Nikon D50

The Nikon D50 (DSLR ) introduced in spring 2005 as Nikon digital SLR camera with 6.1 - megapixel image sensor DX format. The camera of the beginner class was replaced in autumn 2006 by the successor model D40.


A year after the introduction of the Nikon D70 rounded the entry-level segment with D50 downwards. Nikon Thus placed first in this class.

Although on the dimensions and weight of her compact than its sister model D70, but larger than the Canon 350D, the user must take no serious limitations in purchasing. Thanks to more advanced technology, solid workmanship and a feature set that leaves open little to be desired, the D50 had soon established in the market.

Various scene modes plus full automatic mode aimed at beginners; the usual program modes (P, S, A ) together with the possibility of purely manual setting, system suitability and clear operation let the camera but also the expectations of ambitious amateurs justice.

Like all Nikon SLR cameras, it has the 1959 introduced F mount for interchangeable lenses and can use almost all dedicated lenses. Lack Blendenmitnehmer can with old manual lenses, the exposure metering and automatic not be used, but does the automatic diaphragm. The D50 can therefore be useful only with AF lenses and corresponding lenses from other manufacturers use. Thanks to its built-in focus motor, the D50 supports insofar unlike some subsequent models all the old autofocus lenses of small -screen era without built-in autofocus motor.

Through the opposite mm film (36 × 24 mm ²) reduced sensor DX format to a Bildbeschnitt results to the Nikon typical form factor ( crop factor ) of 1.5. In order to address the specific circumstances of the digital SLR, Nikon created a new lens - class DX - Nikkor lenses. However, these can make only limited use because of the smaller image circle on the small screen cameras.

The camera body ( "Body ") was also known as " kit " sold with the zoom lens AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 mm F3.5 - 5.6G ED (equivalent to 27-84 mm on a picture). Also the camera as a Super DX "kit" was available, additionally, the zoom lens AF-S DX Nikkor 55 -200mm F4 - 5.6G ED contained (equivalent to 84-305 mm KB).

The D50 was / produced black and silver black in the case colors.


The 6- megapixel sensor, which has been used in the Nikon D70s, produces images with a maximum size of 3008 × 2000 pixels. The recordings can be either lossy JPEG with 8 -bit color depth or loss as a proprietary RAW ( Nikon used it his own NEF format ) are stored with 12 bit color depth. A combination of simultaneous storage takes of RAW and JPEG is also possible in this case stands for the JPEG, but only the basic level of quality available. As the storage medium SD cards can be ( with a maximum capacity of 2 GB) used in the D50 only.

The exposure time can be set from 1/4000th to 30 seconds, a long exposure ( Bulb ) and a self-timer are also available. A cable release can not be connected, the camera can also be triggered via an IR remote control.

The D50 has an adjustable sensitivity from ISO 200 to 1600 in both the automatic and in manual mode. The available different exposure modes are Program AE, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual exposure. In addition there are a number of design programs such as Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up (macro - only in conjunction with appropriate lens reasonably usable ), Sports and Night Scene.

To check the recordings and to display the Settings menu, a 2 -inch LCD on the back of the camera. The monitor can not be used to image search ( Live View ), since the folding mirror covers the sensor. However, this offers the advantage of lower heating of the sensor and resulting lower noise. This also saves energy consumption of camera drops significantly, Nikon is for the lithium -ion battery to a capacity of more than 1000 images. Realistically, however, are about 500 to 600 images.

The camera also has a fold-out miniature flash and a hot shoe for external flash devices, along with a fast flash sync speed is offered up to 1/500 second. To save the recordings is a Secure Digital card slot available. The transmission of the image data to the computer via a USB 2 connector (Mini -B). Two standards are available: Mass storage ( allows the connection as a USB mass storage ) or PTP. As the transmission of image data from the camera to a computer requires quite a large amount of electrical energy, but is recommended in order to protect the state of charge of the battery, use a separate card reader for data transfer.


  • Power Supply: Included were a EN- EL3 lithium ion battery and Quick Charger MH -18a. The battery EN-EL3e the newer Nikon models can also be used on the D50. The same applies for the corresponding batteries from other manufacturers. The D50 can also be operated using the AC adapter EH-5. For the D50 there is also a battery grip for the brand Hahnel. This has not, as usual, a vertical shutter release, but provides twice as long battery life, since it takes two EN -EL3 batteries.
  • Flashes: The D50 supports the Nikon SB- 400 ( ultra compact), SB -600 ( Standard), SB -800 (Pro) and certain types of foreign manufacturers such as Metz or Sigma. In older Speedlights TTL control does not work.
  • Lenses: All Nikon AF lenses can be used on the D50. The aperture ring has thereby no longer function, but is always set to the smallest aperture.
  • Viewfinder Accessories: The Nikon D50 has the usual rectangular viewfinder connector of all Nikon cameras below the professional class. Especially useful are the viewfinder DG- 2 and the angle finder DR- sixth
  • Tripods: The D50 has at the bottom a tripod thread of metal, with all standard tripods can be used.