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Nikon D50 Digital SLR


Nikon D50 Digital SLR First Look Review- Page 4


The Nikon D50 compared to the Nikon D70s and Canon
EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D digital SLR's



Specifications

Nikon D50

Nikon D70s

Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D

Resolution

6.1 MP

6.1 MP

8.0 MP

Sensor

CCD (new vs D70)

CCD

CMOS

Sensor Size
23.7 x 15.6mm
23.7 x 15.6mm
22.2 x 14.8mm

Picture angle

Equivalent in 35mm format is approximately 1.5 times lens focal length

Equivalent in 35mm format is approximately 1.5 times lens focal length

Equivalent in 35mm format is approximately 1.6 times lens focal length

Shutter Release Time Lag

100 milliseconds

100 milliseconds

100 milliseconds

Low-Pass Filter

Built-in / Fixed
(New design vs D70)

Built-in / Fixed
(Same as D70)

Built-in / Fixed
(Same as EOS 20D)

Start Up Speed

0.2 seconds

0.2 seconds

0.2 seconds

Image Sizes

3008 x 2000
2256 x 1496
1504 x 1000

New "Small Picture" function. Creates a smaller size copy of the original image selected. Ideal for email or website at 640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 size

3008 x 2000
2240 x 1488
1504 x 1000

3456 x 2304
2496 x 1664
1728 x 1152

Image Compression Settings Basic, Normal, Fine Basic, Normal, Fine Fine, Normal

Metering

TTL full-aperture exposure metering system

3D Color Matrix Metering II with new 420-pixel RGB sensor

Center-weighted: Weight of 75% (8mm dia. circle)

Spot: Meters 3.5mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area

TTL full-aperture exposure metering system

3D color matrix metering with 1,005-segment RGB sensor

Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13-mm circle in center of frame (variable through custom functions)

Spot: Meters about 1% of frame centered on active focus area

TTL full aperture exposure metering

35-zone SPC (1) 35 Point Evaluative (linked to all AF points)

Partial metering at centre (approx. 9% of viewfinder)

Centre weighted

Metering Range EV 0 to 20 EV 0 to 20 EV 1 to 20

Processing Parameters

Seven Image Enhancement Options

Normal (default): Recommended for most situations

Vivid: Enhances saturation, contrast and sharpness to produce vivid images with vibrant reds, greens and blues


Sharp: Sharpens outlines


Soft: Softens outlines. Use to ensure smooth, natural looking skin tones in portraits


Direct Print: Optimizes images for printing "as is" via direct USB connection

Portrait: Lowers contrast and softens background details


Landscape: Enhances saturation and sharpness to produce landscapes with vibrant greens and blues


Custom: The parameters for; Sharpening, Contrast (Tone), Colour reproduction, Saturation, and Hue, can all be adjusted by selecting Custom mode in the "Optimize Image" menu.

Parameter Settings
Sharpening AUTO, Manual 6
Tone Comp. Auto, Normal, ± 2, Download Custom Curve
Colour Modes sRGB Ia, Adobe RGB IIa, sRGB IIIa
Saturation Normal, Moderate, Enhanced
Hue Adjustment 3 step for each mode approx. 3/ each step

Seven Image Enhancement Options

Normal (default): Recommended for most situations

Vivid: Enhances saturation, contrast and sharpness to produce vivid images with vibrant reds, greens and blues


Sharp: Sharpens outlines


Soft: Softens outlines. Use to ensure smooth, natural looking skin tones in portraits


Direct Print: Optimizes images for printing "as is" via direct USB connection

Portrait: Lowers contrast and softens background details


Landscape: Enhances saturation and sharpness to produce landscapes with vibrant greens and blues


Custom: The parameters for; Sharpening, Contrast (Tone), Colour reproduction, Saturation, and Hue, can all be adjusted by selecting Custom mode in the "Optimize Image" menu.

Parameter Settings
Sharpening AUTO, Manual 6
Tone Comp. Auto, Normal, ± 2, Download Custom Curve
Colour Modes sRGB Ia, Adobe RGB, sRGB IIa
Saturation Normal, Moderate, Enhanced
Hue Adjustment 3 step for each mode approx. 3/ each step

Six Image Enhancement Options

Parameter Set 1: Contrast, sharpness and color saturation is optimized for images upon which no retouching will be performed before direct printing.


Parameter Set 2: Contrast, sharpness and color saturation is optimized for images that will be retouched or adjusted

Parameter Sets 3, 4 and 5: can be customized by the user for contrast, sharpness, color saturation and color tone.

