latest entry-level digital SLR aimed at the family /
travel photographer, the Nikon D50, certainly has a
lot to offer. Incorporating many of the same features
found in the higher end Nikon D70s, the Nikon D50 is
a very versatile camera. Offering
point and shoot ease of use with convenient Auto settings,
or full manual override flexibility for those that want
to further their photographic skills, the Nikon D50
is a camera that will appeal to a broad range of photographers.
image quality results that we have seen so far from
the Nikon D50 are very good. Both
the Nikkor DX AF-S 18-70mm ED zoom and the AF-D 50mm
f/1.8 lens that we tested,
nice sharpness, colour and contrast throughout our tests.
we must say we really like the Nikon D50. The camera
features a nice grip, the large 2.0" LCD monitor
is clear and sharp, and the camera controls are logically
laid out, allowing for all round comfortable operation.
The new menu design (same as Nikon D70s) is easy to
read, and we found that having to change menu settings
was simple and quick thanks to the plain menu language
and straight forward navigation.
auto TTL white balance (AWB) control on the Nikon D50
(based on new 420 segment RGB sensor) did a very nice
job. Even under mixed lighting conditions, we found
the Nikon D50 performed well in most situations when
simply set to Auto White Balance mode. The Nikon D50
offers you the option of selecting from one of six preset
WB settings, or creating a custom preset based on a
white card reading, if preferred.
images that we took at higher ISO sensitivity settings
on the D50 turned out quite clean, with well suppressed
high ISO noise even at 1600 ISO. A great advantage if
you want to take pictures under specific dim lighting
conditions, including; (1) shooting hand held with low
available light, (2) when a higher shutter speed is
required to capture the action (indoor sports), (3)
or in situations when a flash is not allowed.
it's all about the end result, and as seen from the
above sample images, the Nikon D50 digital SLR certainly
offers good image quality, with richly saturated colors,
good detail, and well controlled in-camera image processing.
Nikon D50 digital SLR will undoubtably create a whole new
legion of happy digital SLR photographers, and will likely
serve as a smaller back up camera to many existing users of
other Nikon digital SLR's.
D50 DSLR Kit Sample Images Compared to Nikon D70s and Canon
Rebel XT Kit
D70s DSLR Image Samples
Rebel XT Compared to Canon Digital Rebel
our earlier review of the Nikon
D70 Digital SLR