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takes digital photography to new levels with a D-SLR camera
that's smaller, lighter, easier to use and more affordable
Seeing really is believing with the Nikon D50.
TOKYO - Nikon
Corporation has raised the stakes in the digital camera market
with the launch of its D50 entry level interchangeable-lens
digital SLR model.
Designed to make it easier than ever to enjoy outstanding digital
SLR picture quality easily and instantly, the D50 combines Nikon's
patented digital and photographic performance with the compelling
optical performance of its Nikkor interchangeable lenses. The
result means the D50 delivers expanded shooting options only
available in a quality digital SLR camera, making exceptional
digital SLR photography a reality for everyone.
A range of new features lend the D50 ‘best in class’ status.
Nikon has enhanced and simplified its scene-optimized Digital
Vari-Program to improve picture taking and free the photographer
to concentrate on capturing the true essence of special moments.
a key theme of the D50, the user is offered a selection of
seven easily distinguishable icons from an exposure
mode dial to help optimize otherwise complex settings, reinforced
by ISO-equivalent sensitivity to produce consistent, compelling
A useful new addition is ‘Child’ mode, which makes it easier
to take memorable pictures of kids - complete with ideal vivid
color and contrast - ready to print without fussy adjustments
on the computer.
For the more
advanced or adventurous, full manual exposure control allows
the user to be as creative as they want with their picture
compositions.At the heart
of the D50 sit a new 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format
CCD image sensor and a highly advanced image processing
engine. Coupled together, they create incredibly faithful,
manageable image files which can be enlarged significantly,
making it easier to take and store more great pictures.
The combination of these means users get consistent results,
even in conditions that present a challenge for other digital
cameras, such as light-coloured subjects or long exposure shots.
Ready to shoot
Unlike many other digital SLR models, the Nikon D50 is ready
to shoot within a fraction of a second (0.2 seconds) of the
power being turned on. In addition, the shutter's release lag
time is also minimized for near-instant response, addressing
one of the most common frustrations experienced by digital
When required, the D50 is capable of maintaining continuous
shooting at 2.5 frames per second for bursts of up to 137† pictures,
making action photography a reality. Pictures are instantly processed
and recorded to the photographer's compact SD (Secure Digital)
memory card, with a new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface included to
support faster image transfer when connected to a compatible
Choice of shutter speeds
The D50’s choice of shutter speed extends from 30 sec. to an
action-stopping 1/4,000 sec. A high-speed flash sync speed
of up to 1/500 sec. makes great fill flash photography possible;
Nikon technology makes it automatic and a bulb setting is also
included for long exposures.
The shutter is designed to ensure fast curtain action for consistent
operation and accurate, predictable results, even at high speed
settings. AUTO ISO maximizes available light by automatically
setting ISO-equivalent sensitivity across the available range
of 200 to 1600. The D50 also allows users to set ISO sensitivity
manually, enabling greater personal control.
Award winning AutoFocus
The D50’s 5-area autofocus system inherits Nikon's proven cross-type
center sensor, broad frame coverage, and class-leading low
light detection found only in the award-winning Nikon D70.
This means it delivers even greater AF precision with fast,
more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking.
The new system adopts AF-A mode for smooth automated operation
that switches between AF-S (single-servo autofocus) and AF-C
(continuous-servo autofocus) depending on the movement of the
subject in the framed shot. An AF-assist illuminator is also
included, which helps maximize performance when shooting in
low lighting conditions.
Great colour guaranteed
The D50 produces consistently natural colouration by measuring
the entire frame of the shot and matching white balance to
the light source. Advanced auto white balance handles most
lighting situations, but additional options include a flexible
choice of six specific manual settings, white balance bracketing
for added creative choice of results, as well as a preset option
for using a grey or white object as a calibrating reference
under mixed lighting conditions.
Nikon's new 3D Colour Matrix Metering II feature ensures accurate
exposure control in most lighting situations by automatically
comparing input from its frame-wide 420-pixel sensor for each
scene to a comprehensive onboard database of over 30,000 scenes
from real-life photographic situations.
