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

Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D50

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Nikon D3000

35

Nikon D50

17

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm)
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
Thin
Thickness
2.5"
 

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" vs 2"
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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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Size
Much smaller
126×97×64 mm vs 133×102×76 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.1 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.6 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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$349.40 vs $993.01
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The best price we've seen is $644 cheaper (2.8x less)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D300010 MP
              D506 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D30003,200 ISO
              D50None
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D30003 fps
              D502.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D3000230k dots
              D50130k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D300011.1 EV
              D5010.8 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D30000.52x
              D500.49x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D300062.0
              D5055.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3000563 ISO
              D50560 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D300022.3 bits
              D5020.9 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,007 with 55-300mm 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
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $477 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D40

              Nikon D40

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $459 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 body only

              $1,500 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Nikon D50 Competitors

              Advantages

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

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