Nikon D50 Manual User Guide and Product Specification

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Table of Contents:

    1. The Introduction
    2. The Overall Look
    3. Camera Specification
    4. Price and Impression
    5. Manual User Guide

The Introduction to Nikon D50 Manual

When it comes to the question of what is the most important part of an electronic product especially digital camera product, we say it is the manual. It is because with the manual, both users and enthusiast will be able to get the needed information about a certain product. With this manual too, the learning process upon the camera product is started.

Nikon D50 Manual - camera front face

So, we can say that manual is the best reference when we want to understand the digital camera product. This is what motivates us to bring Nikon D50 Manual User Guide here, with this manual we hope that we can help you understanding this Nikon camera product better than before.

Overall Look of Nikon D50

It is generally known that look is something important that becomes a consideration for people in buying digital camera product. With the look, People can instantly attracted to a certain digital camera product. More than that, sometimes the choice of camera look is also reflecting the personality of owner as well as the classiness of the camera itself. So, before we hit the Nikon D50 Manual User Guide directly, now we are going to talk about the look of this camera first.

Talking about Nikon D50 design, it is quite resemble to its older brother, Nikon D70, in terms of body dimension, look, as well as button and dials arrangement. But in fact, the newer D50 is lighter with only 620 g (1.37 lb / 21.87 oz) of weight.

While for the body dimension, Nikon D50 manual says that the camera is measured in 133 x 102 x 76 mm size or 5.24 x 4.02 x 2.99 inch, with 76 mm of thickness. With this weight and dimension, the camera is relatively smaller and lighter compared to other camera in its class.

Nikon D50 Manual - camera rear side

On the viewing aspect, Nikon D50 offers a built-in Optical viewfinder with 95% coverage and 0.5x magnification. On the back side of the camera, we can see a larger 2.0 inch LCD screen with 130,000 pixel resolution. This monitor is bright and detail, and it’s already enough to display your photography result. While at the right side of top plate, you can see a status panel, which is similar to what we see on D70. However, as stated in Nikon D50 manual, this status panel doesn’t have backlight, which is a little bit disappointing.

In the handgrip base, there is a battery compartment that saves an EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. Then, moving to the port, camera’s connections ports are stored on the left side of the device. There, we can see mini USB Port which support USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, video out, and DC-IN connector. And again, just like its older brother the D70, the D50 doesn’t have terminal for PC Sync flash.

The Specification of Nikon D50

The significantly increasing SLR camera market makes the competition becomes tighter between manufacturers. The availability of good SLR product now is also accompanied by a great price point. In fact, all players are playing the game of price point now, including the Japanese well known camera manufacturer, Nikon. This is proven by releasing the Nikon D50, channeling that the manufacturer is giving alternative for affordable camera device with good image and video quality.

In the sensory aspects, this camera has APS-C sensor with 23.7 x 15.5 mm size and 6.0MP resolution. With this sensor, Nikon D50 manual claims that the camera can create images in various size options; 1504 x 1000, 2256 x 1496, and 3008 x 2000 with 3:2 aspect ratio. The images can be created in various quality of JPEG format.

Nikon D50 Manual - camera top plateBut, if you want to shoot in RAW, Nikon D50 also provides RAW image capturing mode that will be written in Nikon’s typical NEF image format. As for ISO sensitivity, the camera has ISO range from 200 to 1600, which may be very much left behind compared to nowadays standard ISO setting.

Based on the Nikon D50 manual, in the focusing system, the camera has a better performance compared to it older brother, the D70. This focusing system is much better especially on the motion tracking area, and it has auto AF mode as well. So, the camera can automatically switch between continuous AF and single AF to follow the object. Moreover, it also has lower metering resolution sensor, which is a newer sensor compared to the sensor used in the D70. Shutter speed is incredible too, which is 1/4000 sec. While the continuous shooting, it reaches 2.5 fps speed.

