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Despite its cut-down feature set the D50 still manages to trump the competition in several areas, most notably flexibility of image processing, build quality and operational speed and performance (except continuous shooting rate). Price wise it slots in between the Pentax *ist DS and the Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT). Obviously the big decision for anyone who hasn't yet committed to a particular lens mount is should they spend a little more and get the eight megapixel Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT) or decide that six megapixels is more than sufficient (and trust me, for most people it is) and have a wider choice. Of course in our opinion one of the most important factors in any selection decision must be image quality, and we're comparing that on the following pages...

 
Nikon D50

Canon EOS 350D

Pentax *ist DS
Price body only $749 $899 $599
Price kit $899 $999 $799
Announced 20 Apr 05 17 Feb 05 13 Sep 04
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Kit lens 18 - 55 mm F3.5 - F5.6G
(27 - 82.5 mm equiv.)
18 - 55 mm F3.5 - F5.6 II
(28.8 - 88 mm equiv.)
18 - 55 mm F3.5 - F5.6 AL
(27 - 82.5 mm equiv.)
Body Plastic Plastic Plastic
Sensor 6 megapixel CCD 8 megapixel CMOS 6 megapixel CCD
Lens mount Nikon F Canon EF / EF-S Pentax KAF2, KAF, KA
FOV crop 1.5x (Nikon DX) 1.6x 1.5x
Modes Auto, P, S, A, M, 6 preset scene Auto, P, A, S, M, A-DEP, 6 preset scene Auto, P, S, A, M, B, 7 preset scene
Image formats JPEG, RAW JPEG, RAW JPEG, RAW
RAW+JPEG *1 One RAW, One JPEG One RAW, One JPEG No
Image params Auto
Sharpness (6 settings)
Tone (6 settings)
Saturation (3 settings)
Hue (7 settings)
7 preset parameter sets
Contrast (5 settings)
Sharpness (5 settings)
Saturation (5 settings)
Color tone (5 settings)
3 preset parameter sets
Saturation (5 settings)
Sharpness (5 settings)
Contrast (5 settings)
2 preset image tones
Color space sRGB (2), Adobe RGB sRGB, Adobe RGB sRGB, Adobe RGB
ISO 200 - 1600 (1 EV steps) 100 - 1600 (1 EV steps) 200 - 3200 (1 EV steps)
EV steps 1/3 or 1/2 EV 1/3 or 1/2 EV 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exp. compen. +/- 5.0 EV +/- 2.0 EV - 2.0 to +4.0 EV
Flash exp compen. -3.0 to +1.0 EV -2.0 to +2.0 EV -2.0 to +1.0 EV
Metering 3D matrix II, CW Avg, Spot 35 zone, Partial, CW Avg Multi-seg, CW Avg, Spot
Shutter 30 - 1/4000 sec 30 - 1/4000 sec 30 - 1/4000 sec
Flash X-sync External up to 1/500 sec 1/200 sec 1/180 sec
AF mode Auto, Single, Continuous One shot, AI Servo, Auto Single, Continuous
AF area mode Single, Dynamic, Closest Single, Dynamic Auto, Manual, Center
AF assist White lamp Flash strobe, must be up Flash strobe, must be up
AF system 5-point
Multi-CAM900
7-point
TTL CMOS sensor
11-point
TTL Phase matching sensor
Continuous *2 JPEG: 2.5 fps, 12 images
RAW: 2.5 fps, 4 images
JPEG: 3 fps, 14 images
RAW: 3 fps, 4 images
JPEG: 2.8 fps, 8 images
RAW: 2.8 fps, 5 images
Self-timer 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec 10 sec
(3 sec with mirror lock-up)
2 or 12 sec
Mirror lock-up No Yes (custom function) Yes, with self-timer
WB Auto, 6 preset, Manual Auto, 6 preset, Manual Auto, 6 preset, Manual
WB fine tuning No Yes No
Bracketing AE, White Balance AE, White Balance AE
Flash sync Front or Rear curtain Front or Rear curtain Front curtain, Rear only with external flash
Viewfinder Pentamirror
Eyepoint: 18 mm
Magnification: 0.75x
(-1.6 to +0.5 m-1 dioptre)
Pentamirror
Eyepoint: 21 mm
Magnification: 0.8x
(-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 diopter)
Pentaprism
Eyepoint: 20 mm
Magnification: 0.95x
(-2.5 to +1.5 m-1 dioptre)
LCD 2.0", 130,000 pixels 1.8", 115,000 pixels 2.0", 210,000 pixels
Orientation sensor Yes Yes No
Custom functions 6 or 20 settings 9 functions with 24 settings 20 settings
Storage Secure Digital (SD) Compact Flash
FAT16 / FAT32
Secure Digital (SD)
Power Lithium-Ion EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion NB-2LH 4 x AA batteries
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) USB 2.0 (Hi-speed)
Text comment Yes (set on camera) Yes (set via PC software) No
PictBridge Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions 133 x 102 x 76 mm 127 x 94 x 64 mm 125 x 93 x 66 mm
Weight (no batt) 540 g 490 g 505 g
Remote release Infrared (optional) Wired (optional)
Infrared (optional)
Infrared (optional)
Vertical grip No Yes, optional No
Status LCD Top of camera Rear of camera, backlit Top of camera
Command dials One rear One top One rear
Power on Virtually instant Virtually instant Just over one second
Shutter release Very fast Fast Fast
Build quality Very good Good Good

*1 D50: RAW + Basic quality JPEG, 350D: RAW + Fine quality JPEG, *ist DS:
*2
These are conservative figures with a standard card

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