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Nikon D50

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Nikon D50

We've given the D50 a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

The D50 is very old, so we recommend a more recent, advanced model like the D3000. Here's what we had to say when this was released in 2005:

The Nikon D50 is designed to be an affordable digital SLR for users who want the speed and control of an SLR, with the option of an automatic mode that offers point & shoot simplicity. Designed as a lower-cost alternative to Nikon's popular D70, the D50 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor (thanks to its support of Secure Digital memory cards), and offers a number of improvement on the D70's design, including an improved focusing system and a larger LCD screen. When it is released in June '05, the D50 should sell for approximately $899 with lens included.


  • 6.1 megapixels (effective)
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • ISO range 200-1600
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery. Accepts interchangeable Nikon lenses -- lens not included
  • Part Number: VBA120KU03
  • UPC: 018208252169
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2005

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Nikon D50 Reviews

Nikon D50 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D 50 (joseph — 05/15/2009)

This is the best camera i have ...i did own a D40 and a 60 which i have own more than a year on my D40 and bought another D 60 for my wife but the quality of the picture i took still from the D50.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I have owned a lot of Nikon cameras (Ted Syvinski — 12/05/2008)

I have had the best camera that Nikon has ever made, the F2as witch I wish that I still owned. THE D50 is a very fine camera, and takes excellent photos very clear very good color!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing Performance (Bill Lovelady — 09/30/2008)

I have had this camera for 2 years and do not leave the house without it. I took over a thousand pictures yesterday of 4 football games and it performed amazingly as it always does. I have it referred to as a beginners camera, but with the correct level of experience this is one awesome camera. Feel free to visit to see the results for yourself. I recommend this camera to anyone who loves photography.

  • 5.0 out of 5
D50 is not obsolete! (jim — 09/09/2008)

When bought new 2 1/2 years ago was considered an improvement on the D70 with better pictures and lighter weight, smaller size. Lacks some of the in-camera processing of the later D40, D40x, and D60 cameras but, for me, makes up for that with full compatibility with Nikon AFD lenses, of which I have lots. You have to go up to the D80, D90 to get that very useful feature. Most people believe that the 5 MP sensor is obsolete; however, I regularly have 20X30 poster prints made without difficulty and comparable to my medium format pix of the same size.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Tyler — 08/17/2008)

This is a great entry level D-SLR, with a great auto, and also full manual options. It also has an extremely high flash synchronization, at 1/500 second, as opposed to many more expensive models that only go to 1/200 or 1/250 second. One of the problems with this are it is getting old. At three years it certainly is not a spring chicken, and is not being made anymore. One more problem is the 2'' LCD, which compared to the 3'' LCD standard on most point and shoots, really feels undersized. Overall, it is a good camera, but is getting old.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very good (Will — 09/18/2007)

I wish I could give this camera 41/2 stars, because that truly is what this camera deserves. I am a relatively unexperienced/young photographer but I love this camera. I have taken over 5000 pictures with this camera in the two years I have had it, and have never had a problem (besides operator error, not the cameras fault). Pictures on the highest size and resolution are always crisp and clear when you have focused them correctly, startup time is fast enough to satisfy almost any need, and, for a dSLR, it is very small a portable. Although it only has 6 megapixels, it prints well up to 20x30 without any pixelation. Overall this is a great camera that I would recommend to anyone who wants a slight beginners camera, for less than a hightec higher megapixel professionals, that takes wonderful pictures and is very durable.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fabulous (Delene M. Weingart — 07/20/2007)

I researched for quite some time. I have a Canon (not digital) that I used for years and was quite content. Used a friends Nikon D50 and I was sold!!! Love it!! Easy to use, feels great in your hand and takes fabulous pictures!! I use it for alot of sport pictures and get the sweat coming from my son's brow!! Three friends of mine have purchased this camera since I bought mine and are as happy as I am. Don't hesitate!

