Excerpt: Review By: Michael Phrakaysone Edited By: Steve M. Silver I like taking photos, and I’m sure many of you enjoy it as well. Probably most of you have some sort of camera, whether it be digital or film. I’m the kind of person who takes pictures of anything, small or big, weird or normal, everything.
Summary: The Nikon D5000 DSLR camera is a camera that generated a lot of buzz upon its release. After I had a chance to review the Nikon D5000, I can understand the reason for the buzz.
My Nikon D5000 review shows that it is one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras I've had the chance to use. Much of the technology behind the D5000 is based on the Nikon D300 , which is a slightly older, much more expensive DSLR camera.
Pros: Image quality is excellent, D5000 provides great mix of manual control and ease of use for a DSLR, LCD can twist and swivel away from the camera, Battery life is good for DSLR camera, Good collection of printed materials - quick start guide and user guide
Cons: Learning the function of each button could be time consuming, Autofocus can be slow, especially in low light, Experienced photographers will want more features, LCD could use more resolution
Conclusion: Unlike Canon when they produced the EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) Nikon chose not to cripple their affordable digital SLR. Instead the D50 while lacking some of the D70's features doesn't compromise performance or photographic flexibility, most important for first time buyers who (surely) the manufacturers hope will progress to a more expensive D-SLR later.
Pros: Good resolution and detail, just slight less 'crisp' than the D70/D70s, Use of default color Mode III delivers punchy vibrant colors, Low noise even at high sensitivities, better than competitors, Excellent image parameter control; sharpening, tone, color mode, saturation and hue, Custom curves allows user definable tone response, Nikon Matrix metering II , brighter than D70/D70s, Body design, finish and build quality, Very fast camera operation, virtually no startup,...
Cons: Not as crisp (per pixel sharpness) as D70/D70s, Still some moire / maze artifact pattern visible (noticeably less than D70/D70s however), Kit lens performance is pretty average, corner soft, light fall-off, No Kelvin white balance selection, No backlight on status LCD, No mirror lock-up (vibration reduction for long / macro exposures), One command dial, LCD monitor display gamma can make some images appear over-exposed when they aren't, No viewfinder grid lines (surpr...
Summary: To its credit, Nikon didn't design the D50 as an entry-level model in terms of features and performance. Instead, the D50's supersensitive AF system, low noise levels, excellent image quality, high-speed flash sync, and bright 2-inch LCD could sway prospective buyers away from its higher-priced sibling and many of its competitors.
Excerpt: Of course the Nikon D50 is popular. It's a heck of a camera (see Hotshot Shoot-Out, March 2006), and, for a starter DSLR, a heck of a buy ($550 street, body only). It even gives the Nikon D70s a run for its money, with virtually all of its older sibling's basic features, including a robust burst mode, accurate exposure metering, and iTTL electronic flash control.
Excerpt: 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 currently scheduled to begin in June 2005. It looks like a pretty full featured camera. It does lack DOF preview, which a few Nikon users have already complained about - but if that's all that's wrong with it, it will be a pretty good camera!
Excerpt: If photographers needed a reminder of how quickly the digital SLR market is changing, the Nikon D50 sends a powerful message. Getting to the punch line, the Nikon D50 offers a hard to beat combination of excellent image quality, fine handling, and solid construction. It’s especially attractive for photographers moving up from digital point and shoot cameras who want the added flexibility of an SLR, but aren’t quite ready for the higher prices of Nikon’s more expensive...
Conclusion: Nikon D50 - Competitors More and more it looks like Nikon considers the D70s as a competitor to the Canon EOS 20D for example and as a successor of the D100. The Nikon D50 is thrown into the battle by Nikon to conquer the entry level digital SLR market. A market with a high potency to grow. Take a look around you in the streets and notice how many cameras in this class are sold in the shops.