Updated (August, 2010): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D50

Nikon D3000

Winner
Nikon D3000

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Nikon D50

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Nikon D50

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D50

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.0"
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More than 50% larger screen
Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 20.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 62.0 vs 55.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Size Much smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 133x102x76 mm
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More than 20% smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution 10 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.1 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 230k dots vs 130k dots
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Around 80% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.49x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $367.39 vs $699.00
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The best price we've seen is $332 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight Lighter 485 g vs 620 g
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More than 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 3,200 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Nikon D50

Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Live view No live view Help
              Preview with viewfinder
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D3000:3,200 ISO
              D50:None
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D3000:10 MP
              D50:6 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3000:3 fps
              D50:2.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D3000:230k dots
              D50:130k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D3000:11.1 EV
              D50:10.8 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3000:0.52x
              D50:0.49x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D3000:62.0
              D50:55.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3000:563 ISO
              D50:560 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D3000:22.3 bits
              D50:20.9 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $975 body only

              $595 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $761 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Nikon D50 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D50.

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