  • 5.0 out of 5
i love it, the beast camera (agata — 01/05/2007)

it's everything i thought it is, easy to use and great pictures

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (Robert — 11/26/2006)

I just decided to get my start into digital slr photography, so I did my research and found the d50 to be the best choice. I've had the camera for only 1 day and I have to tell you, it was worth every penny. If you're looking to get a DSLR for the first time and want to get a quality camera for an amazing price this is a great choice.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (Glenn Geelhoed — 11/10/2006)

Having owned two studios in San Diego and eleven Nikon 35mm film cameras, all I can say is Wow! This camera came out of the box with two days to learn and go on a Yosemite trip and I have some awesome pictures. I also shoot Fuji 6x8 and Sinar 4x5 so I know my cameras. I spent six years out of the photography business but had wanted to get a digital slr without going over board off the bat so the D50 seemed good on paper. Well I got the camera, 18-55 lens, 1 gig card and was off to Yosemite for ten days. It was easy to use since my last SLR Nikons were F4, N90, N8008s so it was east to get going. I will say that there is so much to learn though, I have tried to change tonal curves with goofy results but right out of the box I got fantastic shots.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D50 ,,Great Buy (Bill Henry — 11/08/2006)

I waited and research for a year ,for the Right SLR to Buy .( I am A Techinian In this Field )
And Have Service Many Different Brands of Digital Cameras .)

And Finally Decided on the Nikon D50
Bought a 3yr Extera Ext Warranty , Extera Lens 70-300 mm , Flash Sd-22s (TTL is Non Compatble)
Remote and Lowepro Back Pack .

Anyway ,The D50 Was Worth it .
I Taken Over 800 pics at my inlaws 25 Annv .
The Pictures where Great!
Their a Professional Photographer using a D70 , In most Cases the pictures were matched , but Some of His pictures where Better ( Due to his Experiance.. lol)

the Battery Lasted over 12hrs (Wow)
The Speed was Great , Turn ON and shoot .

those little moments were Capture in a fraction as they Happen . (None of the this wait, the camera is processing and Focusing ..Ooops missed that shot,ever again )

The D50 has a Wealth of Opions that fit my needs
With onboard database of over 30,000 scenes from actual photography.
Noise Reduction circuitry for long exposures .
If you check a few review sites , Check out the Nite shots .

The Mirror Shutter assy is more Rebust and reliable then the Canon Rebel , A Small Plastic Clip Wears out,On the Canon. the user is left with less then a 1/4 of picture being taken ,
Reason ,,the lower focus mirror does not Fold up ,with the main Mirror . $500.00 repair . but have found a Simple ,repair costing have that amount .

If memory Serve me correctly , the D50 has dropped in Price . with and extra lens to Boot .

Decide no further , Nikon D50 .


  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera, great value (Mike Ruthven — 10/28/2006)

I have been extremely impressed with my D50 since the day I purchased it. Used it to take pictures during a Mediterranean cruise this summer, very happy with the results, beautiful prints (only 5x7 to this point, though, haven't tried anything larger yet).

One thing I might change if I could go back would be to upgrade from the kit lenses. I was cost conscious at the time, so I got the 18-55 and 55-200 kit, and while the 18-55 is fine for its purpose, the 200mm is a little long to use without VR or a tripod in anything but bright sunlight. They have a new 18-135 w/VR that I think is a pretty good value, and I might also consider holding out for their 18-200 w/VR, which I know is very popular (since nobody has them in stock). This also would save lens changing, covers wide-angle and moderate zoom in one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera! (Rex Jordan — 10/20/2006)

This camera takes greats pictures. It has fast autofocus, very nice color,it just feels right in your hand and is not too complex to learn quickly. I use it for my son's little league games and I used it for my older son's senior pictures. Saved myself at least $250-$300. I owned many 35mm cameras and two other digital cameras but this is by far the best camera in terms of results that I have owned. Is 6 mp's enough? It is for me. It's a great camera minus a few things like mirror lockup and DOF (which I never use anyway). If you can get it, "get it".

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent image quality with the right lens (Ruben Silva — 10/09/2006)

The camera is pure perfection. very low noise, great dynamic range and if you put a 50mm 1.8 the results are excellent.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D50--awesome (Tina — 10/03/2006)

