Nikon D50 Digital SLR Camera 2 Lens Kit, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, & 55-200mm f/4-5.6G, ED AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor Lenses - USA Warranty

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About Nikon

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 & responsiveness Nikon digital SLR's offer, as well as photo enthusiasts & amateures who want to capture brilliant digital pictures with vibrant color & immaculate sharpness. The new entry-level D50 makes exceptional digital SLR photography a reality for everyone.

The D50 is the perfect combination of intelligent, easy-to-use features & impeccable image quality. The camera's seven Digital Vari-Program modes make capturing the moment easier than ever, & the new "Child" mode, for example, assures that moms & dads don't have to be photography experts to capture the most vivid color & contrast when taking pictures of their children.

The D50's "Child" mode automatically adjusts several of the camera's settings, including ISO, shutter speeds, & white balance, to produce optimized images when taking pictures of children. The D50 promises to be an ideal tool for parents who refuse to let memories pass them by.

The D50 also includes a full range of manual controls & custom settings, so users can grow with the camera, & advanced photo enthusiasts can find themselves right at home with a D50 in their hands.

With a new 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor & a highly advanced image processing engine, the D50 produces dazzlingly faithful images capable of tremendous enlargement, yet manageable. Nikon's new 3D Color Matrix Metering II ensures accurate exposure control in all types of lighting situations by automatically comparing input from its frame-wide 420- pixel metering sensor for each scene to a large onboard database of over 30,000 scenes from actual photography.

Newly developed exposure evaluation methods detect highlights & shadows in the frame, & compensate for them to help prevent inaccurate exposure. Shutter speed choices in the D50 extend from 30 seconds to an action-stopping 1/4,000 second. A high-speed flash sync speed up to 1/500 second makes great fill flash photography possible & Nikon's i-TTL flash technology makes it automatic.

The Digital Vari-Program modes also free up the user to think about capturing special & fleeting moments instead of getting overwhelmed with buttons & dials. Selecting one of the 7 simple icons from the handy exposure mode dial optimizes otherwise complex settings & ISO-equivalent sensitivity to produce consistently remarkable results.

The D50 is ready to shoot in an imperceptible 0.2 seconds. The shutter responds almost instantly when a picture is taken, thereby minimizing 'shutter-lag' & virtually eliminating a common frustration of digital photography. Continuous shooting at 2.5 pictures per second* (can be maintained for a burst of up to to 137 pictures, making action photography a reality.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(5)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Simple controls (4),Nice features and settings (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (3)

