The New Nikon D50 Digital Camera

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…

4 Responses to “The New Nikon D50 Digital Camera”

  • Very very interesting. This is a pretty big move on their part. I’m really tempted by the instant gratification of digital SLR…

  • Danm, this is going to make my D-70 look old hat now I guess eh? Why does Nikon always go backwards with their numbers. We had the D-100 a while ago and then the D-70, and now the D-50.


  • The D50 is not “better” than the D70. There are some significant differences. The D70 is still faster and has a few more useful features (white balance, depth of field preview, etc). However the D50 has a few extras, but seem to be petty… After more research today, I am still leaning towards the D70 or the newer D70-S.

  • I still want a D70, but that might not happen anytime soon . . . 🙁

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