Nikon D50 Quick Specification

Body colors Black and Silver *
Sensor • 6.24 megapixel (total) CCD
• 6.1 million effective pixels
• 23.7 x 15.6 mm
• Nikon DX format (1.5x FOV crop)
• RGB Color Filter Array
• 12-bit A/D converter
Image sizes • 3008 x 2000 [L] (6.01 million)
• 2256 x 1496 [M] *
• 1504 x 1000 [S]
File formats • NEF (12-bit uncompressed RAW)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
• NEF+JPEG (Basic)
Color space • IIIa (sRGB – more green for colourful landscapes) default *
• Ia (sRGB)
• II (Adobe RGB)
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling & AF contacts)
Lens compatibility • DX Nikkor: All functions supported
• Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported
• Micro Nikkor 85 mm F2.8D: All functions supported except autofocus and some exposure modes
• Other AF Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
• AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II and autofocus
• 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 cannot be used.
Autofocus • TTL phase detection
• Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module
• Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
Lens servo • Single Servo AF (AF-S)
• Continuous Servo AF (AF-C)
• Auto selection (AF-A) *
• Manual focus (M)
AF Area mode • Single Area AF
• Dynamic Area AF
• Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
Focus area One of five areas can be selected
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF Assist White light lamp
Exposure mode • Digital Vari-program
    – Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child *, Sports, Close up, Night portrait
• Programmed auto (P) with flexible program
• Shutter-priority auto (S)
• Aperture priority auto (A)
• Manual (M)
Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering system
• 3D color matrix metering II *
• 420 segment RGB sensor *
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75%(8mm circle) given to 6, 8, 10, or 13-mm circle in center of frame, or weighting based on average of entire frame
• Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area *
Metering range • EV 0 to 20 (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
• EV 2 to 20 (spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C)
Meter coupling CPU coupling
Exposure compen. • +/- 5.0 EV
• 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
AE Lock Detected exposure value locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AE Bracketing • 3 frames *
• +/- 2 EV
• 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 200 – 1600
• 1 EV steps *
Shutter speed • Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
• 30 to 1/4000 sec *
• Steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
• Flash X-Sync: up to 1/500 sec
• Bulb
White balance • Auto (TTL white-balance with 420 segment RGB sensor *)
• Six manual modes
• Preset white balance
• White balance bracketing possible
WB fine tuning No *
Image parameters • Sharpening
• Tone
• Color
• Hue
Viewfinder • Optical fixed eye-level
• Penta-dach-mirror type
• Built-in diopter adjustment (-1.6 to +0.5 m-1)
• Eyepoint: 18 mm (at -1.0 m-1)
• Frame coverage 95% (approx.)
• Viewfinder eyecup DK-20 *
• Viewfinder magnification approx. 0.75x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
• Focusing screen: Type B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V * with superimposed focus brackets
LCD monitor • 2.0″ TFT LCD *
• 130,000 pixel
Flash control • TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor *
     o Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering)
     o SB-800 or 600: i-TTL Balanced Fill-Flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering)
• Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens
• Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s
• Distance-priority manual available with SB-800
Flash Sync Mode • Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync)
• Red-Eye Reduction
• Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
• Slow Sync
• Rear-Curtain Sync
Built-in Speedlight • Auto flash with auto pop-up
• [P], [S], [A], [M]: manual pop-up with button release Auto flash with auto pop-up
• Guide number (ISO 200/ISO 100, m): approx. 15/11 (manual full 17/12)
Flash compensation • -3 to +1 EV
• 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Accessory shoe • ISO standard hot-shoe with safety lock
Shooting modes • Single frame shooting (S) mode
• Continuous shooting (C) mode: approx. 2.5 frame per second * (up to 12 consecutive shots with JPEG format, 4 shot with RAW format)
• Self-timer/remote control mode.
Self-timer • 2 to 20 sec
Playback functions • 1 frame: Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments)
• Magnifying playback
• Slide show
• Histogram indication
• Highlight point display
• Auto image rotation
Orientation sensor Yes
Storage • Secure Digital (SD) card *
• No card supplied
Text input Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header
Video output NTSC or PAL selectable
Remote control ML-L3 wireless remote controller (optional)
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) *
• Mass storage / PTP selectable
• Video out
• DC-IN (optional AC adapter)
Languages Chinese (simplified), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese
Power • Lithium-Ion battery pack EN-EL3
• AC Adapter EH-5 (optional)
Dimensions 133 x 102 x 76 mm (5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0 in)
Weight (no battery) 540 g (1.2 lb)
Weight (inc. batt) 620 g (1.4 lb)
Box contents • 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
Optional accessories • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3(a)
• Multi Charger MH-19
• Quick Charger MH-18(a)
• 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

Price and Impression

Nikon D50 Manual User Guide and Product SpecificationThis camera is basically a good Nikon SLR starter, which is incredible in its era. It has good sensory system, good AF system, and better viewfinder. However, this camera maybe looks so old-fashioned for nowadays standard because it was released like a long time ago. But, for you who like to collect old devices, this Nikon D50 is definitely worth. As for the price, nowadays this camera is offered in 239 USD in several online stores with 28-80 mm of kit lens.

The Nikon D50 Manual User Guidance

As it is stated at the beginning of this article, the aim of providing this writing is to bring the Nikon D50 Manual. This is the manual that will give you the information related to the specification, features, operation, instruction, camera manual, and others.

So, for you who want to look for information regarding to this Nikon camera product, referencing to the manual below will be the best thing to do. To give you the better access, we will provide the manual in PDF. So, before reaching out to the manual, it will be better if you download the PDF reader software first.


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