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.
Reviewed by 4 customers
I've had this camera for a long time--seven years, I think. I estimate I've taken 30,000 shots with it and it's still going strong. For the price, it can't be beat. I keep thinking maybe I'll get a new camera with more MP, but I can't justify it while my D50 is still working so well. I've won awards in local amatuer competitions, blowing my images up to 12 X 18 with almost no loss of sharpness due to low MP. I've dropped the camera twice on hard surfaces, both times without damage. All of that said, it would be nice to have a larger LCD. I also get noise in low light, high ISO long exposure situations. I also like to underexpose sometimes, and get noise then, too, which is impossible to discern until you get the image up on the computer. Also, there are only 5 focal points to choose from. More of those might be nice, too. Last, image stabilization would be a welcome feature at times. All of those things cost $ however. Overall, great camera.
This is an excellent camera for any level of photographer. Nice build, good grip, when I got mine it had 3,000 actuations on it which really isnt alot, especially considering you havent paid much for it. I love mine, im currently up to about 4,750 actuations and still running strong! One of my favroite features of this camera is the shutter sync! With a dedicated flash you can get up to 1/500. However, with a non-dedicated flash or studio strobe, I have gotten up to 1/1000 of a second with no problems! Im talking about high-speed flash photography! For under $400 dollars! This is an awesome camera, its no D300 but it has served me well so far and expect to get a few more good years out of it. Remember, digital camera bodies are dispoable. A D1 that cost $6,000 5 years ago now can be had for $100. So why break the bank when you dont have to?
easy to use can set different modes great pics from it its a great camera for a beginner or an experienced user would even make a good back up camera for a pro.
This is probably the best digital SLR for the money available today!