Parameter Settings
Contrast -2,-1,0,+1,+2
Sharpness -2,-1,0,+1,+2
Saturation -2,-1,0,+1,+2
Color Tone -2,-1,0,+1,+2

Monochrome Parameter set: Incorporates five levels each of contrast and sharpness in addition to filter effects (none, yellow, orange, red and green) that are just like camera filter effects and toning effects (none, sepia, blue, purple, green). Similar to on EOS 20D.

Recording Format

JPEG, RAW, JPEG Basic + RAW

JPEG, RAW, JPEG Basic + RAW

JPEG, RAW, JPEG Large + RAW

Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
Built-in viewfinder diopter adjustment 1.6 to + 0.5
Built-in viewfinder diopter adjustment 1.6 to + 0.5
New DK-20 Rubber Eye Cup
Built-in viewfinder diopter adjustment -3 to +1
Viewfinder Type Penta-Dach-mirror type

New feature with "No memory card" and "low battery indicator" warnings superimposed in viewfinder
Penta-Dach-mirror type

On demand "Grid Lines" can be superimposed in viewfinder. Ideal for architectual composition etc.
Penta-mirror type
LCD Information Panel Yes, on top of camera Yes, on top of camera. LCD illumination available. Yes, on back of camera

Exposure Shooting Modes

7 Variable Program Modes - Auto, Portrait, Landscape (with Night Landscape), Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait
(P) Flexible Program auto
(S) Shutter-priority auto
(A) Aperture priority auto
(M) Manual

7 Variable Program Modes - Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night Landscape, Night portrait
(P) Flexible Program auto
(S) Shutter-priority auto
(A) Aperture priority auto
(M) Manual

7 Variable Program Modes - Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night portrait, Auto depth-of-field
(P) Program AE
(Tv) Shutter priority
(Av) Aperture priority
(M) Manual

ISO Sensitivity

200 -1600 ISO
New "ISO Control" Feature: Digital Vari-Program modes now automatically select the appropriate ISO setting for each shot (In contrast to the D70/D70s, where you manually select the ISO setting) Manual selection (in 1 stop increments) can still be made via Custom Menu setting if preferred

200 -1600 ISO
Manually select in 1/3 step increments

100 -1600 ISO
Manually select in 1/3 step increments

Color Mode

sRGB (Ia), Adobe RGB (IIa), sRGB (IIIa)

sRGB Ia, Adobe RGB, sRGB IIa

sRGB, Adobe RGB

Continuous Shooting Speed

2.5 fps

3 fps

3 fps

Continuous Shooting # Frames

12 JPEG Buffer (4 RAW)
Continuous up to 137 JPEG (on 256 MB CF card)

12 JPEG Buffer (4 RAW)
Continuous up to 144 JPEG (on 256 MB CF card)

14 JPEG Buffer

White Balance

Auto TTL white-balance with 420 segment RGB sensor. Modes: Incandescent, Fluorescent, Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy,Shade, Preset Custom

Auto TTL white-balance with 1,005 segment RGB sensor. Modes: Incandescent, Fluorescent, Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy,Shade, Preset Custom

Auto TTL White Balance. Modes: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Preset Custom

WB Fine-Tuning

Not Available

3 step fine tuning for each WB setting

3 step fine tuning for each WB setting. Fine tuning in Blue-Amber and/or Magenta-Green range

WB Bracketing

+/- 3 stops. Set in 1 stop increments. WB-BKT does not work during RAW and RAW + JPEG shooting. When the shutter is released, three images are captured, each with a different WB bias setting as selected

+/- 3 stops. Set in 1/3 or step increments. WB-BKT does not work during RAW and RAW + JPEG shooting. When the shutter is released, three images are captured, each with a different WB bias setting as selected

+/- 3 stops. Selectable in 1/3 step increments. Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/Green bias. WB-BKT does not work during RAW and RAW + JPEG shooting. When the shutter is released, three images are captured, each with a different WB bias setting as selected.

