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

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D50

Winner
Nikon D7000

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Nikon D50

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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

differences

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
Significantly cheaper
$619.00 vs $993.01
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The best price we've seen is $374 cheaper (around 40% 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
              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 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 significantly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $569 - $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

              $597 - $680 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

              $696 body only

              $891 with 55-300mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $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

              $677 body only

              $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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              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 D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $639 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              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 - $679 body only

              $800 - $900 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 - $891 body only

              $849 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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $815 - $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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