Nikon D50 + 18-55mm Lens - Entry Level DSLR - Test Shots - Full Res Crops

By Cliff Smith



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A range of test shots are shown over the next few pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality. The following pages consist of resized images so that you can evaluate the overall exposure. For those with a dial-up connection, please be patient while the pages download.



There is a small amount of motion blur in this shot, taken at 1/25th sec at the minimum 200 ISO setting, but no image noise.


A slightly sharper shot at 1/50th sec and 400 ISO. There is still no noise, but there is some purple fringing at the top of the frame.


At 800 ISO there is still no image noise at all, which is highly unusual.


At 1600 ISO there is some colour speckling on the darker portions of the frame, but overall noise control is excellent.


September 4, 2009, 2:36 am

What exactly is an "entry level" DSLR!? I guess there are entry level photographers but surely this description for a camera is meaningless and pointless?

Geoff Richards

September 4, 2009, 2:46 am

I disagree - it's fairly self-evident. It's a DSLR, with all the inherent benefits of that technology, but is on the lowest rung of the ladder in terms of cost and features / sophistication.

My Canon 400D is / was such an entry-level DSLR. Which means I benefit from great image quality, interchangeable lenses, external flash etc etc but the performance & features fall short of the more expensive models. So it isn't fully weather-proof like the pro models; it has a crop sensor, not full-frame; it has fewer AF points...

Doesn't that make sense, Terry?

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