Top performance in a compact, smart design make the new Nikon D50 fun and satisfying for accomplished photographers and novices alike. Nikon's popular scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program modes are now expanded to 7 with the new "Child" mode, helping you get the best shots with the right colour and contrast. Or exercise your creative freedom with full manual control.
The new 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor and advanced image processing engine give great colour and sharp detail, even in challenging shooting conditions, and Nikon's new 3D Color Matrix Metering II ensures accurate exposure control in all types of lighting. The camera's response is nearly instant, so you won't miss a shot - the camera is ready to shoot just 0.2 seconds after powering up, and shutter release time lag is minimal. With shutter speeds from 30 to 1/4,000 second, high-speed flash sync speed of up to 1/500 second, and continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second for up to 137 shots, the D50 has the shooting capacity found only in quality SLR cameras.
And the D50 interchangeable lens lets you take advantage of Nikon's famous lineup of high-quality, high- performance AF Nikkor lenses and digital-dedicated DX Nikkor lenses. With a high-power rechargeable lithium-ion battery letting you shoot up to 2000 images per charge, the D50 is a true performer for all occasions.
6.1 Effective Megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD Image Sensor: The D50 delivers vivid color and sharp detail with high resolution for great pictures and enlargements
Compact, Lightweight and Easy to Use: The Nikon D50 is easy to take with you anywhere you go! From its inviting body contours to its easily accessible controls, this is a camera that makes picture taking satisfying and fun!
High-Quality Nikkor Optics: The new D50 offers seamless compatibility with Nikon's extensive family of high-performance AF Nikkor lenses, as well as the expanding family of DX Nikkor lenses, providing superb color reproduction, razor-sharp image clarity and fast and accurate auto focus performance
7 Digital Vari-Programs: The next evolution of Nikon's scene-optimized Digital Vari-Program modes produces great results for the intended shot, while freeing you to concentrate on the moment. New "Child" mode makes it easier to take memorable pictures of the children with the right amount of vivid color and contrast straight from the camera. Choose from Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Close Up, Sports, or Night Portrait.
Incredible Battery Performance - with EN-EL3 Rechargeable Battery: The EN-EL3 rechargeable lithium-ion battery increases energy capacity to shoot approximately 2,000 images. The new Quick Charger MH-18a is smaller than the original MH-18, and is capable of charging both the EN-EL3a and EN-EL3 batteries.
Large, 2.0-inch LCD: provides immediate feedback when viewing images and aids smooth operation with a new easy-to-view, easy-to-understand menu design and instructive help dialogs.
High-performance digital processing: employs exclusive Nikon technology to render vivid color and clear details with all the speed necessary to freely capture those precious moments as they unfold.
Refined 5-Area Autofocus System: The D50 has a refined 5-area autofocus system that features speed, precision, broad frame coverage, and class-leading low-light detection that makes it easy to take great pictures in low light situations. An automatic autofocus illuminator is also provided when taking pictures with the built-in Speedlight or when using the optional SB-600 or SB-800 Speedlights.
2.5 Frames Per Second with Uninterrupted Shooting up to 137 Frames: High-speed continuous shooting assures uninterrupted shooting up to 137 frames*, while shutter speeds from 30 to 1/4,000 sec., and flash sync speeds up to 1/500 sec. provide the capability to capture images not possible with non-SLR type cameras.
*When using JPEG NORMAL - Large settings, and a SanDisk Ultra II SD Card (256MB). The number of continuous shots possible in a single burst may be fewer depending on the type of SD card used.
3D Color Matrix Metering II: The D50 incorporates a 420-pixel RGB sensor for accurate exposure control in all types of lighting situations. By comparing the scene to a built-in database of various lighting patterns, the camera's light meter can accurately produce your best pictures ever.
New Small Picture Function: A one-button email option, this feature saves photos in the camera at the reduced sizes of 640x480, 320x240, or 160x120, perfect either for mail attachments or for use on a web page.
i-TTL and Nikons Creative Lighting System: Makes taking pictures with flash as easy as turning the flash on! Easy multiple flash lighting is possible using the new Nikon Creative Lighting System. Add an SB-600 Speedlight for more power and coverage for flash photography.
Responsive Performance: Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/4,000 sec. and flash-synchronized shutter speeds of up to 1/500 sec. provide a photo experience with greater breadth and creative flexibility to catch more of those important picture moments.