This camera is absolutely amazing. I had been researching and waiting for just the right DSLR camera for the past 4 to 5 years. I've had a chance to roam around and try quite a few out. The pentax K100, comes with a great lens kit, however which i didn't care for the image colors, and when i would be fully zoomed in not enough light was making it to the picture making everything extremely dark. The Olympus E500, great lens kit...however everything I was shooting was out of focus, i needed a tripod to shoot with it. Canon Rebel...great camera, but I am not one to edit my pictures afterwards i like having the control to make it look like i picture without enhancing anything. However if you are into photo editing the camera is pretty decdent. So in the end i was actually going for the Nikon D80. Poor guy at the last store i ventured into i had him take out each camera, with a magnitude of different lenses both brands and sizes. My personal Choice in the end, when reflecting, price, quality and long term range was the body only for the Nikon D50, and a Sigma 55-200 lens. Absolutely amazing. I take all my shoots fully zoomed in without a tripod and the shots are impeccable. I never though for a second i would be satisfied with this camera to the point i am. It has surpassed my every expectation. I would recommend a nikon D50 to anyone looking for an Digital SLR.
Sigma lenses are not known to be that great. However, for the comfort level i preferred the focus ring on this one compared to the nikon. don't be fooled however, i am saving up for a Nikon 18-200 VR lens :) Gotta love those DSLR

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good travel camera (david pullicino — 09/28/2006)

I have bought the D50 as a travel camera as I found my D200 too heavy to lug around. MAkes a great way to use my nikon lenses without the extra weight..and if an accident does happen its certainly less costly..great photos

  • 5.0 out of 5
NIKON D50 GREAT CHOICE (Ed Johnson — 09/02/2006)

I have always enjoyed taking pictures and have tried several digital cameras but always missed my SLR for feel and picture quality. Well now that I purchased my D50, I could not be happier. It is a fantastic camera in both fuction and form. It has just the right picture and the quality of the pictures is great. I would highly recommend this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
This may be over a year old but I would still buy it now in Aug 2006 (Jane Barber — 08/21/2006)

I just bought the Pentax K100d which is great (Brand new technology and gorgeous physically). However, I had the chance to handle the Nikon D50 and wish I hadn't! Physically, I prefer the Pentax - see my review under that heading. However, I have to confess that in each of my tests (using each camera's standard functions/settings), the Nikon D50 produces far better pictures in every respect - colour, clarity, everything. Simple as that.

  • 5.0 out of 5
This camera will pay for itself!! (Kaleb Heitzman — 08/17/2006)

Wow! The camera definately pays for itself. I have owned the D50 for a year now. I own and operate a small photography business,, and use this as my primary camera. I bought the D50, 18-55, 70-300, and SB-800 Speed Light for around ~$1600. I had a sale for about $400.00 just the other night that included a beautiful 16x20 print. It may be an entry level DSLR but it produces pro results. The 16x20 print did not look digital at all which is a plus in my book. It is full of features a pro would use but sophisticated enough to use in full auto and still produce gorgeous portraits. I would highly recommend this camera to the serious enthusiast and pro alike. There are only a few downsides. No screen protector, no manual white balance and thats really about it. Did I mention you can take High Qaulity JPEGS on one battery. It's a keeper!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing picture quality! (Sandra — 08/13/2006)

I recently purchased the D50 after months of research and debate. I was intimidated about moving to an SLR from my Canon P&S - but holding that camera and taking a few shots at the store really sold me. I picked up the Canon A620 - which also has great picture quality - but it didn't give me the same creative rush that the D50 does. I love the pictures I have taken so far - and I especially love the quick response time. My old camera would take so long to set the picture up that the moment was lost....but with the D50 - you snap and the picture is taken. I haven't played around with the various options yet, but can tell all of you on the fence that the Automatic functions on this camera make you feel like a pro. I upgraded the lens which makes the camera a little heavier, and certainly less portable and accessible compared to my P&S, but I plan on lugging my D50 to all family and friend gatherings and driving everyone nuts with how many pictures I take!

