Nikon D50 review with 18-55mm f3.5~5.6 DX lens
Gordon Laing, December 2005
The D50 is Nikon's first entry-level digital SLR. Launched in June 2005 with
the updated D70s, it's designed for consumers looking to upgrade from all-in-one
compacts to their first digital SLR.
The D50 may be Nikon's new entry-level digital SLR, but closely resembles
its predecessor the popular D70. They share the same 6 megapixel resolution
and at first glance look physically very similar, although when placed side
by side, the new D50 is slightly smaller and lighter; it also has a bigger
2in screen and switched from Compact Flash to smaller SD memory cards.
The fastest shutter speed has halved to 1/4000 and continuous shooting slowed
from 3 to 2.5fps, but Auto Focus is actually improved and there's a newer,
albeit lower resolution metering sensor. And along with the usual array of
scene presets is a new Child mode which, according to Nikon, "makes it
easier to take memorable pictures of the little ones with the right amount
of vivid colour and contrast".
In this review we'll take an in-depth look at the Nikon D50, and compare it
against both the competition and the higher-end D70 / D70s models; when referring
to both the D70 and D70s at the same time we'll describe them as the D70(s).
The unit we tested was running a final production firmware version 1.0.