So it’s been announced. Nikon has just said it is to release a new digital SLR. The Nikon D50. This camera will break the $1000 price barrier. Retailing at $899 including a AF-S DX 18 – 55 mm F3.5 – F5.6G ED lens. Virtually a 27 – 85 mm equiv. FOV, 3x zoom.
Some features include:
- New 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor
- Advanced digital image processor that marks a further evolution of analog and digital processing and pre-conditioning technologies
- 3D Color Matrix Metering II
- Near-instant 0.2-second power-up, and quick shutter response
- Continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second
- Fast 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-onâ„¢
- Fast shutter speed with a range from 30 to 1/4,000 sec
- Fast flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec.
These are just a few of the features. You can also get it in gray or black. That is kind of gimmicky in my opinion, but some people do like the gray. Aside from the construction being most likely a large percentage of plastic and few metal alloy parts this camera looks like it will be a good one. That or the Nikon D70 will come down significantly and I’ll be able to warrant making a purchase. Still not totally sold on 35mm digital photography, but it sure makes it convenient. I am becoming more and more confident with digital SLRs. The technology is getting better. So time will tell…