Right now without going on and on and ranting here is how the Nikon D50 copes with shooting outdoor sports such as MTB, BMX, Climbing, Running etc
To start this camera did me amazingly well and I got this as my first ever DSLR and it got me my first published shots , covers , magazine work , commercial shoots so it did me DAM well and really made me decide what to do with the rest of my life....so I owe this camera a lot.
Out in the field (sounds so OTT, really in the woods ha) I haven’t had any real problems with any of the camera; it has been a solid performer all the time and delivered everything I expected from it and more every time.
Even though it doesn’t have the new metal body and weather proofing of the D300 etc I have never found this to be much of a problem , if you know its gona be wet get some sandwich bags over it , or hide it in your coat ??? I have dropped it a good few times over the years I had it and it only gave up the fight after I took a BIG fall so it’s tough.
IQ (image quality) has been amazing and I have done plenty of A3 prints from this and they look great and have heard lots of people say 20x30 prints still look good so the MP (megapixel) race isn’t all that important. It has fair noise although I found any higher than 200,400 and they were a little too bad, but I have used the noise of 1600 lots of times to give a gritty hard look to images like this:
Price of them now is pushing £150 notes which is just amazing when you think about what you get:
It was the last beginner camera Nikon made with a focusing motor in the body which means it can auto focus with any AF lens ( D40/60 can’t do this ) and for this reason alone I would take it over both those cameras.
All my Len’s wouldn’t work with AF without the internal focus motor so it has been great as the Len’s with the AF motor in the lens , are much heavier, and more expensive.
ONE BIT OF ADVICE:
I am FAR from the first person to say this but it is so true, new body’s come out every year, the lens stay the same largely for YEARS ....invest in the best glass you can possibly get. It makes great images not the body.
Anyway that about all you need to know, built nice and tough, good IQ, good ISO (but don’t push it) CHEAP! , can auto focus with ALL AF lens’s ....what more can you ask for £150???