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.
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.
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.
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...
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: Nikon UK kindly provided DPNow with a pre-production D50, with its new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for a hands-on session and product photo shoot. Being a pre-production unit with beta firmware, we did not use the camera for taking test pictures. That will wait until we get our hands on a production sample.Click on a gallery thumbnail image below to see a full-size view of the picture from the Nikon D50 preview gallery.
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.