Nikon D50

 
Nikon D50 front
 
Portability
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Imaging
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Features
39
Overall
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Nikon D50 summary

Nikon D50 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR camera originally introduced on July of 2005. The camera comes with a 6MP, CCD APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 3008 x 2000.

Nikon released the updated Nikon D40X (Read Full Comparison) to replace this camera.

The D50 comes in at #70 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & overall #593 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Here is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Nikon D50 family

The Nikon D50 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D7500 front thumbnailNikon D7500
D50 vs D7500
21MPAPS-C8.0 fps2017
Nikon-D5600 front thumbnailNikon D5600
D50 vs D5600
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D50 vs D500
21MPAPS-C10.0 fps2016
Nikon-D7200 front thumbnailNikon D7200
D50 vs D7200
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2015
Nikon-D5500 front thumbnailNikon D5500
D50 vs D5500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D5300 front thumbnailNikon D5300
D50 vs D5300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Nikon-D5200 front thumbnailNikon D5200
D50 vs D5200
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
Nikon-D7100 front thumbnailNikon D7100
D50 vs D7100
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D5100 front thumbnailNikon D5100
D50 vs D5100
16MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Nikon-D7000 front thumbnailNikon D7000
D50 vs D7000
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2010
Nikon-D300S front thumbnailNikon D300S
D50 vs D300S
12MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D5000 front thumbnailNikon D5000
D50 vs D5000
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2009
Nikon-D90 front thumbnailNikon D90
D50 vs D90
12MPAPS-C4.5 fps2008
Nikon-D60 front thumbnailNikon D60
D50 vs D60
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Nikon-D300 front thumbnailNikon D300
D50 vs D300
12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2008
Nikon-D40X front thumbnailNikon D40X
D50 vs D40X
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2007
Nikon-D80 front thumbnailNikon D80
D50 vs D80
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D200 front thumbnailNikon D200
D50 vs D200
10MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D506MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
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Nikon-D70s front thumbnailNikon D70s
D50 vs D70s
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Nikon-D70 front thumbnailNikon D70
D50 vs D70
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2004
Nikon-D100 front thumbnailNikon D100
D50 vs D100
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2002

Nikon D50 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Nikon D50 based on criterias which are usually regarded as crucial in a camera.

built-in flash
builtin Top LCD display
comes with phase detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
great flash sync speed (1/500s)
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
lighter than competitors (620 grams)
manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
doesn't have liveview
does not have selfie friendly display
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (6MP)
low resolution screen (130 k dot)
no external mic jack
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no Time Lapse recording
no video shooting
screen is small (2")
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
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Nikon D50 Sensor information

The sensor spec on the Nikon D50 is 23.7mm x 15.5mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor can capture 3008 x 2000 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 6MP and gives a native ISO range of 200 to 1600. RAW format is supported therefore you have more margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the D50's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The D50 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D50 dimensions

Nikon D50 weighs about 1.37 lbs (620 gr or 21.87 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 133mm x 102mm x 76mm (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.0"). The weight of average Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Nikon D50 is less heavy than its competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Nikon D50 alongside a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its size.

Nikon D50 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button arrangement on the D50.

Nikon D50 topview buttons dials

Nikon D50 Lens information

The D50 fits the Nikon F mount and has 308 lenses available to buy. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the D50.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-70-200mm-f4G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f4G ED VR70-200mmf/4.0 850g
Lensbaby-Burnside-35-Nikon-F-FX lensLensbaby Burnside 3535mmf/2.8374g
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Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T1.4-35-Nikon-F-FX lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 1,43535mmf/1.4 830g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-500mm-F5.6E-PF-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR500mmf/5.6 1460g
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Micro-Nikkor-85mm-f3.5G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 85mm f3.5G ED VR85mmf/3.5 355g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-600mm-f4D-ED-IF-II lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm f4D ED-IF II600mmf/4.0 5900g
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Sigma-24-105mm-F4-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM24-105mmf/4.0 885g
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Nikon D50 Connectivity

The D50 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and usually adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Nikon D50 Video information

Nikon D50 doesn't take video. If you are wanting a camera to shoot just pictures, it is not an issue.

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Nikon D50 Weather Sealing

Nikon D50 does not have environment proofing so damp conditions may affect the camera.

Nikon D50 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D50 comes with a 2" fixed screen with a resolution of 130k dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support. The D50 also has a builtin Top LCD display allowing you to instantly view the camera's settings.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon D50 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95 percent
  • Magnification 0.5x

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be quite helpful.

Nikon D50 Shutter information

Nikon D50 can shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Nikon D50 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon D50 has both built-in flash along with external flash support. The max flash sync is 1/500 sec.

Nikon D50 Autofocusing information

Nikon D50 has both Phase Detect Auto Focus plus Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise than Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon D50 includes manual focus when required during low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate control on focus.

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Nikon D50 Battery life

The average Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the best (2260) battery life within this class of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras with the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D50 vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D50 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D50 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D50 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D50 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon D50 for various styles of photography

The following bar chart gives a outline of the Nikon D50 for various styles of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon D50 Portrait photography information

The Nikon D50 receives a score of 54 which is modest, and means the camera is relatively acceptable for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support plus the flexibility to utilize external lighting.

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manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/500 seconds)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
does not have liveview
low MP (6 megapixels)

Nikon D50 Street photography features

Coming in at a decent points tally of 58, the Nikon D50 is fairly suited to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competition (620 grams)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D50 Sports photography factors

A awful sports photography points tally of 39 suggests the Nikon D50 is simply not very good for shooting sports. A camera really should have good focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
does not have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (6 megapixels)

Travel photography with Nikon D50

Size is really important when buying a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon D50 gets a reasonable 50 as a travel camera which is somewhat appropriate for your journeys.

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lighter than average in class (620g)
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse function
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly

Landscape photography with Nikon D50

For those who are planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon D50 and it's average grade of 47 for a landscape camera is somewhat adequate within the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
screen is small (2")
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (6 megapixels)
no Timelapse function

Vlogging with Nikon D50

A vlogging camera should have a articulating screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Nikon D50 is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it receives a awful score of 9.

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no video shooting

Nikon D50 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the D50, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall into the class of Advanced DSLR.

The line chart underneath will give you an overview of the D50 compared to it's highest ranking competitors suggested previously.

There are more cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Nikon
Model
Nikon D50
Type
Advanced DSLR
Released
2005-07-23
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor dimensions
23.7 x 15.5mm
Sensor area
367.4mm²
Sensor resolution
6 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
Highest Possible resolution
3008 x 2000
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
1600
Min native ISO
200
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens
Lens mounting type
Nikon F
Amount of lenses
309
Focal length multiplier
1.5
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2"
Display resolution
130k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.5x
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
55
DXO Color Depth score
20.9
DXO Dynamic range score
10.8
DXO Low light score
560
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
11.00 m
Flash modes
Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/500 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution
None
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
620 grams (1.37 lb)
Physical dimensions
133 x 102 x 76mm (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.0")
Other
Battery model
EN-EL3
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD card
Storage slots
Single
Retail price
$499