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Nikon D50 Digital SLR Camera
First Look Review

Extraordinary Nikon digital SLR picture quality in a camera that is
smaller, lighter, easier to use, and more affordable than ever.
Seeing is believing with the Nikon D50






April 20th, 2005

Nikon has today officially introduced the 6.1 megapixel Nikon D50 digital SLR camera, and a
new companion AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED zoom lens. The entry level Nikon D50 is mainly geared at first time users moving from a 35mm SLR, or upgrading from a consumer type digital camera into the world of DSLR photography.

Although Nikon Asia inadvertently leaked PDF versions of the instruction books for both the Nikon D50 and the Nikon D70s D-SLR's late last month, our pre-disclosure agreement would not allow us to discuss the details of these two new Nikon digital SLR models until today.

Designed for a broad range of customers, from novices to advanced amateur enthusiasts, the Nikon D50 digital SLR will allow photographers to easily adopt D-SLR technology and begin building a system that will bring ongoing enjoyment in the future.

The Nikon D50 employs the Nikon DX Format sensor and Nikon F lens mount design. This maintains seamless compatibility with all AF Nikkor lenses and allows photographers to take full advantage of DX Nikkor lenses designed for Nikon's D-series digital SLR cameras and which are optimized to achieve maximum center-to-edge-to-corner image quality.

Developed as an ideal match for daily use with the Nikon D50, while fully compatible with all Nikon D-Series SLR models, the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED zoom lens looks attractive, and provides a practical focal range for most general photography applications.

The manufacturer's recommended retail price for the Nikon D50 DSLR kit with the new DX 18-55mm zoom lens will be $899 US. Nikon Canada Inc. has not yet announced a price. The camera is expected to be available by June 05. In some countries, the Nikon D50 will also be available in a silver version. (Black only in Canada)

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED

Nikon D50 DSLR Major Features

  • New 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor that produces 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images with accurate color, high resolution and sharp details for great pictures capable of significant enlargement, or cropping for creative effect. File sizes remain manageable, making it easier to take and store more great pictures.

  • The Nikon D50 incorporates an advanced digital image processor that marks a further evolution of analog and digital processing and pre-conditioning technologies, producing images that are ready to print straight from the camera. Image quality is optimized, including auto white balance, auto tone and color control, and real-time processes diminish digital noise to produce beautiful long exposure shots.

  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II with new 420 segment RGB sensor ensures accurate exposure control and white balance.

  • New large 2.0-inch LCD monitor located directly below the viewfinder displays the large fonts of the easy-to-view, easy-to-understand menu design, and the intuitive help system dialogs that make understanding camera settings easy

  • Versatile LCD playback options include Single image playback, Thumbnail image playback (4 or 9 pictures at a time), Zoom playback, Slide show, easy Histogram indication for determining highlights and shadow values, and Highlight point displays for even quicker highlight information, with automatic image rotation for vertical shots

  • The Nikon D50 features a near-instant 0.2-second power-up, and quick shutter response (100 milliseconds).

  • Continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second for continuous bursts of up to 137 pictures without having to wait for the camera to record the images to the SD memory card.

  • Fast 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-on™ delivers greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking to capture the action as it happens. Automatic AF-assist illuminator helps ensure top AF performance in dark situations.

  • Fast shutter speed with a range from 30 to 1/4,000 sec.

  • Fast flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec. for great fill-effects under brighter light and back-lighted conditions
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  • Fast data transfer and recording to SD memory cards keeps the D50 ready to shoot whenever a special moment presents itself.

  • Seven Digital Vari-Program selections for automatic adjustment of settings necessary to produce incredible digital photographs, including ISO-equivalent sensitivity, white balance, sharpening, tone (contrast), color, saturation and hue for crisp and vivid results that match the intended shot. Selections include Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, and Night Portrait.

  • Image enhancement options provide versatile sharpening, tone (contrast), color, saturation or hue while using Auto Multi Program [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], or Manual [M] exposure modes to help match picture taking situations. The easy-to-set choices include Normal, Vivid, Sharp, Soft, Direct print, Landscape or Custom optimization.
  • Automatic control over ISO-equivalent sensitivity from ISO 200 to 1600; can also be set manually.

