Nikon D50, 6.1 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)

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Nikon D50 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 26.1 Effective Megapixel Image Sensor
  • 3Compact, Lightweight and Easy to Use
  • 4Compatible with Nikkor Lenses
  • 57 Digital Vari-Programs
  • 6Incredible Battery Performance
  • 72.0-inch LCD Display
  • 8High-Performance Digital Processing
  • 9Refined 5-Area Autofocus System
  • 102.5 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting
  • 113D Color Matrix Metering II
  • 12Small Picture Function
  • 13i-TTL and Nikons Creative Lighting System
  • 14Responsive Performance
  • 15Includes PictureProject Software

The Nikon D50 is the smallest, lightest and easiest-to-use Nikon digital SLR camera to date, and is designed for the broadest range of consumers including family memory-keepers looking to take advantage of the image quality, speed and responsiveness Nikon digital SLR's offer, as well as photo enthusiasts and amateur photographers who want to capture brilliant digital pictures with vibrant color and immaculate sharpness. The new entry-level D50 makes exceptional digital SLR photography a reality for everyone.

The camera's seven Digital Vari-Program modes make capturing the moment easier than ever, and the "Child" mode, for example, assures that moms and dads don't have to be photography experts to capture the most vivid color and contrast when taking pictures of their children. The D50's "Child" mode automatically adjusts several of the camera's settings, including ISO, shutter speeds, and white balance, to produce optimized images when taking pictures of children. The D50 also includes a full range of manual controls and custom settings, so users can grow with the camera, and advanced photo enthusiasts can find themselves right at home with a D50 in their hands.

6.1 Effective Megapixel Image Sensor

The D50 Utilizes a 6.1 Effective Megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD Image Sensor which delivers vivid color and sharp detail with high resolution for great pictures and enlargements.

Compact, Lightweight and Easy to Use

The Nikon D50 is easy to take with you anywhere you go! From its inviting body contours to its easily accessible controls, this is a camera that makes picture taking satisfying and fun!

Compatible with Nikkor Lenses

The 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.

7 Digital Vari-Programs

Nikon's scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program modes produces great results for the intended shot, while freeing you to concentrate on the moment. The "Child" mode makes it easier to take memorable pictures of the children with the right amount of vivid color and contrast straight from the camera. Choose from Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Close Up, Sports, or Night Portrait modes.

Incredible Battery Performance

The EN-EL3 rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides sufficient energy capacity to shoot approximately 2,000 images, and the MH-18a Quick Charger is smaller than the original MH-18, and is capable of charging both the EN-EL3a and EN-EL3 batteries.

2.0-inch LCD Display

The Large LCD Display provides immediate feedback when viewing images and aids smooth operation with a easy-to-view, easy-to-understand menu design and instructive help dialogs.

High-Performance Digital Processing

The D50 employs exclusive Nikon technology to render vivid color and clear details with all the speed necessary to freely capture those precious moments as they unfold.

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.

2.5 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting

High-speed continuous shooting assures uninterrupted shooting up to 137 frames*, while shutter speeds from 30 to 1/4,000 sec., and flash sync speeds up to 1/500 sec. provide the capability to capture images not possible with non-SLR type cameras.

*When using JPEG NORMAL - Large settings, and a SanDisk Ultra II SD Card (256MB). The number of continuous shots possible in a single burst may be fewer depending on the type of SD card used

3D Color Matrix Metering II

The D50 incorporates a 420-pixel RGB sensor for accurate exposure control in all types of lighting situations. By comparing the scene to a built-in database of various lighting patterns, the camera's light meter can accurately produce your best pictures ever.

Small Picture Function

A one-button email option, this feature saves photos in the camera at the reduced sizes of 640x480, 320x240, or 160x120, perfect either for mail attachments or for use on a web page.

i-TTL and Nikons Creative Lighting System

Makes taking pictures with flash as easy as turning the flash on! Easy multiple flash lighting is possible using the new Nikon Creative Lighting System. Add an SB-600 Speedlight for more power and coverage for flash photography.

Responsive Performance

Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/4,000 seconds and flash-synchronized shutter speeds of up to 1/500 seconds provide a photo experience with greater breadth and creative flexibility to catch more of those important picture moments.

Includes PictureProject Software

PictureProject is refined with an intuitive 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.

