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Nikon D50 digital SLR


Nikon D50

Category: Family dSLR

The Nikon D50 digital SLR is targetted squarely to those who desire the image quality that is only possible with a dSLR but who nevertheless intends to use the camera mostly in Auto mode. To that effect, Nikon has equipped the D50 with 7 Digital Vari-Program modes (scene modes) to automate capturing shots in the most common situations: Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait, and a new one, Child, that makes it easier to take memorable pictures of the little ones with the right amount of vivid color and contrast straight from the camera.

More advanced photographers still have full exposure flexibility in Programmed Auto, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Manual modes.

Major features of the Nikon D50:

  • 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor delivers vivid color and sharp detail with high resolution for great pictures and enlargements.
  • Compact, Lightweight and Easy to Use: At 133W x 102H x 76D mm (5.2W x 4.0H x 3.0D in.) and weighing 540g (1lbs 302), the Nikon D50 is easy to take with you anywhere you go.
  • High-Quality Nikkor Optics including NEW Compact and Lightweight AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED Lens: The new D50 offers seamless compatibility with Nikon's extensive family of high-performance AF Nikkor lenses, as well as the expanding family of DX Nikkor lenses, providing superb color reproduction, razor-sharp image clarity and fast and accurate autofocus performance.
  • Digital Vari-program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night landscape, Night portrait), programmed auto (P) with flexible program; shutter-priority auto (S); aperture priority auto (A); manual (M);
  • Incredible Battery Performance - with EN-EL3 Rechargeable Battery: The EN-EL3 rechargeable lithium-ion battery increases energy capacity to shoot approximately 2,000 images. The new Quick Charger MH-18a is smaller than the original MH-18, and is capable of charging both the EN-EL3a and EN-EL3 batteries.
  • Refined 5-Area Autofocus System: The D50 has a refined 5-area autofocus system that features speed, precision, broad frame coverage, and class-leading low-light detection that makes it easy to take great pictures in low light situations. An automatic autofocus illuminator is also provided when taking pictures with the built-in Speedlight or when using the optional SB-600 or SB-800 Speedlights.
  • Responsive Performance:Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/4,000 sec. and flash-synchronized shutter speeds of up to 1/500 sec. provide a photo experience with greater breadth and creative flexibility to catch more of those important picture moments.
  • PictureProject Software INCLUDED: PictureProject is refined with an intuitive new user interface that makes image management, editing and sharing easier and more fun. Simply connect the camera to a computer to automatically import pictures. Quickly e-mail or Auto Enhance images, run slideshows, burn CD/DVDs*, and access other commonly used functions via practical buttons. Use drag-and-drop to organize pictures into separate collections, and quickly locate any file by name, keyword, or date.

The Nikon D50 digital SLR falls into our new "Family dSLR" category -- a new category that targets families who desire the SLR experience and image quality combined with point-and-shoot ease-of-use.

Nikon D50
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon D50  
  Type of Camera Single-lens reflex digital camera  
  Effective Pixels 6.1 million  
  Image Sensor RGB CCD, 23.7 x 15.6mm; total pixels: 6.24 million  
  Image Size 3,008 x 2,000 [L]; 2,256 x 1,496 [M]; 1,504 x 1,000 [S]  
  Auto Focus

TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with
AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m to 3.0m) Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 68 degrees F/20 degrees C)

  Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
  Focus Area

Can be selected from 5 focus areas

  AF Area Mode

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

  Lens Servo

1) Autofocus (AF-A): Auto-Servo AF; camera automatically chooses singleservoAF (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)

  Shooting Modes

Still: 1) Single frame shooting mode; 2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 2.5 frames per second; 3) Self-timer mode; 4) Delayed remote mode: 2 sec. delay; 5) Quick-response remote mode

  Exposure Mode Digital Vari-Program ( Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait),Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; AperturePriority Auto [A]; Manual [M]  
  Shutter Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter,30 to 1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb  
  Self-Timer Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration  
  Remote Control Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)  
  Exposure Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering system(1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II with 420-pixel RGB sensor (2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% (8mm dia. circle) (3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area  
  Exposure Range 1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 68°F/20°C)  
  Auto Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button  
  Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV  
  Auto Exposure Bracketing Three frames ±2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps  
  Picture Angle Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length  
  Eyepoint 18mm (-1.0m-1)  

Fixed eye-level penta-Dach-mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment
(-1.6 to +0.5m-1)

Focus indications, AE/FV lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator

  Focusing Screen

Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets

  Viewfinder Frame Coverage

Approx. 95%

  Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 0.75x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0m-1

  LCD Monitor

2.0-in., 130,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment

  Playback Menu 1 frame: Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show;Histogram indication; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation  
  Delete Function Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete  
  ISO Sensitivity 200 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1 EV  
  White Balance Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes, preset white balance,white balance bracketing possible  
  Built-in Speedlight Auto flash with auto pop-up [P], [S], [A], [M]: manual pop-up with button r  
  Flash Sync Modes 1) Front-curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-eye Reduction, 3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-curtain Sync  
  Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided  
  Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/500 sec.  
  Flash Control 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensorBuilt-in Speedlight: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering) SB-800 or 600: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering)2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s4) Distance-priority manual available with SB-800  
  Flash Compensation

-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV


SD Memory Card

  File Format

Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF


Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression,JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant

(Number of frames per 256MB SD Memory Card, image size L): RAW approx. 33, FINE approx. 70NORMAL approx. 137BASIC approx. 258, RAW & BASIC approx. 29

  Power Requirements One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)  
  Tripod Socket

1/4 in. (ISO1222)

  Included Accessories
No SD memory card supplied
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, Quick Charger MH-18a
Video Cable, USB Cable UC-E4
Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-20, Accessory shoe cover
Software CD-ROM (Picture Project)
  Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 133 x 102 x 76 mm /
5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0 in.

  Weight (Camera body only)

Approx. 540g / 1lbs 302


US$899.95 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor Lens

D50 (body only) - CDN $869.95
D50 (kit with additional 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 G ED Lens) CDN $1,069.95
Optional AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f4-5.6 G ED Lens CDN $269.95 *

* Dealers may offer a dual lens kit


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Nikon D50
Body only with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor Lens with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-200mm f/4-5.6 G ED AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor Lenses






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