It is pricey - but if you love to "capture the moment" and feel like Annie Leibovitz doing it - I highly recommend this camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Not one disappointment yet! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First, Nikon has always made excellent products. The D50 is no exception. It has a plastic body, slightly smaller lcd screen and uses SD memory instead of CF. There are a few other differesces from it's big brothers, but the biggest is cost. The CCD is the same, this is what captures the image and basically determins the quality capabilities of the camera, as the rest of the Nikon line until you enter into the $2,000+ (body only) pro series. For the serious amature, the D50 will do nicely. Bells and whistles are too much to mention. But, suffice to say, it can be operated in 'Auto' which takes care of everything. Okay, that is a compromise mode, but for the majority of shots it works fine. Buy the Nikon lenses recomended. They are auto-focus and exposure. They are light, compact, inexpensive and run silently. I bought an extra battery, as this is something that has caused me problems with other digitals, but for this camera I suggest that there is no need. Because it is an SLR the LED screen is used for review and detailed file set ups only. Basically, you do not need it in the field. This is the part of any digital camera that sucks the battery dry. Got a few extra bucks after you get it? Invest in the largest SD memory card you can. I purchased a Toshiba 150X (high speed) 4 Gig card. About $97 if you look around. It makes over 1,100 high grade pics. I use the continuous shot option. It is what used to be refered to as a 'motor drive' on the old film cameras which allows many high quality exposures in rapid succession. Outstanding for sports or any action. This eats memory, but with 1,100 exposures, who cares?

Bottom line, the camera is simple enough for the kids to make good photos with easily, yet allows dad and maybe mom the chance to become a sophisticated photographer with capabilities you need not appologize for. I got my D50 by internet at ABE's of Maine. Fast, excellent price, decent shipping costs and all packaging and warrenties supplied. No, I don't work there, it's just when a merchant does the job properly I like to give them credit.

Buy the D50, you will not be sorry.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D50 - great camera at great price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've been a semi-serious photographer for over 40 years and own several older Nikon bodies, a dozen lenses, and basic accessories. I also went digital a few years ago and now own two Olympus Camedia cameras, which take excellent pictures. Just before a family vacation to Japan, I broke down after months of debating whether to buy a new digital SLR. I banked on Nikon after reading numerous reviews. I had a couple of days to read the manual and get familiar with the D50's many features. I actually took less than a dozen test pictures before leaving for Japan—normally not a good idea for a serious shoot! Well, I took over 1,700 pictures over 18 days in all conditions (dar interiors, bright sun, shaded forest, light rain, people candids, grab shots from a moving train, closeups of flowers, etc.). Except for poorly composed or mistimed pictures—no fault of the camera itself—the pictures came out really great, much better than expected. The optics are really good with the 18-55 and 55-200 DX lenses. The camera functions very well and is user-friendly. The resolution, color, tonal range, everything were all superior. Having prior knowledge of photographic techniques is definitely helpful (i.e., selective focus, using shutter speeds, ISO settings, composition and timing, etc.) but the camera can function just fine in automatic mode. My pictures were mostly taken in normal fine setting, so most of the pictures were between 1.5 and 2.0 MB each. I already made a few 8x10 prints and they look just as good as pictures taken with conventional SLR cameras.

I can't think of anything negative about the D50, not at all. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great camera at a great price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Are you people idiots or something? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First of all, why would you give the Nikon D50 ONE STAR when you either were screwed by the place you bought it from or don't even HAVE the d50?? When you rate a product, try rating the actual product, not customer service from the place you bought it.

This is an AWESOME camera for the price you pay. If you are just a point and click type of person, try getting a cheaper digital camera. If you are more serious about your photography, this is a great DSLR for the price. It takes fantastic out of the camera shots on automatic but gives you the opportunity to work on your skills in manual mode.

Great camera, great price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Lived up to all expectations (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased my D50 in January '06 to give myself time to get used to the camera before a vacation to Alaska, British Columbia and Oregon this May and early June. This camera was recommended by a family member who is a professional wedding photographer. This is an upgrade for me from a Canon S1IS. I have had extensive use of the Nikon FE2, N2020 and 8008s. This has given me both digital and Nikon experience, therefore the learning curve for the D50 was very short. I purchased the camera alone and added the 18-70mm Nikkor DX lens shortly after. I made about 700 images before the vacation and slightly less than 600 images on the vacation. The D50 lived up to all the expectations I was told to expect by my professional photographer relative. The only deleted images were due to poor composition - certainly not the camera's fault. The on-board flash has been more adequate than I expected. I consider myself an advanced amateur and would recommend the D50 to anyone. Two friends have the D70 and D70s respectively and I would match this the D50 with either of the others. I have not yet used the custom modes to any great extent as I tend to stay with shutter, or aperture priority. The D50 has done everything I have asked for and more. I recommend it highly.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Loving it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera. it is easy to pick up and use for a point and shot user, while when you want to play, there are a ton of options to manipulate.

