The D50's pop-up flash is released by pressing a small button on the
left side just below the flash. The release button also doubles (logically)
as the flash mode and flash exposure compensation control button. Hold
the button and turn the command dial to change flash mode, hold both this button and the exposure compensation button to change flash exposure compensation
(-3.0 to +1.0 EV). The D50's flash is slightly changed from the D70 and now provides 18 mm wide angle coverage (with the same range).
The D50 has a standard Nikon hot-shoe which supports a wide range of Nikon Speedlights including the newer SB-800 and SB-600. The D50 does support Nikon's advanced i-TTL flash metering system but not the older D-TTL (the is the same as the D70).
AF Assist Lamp
The white light AF assist lamp is mounted to the left top of the lens mount (from the front) and provides an illumination range of approximately 3.0 m (9.8 ft). The lamp can be turned off via custom function 7.
Lens Mount / Sensor
Below you can see images of the D50's lens mount / mirror chamber with
the mirror down and with the mirror up and shutter open exposing the sensor. The D50 has a Nikon F lens mount, it can accept
almost any Nikkor F mount lens. Full camera features are only available
when you use G or D type AF Nikkor CPU lenses.
Shutter Release Sound
In some of our digital SLR reviews we now provide a sound recording of a continuous burst of shots. Below you can see waveforms of a recording made of the Nikon D50, Nikon D70s and Canon EOS 350D shooting continuously for 30 seconds each in both JPEG and RAW modes. The cameras were set to manual focus, shutter speed 1/250 sec and aimed at our standard resolution chart. The SD and CF cards used were a SanDisk Extreme III 1 GB.
The D50's initially slower shooting rate is compensated by the ability to shoot more before slowing down, but not by much to a quicker-than-the-D70s 2.2 frames per second. The D50 shoots more frames in 30 seconds than the D70s or EOS 350D.
All three cameras fire off 32 RAW frames in 30 seconds, the primary differences are the initial shooting rate and the more consistent 'buffer full' rate of the Nikon's. The EOS 350D manages six shots in the initial burst compared to the D50 an D70s with four frames.