Nikon Features

  • New 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor that produces 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images with accurate color, high resolution and sharp details for great pictures capable of significant enlargement, or cropping for creative effect. File sizes remain manageable, making it easier to take and store more great pictures.
  • Advanced digital image processor that marks a further evolution of analog and digital processing and pre-conditioning technologies, producing images that require no preparation in a computer and are ready to print straight from the camera.
  • Image quality is optimized, including auto white balance, auto tone and color control, and real- time processes diminish digital noise to produce beautiful long exposure shots.
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II ensures accurate exposure control and white balance.
  • Instant, precise response - Near-instant 0.2-second power-up, and short shutter release lag (response) time.
  • Continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second for a continuous burst of up to 137 pictures without having to wait for the camera to record the images to the SD memory card.(Using JPEG NORMAL, Large settings, a SanDisk Ultra II 256MB SD Card) The number of continuous shots possible in a single burst may be fewer depending on the type of SD card used.
  • Fast 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-on(TM) delivers greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking to capture all the action as it happens. Automatic AF-assist illuminator helps ensure top AF performance in dark situations.
  • Fast shutter speed with a range from 30 to 1/4,000 sec.
  • Fast flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec. for great fill-effects under brighter light and back lighted conditions.
  • Fast data transfer and recording to SD memory cards keeps the D50 always ready to shoot in any situation.
  • Accurate automated and manual control for predictable results
  • 7 Digital Vari-Program selections for auto adjustment of all the settings to produce incredible digital photos including ISO-equivalent sensitivity, white balance, sharpening,contrast, color, saturation & hue for crisp & vivid results that match the intended shot. Selections include Auto,Portrait, Landscape,Child, Sports, Close up, & Night Portait
  • Image enhancement options optimize sharpening,contrast,color,saturation or hue while using Auto Multi Program [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], or Manual [M] exposure modes to best match the picture taking situation. The easy to set choices include Normal, Vivid, Sharp, Soft,Direct print, Landscape or Custom optimization.
  • Automatic control over ISO-equivalent sensitivity from ISO 200 to 1600; can also be set manually.
  • Optimized exposure with a choice of three TTL (Through The Lens) exposure modes: 3D Color Matrix Metering II with 420-pixel RGB Sensor, variable Center-Weighted Meter, or choice of Spot Meters.
  • Auto exposure bracketing helps achieve the exact results desired
  • Flash exposure compensation.
  • A choice of three color modes ensures the best match for the shot when operating the camera manually.
  • Mode Ia: Renders natural-looking skin tones out of the camera. (sRGB) Mode II: Realizes a wider color range suited for processing or retouching. (Adobe RGB) Mode IIIa: Renders vivid landscape and flora colors out of the camera. (sRGB)
  • Simultaneous recording of compressed NEF (RAW) and JPEG image files for the same shot helps by providing a smaller JPEG image file that can be quickly sent via email and a compressed NEF (RAW) file for more creative flexibility using Nikon PictureProject or Capture software for further enhancement.
  • Intuitive handling and operating ease
  • Light and compact: Dimensions (W x H x D): 133 x 102 x 76mm (5.3 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.) Weight: Approx. 540g (1 lb. 3 oz.) without battery.
  • Intuitive and familiar operation with ergonomically designed and sensibly located buttons and controls, including the handy multi selector and mode dial.
  • Quality optical viewfinder features diopter correction and information display.
  • New large 2.0-inch LCD monitor located directly below the viewfinder displays the large fonts of the easy-to-view easy-to-understand menu design, and the intuitive help system dialogs that make understanding camera settings easy.
  • Versatile LCD playback options include Single image playback, Thumbnail image playback (4 or 9 pictures at a time), Zoom playback, Slide show, easy Histogram indication for determining highlights and shadow values, and Highlight point displays for even quicker highlight information, with automatic image rotation for vertical shots.
  • LCD control panel on camera top makes it easy to confirm settings and camera status.
  • Long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery with power to shoot up to 2 2,000 images** on a single charge.
  • Custom Settings for personalizing camera operation to match the individual's shooting style, or different picture taking conditions.
  • Wireless remote control of the D50 can be achieved with the optional ML-L3 remote control.
  • Easy image handling
  • New Small Picture function for saving photos within the camera at the reduced sizes of 640x480, 320x240, or 160x120 for Internet use - either for mail attachments or placement on web pages.
  • In-camera page setup support makes it easy to print directly from the D50 to any PictBridge compatible printer via the supplied USB cable.
  • Up to 36 alphanumeric characters can be entered in each image's EXIF header (file information) for personal identification when images are viewed in PictureProject software.
  • Video connector and supplied video cable makes it easy to connect the D50 directly to a television for playing slideshows or viewing individual images
  • Creative and versatile system components
  • High-quality Nikkor lenses: The unrivalled performance of AF, AF-S and DX Nikkor lenses greatly expands creative possibilities.
  • Built-in auto pop-up flash features exclusive i-TTL flash control, fast 1/500 sec. flash sync shutter speed, and coverage for lenses as wide as 18mm.
  • Supports Nikon's Creative Lighting System when using a SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlight mounted on the ISO flash shoe for additional on camera flash output in large rooms, or for longer distance picture situations. Also allows off-camera multiple flash lighting with iTTL Technology with SB-800 and SB-600.
  • Integrated Nikon Software Solutions:
  • Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.3) (optional) is a comprehensive image editing and remote camera control package that fully supports NEF**** (RAW), TIFF and JPEG data. Among other features, the package offers Image Dust Off sensor dust and particle shade removal control, D-Lighting for scene-specific automatic dodge and burn control.
  • PictureProject is Nikon's versatile bundled software that simplifies and improves data transfer, as well as browsing and editing of image files. PictureProject features an intuitive user interface, and supports optional plug-ins that add functionality and creative options.

Nikon Specifications

Type of Camera:
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels:
6.1 million
Image Sensor:
RGB CCD, 23.7 x 15.6 mm; total pixels: 6.24 million
Image Size (pixels):
3,008 x 2,000 [L]; 2,256 x 1,496 [M]; 1,504 x 1,000 [S]
Sensitivity:
200 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1 EV
Storage Media:
SD Memory Card
Storage System:
Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression,JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
File System:
Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF
Storage (Number of:
(Number of frames per 256MB SD Memory Card, image size L): RAW approx. 33, FINE approx. 70NORMAL approx. 137BASIC approx. 258, RAW & BASIC approx. 29
White Balance:
Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes, preset white balance,white balance bracketing possible
LCD Monitor:
2.0-in., 130,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Function:
1 frame: Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show;Histogram indication; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation
Delete Function:
Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete
Video Output:
Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
Interface:
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Text Input:
Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header
Compatible Lenses:
1) DX Nikkor: All functions supported; 2) Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported; 3) Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposrue modes; 4) Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
Picture Angle:
Equivalent in 35 mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Viewfinder:
Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach-mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.6 to +0.5m -1)
Eyepoint:
18 mm (-1.0 m -1)
Focusing Screen:
Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets
Viewfinder Frame Coverage:
Approx. 95%
Viewfinder Magnification:
Approx. 0.75x with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Viewfinder Information:
Focus indications, AE/FV lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator
Autofocus:
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m to 3.0m) Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 68 degrees F/20 degrees C)
Lens Servo:
Lens Servo: 1) Autofocus (AF-A): Auto-Servo AF; camera automatically chooses singleservoAF (AF-S) or continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status; 2) AF-S; 3) AF-C; 4) Manualfocus (M)
Focus Area:
Can be selected from 5 focus areas
AF Area Mode:
1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF,3) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
Focus Lock:
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering:
TTL full-aperture exposure metering system(1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II with 420-pixel RGB sensor (2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% (8mm dia. circle) (3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area
Exposure Mode:
Digital Vari-Program ( Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait),Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto[S]; AperturePriority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
Exposure Compensation:
±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Auto Exposure Lock:
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing:
Three frames ±2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Shooting Modes:
Still: 1) Single frame shooting mode; 2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 2.5 frames per second; 3) Self-timer mode; 4) Delayed remote mode: 2 sec. delay; 5) Quick-response remote mode
Shutter:
Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter,30 to 1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3or 1/2 EV, bulb
Sync Contact:
X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/500 sec.
Flash Control
1) TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensorBuilt-in Speedlight: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering) SB-800 or 600: i-TTLBalanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering)2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s4) Distance-priority manual availablewith SB-800
Flash Sync Mode:
1) Front-curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-eye Reduction, 3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-curtain Sync
Built-in Speedlight:
Auto flash with auto pop-up [P], [S], [A], [M]: manual pop-up with button release Guide number (ISO 200/ISO 100, m): approx. 15/11 (manual full 17/12)
Flash Compensation:
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2EV
Accessory Shoe:
Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Self-timer:
Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 second duration
Remote Control:
Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)
Power Source:
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D):
Approx. 5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0 inches / 133mm x 102mm x76mm
Weight (without battery):
Approx. 1lbs 302 (540g)
Other:
Tripod Socket: 1/4 in.

