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SLR 6.1MP CCD SD Feb 2016
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23 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

The writers at two expert review sites both thought that this Nikon camera was great. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from both Camera Labs and DP Review.

The writers at Expert Reviews and Best4reviews.com both thought that this Nikon digital camera was good and gave it their "Best Buy" award.

Two more expert review sites both endorsed this camera. This SLR camera received a "Recommended" award from Alphr.com, confirming their endorsement and it received a Modsynergy.com "Editor's Choice" award.

This camera received a "Technical Image Press Association Award" from Tipa.com.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this SLR camera is 83% based on thirty-one expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers thought this digital camera was able to produce good images. Photo Radar wrote in their review seven years ago “Natural image processing and clean results” . Expert website Digicamera.com mentioned “It will deliver images every bit as good” in their review of the Nikon D50.

Some Nikon D50 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com rated this digital camera 4 stars and mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “Digital camera, 6,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2 in - Color”. Pcmag.com scored the product 5 stars and wrote on expert review site PC Mag “Secure Digital, Maximum Resolution” in their review of the Nikon D50. Photo Radar mentioned “Good resolution and detail, just slight less crisp than the 70 70s” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

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Good Size

A number of people who reviewed it reckoned that it was compact. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said “Compact digital cameras have largely replaced 35mm film-based compact cameras as the holiday snappers of choice”. Seven years ago Photoradar.com wrote on Photo Radar “Improved performance in an even more compact and economical package” in their review of the Nikon D50. Expert website Dcviews.com wrote in their review “Compact users who are looking to make the step to DSLR photography could do worse than buy the Nikon D50” .

One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was a good body shape. One Nikon D50 reviewer who reviewed the Nikon D50 reckoned that it was lightweight. Shutterbug.com mentioned “Small and lightweight for a Nikon digital SLR” .

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Easy to Use

Several Nikon D50 reviewers who purchased the Nikon D50 concluded that it was easy to use. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their review on expert website Expert Reviews “Its great to use”. Photo Radar mentioned “Excellent image parameter control”. Expert website Dpreview.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon D50 “The Nikon D50 is introduced as a more affordable and easier to use version of the D70 whi”.

A few Nikon D50 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Photo Radar scored it 80 out of 100 and said “Handles like a dream”. Photo Radar also wrote “Quick startup and overall handling”. Expert review site Dcviews.com mentioned “The camera is a pleasure to work with, with excellent handling and with all controls in exactly the right place”.

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Shutterbug.com mentioned eleven years ago “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” in their review of the Nikon D50.

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Good Product Quality

A few people said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Cnet.com wrote on expert review site CNET.com “Strong performance; excellent image quality; low visual noise; simple modes for neophytes; robust burst mode” in their review of the Nikon D50 and rated the product 4 stars. Photo Radar scored it 4 stars and mentioned “USB 2.0 connectivity, great image quality” in their review. Photo Radar also said “Superior build quality to rivals”.

Robust

Some people said in their reviews that the Nikon D50 was well made. Expert review site 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” . Photo Radar mentioned in their Nikon D50 review “Nice build”.

Several Nikon D50 reviewers thought this digital camera was strong and durable. Expert website Neocamera.com said in their Nikon D50 review ten years ago “The Nikon D50 stands out as the most sturdy” although they only scored the Nikon D50 3 stars.

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Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

SLR cameras produced by Nikon have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just SLR cameras) and found that Nikon also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Several Nikon D50 reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it was noisy. Expert review site Digitalcamerainfo.com wrote eleven years ago “Excellent noise performance” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Neocamera.com wrote “This camera is fast and has even less noise”.

One person who reviewed it thought it was quiet. Photo Radar wrote seven years ago “Quick and quiet SWM lens included in bundle” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

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Good Quality Lens

Two Nikon D50 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon D50 mentioned that it had a good lens. Alphr.com gave it a score of 4 stars and said eleven years ago “With the kit lens its a better all-in-one package than Canons competitor.”. One Nikon D50 reviewer mentioned that it had a good autofocus.

Good Support

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it had good technical guidance. Eleven years ago Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned “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”.

