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Nikon D50 Digital Camera Preview
Written by Dennis Hissink
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Nikon D50 - Introduction
The buzz was already flying around the Internet. "Nikon is going to introduce new digital SLR cameras!" This story got stronger because of the fact that, accidentally, the official manuals of both new digital SLR cameras were published for some hours, and later on removed. During the last couple of weeks Nikon got some extra publicity, but we all had to wait till the official date for announcement. Today we bring you an exclusive Nikon D50 digital SLR preview.

With the introduction of this brand new entry level interchangeable-lens digital SLR model we believe that Nikon has a product in its hand that will wake up and shake up the digital imaging world! We have had the opportunity to get our hands on the Nikon D50 digital SLR camera and we will discuss some interesting features that are integrated in the new 6 Megapixel Nikon D50 digital camera.
Nikon D50 6.1 Megapixel entry-level digital SLR camera available in June 2005
Nikon D50 6.1 Megapixel – the first real entry-level Nikon digital SLR camera
Entry-level but with potential
Enhanced Digital Vari-Program
Nikon D50 Entry-level but with potential Nikon D50 Enhanced Digital Vari-Program
Nikon D50 Entry-level but with potential
Nikon D50 Enhanced Digital Vari-Program
The new Nikon D50 is designed to make digital photography as easy as possible. With the new digital SLR Nikon has combined their excellence and experiences and put them into a small and attractive body. The result is an entry-level digital SLR camera with full potential for those who would like to learn more or want to expand their creative skills, but also for those who would like to experience the quality of digital SLR photography, but don't want to handle any extras like manual settings, etc. Within our limited acquaintance with the Nikon D50 digital SLR camera we can only share this feeling and believe that the Nikon D50 will absolutely be a favorite for many of us.
A range of new features give the Nikon D50 a status of its own. The scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program to improve picture taking and free the photographer to concentrate on capturing his or her special moments has been enhanced and simplified. During our meeting with our Nikon contact it became clear that the Nikon D50 is above all an intelligent camera. It's not like we haven't seen a digital SLR camera before, but it is more the inside of the camera, the intelligent software calculations made by the camera itself, that will have to give the Nikon D50 a 'best in class' status. With simplicity as a key theme of the Nikon D50 the user is able to select out of seven easy to recognize icons situated on top of the Nikon D50 digital SLR camera. Icons like an Auto icon or ISO or Aperture priority mode will give the user direct access to the main settings. Selections include Auto, (Night) Portrait, Landscape, Child and Sports.
Scene
Built-in Flash Viewfinder focus
Nikon D50 Scene Nikon D50 Built-in flash Nikon D50 Viewfinder focus
Nikon D50 Scene Nikon D50 Built-in flash Nikon D50 Viewfinder focus
The Nikon D50 offers a choice of six intelligent Digital Vari Program modes. Selecting a program automatically optimizes settings to suit the selected scene, making creative photography as easy as rotating the mode dial. On of the new additions to the Scene mode of the Nikon D50 is the so called Child mode. This useful feature makes it easier to take ideal vivid and contrast pictures of kids, resulting in a direct-ready-to-print picture without the need for any adjustments on a computer. Clothing and background details are vividly rendered while skin tones remain soft and natural. Camera selects focus area containing subject closest to camera. Wanna shapshot your kid? The Child mode is the mode to select!
The built-in flash of the Nikon D50 digital SLR will pop-up automatically when the shutter is pressed halfway. The same rule for the AF-assistant is also valid for the built-in flash; lens hoods should be removed to ensure a proper exposure. The flash can also be turned off to use for example only natural light. To enlarge flash capacity the use of a Nikon SB-800 or Nikon SB-600 Speedlight is an option.
Photographs are framed in the viewfinder. In order to make sure that the display is in focus the user can adjust the diopter if needed. Just slide the diopter adjustment control up and down until the focus brackets are in sharp focus. When operating the diopter adjustment control with your eye to the viewfinder, you need to be careful not to stick your finger directly in your eye.
Portrait scene Sport scene
Nikon D50 Sport scene Dennis Hissink LetsGoDigital Online Magazine
Nikon D50 Portrait scene
Editors comment:
"Nikon anticipates fast on the development of today's digital SLR market. There is huge demand for an affordable digital SLR camera and with the introduction of the Nikon D50 we believe Nikon could have just hit bulls eye. Knowing that the market shares are divided into two big parts where one is for Nikon we are anxious to learn what the introduction of the Nikon D50 will mean for today's market position..."
Nikon D50 Sport scene
Nikon D50 Portrait scene
This mode ensures high shutter speeds to freeze motion for dynamic sports shots in which the main subject stands out clearly. Camera focuses continuously on a subject in center focus area while shutter-release button is pressed halfway. A beep does not sound when the Nikon D50 focuses. The built-in flash and AF-assist illuminator are turned off automatically.
This setting is used for portraits. The Nikon D50 digital SLR camera selects the focus area containing the subject closest to the camera; this subject stands out clearly while background details are softened, lending composition sense of depth. Colours are processed for soft, natural-looking skin tones.
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