  • 5.0 out of 5
simply the best!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this camera is absolutely user friendly..and takes outstanding pictures right out of the box! bought mine from good old rip offs there..and the price was nice

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great on everything! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought my D50 at a local store here in the Philippines last December '05 and after taking various shots of my family I'd say that this is one terrific camera for a starting amateur. Works great in any situation superb colors especially those red Ferrari's that my clients' have. An all around camera for everyone!

  • 5.0 out of 5
D50 - Great so far (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just purchased a NIKON D50 with the kit 18-55mm lens the day before my child's college graduation. Camera works great on both auto and portrait mode. I have not experimented with the other modes yet, but expect similar results.Pictures are tremendous. I used JPEG FINE mode (just below RAW, with picture sizes ~2.8MB), a fast 1GB SD card, and the built in flash. Very impressed with the color, focus, and contrast in the pictures. My previous and still in use equipment (NIKON F2, Olympus OM-1, Minolta Autocord L (2 1/4 by 2 1/4I, and a Ricoh Autofocus. I compared the results with similar photo pairs of flowers taken at same time with an Olmpus OM-1 using a Zuiko f1.8 (full manual SLR) and was impressed. I also noted that the camera is ready to go very quickly when switched ON. Notes follow:
1. I bought from a local camera store who beat B&HPhoto prices by a few dollars, but saved me the cost of trip to NYC and extra NY sales tax. They were very good about telling me what was in the kit, what to expect from the lens, other optical options, how the camera compared to others and what I absolutely needed, (memory card and UV-0 filter). I added a LOWEPRO case due to previous experiences with uncased gear.
2. The kit lens is okay optically, but a little short in the telephoto dept. It does work well at 55mm as a portrait lens. I will probably supplement with a 70-200mm range lens in the future.
3. LCD display on the back is a bit exposed for my taste. Back of camera sits against jacket zipper, or shirt buttons when suspended in neck strap. Some sort of cover would be desirable.
4. The built in flash is sufficient for snapshots, but I would like to find a way to tie in my Mecablitz "Monster Flash" for some serious lighting. Also, the "flip-up" flash does not impress me with it's mechanical design and potential reliability, it seems a bit "light weight" in execution, but this is common with most digital SLR's.
5. I am somewhat concerned with technical obsolescence. 6.1 Megapixels is not what it used to be, and as focal plane prices come down over the next 2-3 years , we will probably see 10-12 Megapixes in the $1000 dollar range. My NIKON F2 and Olympus OM-1 are 30 years old, and as long as there is film they will work great. You can already see some obsolescence in what lens works with what digital models, firmware upgrades that don't work in the older model cameras, etc.
Great camera for the price, excellent features and overall execution. Photos are professional quality on the imaging, the composition is highly dependent on the photographer. Given that local film developing options are disappearing, this is a great way to go.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera 6 months ago . At first I used nikon f 80 which is also a awesome camera. I mainly do wildlife and nature photography. i use sigma lenses. the auto focus in my sigma 70 - 300 macro is fast but with sigma 170 - 500 telephoto it is very slow.But anyways picture quality is very good and 80 % of the pictures don't need and editing.well its a great camera for me and fits in my budget . The only thing this camera misses is external battery pack. Being a nature photography i spend 4 to five days in the field so the battery runs out so , i am forced to use my f 80 .

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently purchased the D50 + I must say that for the price, this camera is a great investment. It is easy to use, easy to handle, fast and takes great pictures.

I have owned other digital cameras - this is my 4th and it is a pleasure to use. I considered the D70s and the rebel 350 xt - but decided on the D50 after reading so many positive reviews and handling it.

I have taken some great pictures w/the auto focus kity lens as wll as manual focus lenses that fit on my old nikon FG 20... Simply amazing that I can use such old and great glass on this new camera - and get great photos...

This camera rocks.

  • 5.0 out of 5
marvelous (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had a string of bad luck with 2 canon cameras a rebel 300d and a cannon 20d sold them both plus 4 lens's Pick up the nikon d50 for my wife while I waited for the nikon D200 to become available at the local stores—-I was shocked right out of the box my wife and I did some simple tests
compaired to the canon 300d the the d50 was far better in every way — from ISO 800 down very close to the 20d the Nikon kit lens was far better the the cannon kit lens— the flash is far better than either the 300d or the 20d—

  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb performance (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased my D50 on December 2005 from London...I am very satisfied for its superb performance...its detail picture quality and vivid color crossed my expectation.