Nice Design

One Nikon D50 reviewer reckoned that this digital camera was good looking. Seven years ago Photo Radar said “Kit lens performance is pretty average, corner soft, light fall-off”. One Nikon D50 reviewer who purchased the Nikon D50 considered that it was a good design. Photo Radar wrote “Good price, good handling, build and design, large 2-inch colour LCD” .

Good Battery Life

One Nikon D50 owner who bought the Nikon D50 thought it had a good battery life. Ten years ago Stuff.tv wrote “Add that to the high-powered battery, good for a claimed 2000 shots” and scored it very highly.

Good Connectivity

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity.

Good Technical Features

One Nikon D50 owner 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 review.

CCD Sensor Type

The Nikon D50 has a CCD sensor type which is better than the MOS sensor type found on most digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. 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.

This camera's sensor type (CCD) is in fact the best sensor type across all comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the D50.

Across comparable types of camera the worst sensor type is MOS.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D80 ($169.30).

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Supports Three Image Formats

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

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

This digital camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on SLR cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon D50 is more than most SLR cameras that were launched in the last year. This Nikon camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many latest SLR cameras.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The Nikon D50 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 100, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 200 and 1600 are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Nikon D50 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most new digital cameras. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the D50. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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17 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon D50 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D50 also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Full HD video which you might also want to consider including the Canon SL1 ($334.85).

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the D50, the Nikon D50 does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity which you might also want to consider including the D5500 ($199.95), or the D5300 both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D50 is not waterproof. Most of the other new SLR cameras are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most latest comparable spec digital cameras do not have an image stabiliser. The Nikon D50 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Nikon D50 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other new SLR cameras also do not have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i ($199.95) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Nikon D50 does not support video recording, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year also do not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon D50 does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D50 also do not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a GPS which you might also want to look at including the D5300, or the D610 ($149.95) both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i ($199.95) which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon D50 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D50 are also not 3D compatible.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The Nikon D50 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 6.1 megapixels) amongst SLR cameras of this age. Cameras that are a similar age to the D50 have megapixel counts of between 6MP and 37MP.

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95) (18MP), the SL1 ($334.85) (18MP), or the 1200D ($419.95) (18MP) all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of cameras that came out in the last year is 2" and the largest is 3.2". The screen size of the Nikon D50 of only 2 inches is one of the smallest amongst recently released SLR cameras.

If this SLR camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95) (3" and higher rated), the SL1 ($334.85) (3" and higher rated), or the 1200D ($419.95) (3" and higher rated) all from Canon.

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Very Small Eye Relief

At only 8 millimeters, the Nikon D50 has a quite small eye relief compared to most of the other SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the D50. Across all the SLR cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the D50 the eye relief range from 8mm to 27mm.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D50 is 130,000 pixels and the highest is 2,400,000 pixels. The Nikon D50 has a very low display resolution (only 130,000 pixels) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D50.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The Nikon D50 has a greater number of flash modes than most recently released SLR cameras. This Nikon digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on new digital cameras. The flash modes "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon 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 most latest digital cameras. Most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year the worst image resolution is 2560 х 1280 pixels and the best is 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

Latest SLR cameras have maximum ISO speeds of between 1,600 and 110,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 23,000. At only 1,600, the Nikon D50 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other newly released SLR cameras.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for the last year the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 20s to 30s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 30s. At only 20 seconds, the Nikon D50 has a very short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the D50.

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Very Big Minimum ISO Speed

With a minimum ISO speed of 200, the Nikon D50 has a very big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other SLR cameras that came out in the last 12 months. The smallest minimum ISO speed of SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D50 is 64 and the biggest is 200.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D50

SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD memory card, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Canon EOS 750D - Rebel T6i ($199.95) (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 540 grams, the Nikon D50 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for a similar time to the D50.

Other cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Nikon D3100 ($29.95) (505g).

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Specification

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Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
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Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Lens Mount
Focusing
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Diopter Adjustment
Playback Mode
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content

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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon f3556, nikon f3356, nikon w55200, nikon f3556g, nikon f3356g, nikon w55200m, nikon w55200mm
Barcodes 00000541535241, 00000541535258, 00018208099887, 00018208252169, 00018208252312, 00018208252336, 00018208910144, 00735201999982

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