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Nikon D50 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The Nikon D50 is a beautiful digital compact reflex camera. As far as design is concerned it fits in perfectly with the other Nikon models. The Nikon D50 may be somewhat smaller than the D70s, but it feels equally great. Regarding the size, the D50 is rather similar to the Pentax *ist Ds and the Canon Eos 350D. But most similar to the Pentax camera. The finishing touch is perfect, like we expect and are used to from a Nikon camera. There are no complaints at all; the buttons are well accessible and every cover shuts seamlessly. Despite of the cheap price, you don't feel like you're working with cheap and inferior stuff. Thankfully!
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Nikon D50 - Handgrip
In spite of the compact housing the Nikon D50 lies comfortably in the hand. People with larger hands will probably find the camera's height too undersized; the little finger will not fit on the handgrip. Unfortunately it isn't possible to place an extra grip on the Nikon D50. It would improve the comfort for a number of people when holding the camera in their hands. Nikon used high-quality, light weighted material for the D50. The camera combines a high bright with a low weight. The Nikon D50 is not really heavy, but neither is it too light. Actually, the camera is just right and it lies stable in ones hand.

Nikon D50 - Objective
The front of the Nikon D50 shows a metal bayonet mount. The entire assortment of Nikon lenses can be assembled to it. And believe me, there are many Nikon lenses, from cheap ones to super glass ones. And of course the so-called DX lenses also fit to the Nikon D50. These lenses are specifically developed for the small sensor with a focal length of 1.5x. On the right, next to the lens mount we find the UNLOCK button. Underneath it, the dial for focussing is found: manual or auto focus. A logical spot for the experienced Nikon user; the dial is placed on the exact same spot since the first auto focus camera (the Nikon F501) was introduced in 1985. A bit more upwards the button for flash compensation is placed. Also a logical spot; many digital cameras have this button placed on the same spot. On the other side of the lens a lamp is placed to assist when focussing and it also works as an indicator when the self-timer is used.

Nikon D50 - LCD Monitor
Also the back of the Nikon D50 feels familiar. Nikon sticks to a certain way of organizing its camera, which is very intelligent. And also very convenient when using more than one camera at the same time or if you switch from one model to another. Striking is the large monitor measuring 2-inches. This gives the Nikon D50 the largest monitor in its class of cameras.
Nikon D50 - Digital settings
Left from the monitor the buttons for the digital settings are placed. In order to make things look more stylish, the names are darkened a little but that doesn't make them clearer to read. Especially not in a rather dark room, you really have to look twice before being able to read them properly. On the right side, next to the monitor, the well-known command dial is found, which lets you scroll through your photos and adjust the focus point or other settings. Underneath we find the recycle bin for deleting photos. Nikon is very smart not to place this button in the same row with the other buttons; it will certainly diminish the chance of accidentally deleting photos. A small lamp is also lighting up when something is happening on the memory card. More towards the top of the camera we find the photographic buttons: the recording mode and the exposure and focus lock. Right next to the thumb the main dial is placed. Everything is in the right spot. The viewfinder, which is relatively small, contains a dioptre setting.

Nikon D50 - Top of the camera
When we take a look on top of the Nikon D50, we meet more familiar items. On the left the button for the shooting programs. The P, S, A and M for the enhanced photographer, the green mode and the icons for the snapshot photographer. A hotshoe is placed on top of the viewfinder for an external flash, like the beautiful Nikon SB-600. Also a built-in flash is available of course, it flips out nicely and high, which prevents red eyes. On the right a small LCD is found which offers you all photographic information like shutter speed, aperture, amount of captured images etc. The on/off switch is positioned around the release button, again like we are used to from Nikon. We also find the self-timer and the exposure compensation next to the release button. As said before, the enhanced Nikon user will certainly find its way around on the Nikon D50 without having to read the manual.

Nikon D50 - Memory- and Battery compartment
Finally we have come to the connections for external contacts which are found on the left side of the camera and on the right a cover with behind it the memory card compartment. The bottom of the D50 contains the compartment for the special Lithium-Ion battery, nicely covered and of course the tripod connection is available here.
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