Reviews about this item

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4.2

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Camera

I wont buy anything but Nikon becuause they are the only camera company that has great cameras and great lenses to match. Easy to use, you dont have to be a master like the canon rebel or the new sony. Nikon also is way more reliable, faster, and all around better than canon and the new and upcoming sony dslr; and for less than most.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fast But Controls Difficult to Learn

I bought the Nikon D50 because I wanted an inexpensive body that would be compatible with the one or two Nikon AF lenses I already owned. It's fast - zero shutter lag on the first shot and instant-on. It's good in low light at 1600ISO, especially with a fast lens like my 50mm F1.4. My big complaint about this camera is that it's hard to control and difficult to learn the different shooting modes. "Full manual" is a fantasy. You can't seem to shoot in a mode that gives you control over shutter...

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I bought the Nikon D50 because I wanted an inexpensive body that would be compatible with the one or two Nikon AF lenses I already owned. It's fast - zero shutter lag on the first shot and instant-on. It's good in low light at 1600ISO, especially with a fast lens like my 50mm F1.4. My big complaint about this camera is that it's hard to control and difficult to learn the different shooting modes. "Full manual" is a fantasy. You can't seem to shoot in a mode that gives you control over shutter and aperature at the same time. There are various modes that give you control over one or the other. And there are a couple of automatic modes. I've had a lot of trouble learning what the differences are. I have read bits of the manual but it takes serious effort to figure things out on this camera. A casual user should keep it on full automatic at all times.

Reviewed by 5 customers

 
3.0

Fast But Controls Difficult to Learn

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from Oakland, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I bought the Nikon D50 because I wanted an inexpensive body that would be compatible with the one or two Nikon AF lenses I already owned. It's fast - zero shutter lag on the first shot and instant-on. It's good in low light at 1600ISO, especially with a fast lens like my 50mm F1.4. My big complaint about this camera is that it's hard to control and difficult to learn the different shooting modes. "Full manual" is a fantasy. You can't seem to shoot in a mode that gives you control over shutter and aperature at the same time. There are various modes that give you control over one or the other. And there are a couple of automatic modes. I've had a lot of trouble learning what the differences are. I have read bits of the manual but it takes serious effort to figure things out on this camera. A casual user should keep it on full automatic at all times.

 
4.0

Great entry-level SLR

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from Barcelona  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Love this camera. My first own digital SLR. At home we also have a Canon 350D (more expensive, lighter). Although the Nikon D50 is heavier, does not offer 100 ASA, can't modify the preset auto White Balance, I wouldn't trade it for the Canon 350D. The LCD on top is better than the Canon's. The viewfinder's display is much brighter which makes it easy to change settings while looking through the viewfinder. It's solid although a bit heavy, and the shutter mechanism is a weak point. I had to have mine replaced after it jammed, and heard in many forums this may be a common problem. Nevertheless, I recommend this camera to anyone wanting to get into Digital SLR, great value for money.

 
5.0

Nikon D50: A Great Second Camera

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from Hudson, NC

Although I use another camera for my "main" camera, the D50 is an excellent back-up camera while in the field. As a travel/adventure photographer, I find myself using the smaller, lighter D-50 while on bicycle tours and/or white water rafting trips. It is also great to have with you at all times for personal shots showing what goes on behind the scenes while on the road.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Camera

By

from santa monica, california

I wont buy anything but Nikon becuause they are the only camera company that has great cameras and great lenses to match. Easy to use, you dont have to be a master like the canon rebel or the new sony. Nikon also is way more reliable, faster, and all around better than canon and the new and upcoming sony dslr; and for less than most.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent camera for beginners

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from Brunei

It meets my expectation and I learned alot handling DSLR from D50... Now I am ready for Nikon D200...

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