  • 4.0 out of 5
beware of access2digital (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

great camera as stated in other reviews here but watch out for twice as expensive as they should be and they tacked on a 35 dollar "insurance" cost to the shipping.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Beware of bargain D50 prices and bad internet merchants!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was very motivated to purchase the D50 after reading its reviews by professionals. I ordered this camera twice with two Internet merchants and considered myself lucky that the purchases never materialized. One merchant is who advertised a very good deal. I received an email from them two weeks later to call them to confirm the order at which point was informed the battery and the charger are separate purchases for over $200! I cancelled the order immediately. A month later, I placed an order with after a check on their website to see that the battery and charger are included in the purchase. I received an email the next day to call to confirm the order. When I called and gave the order number the person who answered the phone said to me in a very rude tone "the order is cancelled" When I asked why that is, he yelled: what part of the word cancel don't you understand? I hung up the phone in disbelief and shock.
I will eventually purchase this camera but will only consider doing business with the well known sites. I hope my experience is useful for others out there looking for bargains on the D50.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing bang for the buck (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Taken it out to the field and had a great time taking pictures. Only wish it had the plastic LCD protection like the D70 and that it had the shutter and apture wheels like the D70 and all other SLR's. But it's easy to switch with the button provided.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nikon D50 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As a beginner, and having just taken a course on digital photography I realise that Henry's sold my husband the WRONG camera for me at a very high price ($1200+). I have taken a few photos with it. It's too heavy and bulky, and doesn't have all the gimmicks I wanted. I am very disappointed with it - he was oversold, that's for sure. Now what do I do with ? Hope someone steals it ?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Outstanding CCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've always been a Nikon shooter. From my F60 and F90 days to now my Digital SLR D50. The new Sony CCD that is incorporated is one of the best on the market. All of my previous Nikkor lenses are interchangeable and work perfectly with the D50 (although not as fast as the newer ED lenses). Looking forward to loading up my 1g SD card with Carribean Cruise photos next week. One thing is certain, the memories will be preserved in fine form. Love my camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D50 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Love the camera, just moved up from a Nikon 3100, the old AF lens from my 35mm NIKON (N2020) work great. Bought from Abe's of Maine, give them 5 stars.

Place order with Best Priced Camera on 12/8/2005, never received it. Abe's of Maine arrived 2 days later.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a professional photographer and for the past year have been shooting on a Fuji S1 Pro SLR.

As a professional I always carry back-up cameras and have been carrying my old film cameras ( Olympus OM2n and Bronica SQA)with me.

I decided that I was going to stick to digital photography and that a back-up digital SLR was needed.

I have reviewed and tried out all the usual suspects and concluded that as the Fuji uses Nikon F-mount lenses a Nikon would be my best choice.

As a back-up camera I didn't want to go to the expense of a camera in the Fuji range so looked at the D70 and D70s. The D100 etc. Then Nikon released the D50 at a sensible price, I checked this out at my local Jessops store and ordered one. This is the best camera. It compares and even in some cases surpasses the S1. in the past 3/4 weeks I have taken about 3000 shots and produced a complete portrait shoot for a model portfolio.

Since buying this I haven't picked up the Fuji. Mainly because of the size and weight of the Nikon. To use this in a studio environment means I can shoot handheld and move around the models. With the Fuji it nearly always had to be used with a tripod.

My future intention is to keep a wider lens on the Fuji and a Telephoto on the D50.

A brilliant Professional camera.

Having said all the above I suspect that in some future time I will be upgrading the Fuji and may consider, if not the fUji S3 maybe the Nikon D200 or D2x, if I can warrent the cost. Even as a professional this has to be taken into account.