Shutter Speed

30 sec to 1/4000 sec + Bulb

30 sec to 1/8000 sec + Bulb

30 sec to 1/4000 + Bulb

Exposure Compensation

+5.0 to -5.0EV
(1/2, 1/3EV step)

+5.0 to -5.0EV
(1/2, 1/3EV step)

+2.0 to -2.0EV
(1/2, 1/3EV step)

AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)

3 frames -2.0 to +2.0
or 1/3 step increments

2 or 3 frames -2.0 to +2.0
or 1/3 step increments

3 frames -2.0 to +2.0
or 1/3 step increments

Flash sync

1/500 sec

1/500 sec

1/200 sec

Built-in flash Guide Number (ISO 100, metres)

11

11

13

Built-in flash coverage Coverage up to 18mm focal length Coverage up to 18mm focal length Coverage up to 17mm focal length

Flash Modes

Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain

Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain

Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction, (Rear Curtain Custom setting 9.1)

Red Eye Reduction System
Beam from lamp
Beam from lamp
Multi-Strobe from speedlight flash

High Speed Sync

No

No

Yes, with EX series Speedlight

Flash Compensation

3 to +1 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

3 to +1 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

+/- 2 stops in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

Flash Type

i-TTL + Wireless Creative Lighting System with SB-800, SB-600, No "Commander Mode" on built-in flash. Master Nikon SB-800 speedlight can be used on camera to control up to 3 remote groups of speedlights with the Wireless Creative Lighting System.

i-TTL + Wireless Creative Lighting System with SB-800, SB-600, "Commander Mode" on built-in flash for wireless multi-flash support

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support with optional ST-E2 transmitter. ($300 CAN accessory 01/03/05)

AF Detection

EV -1 to 19 EV

EV -1 to 19 EV

EV .5 to 18 EV

Focus Points

5

5

7

Focus Modes

Multi-CAM 900 Focus Module (same as D70)
Selectable: 1) Autofocus (AF-A): Auto-Servo AF; camera automatically chooses single-servo AF (AF-S) or continuous servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
2) AF-S
3) AF-C
4) Manual focus (M)

Selectable: 1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF, 3) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF

Note: the Nikon D70s offers improved autofocus performance vs.the original Nikon D70 (especially Dynamic area AF and Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority). This AF improvement has been extended to the D70 with a new firmware update.

Selectable: 1) AI Focus AF, 2) One shot AF, 3) AI Servo AF

Lens Compatibility

1)Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported
2) Micro Nikkor 85 mm f/2.8D: All functions supported except autofocus and some exposure modes
3) AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II and autofocus
4) Non-CPU lens can be used in manual mode, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster

1) DX Nikkor : All functions supported
2) Type G or D AF Nikkor : All functions supported. 3) AI-P Nikkor : All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering, i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR, and autofocus
4) Non-CPU : Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster

Canon EF and EF-S : All functions supported

Viewfinder Coverage

95%

New. Viewfinder screen warnings (low battery, no SD card)

95%

95%






Eyepoint

18mm

18mm

21mm

LCD monitor

2.0 inch TFT 130,000 pixels with 5 step brightness adjustment

2.0 inch TFT 130,000 pixels with 5 step brightness adjustment

1.8 " TFT 115,000 pixels with brightness adjustment

Noise Reduction

Long Exposure Noise Reduction (On/Off)

Yes Fast two stage process

Yes Fast DIGIC II Processor

Interface

USB 2.0 High Speed

USB 2.0 (Full Speed, similar transfer rate to USB 1.1)

USB 2.0 High Speed

Custom Functions
20 Custom Functions
25 Custom Functions
* See chart here
9 Custom Functions
* See chart here
Image Dust Off Feature
The Image Dust Off feature in Nikon Capture 4 software (optional) processes NEF (RAW) images to remove potential effects of dust in the camera system by comparing the images to the data acquired with the Dust ref Photo.
The Image Dust Off feature in Nikon Capture 4 software (optional) processes NEF (RAW) images to remove potential effects of dust in the camera system by comparing the images to the data acquired with the Dust ref Photo.
No
Mirror Lock Up Feature Yes, only to clean sensor Yes, only to clean sensor Mirror can be locked up to 30 sec. Activated by using Custom function 7-1

Vertical Image Rotation

Yes

Yes

Yes

Alphanumeric data input

Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header of image. Provide location information, copyright details etc.

Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header of image. Provide location information, copyright details etc.

No

Menu Languages
13
10

Direct Print Support

Yes PictBridge Direct Print Compliant with PictBridge Printers, DPOF
NEW In camera support for PictBridge page setup

Yes PictBridge Direct Print Compliant with PictBridge Printers, DPOF, In camera support for PictBridge page setup

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, Bubble Jet Printers with the direct print function and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge, DPOF

Accessory vertical grip

No

Optional Third Party Vertical Grip from Harbourtronics

Yes Canon BG-E3. Can hold two NB-2LH batteries or 6 AA's

Bundled Software

Nikon Picture Project, The 123 of Digital Imaging ebook Standard Edition, Optional Nikon Capture 4.3 RAW / NEF Editing Software

Nikon Picture Project, The 123 of Digital Imaging ebook Standard Edition, Optional Nikon Capture 4.3 RAW / NEF Editing Software

ZoomBrowser EX, Digital Photo Professional RAW editing software, Photo Record (Remote Capture), ArcSoft

Memory Type

Secure Digital (SD) Card

New "Demo" Mode. Allows dealers to demonstrate the shooting and playback processes without having an SD card inserted.