PictureProject Software INCLUDED: PictureProject is refined with an intuitive new user interface that makes image management, editing and sharing easier and more fun. Simply connect the camera to a computer to automatically import pictures. Quickly e-mail or Auto Enhance images, run slideshows, burn CD/DVDs*, and access other commonly used functions via practical buttons. Use drag-and-drop to organize pictures into separate collections, and quickly locate any file by name, keyword, or date.
NikonCapture Software (Optional): Nikon Capture 4 offers a unique image-editing environment and is the only program that provides complete functionality to edit NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) files, enabling photographers to optimize output for every possible need.
Type of Camera: Single-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels: 6.1 million
Image Sensor: RGB CCD, 23.7 x 15.6mm; total pixels: 6.24 million
Image Size: 3,008 x 2,000 [L]; 2,256 x 1,496 [M]; 1,504 x 1,000 [S]
Autofocus: TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with
AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m to 3.0m) Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature: 68 degrees F/20 degrees C)
Focus Lock: Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
LCD Monitor: 2.0-in., 130,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Media: SD Memory Card
File Format: Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF
Shooting Modes -- Still: 1) Single frame shooting mode; 2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 2.5 frames per second; 3) Self-timer mode; 4) Delayed remote mode: 2 sec. delay; 5) Quick-response remote mode
Focus Area: Can be selected from 5 focus areas
Picture Angle: Equivalent in 35mm  format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level penta-Dach-mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment
(-1.6 to +0.5m-1)
Lens Servo: 1) Autofocus (AF-A): Auto-Servo AF; camera automatically chooses singleservoAF (AF-S) or continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status; 2) AF-S; 3) AF-C; 4) Manual focus (M)
Remote Control: Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)
Storage: Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression,JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
Viewfinder: Focus indications, AE/FV lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator
Exposure Mode: Digital Vari-Program ( Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait),Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; AperturePriority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
Exposure Metering: TTL full-aperture exposure metering system(1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II with 420-pixel RGB sensor (2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% (8mm dia. circle) (3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area
Exposure Range: 1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 68A degrees F/20A degrees C)
Sensitivity: 200 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1 EV
White Balance: Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes, preset white balance,white balance bracketing possible
Built-in Speedlight: Auto flash with auto pop-up [P], [S], [A], [M]: manual pop-up with button release Guide number (ISO 200/ISO 100, m): approx. 15/11 (manual full 17/12)
Accessory Shoe: Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided
Auto Exposure Bracketing: Three frames A +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
AF Area Mode: 1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF,3) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
Auto Exposure Lock: Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Compensation: A +/- 5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Eyepoint: 18mm (-1.0m-1)
Flash Sync Modes: 1) Front-curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-eye Reduction, 3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Rear-curtain Sync
Self-Timer: Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration
Playback Menu: 1 frame: Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show; Histogram indication; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation
Delete Function: Card format, All frames delete, Selected frames delete
Power Requirements: One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)
Dimension: Approx. 5.2" (W) x 4.0" (H) x 3.0" (D) (133 x 102 x 76mm)
Weight (without batteries): Approx. 1lbs 302 (540g)
Optional Accessories: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, Multi Charger MH-19, Quick Charger MH-18a, AC Adapter EH-5, Speedlight SB-800/600, Eyepiece Magnifier DG-2, Angle Finder DR-6, Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.3) Software, Wireless Remote Control ML-L3,Semi-Soft Case CF-D50
Supplied Accessories: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, Quick Charger MH-18a, Video Cable, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-20, Accessory shoe cover, PictureProject CD-ROM
Storage (Number of frames per 256MB SD Memory Card, image size L): RAW approx. 33, FINE approx. 70NORMAL approx. 137BASIC approx. 258, RAW & BASIC approx. 29
Video Output: Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
Interface: USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Text Input: Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header
Focusing Screen: Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets
Viewfinder Frame Coverage: Approx. 95%
Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 0.75x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0m-1
Shutter: Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter,30 to 1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
Sync Contact: X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/500 sec.
Flash Control: 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensorBuilt-in Speedlight: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering) SB-800 or 600: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering)2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s4) Distance-priority manual available with SB-800
Flash Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Tripod Socket: 1/4 in. (ISO1222)