  • 3.0 out of 5
best price cameras (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

DO NOT BUY FROM BEST PRICE CAMERAS as noted by previous review. They are truly dishonest people. I bought a camcorder from them and got completely screwed on the accessories. In trying to resolve the customer service people are simply the most rude people you could ever imagine

  • 1.0 out of 5
Camera great,, but Best Price Cameras is NOT the place to buy. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Do NOT buy from Best Price Cameras AKA J and K Cameras, Inc., Infinity Cameras. They bait you with quoted prices which they do NOT honor. We ordered a D-50 body and they would not warrant it unless you purchased a battery and charger at outrageous prices. As it turns out, they sent an entire body kit at almost TWICE the price they quoted. This kit did not include a lens or US warranty (good in Japan only). Also, it is almost impossible to get through to anyone by telephone or E-mail. When you do (after hours of holding on) they lie about the transaction and in order to satisfy you offer a cheap accessory which was never sent. I have reported these fraudulant business practices to various agencies and urge any buyers to stay away from this company.

  • 5.0 out of 5
camera art (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a garden designer and wanted to upgrade my
portfolio and to submit my work for publications.
I needed a camera was that is easy to use but
took professional pictures and to fit into a
budjet. The d50 is a beautiful instrument and a
sound investment. I recently returned from a short
vacation to kauai and took great photos that actually makes it look like I know what I am doing. I am learning about photography and
this is a great camera to grow into.

  • 5.0 out of 5
90% of the pictures taken have not needed any alterations (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As a Nikon SLR user of many years it has brought back photography for me. I changed to Digital when it first came out and have been hoping for something like the D50 to be on the market. Previous cameras were Sony 505 and 707 and were excellent but nothing like the D50. It does everything that I require.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Don't buy from (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The company was dishonest. What you order is not what you get. I am sure the D50 is a wonderful camera, I wouldn't know at this point. BE CAREFUL in buying your equipment from

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Choice for prosumer users! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As a former medium format stock photographer, I had resisted moving into digital photography for a lot of reasons. One was the use of compressed images, so having a camera with RAW formats available to me was important when I did decide to make the jump into digital.
I have been watching for a reasonably priced DSLR with RAW format for some time, and while I had considered the D70 when it came out, it was still a bit over the range that I wanted to spend.
When the D50 came on the market, I watched reviews carefully for a while and then made the choice to purchase one - and I have never regretted it.
Having been schooled in the Zone System and other means of exposure, I was concerned about the capabilities of a digital camera to accommodate such tonal ranges. I can say that I have been more than pleasantly surprised at the ability of this camera in that regard. I also purchased a reconditioned Nikon 70-300mm zoom lens which has really expanded the capabilities of the camera for me. You can get some excellent deals on reconditioned AF lenses from Nikon, and save yourself a bundle of money in the process.
The range of control makes it easy for a consumer to just pick it up and start shooting with very good results, along with the capabilities for control that allow a semiprofessional like myself to tweak things to their liking.
The only con I can think of is the learning curve if you decide to dive into the manual. It does take some time to figure everything out if you want to explore all the features.
I would also encourage purchasers to pay the extra money for high speed SD cards, as they make a big difference in the recovery time, especially if you are shooting large JPEGs or RAW format.
In closing, this is a great camera for the money, and coupled with Nikon optics, it does a wonderful job. I just started using mine with Apple's Aperture workflow software, and the results are nothing short of stunning!

  • 5.0 out of 5
the best camera yet (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm not a professional photographer, but I appreciate good photography. Although I only use the automatic controls, this camera takes the most professional looking pictures I have seen. I've owned the lower end digitals which were fun for sharing pictures over the internet, but never worthy of enlarging. This d50 model takes beautiful, sharp pictures and it is so easy to use. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone who truly appreciates good quality pictures. Additonally, it it is very easy to operate.

  • 5.0 out of 5
From point and click to full manual (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Quite simply the best camera available for a family with multiple users. Those who wish to point and click can do so with ease. Those who wish to control every possible detail can do so as well. All for less than $1000.

  • 5.0 out of 5
its the best camera ever (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was at a party and drop it in the pool and took it out and it still took pictures for the night

