Nikon Coolpix P50 review

Review Date : Tue, 1 Jan 2008

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Nikon Coolpix P50
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The 8.1-megapixel Nikon P50 features Nikon's Dynamic Lighting and Face Detection technologies alongside a 3.6x optical zoom.

Pros: Wideangle capability.
Cons: No battery indicator.

Solid Point-and-Shooter 

As an alternative to the 12MP Nikon P5100, the P50 is a solid, 8.1MP camera with a larger handgrip. Although it lacks the optical image stabilisation of the P5100 – replacing it with the less reliable electronic IS – it’s a fine point-and-shoot camera for casual users. And its 3.6x zoom with 28mm wideangle capability is a bonus for any camera of this size and price.

Image Quality

Available in black or silver, the P50 uses the smallest chip around – 1:1/2.5 – and with 8.1MP crammed on it, low light non-flash shots are quite noisy, yet distance and close-up outdoor shots give good detail – if sometimes hindered by slow focusing. The design is good, with stable grip and rubber thumb rest, but the menu system is not the easiest to follow. With image quality, noise control is good with only ISO 800 and above showing any significant noise.


The P50 is let down by slow focusing, sluggish image capture and lack of battery indicator.

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Price as reviewed



Design 16/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 17/20
Value 18/20
Features 15/20
Overall Score 83%