will persist.
Unless you have thousands of dollars in Nikon lenses, but the Canon Digital Rebel XT for this price range.
19 out of 55 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Nikon Inc.
- Part number: 25231
- Description: The D50 is the ideal introduction to Digital SLR photography, with a wide range of Automatic features to make great photographs easily. Whatever you shoot there is a Digital Vari Program that sets up the camera for the best exposure. Just select the mode dial and the D50 takes care of the rest. It's small, it's light, and it fits snugly in your hands and delivers clear, sharp results with extra possibilities of control and creativity.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - SLR
- Resolution 6.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 6,240,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 6,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 15.6 x 23.7mm
- Optical Zoom 3 x
- Auto Focus TTL phase detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 5
- Image Recording Format JPEG,
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 200-1600
- Exposure Metering 3D color matrix II,
- Exposure Modes I-TTL program flash,
- Shooting Programs Sports mode,
- White Balance Automatic,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 30 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
- White Balance Bracketing Yes
- X-sync Speed 1/500 sec
- Exposure Range EV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )
- Type 3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 G ED Nikon AF-S DX
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 27 - 82.5 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 11 in
- Zoom Adjustment Manual
- Lens Construction 5 groups / 7 elements
- Filter Size 52 mm
- Lens System Mounting Nikon F
- Features Aspherical lens,
Silent Wave Motor (SWM),
- Camera Flash Built-in flash,
- Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 11
- Flash Modes Automatic
- Features AF illuminator,
Flash +/- compensation
- Continuous Shooting Speed 2.5 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 - 20 sec
- Flash Terminal Hot shoe
- Status LCD Display Information Photo quality,
Memory card status,
Remote control indicator,
White balance indicators,
- Additional Features Display brightness control,
Depth-of-field preview button,
Auto power save,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type LCD,
Eye-level mirror pentaprism
- Viewfinder Resolution 61,000 pixels
- Field Coverage 95%
- Magnification 0.75x
- Viewfinder Frames Autofocus frame
- Viewfinder Information Flash charge completion,
- Type 2.0 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video output,
1 x USB
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows ME,
MS Windows 98 SE,
MS Windows 98,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- System Requirements Details MacOS X 10.1.5 or later - 64 MB - 60 MB,
Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME/XP - 64 MB - 60 MB
- Included Accessories Lens cap,
- Supported Battery Nikon EN-EL3
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SD Memory Card
- Included Memory Card 256 Byte SD memory card
- Image Storage 3008 x 2000,
2256 x 1496,
1504 x 1000
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5.3 in
- Depth 4.1 in
- Height 3.0 in
- Weight 540 g