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Factsheet                    D50  pictures
Availability Second hand only
Megapixels 6.1 CCD
List Price  
Introduced 2005
Specification  See below on this page
Instruction Manual Nikon D50
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D50 Color Brochure [PDF, 534 KB]
D50 User Manual [PDF, 6.9 MB]

D50 User's Guide by Ken Rockwell
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D50 review at PhotographyREVIEW

See aloso:-
Digital Photography Review
Photo Camera Magazine
Digital Review (Canada)
Bob Atkins
NY Times
DC Views
DP Now

Test Runs

Nikon D50 Experience Report

D50 User Impressions

Noise Test of Nikon cameras D50, D80 and D200 by Juan Parmenides


Nikon D80 vs. D70 and D50 - Ken Rockwell

Nikon D40 vs. D50 High ISO by Joshua Dearing

Nikon D40 Compared to Nikon D50 and Pentax K110D / K100D DSLR's at DigitalReview.ca


Main features

The D50 features a new 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor and a highly advanced image processing engine that team together to create truly faithful image files capable of significant enlargement, yet remain manageable in overall file size, making it easier to take and store more great pictures. These optimized components produce more consistent results, even under shooting conditions that challenge other digital cameras, such as when working with light-colored subjects or long exposure shots.

Distinguishing itself over lesser systems, the Nikon D50 is always ready to shoot when that special moment or expression presents itself. When the power is turned on, the camera is ready to shoot in just 0.2 seconds for near-instant readiness. The shutter's release lag time is also minimized for near-instant response that virtually eliminates a common frustration of digital photography.

Our notes

  • This camera came out, and was very soon quietly dropped, but we don't know why.

  • You cant buy new one of these and we would not recommends its considered as second hand purchase. If you have one, then you can get good results with it, but its easier with just about any other model.


Type of Camera DSLR
Effective Pixels 6.1
Image Sensor 23.7 x 15.6mm RGB CCD; total pixels: 6.24 million total pixels
Image Size (Pixels) L (3008 x 2000),M (2256 x 1496), S (1504 x 1000)
Sensitivity ISO equivalency 200 to 1600 in steps of 1 EV
File Format Compressed NEF(RAW) : 12-bits compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
Storage Media SD card
Shooting Modes 1. Single frame shooting modes 2. Continuous shooting mode : approx. 2.5 frames per second 3. Self- timer mode 4. Delayed remote mode: 2 seconds delay 5. Quick-response remote mode
White Balance Auto (TTL white baclance with 420-pixels RGB sensor), six manual modes, preset white balance, white balance bracketing possible
LCD Monitor Size 2.0
LCD Monitor 2.0-in., 130000-dot, low temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Function 1. 1 frame : Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments), 2. Magnifying playback, 3. Slide show, 4. Histogram indication, 5. Highlight point display, 6. Auto image rotation
Delete Function 1. Card Format, 2. All frame delete, 3. Selected frames delete
I/O Terminal NTSC and PAL (selectable from menu)
Interface USB 2.0 (High-speed)
Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent) Equivalent in 35 mm [135] format is approx 1.5 times lens focal length
ViewFinder Type Optical
Viewfinder Fixed eye- level penta-Dach-mirror type; built in diopter adjustment (-1.6 to +0.5m (-1))
Eyepoint 18mm (-1.0m(-1))
Focusing Screen Type B Brite View Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets
Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1) Approx. 95%/ Approx. 0.75x with 50mm lens at infinity;-1.0m(-1)
Reflex Mirror Quick Return
Lens Aperture Instant return with depth-of-field preview
Autofocus TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 900 autofocus module with AF assist illuminator (approx 0.5m to 3.0m) Detection range : EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature : 20(deg))
Focus Modes 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); Can be selected from 5 focus area; 1) Single - area AF, 2) Dynamic-area AF, 3) Dynamic-area AF with closest subject priority
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) of by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering System 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 Metering Range (at normal temperature [68F/20C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens) 1) EV 0 to 20 (3d Color Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f1/4 lens, 20(deg))
Exposure Metering Coupling CPU coupling
Exposure Control Operating mode: Digital Cari-Program (auto, portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait), programmed auto(P) with flexible program;shutter-priority auto(S); aperture priority auto(A); manual (M). (+-)5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV.
Auto Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Auto Exposure Bracketing Three frames (+-)2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Maximum Shutter 1/4000
Minimum Shutter 30
Shutter Combined mechnical and CCD electronic shutter, 30 to 1/4000 seconds in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV bulb.
Sync Contact X-contact only: flash synchronization at up to 1/500 seconds
Flash Control 1) TTL : TTL flash control by 420 -pixel RGB sensor Built-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 Speedlight such as SB-800, 80DX,28DX,28,27, and 22s. 4) Distance-priority manual available with SB-800.
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
Self-Timer Electrioncally controlled; Timer duration: 2 - 20 sec.
Remote Control Wireless Remote Controller ML -L3 (optional)
Supported Languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish,Swedish
Power Requirements One rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3 Li-ion battery; charging voltage (MH-18a quick charger or optional MH-19 multi charger):7.4V
Tripod Socket 1/4 in.(ISO1222)
Dimensions Approx. 133 x 102 x 76mm
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap) 540g
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area) Rechargeable Li-on Battery EN-EL3, Quick Charger MH-18a, Video Cable, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK20, Accersory shoe cover, PictureProject CD-ROM
Other Features Text Input


By: Keith Park Section: Reference Section Key:
Page Ref: factsheet_d50 Topic: Reference Last Updated: 07/2009

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