Nikon D50 Review
Compared to... (features & specifications)
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...
Canon EOS 350D
Pentax *ist DS
|Price body only||$749||$899||$599|
|Announced||20 Apr 05||17 Feb 05||13 Sep 04|
|Review||You are here||Click here||Click here|
|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.)
|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|
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|
TTL CMOS sensor
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|
Eyepoint: 18 mm
(-1.6 to +0.5 m-1 dioptre)
Eyepoint: 21 mm
(-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 diopter)
Eyepoint: 20 mm
(-2.5 to +1.5 m-1 dioptre)
|LCD||2.0", 130,000 pixels||1.8", 115,000 pixels||2.0", 210,000 pixels|
|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|
|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)
|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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