CompactFlash Type I and II CompactFlash Type I and II

Optional Remote

Wireless ML-L3 remote

Wireless ML-L3 remote or MC-DC 1 Remote Cord (1m)

Cable remote RS-60E3 or Wireless RC-1 remote

Power Source

One rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3 Li-ion battery and MH-18a quick charger included. Optional MH-19 multi battery charger and EH-5 AC adapter available

One rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3a Li-ion battery and MH-18a quick charger included or use 3 x CR2 (with optional MS-D70 battery holder). Optional MH-19 multi battery charger and EH-5 AC adapter available. Optional CF-D70 camera case

Li-Ion rechargeable NB-2LH battery and charger supplied. Optional EH18 camera case

Approx. number of shots per battery charge
400 (flash 50%) - 2000 shots with EN-EL3
Up to 2500 shots with optional Nikon EN-EL3a rechargeable battery
400 (flash 50%) - 2000 shots with EN-EL3
Up to 2500 shots with Nikon EN-EL3a rechargeable battery
450 - 600 shots
Manufacturer's Warranty
Two Year In Canada
Two Year In Canada
One Year

Dimensions
(W x H x D)

133 × 102 × 76mm

140 x 111 x 78mm

126.5 x 94.2 x 64mm

Weight w/o battery

540 grams

595 grams

485 grams






Main Differences Between the Nikon D50 Digital SLR
Compared to the Nikon D70S

  • The Nikon D50 is smaller and lighter

  • The Nikon D50 digital SLR features 3D Color Matrix Metering II performed by a 420-segment RGB sensor (The Nikon D70S offers 3D Color Matrix Metering performed by a 1,005-pixel RGB sensor for even greater accuracy)

  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec (the Nikon D70S offers a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 sec)

  • "AF-A" autofocus mode that allows the camera to automatically apply "AF-S" (single-servo AF) or "AF-C" (continuous-servo AF) autofocus

  • USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) interface (D70S has a full-speed USB interface)

  • The Nikon D50 is capable of a maximum continuous shooting rate of 2.5 fps ( the Nikon D70S digital SLR has a faster maximum frame rate of 3 fps)

  • Support for 13 menu languages (Nikon D70S supports 10 languages)

  • "Child" mode added to "Digital Vari-Programs"

  • The Nikon D50 features a "Small Picture" function

  • "ISO Control" built in. Auto select of ISO in Digi-Vari Program Modes

  • A function that superimposes the "No memory card" warning and battery indicator over the viewfinder display

  • SD memory cards adopted as the recording media ( Nikon D70S uses Type I/Type II CompactFlash memory cards and also supports 4-GB Microdrives)


The following Nikon D70S features are not available
on the Nikon D50 DSLR


  • Depth-of-Field Preview

  • "Night landscape" Digital Vari-Program setting (combined with the "Landscape" program)

  • The Nikon D70s features 26 custom settings compared to 20 available custom settings on the Nikon D50 digital SLR


  • "Commander mode" function with the built-in flash to trigger external speedlights wirelessly (Nikon SB600 or SB800 Speedlight required)

  • The Nikon D70s allows for fine-tuning of white-balance settings

  • LCD illumination of the control panel on the top of the camera

  • A monitor cover

  • The Nikon D70s features a convenient sub-command dial for changing settings

  • Superimposed on-demand grid lines in the viewfinder

  • Support for the Nikon Remote Cord MC-DC1

  • Support for 3V CR2 lithium single use batteries


  • Third party Nikon D70 vertical battery grips available

  • The battery supplied with the Nikon D50 digital SLR is the 1,400-mAh Rechargeable Nikon Li-ion Battery EN-EL3 (The 1,500-mAh EN-EL3a is supplied with the Nikon D70S).

 

The Nikon D50 has a built-in "Demo Mode". Images can be taken and shown on the rear LCD monitor. The image is not saved long term and can not be transferred to the card. Can be used by sales people to "demo" the camera without the need of a card in the camera.




Nikon D50 Intro, Nikon D50 Features, AF System and Custom Settings,
Nikon D50 Image Quality Compared to Nikon D70s and Canon Rebel XT,
Nikon D50 Image Samples, Nikon D70s Image Samples

 

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