Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D50 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D50

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

Nikon D50

17

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

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 D50

Weight
Significantly lighter
620 g vs 780 g
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More than 20% lighter
Size
Smaller
133x102x76 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.0"
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More than 50% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 20.9 bits
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Distinguishes 2.6 more bits of color
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 560 ISO
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The D7000 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the D50
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 55.0
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Around 50% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 10.8 EV
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3.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 130k dots
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More than 7x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.49x
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Around 60% larger viewfinder
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 2.5x more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Lowest price
Cheaper
$748.00 vs $993.01
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The best price we've seen is $245 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D50$993.01
              D7000$748.00
              Size Large Help
              D50133x102x76 mm
              D7000132x105x77 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D506 MP
              D700016.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D501,600 ISO
              D70006,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D50None
              D70001080p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 - $1,197 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $579 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $723 body only

              $945 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D40

              Nikon D40

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much smaller
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              $543 with 18-70mm lens

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,568 body only

              $1,429 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 body only

              $799 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $857 body only

              $849 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,009 - $1,197 body only

              $1,274 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Size Larger

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