  • 5.0 out of 5
Customer Delight (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Got my D50 last month (13th August 2005) and i am totally satisfied by the results. Its just been over a month and i already have around 1,200 pictures on my notebook! As one of the reviewers pointed out, the picture quality is at par with D70 and lacks certain features which i presume are for advanced users. The only thing i don't like about D50 is that the grooves to attach the LCD plastic protector is missing and hence the LCD screen is more prone to damage.
D50 is the way to go !!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I'm humbled (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a die hard 35mm SLR user. I owned a Canon A1 with a lot of optional lenses, a Nikon FM with lenses, and I take a butt-load of photographs. I always thought I was pretty good at taking quality pictures, but when I finally broke down and let my wife take me to the local camera shop, I was blown away by the ease and quality of this D50. I know it's not the top of the line in digitals, but it is infinitely better than any of the 35's I used. I'm convinced and humbled.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon Got It Right! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Finally, a less expensive and more compact, slightly "dumbed-down" version of Nikon's flagship pro-sumer DSLR, the D70, that doesn't sacrifice anything in terms of image quality, or any of the features that are important to 90% of photographers. This camera is destined for stardom as the first significantly more affordable and easy-to-use DSLR on the market that does nearly everything it's more complex D70 big brother does, but more simply and easily.


1. Construction is first-rate. The camera feels like a precision piece of machinery.

2. Compared to the pricier D70 it's easier and more intuitive to operate. One command dial and several buttons on the D70 are missing from the D50 without sacrificing any really important functionality. A very nice nod to simplicity and ease of use.

3. There is virtually NO difference in image quality when the D50 is compared to the D70. Both are absolutely excellent. And, in fact, Nikon has tweaked the D50's software a bit so that photos taken at the highest ISO (1600) actually exhibit slightly less mottling.

4. Auto Focus and Auto Exposure is quiet and very fast. And internal computerized flash exposure compensation does an excellent job of preventing close-up pictures taken using the flash from being overexposed. And the built-in flash is quite powerful and covers a rather wide angle.

5. Both the optical TTL viewfinder and the LCD display on the back of the camera are a bit larger and easier to use than on the D70 — a very nice improvement.

6. The much tinier SD (Secure Digital) memory card used by the D50 — compared to larger CF (Compact Flash) cards used in previous models — has allowed Nikon considerable flexibility in designing a smaller camera.

7. Anyone who has used a 35 mm SLR won't object at all to the relatively light weight and modest bulk of this camera. It fits your hand beautifully, and all the controls are in the right place.

8. Best of all, it takes FANTASTIC pictures very easily right out of the box — a great camera that you don't have to be an expert to use. But it's additional capabilities are practically unlimited.


1. I don't have many criticisms of this camera at all, but one is that the enclosed users manual might leave a bit to be desired for someone who knows very little about photography and is buying a digital camera for the first time. I had no trouble understanding the manual, but I've used SLRs for years.


WARNING !!! — I would not recommend buying the D50 with the 18-55 mm "kit" lens in a package. 90% of photographers will find that the 55 mm telephoto range (83 mm equivalent in terms of a 35 mm format) is completely inadequate for even moderate telephoto coverage. A more expensive D50 kit includes both the 18-55 mm lens along with a second 55-200 mm lens. That means you have to pack two lenses around.

Instead, for general purpose photography, I'd suggest buying the D50 body only and then separately ordering a Nikon 24-120 mm F.3.5-5.6 AF-S VR lens. Very compact and sharp with an incredible 5x zoom range. In addition to the D50 camera body that lens will cost you about $450 — well worth it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Value for the money spent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having just moved into the digital SLR world, I'm enjoying my new D50 immensely. Ease of use and compatibility with my old Nikon AF lenses and great results in print. Highly recommended!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great alternative to pricier D70! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I haven't had my D50 for long (June 23)but I've been playing with it a lot and I'm really impressed. I was originally aiming to buy the D70 because I read so many great things about it, and in the process of doing my research, stumbled upon the D50. Anyway, it's much like the D70 except for a few rather advanced options that unless you're a real stickler for these manual features, makes no difference at all. The picture quality is every bit as good as the D70- I know this by research and hands on experience-and costs less. The D50 offers so many features (to me, and I consider myself an advanced amateur, at least)that even though the pictures I've already taken without knowing all the features have turned out excellent, when I learn more about the camera, I may be even more pleased. The only things I'm a bit disappointed about is the fact that the D50 doesn't have a fireworks option in the white balance but I will turn it up to a higher speed and it should be fine. Also, the lens it comes with doesn't really serve my pu pose with portraiture being my area of interest so I'll be having to buy a better portrait lens. Other than that, I'd go for it and doubt that anyone would regret it. Again, I'd only recommend purchasing the D70 if you like the very few options the D50 lacks, to be in your camera.
Hope this rambling I did helped!