Nikon D50 Specs

Camera TypeInterchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera
Image Quality
Image Sensor23.7 x 15.6mm 6.24 Megapixel RGB CCD
Effective Resolution6.1 million pixels
Color Depth36-Bit RGB
Color ModesMode Ia: natural looking skin tones (sRGB)
Mode II: wider color range (Adobe RGB)
Mode IIIa: vivid landscape and flora colors (sRGB)
Image File FormatsCompressed NEF (RAW)
JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic)
RAW + JPEG (Basic)
Exif 2.21, DCF 2.0 and DPOF Compliant
Recorded ResolutionLarge (3008 x 2000)
Medium (2240 x 1488)
Small (1504 x 1000)
Video RecordingNo
Audio RecordingNo
Lens MountNikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Focal Length Multiplier1.5x
Optical Image StabilizationSupports Nikon VR lenses
Focus Control
Focus TypeTTL phase detection Autofocus by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator
Focus ModesAutofocus (AF-A), Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous servo AF (AF-C), Manual focus (M), Focus lock
Predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
Exposure Control
SensitivityISO 200 to 1600 (in steps of 1 EV)
Shutter TypeCombined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
Shutter Speed30 to 1/4000 seconds
Mirror Lock-UpYes
Exposure MeteringTTL full-aperture exposure metering system (3D Color Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot)
Exposure ModesDigital Vari-Program, Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program, Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture Priority Auto [A], Manual [M], Exposure Compensation (+/-5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV), Auto Exposure Lock, Auto Exposure Bracketing (Two or three frames +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps)
White Balance ModesAuto (TTL white-balance with 420 pixels RGB sensor), six manual modes with preset white balance
Scene ModesDigital Vari-Program Modes (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Close Up, Sports, or Night Portrait)
Built-in FlashYes (auto flash with auto pop-up [P], [S], [A], [M]: manual pop-up with button release)
i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M])
Effective Flash RangeUp to 17'
External Flash ConnectionStandard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
External Flash ControlTTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor
i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (SB-800 or 600)
Auto aperture (SB-800 with CPU lens)
Non-TTL Auto (SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s)
Distance-priority manual (SB-800)
Maximum Flash Synchronization Speedup to 1/500 second
Start-Up Time0.2 seconds
Shutter LagLess than 0.1 second
Time Between ShotsLess than 0.5 seconds
Burst Capability2.5 fps up to 123 frames
Self Timer2 - 20 seconds duration selectable
Interval RecordingNo
Date & Time StampRecorded onto Metadata
Memory & Power
Built-in MemoryNo
Compatible Memory CardsSecure Digital (SD) Memory Card
File Size
Raw + Basic Raw Fine Normal Basic
Large 5.8MB 5.0MB 2.9MB 1.5MB 0.8MB
Medium - - 1.6MB 0.8MB 0.4MB
Small - - 0.8MB 0.4MB 0.2MB
Battery TypeEN-EL3 or EN-EL3a Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Power AdapterEH-5 AC Adapter (optional)
Computer InterfaceUSB 2.0 (High-speed)
Direct Print CapableYes (PictBridge)
Remote ControlWireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)
Video OutputYes (NTSC & PAL)
System & Software RequirementsWindows System
  • 300 MHz Pentium Processor or better (500 MHz Pentium III for muvee option)
  • Windows 98SE Me, 2000 XP
  • 60MB Hard Drive Space required for installation
  • 64MB RAM or more (128MB or more with RAW images or muvee option)
  • USB port
  • 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bit color Monitor
  • CD-ROM drive required for installation
  • Write-capable drive required for "Burn Disc" function
  • Internet connection required for some options
  • E-mail option requires Internet connection and supported e-mail program

Macintosh System

  • Macintosh G3, G4 or G5 System
  • Mac OS X (10.1.5 or later; 10.2.8 or later for "Burn Disc" function)
  • 60MB required for installation
  • 64MB or more (128MB or more with RAW images or muvee option)
  • Built-In USB port
  • 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bit color Monitor
  • CD-ROM drive required for installation
  • Write-capable drive required for "Burn Disc" function
  • Internet connection required for some options
  • E-mail option requires Internet connection and supported e-mail program
ViewfinderFixed eye-level penta-Dach-mirror type with built-in diopter adjustment (-1.6 to +0.5m-1)
Viewfinder InfoFocus indications, AE/FV lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator
Depth-of-Field PreviewNo
LCD Display2.0" low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD with brightness adjustment (130,000 pixels)
Information DisplayAperture, Shutter Resolution/file type, Images remaining, ISO Equivalent, Exposure mode, etc.
Language OptionsEnglish, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Korean
Playback Options1 frame, Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments), Magnifying playback, Slide show, Histogram indication, Highlight point display, Auto image rotation
Dimensions (HxWxD)4.0 x 5.2 x 3.0" (102 x 133 x 76mm)
without lens
Weight19 oz. (540g)
without battery or lens
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.6 x 7.3 x 5.2"
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