|A camera like this Nikon D50 that is so logically and well organized must be pleasant to operate. And it sure is! It starts as soon as you turn the Nikon D50 on. It is immediately ready to take the first image, no more waiting! This also applies to the sleep mode, just press the release button briefly and the Nikon D50 is ready to roll. This is of course what it should be and what we want, we don't want to miss any chances of taking the ultimate photograph. The viewfinder is rather small, but it is also very clear. However, precise focussing remains difficult; you need a large viewfinder to accomplish that. But large viewfinders do cost money and the Nikon D50 has to stay an affordable camera. You won't lack information though. The Nikon D50's viewfinder shows the most important items. This in itself is perfect.|
|Nikon D50 - Within direct reach
When taking pictures you don't have to take the camera away from your eye to adjust settings. The main buttons of the Nikon D50 are within direct reach when holding the camera. Of course you'll have to know where to find them, but you'll get the hang of it in no-time. The command dial, one of the most important buttons when photographing, is perfectly placed in the right spot. Provided that you use your right eye to photograph. The release button response is fine. It has a clearly noticeable pressing point and it reacts directly. A vast improvement compared to the Nikon D100. There is no interval of release on the Nikon D50. Immediately after pressing the release button your picture is captured.
Nikon D50 - Focussing
To focus correctly the Nikon D50 is equipped with the well-tried CAM900 module. It is not the latest one, but it still satisfies outstandingly in practise. There is a choice of five focus points. They can be selected with the dial, or you can let the camera decide itself. The first option is preferable, because it gives you as photographer the chance to decide what has to be focused. Focussing indeed happens fast. Especially in combination with an AF-S lens, with built-in focus engine, it quickly creates a sharp image. The user can select continuous focus (for moving objects) or single focus through the menu.
|Nikon D50 - ISO values
Extremely pleasant is the fact that Nikon finally removed the settings for ISO values from the large button on top of the camera. The Nikon D50 lets you adjust ISO values directly without leaving the shooting program. The same applies to the white balance.
Nikon D50 - Information when reviewing the picture
Reviewing the pictures is easy thanks to the fine large monitor. Zooming into the image lets you check the clearness. You have to use two buttons for zooming, which is something you have to get used to. The Nikon D50 offers the photographer all kinds of information when reviewing; you can't think of it or it's possible to check. Naturally a histogram and a warning for highlights are available on the D50. Other than with Canon, the information will show across the image. Both methods have something to say for, it's a matter of which way you prefer it personally.