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Nikon D50 SLR Digital Camera Review

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The Nikon D50 is one of the cheapest digital SLR cameras available in the market right now, this is an attempt by Nikon to capture the entry level digital SLR market such as those considering upgrading from a compact digital camera. For the D50 Nikon have simplified the controls making menu navigation more user friendly and have used SD memory cards for storage rather than the Compact Flash cards used in higher end models. The Nikon D50 also has a much lighter plastic body when compared to the sturdy alloy construction of the more expensive Nikon D300.

However, just because the D50 is a cheap (relatively speaking for digital SLR’s) camera, that does not mean it is a bad camera. The Nikon D50 shares many of the features of its more expensive siblings, it simply has a lower specification so is more suited to enthusiastic amateurs as opposed to semi-professional photographers. The Nikon D50 has an amazing spec for a bottom of the range model, including 6.24 megapixel resolution, 23.7mm x 15.6mm RGB CCD (charge-coupled device or electronic light sensor), four advanced exposure modes,  3 image size and compression settings, auto-exposure and auto-focus lock buttons, 4 ISO speeds, auto shutter and aperture priority,  and an AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX lens as standard.

The Nikon D50 uses a TTL phase detection 5-point autofocus system ( for comparison the D300 has a 51 point system), continuous shooting modes with a maximum shooting speed of 2.5 frames per second, self-timer mode and there are a total of 20 custom-programmable functions available. The built-in flash has a range of modes including normal sync, Red-eye Reduction, Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Slow Sync and Rear-curtain Sync. The Nikon D50 has a hotshoe fitted so will easily accept Nikon flashguns (either auto or manual).

Images are composed using the optical viewfinder monitor and played back on the main 2 inch LCD screen with 130k pixel resolution. PictBridge support is included which allows direct printing with compatible printers. At 133 x 102 x 76mm, and weighing just 540g, the D50 is good sized. The Nikon D50 ships with a rechargeable Li-ion battery, Charger, Video out Cable, USB Cable, Strap, Lens Cap, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual and PictureProject software on CD-ROM. As with most digital SLR cameras, no memory card is supplied so add this into your budget.

If you are a keen photographer and are looking to take your hobby to the next level, the Nikon D50 will be perfect for your needs. This camera fills the gap between compact digital cameras and expensive digital SLR’s designed for professionals. Nikon deserve to sell tons of these cameras as they offer all the features and capabilities hobby photographers require from an SLR without breaking the bank!



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