Nikon D50 Review
Review Date: August 15th 2005
(out of 5 stars)
The Nikon D50 is an entry-level digital SLR camera with a professional-level feature set. Nikon have resisted the temptation to dumb down their budget camera by removing lots of important features, so much so that the D50 isn't all that different to the more expensive D70s. If you want a D70s but can't quite afford one, buy the D50 instead - it delivers 90% of the performance at a lower cost. Having said that, the D50 obviously cuts some corners in order to keep the overall price down. The all-plastic body and 18-55mm kit lens don't initially inspire much confidence, although they are fine in actual use, and there are a number of missing features that more experienced photographers will regret not having, such as depth of field preview and mirror lockup. Crucially Nikon haven't shrunk the size of D50, as Pentax and Canon have done with their entry-level models, which makes the camera a lot more useable for people with average to large sized hands. Ultimately the Nikon D50 provides almost everything that most photographers need in a camera (digital or otherwise), whilst delivering great ease of use and very impressive image quality. Highly recommended if you are looking to buy your first digital SLR camera.
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