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Nikon Coolpix P50
Nikon Coolpix P50

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Nikon Coolpix P50

We've given the P50 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

An alternative to the 12MP Nikon P5100, the P50 is a solid, 8-megapixel camera with a larger hand grip. It also lacks the optical image stabilization of the P5100, replacing it with a less reliable electronic IS. The P50 appears to be a fine point-and-shoot camera for casual users, if a little anemic when compared to the feature-heavy P5100. Maybe you don't want all that extra stuff (and extra cost) though.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Electronic image stabilization
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Auto exposure
  • ISO 64-2000
  • JPEG file format
  • 2.4-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory storage (52MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: INKCPP50KA
  • UPC: 018208255832
  • Release Date: Sep 05, 2007

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Nikon Coolpix P50 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix P50 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Depends on the user (Jay Ford — 02/13/2009)

I took this camera virtually right out of the box on a ski trip. Read the manual as related to my needs. After a few test shots, I felt comfortable. In a nut shell, I found the camera to be quite user friendly and capable of producing some excellent photos. For the price, I have no complaints. I have printed some enlargements, cropped and printed and am impressed with the sharpness, clarity and great color (ISO 100). Soooo, remember, the camera is only as good as the operator. I would rate excellent but have not tried all the features as yet. Is A+ as far as I am concerned.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Total Losers- Me and this camera (James King — 03/29/2008)

I read a review that warned me: "If your buying a point and shoo,t you are -most likely- NOT into a lot of post production, so don't buy this camera" And I should've hung my hat there. I am into some PP and still these images are barely salvageable. Even with the settings at maximum you'll still be disappointed.
* I was told; the color is weak..too true i.e., red looks pink - coco looks caramel etc. etc.
* The "electronic " anti vibration only works AFTER the fact- and it's very limited at that. you apply that in 'review'- so unless you got extra batteries... leave it alone.
*Other makers offer "Optical" anti vibration and the same cost.
* Aside from some of the features being redundant...they barely have any affect. forget about shooting in low light.
*Try adjusting the ISO and you'll get a noisy cloud of nothing... worth while.
* I shot in backlit situations and used the setting for such and I hardly recognize my subjects- washed out, no detail, contrast -not worth keeping.
*your not using you old case(s) with this either! The 'pistol grip' actually makes this little camera seem tiny and harder to handle..and it bulges out of a normal case.
I could go on but, if your like I was, and you think your stepping up ( from a very adequate 7.3mp Fujifilm A700) to the "proven Nikon quality"...your in for a very disappointing experience. I believe this P50 is still out there just recouping loses, at the expense of suckers like me. I'm on a fixed income and, oh god I could've done so much better for this kind of money.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good package of wide-angle, range of functions and decent price (Gorpalm — 11/19/2007)

Have had the P50 for a couple of weeks now, and taken a couple hundred shots in a variety of conditions. My comments:

1) The photos.
The camera uses the smallest chip around 1:1/2.5 - don't know what that looks like, but imagine it's Very small. With 8m pixels crammed on this sensor, low light non-flash shots are quite noisy. However, flash shots are near enough perfect (and flash intensity can be fine tuned too), distance and close up outdoor shots also give good detail. Handles highlights quite well and brings out detail in shadows. Managed to keep the balance in bright outdoor shots without blowing out the blue sky or plunging the shaded foreground into gloom. All photos benefit with a bit of sharpening in photoshop, but still perfectly usable straight out the unit. Exposure hard to fool, but white balance you need to keep an eye on (especially in custom, which if combined with flash gets you a blue hued photo).

2) The design.
Easy to hold, looks good finished in all-black. Slightly slimmer and feels better put together than the Canon A570IS (4x zoom but no wide-angle). Uses AA batteries - sucks them dry quite quickly so recommend getting decent rechargeables as soon as you can. Looks a bit like it's elder siblings P5000/P5100 from the front, round the screen back it has a more conventional layout - most functions easily accessed through a combination of the rotating dial at the top of the camera (different modes) and the menu key on the back, which depending on the mode you're using gives you access to a wide range of set-up options.

Menu system not totally intuitive, but makes a good stab at it. One thing about the body, if you hold the camera with both hands whilst using the flash, need to be careful not to let a finger stand proud even slightly over the top of the body above the flash - it'll result in a shaded area at the top of your photo. Never had this before on any other camera, but it's just a design thing you have to adapt to.

Viewfinder for emergency use only.

3) Functionality.
Full manual on cd-rom - I still do hanker after the A5 or A6 sized manuals of old. Bought this camera because of it's combination of wide-angle lens, some manual flexibility, things like face detection and (electronic) image stabilisation all at c. GBP150 or so. Had tried and returned a Olympus FE-290 the week before because it was the same price, with wide-angle, but didn't have any of the additional functions mentioned above.

The electronic image stabilisation (e-VR) works ok with no shaky shots so far but it hasn't been tried in extremis, and the screen tells you when it's been employed in a shot. You need to get to the P5000 level before they bring in the superior, optical/mechanical image stabilisation - which is a bit cheap of Nikon, since Canon uses a mechanical system on their cameras in this price range.

In manual mode you can adjust shutter speed (8secs to 1/1000) and aperture (only two options -F2.8 OR F5.6). Image size can be adjusted too (in all modes), including 16:9 mode that's a decent 3200x1800 resolution. For some modes you can select image colour (softer, vivid etc) which I've kept mostly on vivid, for more dramatic photos. White balance includes manual adjustment which I find most useful for lower light flash free shots - noisy but usable, and keeps the yellow cast away. WB also has flash option, which works at keeping colours non-washed out in a flash photo.

Metering has four options including Spot AF, and continuous shot has five options - in the latter case continuous, Nikon's Best Shot Selector, multi-shot are unavailable if (another option) Noise Reduction is switched on. Auto focus has 4 options including face priority and manual, the latter which allows you to frame the shot whilst moving the focal point onto the primary focal spot. Flash exposure can also be adjusted.

And finally.
Overall a wide range of functions that encourages you to explore the commendable limits of this camera. Wide angle coupled with functions coupled with price make this a winner. Slow focusing and post-shot processing (even w an SDHC card) limits your moving-subject type shots. No battery indicator, which I would think is an essential feature on any piece of electronic kit. This is really a 4.5 star review as the last two points only take half a star away.