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

Color depth
Great color depth
22.3 bits
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
 

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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly 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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        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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D3000:0.52x
        D50:0.49x
        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

        $273 body only

        $640 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 body only

        $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
        Nikon D40

        Nikon D40

        Entry-level DSLR

        $385 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $569 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        $900 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $900 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Live view Lets you preview your photos on the screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor

        Nikon D3000 Competitors

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        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $399 body only

        $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor

        Nikon D50 Competitors

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

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