Nikon D50

Nikon, once a true king in the market of SLRs was removed from it’s thrown by Canon releasing its brilliant yet affordable Digital Rebel but now with releases of digital cameras such as the D2X and D70 Nikon seems to have found their way back to the thrown and indeed into consumer’s heart again. Now Nikon follows this success up with the release of the D50.

Nikon D50

Before getting into the features of the D50 I must mention that looking at the price and features it seems Nikon is directing this camera towards the family audiences out there. The camera has dimensions of 133 x 102 x 76 mm and weighs approximately 540 g without batteries. The D50 is primarily made of plastic but has a very sturdy feel to it and seems like the camera can handle the tough job of keeping an entire family happy. The camera comes equipped with a 6.24 mega pixel CCD Sensor and is available in 2 colours, black and silver. The button settings in the D50 have been kept to a minimum with most functions being accessible easily. The camera has a very hassle free approach and there are very few nested functions present in the D50.

Nikon D50

The camera has a 2 inch LCD screen surpassing both the D70 and 20D. The LCD screen is vibrant and colours are well choosen thus making it fun and easy to read from the monitor. The D50 is compatible with DX Nikkor: All functions supported, Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported, Micro Nikkor 85 mm F2.8D: All functions supported except auto focus and some exposure modes, Other AF Nikkor: Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster. The Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter present in the D50 has shutter speeds ranging from 30 to 1/4000 seconds. The Flash X-Sync has the ability to reach up to 1/500 seconds. The Auto Focus system in the D50 performs moderately well but tends to struggle while focusing a couple of times. Due to this the AF system in the camera tends to fall short when compared to its competitors.

Nikon D50The images taken by the D50 are sharp and focused. It works fine in nearly every condition and the colours have a very natural feel to them. Not only does the camera include modes such as Portrait and Landscape, it also has a Child mode. This is a very special mode which sets the focus on the closest object and also makes the photographs more sharp and focused.

The camera captures images in NEF (12-bit uncompressed RAW), JPEG (EXIF 2.21) and NEF+JPEG (Basic) formats. The resolutions in which they are stored are 3008 x 2000 [L], 2256 x 1496 [M] and 1504 x 1000 [S]. It also has an inbuilt self timer which can delay a picture by 20 seconds thus giving the photographer enough time to capture a photo of him self. The camera is compatible with Secure Digital (SD) cards and no cards are supplied during the time of purchase. The various kinds of connectivity available in the D50 are USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed), Mass storage / PTP selectable, video out and DC-IN (optional AC adapter). For power the camera makes use of Lithium-Ion battery pack EN-EL3.

Nikon D50

Overall the D50 is an affordable camera which provides a right blend of some excellent new features and a few old features which it inherits from previous Nikon models. But the best part about the camera is its impressive picture quality.

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