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Nikon D50 Digital Camera Preview
Written by Dennis Hissink
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Nikon D50 - 6.1 effective Megapixels
Beside the full automatic behavior of the Nikon D50; those of you who would like to get more creative are offered full manual exposure (M mode) and can choose from a range of aperture and shutter speeds by selecting the A or S mode.

The heart of the Nikon is the 6.1 effective Megapixel Nikon DX format CCD image sensor and a highly advanced image processing engine. This combination should guarantee high quality pictures that are very easy to handle and which can be enlarged to a great print, which eventually is one of the goals of taking a picture; to enjoy and relive that special moment again. The 6.1 Megapixel RGB CCD is almost the same CCD sensor that we have seen before with the Nikon D70 D-SLR camera but has been slightly improved to get the best out of it. We were told that especially the noise levels caused by warmth of the CCD sensor are better handled.
Nikon D50 Seamless compatibility with Nikon's extensive range of Nikkor lenses
Nikon D50 Seamless compatibility with Nikon's extensive range of Nikkor lenses
Super fast start-up Great auto focus
Nikon D50 Super fast start-up Nikon D50 Great auto focus
Nikon D50 Super fast start-up Nikon D50 Great auto focus
Despite labeled as an entry-level digital SLR camera the Nikon D50 is able to shoot with 0.2 seconds after being activated. Additionally the shutter's release lag time is minimized to almost near-instant response which was always the most common complaint made by users of digital cameras. When required, the Nikon D50 is capable of maintaining continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second for bursts of up to 137 pictures, making action photography a reality. Pictures are instantly processed and recorded to the photographer's compact SD (Secure Digital) memory card, with a new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface included to support faster image transfer when connected to a compatible computer. On top of the Nikon D50 the user can select the Shutter speed mode and can choose out of a range from 30 seconds to a fast 1/4000 sec. The shutter of the Nikon D50 digital SLR camera is designed to ensure fast curtain action and accurate results, even at high speed settings. In addition, the high-speed flash sync speed is up to 1/500 sec. which makes fill flash photography possible, even for an entry-level digital SLR camera like the Nikon D50. The automatic ISO mode results in a sensitivity range of 200 to 1600 ISO, but the user is also allowed to control the ISO sensitivity manually.
The Nikon D70, winner of the DIWA Gold Award, gave his inherit, a cross-type center sensor, broad frame coverage and high-class low light detection, to the new Nikon D50. The Nikon D50 digital SLR camera is equipped with a 5-area auto focus system and will deliver great AF precision with fast and more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking. The new system also adopts AF-A mode for smooth automated operation that switches between AF-S (single-servo autofocus) and AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) depending on the movement of the subject in the framed shot. To be able to operate under difficult light conditions the Nikon D50 also cooperates an AF-assist illuminator.
Fast action AF-assist iluminator Memory buffer
Nikon D50 Fast action Nikon D50 AF-assist iluminator Nikon D50 Memory buffer
Nikon D50 Fast action Nikon D50 AF-assist iluminator Nikon D50 Memory buffer
The Nikon D50 offers a choice of five focus areas which together cover a wide area of the frame. By default, the Nikon D50 digital SLR camera selects the focus area automatically or focuses on the subject in the center focus area. The focus area can also be selected manually to allow photographs to be composed with the main subject almost anywhere in the frame. The new Nikon model is equipped with an AF-assist illuminator. If the subject is poorly lit, the AF-assist illuminator will light to assist the focus operation when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. The AF-assist illuminator is not available in Landscape or Sports mode or when Off is selected for Custom Setting 7 (AF Assist). For the AF-assist illuminator to function correctly, the lens must have a focal length of 24–200 mm and the subject must be in range of the illuminator (0.5– 3 m). To ensure a good result lens hoods can not be used in combination with the AF-assist illuminator. The Nikon D50 digital SLR camera is equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage. This allows continuous shooting while photographs are being saved to the memory card. When the buffer is full, the shutter is disabled until enough data has been transferred to the memory card to make room for another photograph. In continuous mode, shooting will continue as long as the shutter-release button is held down, although the frame rate will drop once the buffer is filled. The number of images that can be stored in the memory buffer at current settings is shown in the exposure-count displays in the viewfinder and control panel while the shutter-release button is pressed.
Image Quality Accessory shoe
Nikon D50 Image quality Nikon D50 Accessory shoe
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Editors comment:
"Turn on the Nikon D50 and you are amazed at the high speed it's ready! Within a blink of your eye you are ready for the next step to capture your favourite moment. Very user-friendly, amazing direct control, great LCD display with clear symbols, our first impression is very positive. We feel that this introduction contributes a lot to enlarge the number of digital photographers that would like to really go a step further into the great and interesting world of digital imaging…"
Nikon D50 Image quality
Nikon D50 Accessory shoe
The user can choose from NEF (RAW) to JPEG and even NEF/JPEG combination is possible. When choosing NEF setting the raw data from the image sensor is saved in compressed NEF format (Nikon Electronic Image Format). JPEG format can be selected to be saved in three compressions; Fine, Normal and Basic. The NEF/JPEG combination will record two images, one NEF image and one basic-quality JPEG image (Large) in 3008x2000 pixels. The Nikon D50 digital SLR is equipped with an accessory shoe that allows SB-series Speedlights, including the Nikon SB-800, SB-600, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, SB-23, SB-22S, and Nikon SB-29S to be mounted directly on the camera without a sync cable. The accessory shoe is equipped with a safety lock for Nikon Speedlights with a locking pin, such as the Nikon SB-800 and Nikon SB-600. Before attaching an optional flash unit, remove the accessory shoe cover.
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