Nikon D50 Brief Review


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  • 6.1 megapixels (effective)
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • ISO range 200-1600
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery. Accepts interchangeable Nikon lenses -- lens not included
  • Release Date: 2005-03-30
  • Final Grade: 80 4.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon D50
6.1 megapixels (effective); auto and manual focus; program and manual exposure; JPEG and RAW file formats; ISO range 200-1600; proprietary Lithium-Ion battery. Accepts interchangeable Nikon lenses -- lens not included
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The D50 is very old, so we recommend a more recent, advanced model like the D3000. Here's what we had to say when this was released in 2005:

The Nikon D50 is designed to be an affordable digital SLR for users who want the speed and control of an SLR, with the option of an automatic mode that offers point & shoot simplicity. Designed as a lower-cost alternative to Nikon's popular D70, the D50 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor (thanks to its support of Secure Digital memory cards), and offers a number of improvement on the D70's design, including an improved focusing system and a larger LCD screen. When it is released in June '05, the D50 should sell for approximately $899 with lens included.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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