Let there be light
Professionals and amateurs alike rely on Nikon's exclusive light
metering technologies that produce ideal exposures instantly.
Newly developed exposure evaluation methods detect highlights
and shadows in the frame, and compensate for them to help minimize
under- or over-exposure by comparing the lighting pattern of
the frame with the onboard database of scenes, thus enhancing
performance for more accurate and consistent exposures.
One of the keys to a user’s enjoyment of Nikon’s digital SLR
equipment is the creative potential afforded by having interchangeable
lenses. The new D50 offers seamless compatibility with Nikon's
extensive family of high-performance AF Nikkor lenses, as well
as the expanding family of dedicated digital DX Nikkor lenses,
providing superb color reproduction, razor-sharp image clarity
and fast, accurate autofocus performance.
The compact, lightweight design of the Nikon D50 makes it easy
to carry, while its body contours and accessible controls make
it efficient and easy to operate. Redesigned on-screen menus
on the D50’s large 2-inch LCD monitor present clear, helpful
user information in easy to understand language, reinforced
by intuitive help dialogs linked to respective menu selections
for on-the-spot reference. The high-capacity rechargeable lithium-ion
battery delivers enough power to shoot up to 2,000 images††
on a single charge.
For the entry-level user, the D50 is an outstanding performer
right across the board.
It boasts diverse playback options, versatile custom settings,
a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface for easy connectivity, direct printing
to any PictBridge compatible printer with in-camera page setup,
and Nikon's complimentary PictureProject software that will extend
anyone’s photographic experience with easy image transfers, effective
image organization and editing, creative page layout design,
plus printing and sharing.
The entire package is rounded off by Nikon's powerful Total
Imaging System, including high-quality AF and DX Nikkor lenses
and SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights, which enable Nikon's Creative
Together they make the D50 the perfect introduction to digital
Sales release schedule: Nikon Corporation will launch the D50
worldwide in June 2005.
Note: Specifications, design, product name and standard accessories
may differ by country or area.
Major Features of the Nikon D50
Vivid color and sharp details straight from the camera
• New 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD imaging sensor
that produces 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images with accurate color,
high resolution and sharp details for great pictures capable
of significant enlargement, or cropping for creative effect.
File sizes remain manageable, making it easier to take and store
more great pictures.
• Advanced digital image processor that marks a further evolution
of analog and digital processing and pre-conditioning technologies,
producing images that are ready to print straight from the camera.
Image quality is optimized, including auto white balance, auto
tone and color control, and real-time processes diminish digital
noise to produce beautiful long exposure shots.
• 3D Color Matrix Metering II ensures accurate exposure control
and white balance.
Instant, precise response
• Near-instant 0.2-second power-up, and quick shutter response.
• Continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second for continuous
bursts of up to 137 pictures† without having to wait for the
camera to record the images to the SD memory card.
• Fast 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-on™
delivers greater precision with fast, more consistent subject
acquisition and improved focus tracking to capture the action
as it happens. Automatic AF-assist illuminator helps ensure top
AF performance in dark situations.
• Fast shutter speed with a range from 30 to 1/4,000 sec.
• Fast flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec. for great fill-effects
under brighter light and back-lighted conditions.
• Fast data transfer and recording to SD memory cards keeps the
D50 ready to shoot whenever a special moment presents itself.
Accurate automated and manual control for predictable results
• Seven Digital Vari-Program selections for automatic adjustment
of settings necessary to produce incredible digital photographs,
including ISO-equivalent sensitivity, white balance, sharpening,
tone (contrast), color, saturation and hue for crisp and vivid
results that match the intended shot. Selections include Auto,
Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, and Night Portrait.
• Image enhancement options provide versatile sharpening, tone
(contrast), color, saturation or hue while using Auto Multi Program
[P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], or
Manual [M] exposure modes to help match picture taking situations.
The easy-to-set choices include Normal, Vivid, Sharp, Soft, Direct
print, Landscape or Custom optimization.
