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

 • Single shot
 • Continuous shooting
ISO ISO Sensitivity

 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800
 • ISO 1600
WB White Balance

 • Auto
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
 • Sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Preset
QUAL Image Quality

 • 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
 • RAW

Single press buttons (Shooting mode)

Button  Description

Auto Exposure and Auto Focus Lock

Pressing this button locks the current exposure and focus, they remain locked for as long as you hold the button even if you press or release the shutter release button. The exact function of this button can be set via custom function 14.

Play mode

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.
4-way controller

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)

Button Description
MENU Camera menu

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.
4-way controller

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

The D50 loses the DOF preview button and so the only controls on the front of the camera are located on the right side of the lens barrel (from the front). From top to bottom: flash release / flash sync / flash exposure compensation, lens release and focus mode.

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
• Red-eye reduction with slow sync
• Slow sync
• Rear-curtain 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

Focus modes

Mode Description

Manual Focus

Focusing is carried out using the focus ring on the lens, the focus indicator on the viewfinder status bar will indicate 'o' when the manually focused subject distance matches that calculated by the camera's AF system.

AF Auto Focus

Auto focus mode, you can select between AF-A (Automatic selection), AF-S (Single servo) or AF-C (Continuous servo) via custom function 2.