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

Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

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Nikon D50

16

Nikon D50

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D50

Size
Really small
Professional size 133x102x76 mm
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Weight
Light-weight
620 g
 
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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
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
Viewfinder size Significantly 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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        205 lenses
        Size Large Help
        D50:133x102x76 mm
        D7000:132x105x77 mm
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D50:6 MP
        D7000:16.1 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D50:1,600 ISO
        D7000:6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D50:None
        D7000:Contrast detection
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D50:None
        D7000:1080p @ 24fps

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $659 - $847 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

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 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
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Lowest price Is much less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Size Is significantly smaller
        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

        $378 body only

        $556 with 18-55mm lens

        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 D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        Focus points Has slightly more focus points
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        Weight Is much heavier
        Size Is much larger

        Nikon D50 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D70

        Nikon D70

        Pro DSLR

        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Nikon D40

        Nikon D40

        Entry-level DSLR

        $385 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 D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $589 with 18-135mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $550 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

        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

        $699 body only

        $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

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

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,100 body only

        $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

        Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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