• Automatic control over ISO-equivalent sensitivity from ISO
200 to 1600; can also be set manually.
• To maximize performance throughout the infinite range of potential
picture scenes, D50 provides a choice of three TTL (Through The
Lens) exposure modes: 3D Color Matrix Metering II for quick changing
conditions, Center-Weighted for strong backlighting and more
personal control, and Spot Meters that give you total control
of exposure when you have lots of time to set up the shot.
• Auto exposure bracketing helps achieve the exact results desired.
• Flash exposure compensation.
• A choice of three color modes ensures the best match for the
shot when operating the camera manually.
Mode Ia: Renders natural-looking skin tones out of the camera.
Mode II: Realizes a wider color range suited for processing or
retouching. (Adobe RGB)
Mode IIIa: Renders vivid landscape and flora colors out of the
• Simultaneous recording of Compressed RAW (NEF) and JPEG image
files for the same shot helps by providing a smaller JPEG image
file that can be quickly sent via email, along with a Compressed
RAW (NEF) file for more creative flexibility to enhance pictures
using Nikon PictureProject or Nikon Capture software.
Intuitive handling and operating ease
• Light and compact:
Dimensions (W x H x D): 133 x 102 x 76mm (5.3 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
Weight: Approx. 540g (1 lb. 3 oz.) without battery.
• Intuitive and familiar operation with ergonomically designed
and sensibly located buttons and controls, including the handy
multi selector and mode dial
• Quality optical viewfinder features diopter correction and
• New large 2.0-inch LCD monitor located directly below the viewfinder
displays the large fonts of the easy-to-view, easy-to-understand
menu design, and the intuitive help system dialogs that make
understanding camera settings easy.
• Versatile LCD playback options include Single image playback,
Thumbnail image playback (4 or 9 pictures at a time), Zoom playback,
Slide show, easy Histogram indication for determining highlights
and shadow values, and Highlight point displays for even quicker
highlight information, with automatic image rotation for vertical
• LCD control panel on camera top makes it easy to confirm settings
and camera status.
• Long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery with power to shoot
up to 2,000 images†† on a single charge.
• Custom Settings for personalizing camera operation to match
the individual's shooting style, or different picture taking
• Wireless remote control of the D50 is available with the optional
ML-L3 remote control.
Easy image handling
• New Small Picture function for saving photos within the camera
at the reduced sizes of 640x480, 320x240, or 160x120 for Internet
use - either for mail attachments or placement on web pages.
• In-camera page setup support makes it easy to print directly
from the D50 to any PictBridge compatible printer via the supplied
• Up to 36 alphanumeric characters can be entered in each image's
EXIF header (file information) for personalized identification
when images are viewed on a computer.
• Video connector and supplied video cable makes it easy to connect
the D50 directly to a television for playing slideshows or viewing
Creative and versatile system components
• High-quality Nikkor lenses: The unrivalled performance of AF,
AF-S and DX Nikkor lenses greatly expands creative possibilities.
• Built-in auto pop-up flash features exclusive i-TTL flash control,
fast 1/500 sec. flash sync shutter speed, and coverage for lenses
as wide as 18mm.
• Supports Nikon's Creative Lighting System when using a SB-800
and SB-600 Speedlight mounted on the ISO flash shoe for additional
on camera flash output in large rooms, or for longer distance
shooting situations. Also allows off-camera multiple flash lighting
with iTTL Technology with SB-800 and SB-600.
• Integrated Nikon Software Solutions:
Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.3) with Capture Control is an optional
software that provides a comprehensive image processing and remote
camera control package that supports all Nikon NEF††† (RAW),
TIFF and JPEG data. Among other features, the package offers
Image Dust Off sensor dust and particle shade removal control,
D-Lighting for scene-specific automatic dodge and burn control,
the LCH editor, plus a wide selection of high-precision tools
that extend every opportunity to perform effective image processing
in-computer while creating the idealized archive file.