  • To maximize performance throughout the infinite range of potential picture scenes, D50 provides a choice of three TTL (Through The Lens) exposure modes: 3D Color Matrix Metering II for quick changing conditions, Center-Weighted for strong backlighting and more personal control, and Spot Meters that give you total control of exposure when you have lots of time to set up the shot.

  • Auto exposure bracketing helps achieve the exact results desired.

  • Flash exposure compensation can be selected on the Nikon D50.

  • A choice of three color modes ensures the best match for the shot when operating the camera manually.
    Mode Ia: Renders natural-looking skin tones out of the camera. (sRGB)
    Mode II: Realizes a wider color range suited for processing or retouching. (Adobe RGB)
    Mode IIIa: Renders vivid landscape and flora colors out of the camera. (sRGB)

  • Simultaneous recording of Compressed RAW (NEF) and JPEG image files for the same shot helps by providing a smaller JPEG image file that can be quickly sent via email, along with a Compressed RAW (NEF) file for more creative flexibility to enhance pictures using Nikon PictureProject or Nikon Capture software.

  • Intuitive and familiar operation with ergonomically designed and sensibly located buttons and controls, including the handy multi selector and mode dial

Nikon D50 Digital SLR Top

  •  Light and compact: Dimensions (W x H x D): 133 x 102 x 76mm (5.3 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.) Weight: Approx. 540g (1 lb. 3 oz.) without battery.

    • LCD control panel on camera top makes it easy to confirm settings and camera status. Quality optical viewfinder features diopter correction and information display.

    • Long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery with power to shoot up to 2,000 images on a single charge.

    • 20 Custom Settings for personalizing camera operation to match the individual's shooting style, or different picture taking conditions.

    • Wireless remote control of the Nikon D50 is available with the optional ML-L3 remote control.

    • New Small Picture function for saving photos within the camera at the reduced sizes of 640x480, 320x240, or 160x120 for Internet use - either for mail attachments or placement on web pages.

    • In-camera page setup support makes it easy to print directly from the Nikon D50 to any PictBridge compatible printer via the supplied USB cable.

    • Up to 36 alphanumeric characters can be entered in each image's EXIF header (file information) for personalized identification when images are viewed on a computer.

    • Video connector and supplied video cable makes it easy to connect the Nikon D50 directly to a television for playing slideshows or viewing individual images.

    • Built-in auto pop-up flash features exclusive i-TTL flash control, fast 1/500 sec. flash sync shutter speed, and coverage for lenses as wide as 18mm.

    • The Nikon D50 supports Nikon's Creative Lighting System when using a SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlight mounted on the ISO flash shoe for additional on camera flash output in large rooms, or for longer distance shooting situations. Also allows off-camera multiple flash lighting with iTTL Technology with SB-800 and SB-600.
    • Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.3) with Capture Control is an optional software that provides a comprehensive image processing and remote camera control package that supports all Nikon NEF (RAW), TIFF and JPEG data. Among other features, the package offers Image Dust Off sensor dust and particle shade removal control, D-Lighting for scene-specific automatic dodge and burn control, the LCH editor, plus a wide selection of high-precision tools that extend every opportunity to perform effective image processing in-computer while creating the idealized archive file.
    • PictureProject is Nikon's versatile software that extends the enjoyment of photography into your computer. Simplified image transfer helps move images easily from camera to computer, where PictureProject's intuitive interface lets photographers effectively organize and edit, apply selected effects, design album page layouts, or share their images. Adding to the fun, a complimentary copy is included with the purchase of any Nikon digital camera. The combination of direct printing with Pictbridge technology and in-computer PictureProject technology empowers users with great picture performance.

      Optional Plug-in software can be added to PictureProject for added creativity. Plug-in software that will prove useful to any photographer includes nik Color Efex Pro filters and Muvee -software that enables you to prepare very creative slide show presentations with special effects, music added and more.

    To buy the Nikon D50 or D70s we recommend checking out B&H Photo and Video.
    Trusted photographic merchants since 1973.

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