Nikon D50 SLR Review
Features & Controls (cont.)
On the grip side is the monochrome data LCD which displays
all of the most important camera settings at a glance.
On the front is the shutter release with the
main power switch. The
button is for selecting the self-timer or remote control mode, the
button is for setting the exposure
The data LCD shows: (1) shutter speed, (2) sensitivity, (3) battery level, (4) flash
mode, (5) image quality, (6) image size, (7) white balance, (8) # of shots remaining,
(9) "k" appears when memory remains for over 1000 shots, (10) "beep" indicator,
(12) flash compensation, (13) exposure compensation, (14) flexible program, (15) focus
area, (16) AF mode, (17) metering mode, (18) self-timer/remote, (19) bracketing
progress indicator, (20) bracketing indicator, (21) clock battery, (22) shooting mode.
The mode dial has the usual positions for "P"rogram AE, "S"hutter speed priority, "A"perture priority and "M"anual exposure modes as well as the Digital Vari-Program modes for Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Closeup and Night Portrait.
Digital Vari-Program mode
automatically optimizes white balance, sharpening, tone (contrast), color, saturation and
hue for optimal results according to the type of picture you're taking. For example,
select Portrait mode and the camera will automatically enhance the image with beautiful
skin tones, complimentary edge sharpening and soft background focus that highlights your
Controls on the Rear
SD Card Storage
The D50 is equipped with approx. 12MB of internal memory and is the first Nikon dSLR to use Secure Digital memory cards rather than the larger CF type cards. The D50 is compatible with any SD card up to 2GB in capacity and was tested with the fast and spacious Sandisk Ultra II 2GB SD card shown here.
Approx. Storage 256MB SD Card
2. Maximum number of frames that can be stored in memory buffer. Actual number of photos that can be taken before buffer fills may vary with make of memory card.
3. Total file size of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images.
The I/O ports are on the left side, on top is the
USB 2.0 hi-speed port for transferring image data to the host computer.
Can also be connected to any PictBridge compatible photo printer.
In the center is the VIDEO OUT port which is
user-selectable (NTSC or PAL) for output to a TV monitor. On the bottom
is the DC-IN port for the optional EH-5 AC Adapter.
The D50 comes with the Nikon EN-EL3 7.4V 1400mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery pack and MH-18a Quick Charger. Nikon claims the battery life is sufficient for capturing up to 2,000 frames (continuous frame mode, 1/250 sec, JPEG Medium Basic quality) per charge. The MH-18a requires two hours to replenish a fully depleted battery pack.
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