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Nikon COOLPIX P50

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Classic design, updated performance, great price

digitalcameraroundup.com
30 November 2011
  • Summary: The Coolpix P50 is Nikon's latest effort to offer an entry-level model into its performance-oriented "P-Series." In reality, the small and handy P50 is somewhere inbetween a performance model and a point & shoot camera. We like the slightly wide 3.6X Nikkor zoom lens, the presence of an optical viewfinder, the generous onboard storage (52MB), and the wealth of features. Also, the P50 can be powered by standard AA batteries, always a plus as they can be found anywhere.
  • Pros: 8 megapixel resolution, Some manual operation in addition to 16 scene modes, Electronic image stabilization, Very small and handy for this much power, Face recognition mode, Voice recording, Full speed VGA movies with sound, Optical viewfinder
  • Cons: Smallish, low-res LCD, No full optical anti-shake, No optical zoom during movies
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Overall 8
7.6
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 7
7.0
Performance 7
7.0
Picture quality 8
7.5
Ergonomics 8
8.0
Build quality 9
8.5

Expert Review

DP Review
17 May 2009
  • Conclusion: The P50 is a no-nonsense little camera. It's fairly compact, has a useful zoom range and doesn't cost very much money. The build quality is good and it is constructed using pleasantly tactile materials. Many people walking into their local store will be able to pick one up, like the way it feels and go off and use it quite happily.
  • Pros: Generally decent image quality (at lowest ISO settings), though nothing 'special', Consistently accurate metering, Useful lens range with true wide-angle, Nice use of materials, D-Lighting can make the best of difficult situations, Icon-based interface is good (and optional), Good range of flash modes and control, Sensible number of scene modes, AA battery convenience
  • Cons: eVR is no substitute for optical stabilization, Soft images with little latitude for additional sharpening in-camera, Lens on our test model had softness on left side of image., Sluggish performance, ISO range more ambitious than capable, Manual control extremely limited, Battery life below average (even for AAs), Long flash recycle times, Sound STILL drops out before videos end, Lots of competition makes P50 look like an 'also ran'
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Nikon Coolpix P50

PC Magazine
3 February 2009

Camera Review: Nikon Coolpix P50

Pop Photo
15 January 2009
  • Excerpt: Few will argue that Nikon's DSLRs are among the most esteemed digital cameras available; however, the prevailing sentiment among photo enthusiasts is that the compact Nikon digicams often pale in comparison to their bigger siblings. All that's about to change with the introduction of the shirt-pocket sized Nikon Coolpix P50 ($160, street), an 8.1-megapixel image-making dynamo.
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Overall 8
8.3
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 8
7.5
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 9
8.5

Nikon Coolpix P50 review

What Digital Camera
9 December 2008
  • Excerpt: The 8.1-megapixel Nikon P50 features Nikon's Dynamic Lighting and Face Detection technologies alongside a 3.6x optical zoom.
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Expert Review

Kickstartnews
15 February 2008
  • Excerpt: I think Nikon is getting fed up with all the great press Canon receives in the point & shoot camera market. I also think Nikon is really getting feisty about battling all of the product reviews out there which carefully examine 100% crops of really large photos in an effort to see which small lens and sensor performs better in conditions no typical (or even more advanced) point & shoot camera user could ever possibly care about.
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Overall 8
7.9
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Photo quality 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Color and saturation 8
8.0

Nikon Coolpix P50

Cameras
8 August 2014
  • Conclusion: On balance I like the Nikon Coolpix P50. It offers fair value for money and is pleasingly easy to use. It may not fit into a pocket, but I like the design and style of the camera.
  • Pros: Large internal memory - bright photos - ease of use - design
  • Cons: Lower light - shutter delay
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Overall 7
7.0

Nikon CoolPix P50

Trusted Reviews
5 February 2011
  • Summary: Is the Nikon P50 a hobby camera, a pocket compact, or neither?
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Overall 9
8.5

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
7 May 2009
  • Summary: Small and powerful -- thanks to an 8.1-megapixel sensor -- the P50 is suitable for almost all situations and it even has a decent manual mode to tinker with.
  • Pros: Has a decent manual mode for such a small camera, crisp and clear shots, no obvious chromatic aberration, no obvious lens distortion
  • Cons: Vibration reduction made our shots look too soft, it sometimes mishandled very bright and cloudy conditions
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Overall 8
8.0

Nikon Coolpix P50 digital camera

Pocket Lint
24 December 2007
  • Pros: Easy to use, good “classic” design and styling, simple control layout, AA-battery power, image quality, nice manual controls
  • Cons: Sluggish AF performance and annoying shutter lag, optical viewfinder murky and blurred
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