PictureProject is Nikon's versatile software that extends the
enjoyment of photography into your computer. Simplified image
transfer helps move images easily from camera to computer, where
PictureProject's intuitive interface lets photographers effectively
organize and edit, apply selected effects, design album page
layouts, or share their images. Adding to the fun, a complimentary
copy is included with the purchase of any Nikon digital camera.
The combination of direct printing with Pictbridge technology
and in-computer PictureProject technology empowers users with
great picture performance. Optional Plug-in software can be added
to PictureProject for added creativity. Plug-in software that
will prove useful to any photographer includes nik Color Efex
Pro filters and Muvee –software that enables you to prepare very
creative slide show presentations with special effects, music
added and more.
† 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
†† 2,000 images per charge achieved under following test conditions:
Fully charged EN-EL3 battery; temperature of 20°C (68°F); Zoom-Nikkor
AF-S DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G SG IF ED lens; continuous shooting
mode; continuous-servo autofocus; image quality set to JPEG
BASIC; image size set to Medium; shutter speed 1/250 sec.;
shutter release pressed halfway for three seconds and focus
cycled from infinity to minimum range three times with each
shot; monitor turned on for five seconds after six shots and
then turned off; cycle repeated once exposure meters have turned
††† NEF images taken with the D50 require Nikon Capture 4 (Ver.
4.3) or later.
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 (pixels) 3,008 x 2,000 [L], 2,256 x 1,496 [M], 1,504
x 1,000 [S]
Sensitivity 200 to 1600 (ISO equivalent) in steps of 1 EV
Storage Media SD Memory Card
Storage System Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression,
JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant
File System Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF
Storage (Number of frames per 256MB SD Memory card, image size
RAW approx. 33, FINE approx. 70
NORMAL approx. 137
BASIC approx. 258, RAW & BASIC approx. 29
White Balance Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor),
six manual modes, preset white balance, white balance bracketing
LCD Monitor 2.0-in., 130,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon
with brightness adjustment
Playback Function 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
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
Compatible Lenses 1) DX Nikkor: All functions supported
2) Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported 3) Micro Nikkor
85 mm F2.8D: All functions supported except autofocus and some
exposure modes 4) Other AF Nikkor: All functions supported
except 3D Color Matrix Metering II.
5) AI-P Nikkor : All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix
Metering II and autofocus.
6) Non-CPU : Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter
does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum
aperture is f/5.6 or faster Note: IX Nikkor lenses can not be
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)
Eyepoint 18mm (-1.0m-1)
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;
Viewfinder Information Focus indications, AE/FV lock indicator,
Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator,
Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation,
Number of remaining exposures, Flash ready indicator
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: 20°C)
Lens Servo 1) Autofocus (AF-A): Auto-Servo AF; camera automatically
chooses single-servo AF (AF-S) or continuous servo AF (AF-C);
predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to
4) Manual focus (M)
Focus Area Can be selected from 5 focus areas
AF Area Mode 1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF,
3) Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button
(single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure Metering System TTL full-aperture exposure metering
(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 Metering Range 1) EV 0 to 20 (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted
2) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens,
Exposure Modes Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape,
Close up, Night portrait),
Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto
[S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Auto Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with
Auto Exposure Bracketing Three frames ±2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Shooting Modes 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
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
Flash Control 1) TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor
Built-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 lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800,
80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s
4) Distance-priority manual available with SB-800
Flash Sync Mode 1) Front-curtain Sync (normal sync), 2) Red-eye
3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4) Slow Sync,
5) Rear-curtain Sync
Built-in Speedlight Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait:
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
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Self-timer Electronically controlled timer of 2 to 20 seconds
Remote Control Wireless Remote Controller ML-L3 (optional)
Power Source One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, AC Adapter
Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 133 x 102 x 76mm
Weight Approx. 540g without battery, memory card, or body cap
Supplied Accessories* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, Quick
Video Cable, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5,
Rubber Eyecup DK-20, Accessory shoe cover, PictureProject CD-ROM
Optional Accessories Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, Multi
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 may differ in each country or area
Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any
notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. April
2005©2005 Nikon Corporation
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