Rear of Camera Controls
The control layout on the rear of the D50 has changed only slightly from the D70. There's no bracket mode button and no 4-way controller lock switch otherwise button functions remain the same. We like the multi-purpose design of the ISO / WB / QUAL buttons and the fact that they have to be used in combination with the command dial (no accidental changes).
Buttons (Shooting mode)
|Continuous shooting mode
Large / Fine JPEG
Large / Normal JPEG
Large / Basic JPEG
Medium / Fine JPEG
Medium / Normal JPEG
Medium / Basic JPEG
Small / Fine JPEG
Small / Normal JPEG
Small / Basic JPEG
RAW + Large / Basic JPEG
Single press buttons (Shooting mode)
Auto Exposure and Auto Focus Lock
Enters or exits from play mode, pressing this button displays the last image taken (or the last image on the card) in the last used display mode.
In shooting mode where AF point selection is enabled the 4-way controller is used to choose AF points. In playback mode this control reverts to image navigation / menu movement. Unlike the D70 this control can't be locked so it may be possible to accidentally change AF point.
Single press buttons (Play mode)
Display or cancel the camera menu (detailed later in this review).
|Thumbnail view / Magnify
In normal playback browsing mode hold this button and roll the main command dial to select between 2x2 or 3x3 thumbnail views. In 'magnify mode' (you have pressed ENTER) hold this button and roll the main command dial to magnify.
Protects or un-protects the current image. This places a read-only flag on the image file and stops it from being accidentally deleted or deleted using a 'delete all images' option. It does not protect the image from a card format.
|?|| Custom function help
Press and hold this button while in the custom function menu to display a short help page.
|ENTER||Magnify mode / Confirm
With an image displayed in the LCD screen pressing the ENTER button switches to magnify mode, in this mode the thumbnail button is used to magnify the image, the 4-way controller scrolls around the magnified image. When using the camera menu the ENTER button is used to confirm settings.
When an image is displayed pressing delete will display a "Delete?" prompt, press this button once more to delete the image. This is quicker and more straightforward than the D100 which required confirmation with a different button.
Press up or down to browse through images. Press left or right to change display mode: Image with simple info, Image & information page 1, Image & information page 2, Image & highlights, Image & histogram.
Front of camera controls
Photographic settings buttons
|Flash / Flash sync mode / Flash exposure compensation
Press this button to release the pop-up flash. Keep it held and turn the command dial to select flash sync mode:
Front-curtain sync (normal flash)
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Hold the button combined with the exposure compensation button to adjust flash exposure compensation:
-3.0 to +1.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV steps
Auto focus mode, you can select between AF-A (Automatic selection), AF-S (Single servo) or AF-C (Continuous servo) via custom function 2.