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    Default Re: Nikon D70s or D50?

    Quote Originally Posted by zoossh
    the reason being
    1. the autofocus of your existing camera is too slow
    2. the writing speed of your existing camera is too slow
    3. the continuous burst frequency of your existing camera is too slow
    4. the shots you shoot with your existing camera is not sharp enough
    5. the colors you shoot with your existing camera is not vibrant enough
    6. the picture ratio you have is 1.33, but you want it to be wider

    but the bottom line is
    1. you like something heavier and sturdier.
    2. you are not going to learn more about handling of light and camera settings
    3. you will be only using automatic mode and scene modes such as children mode
    4. you won't be thinking of investing more in the accessory...... at least for now
    5. you want to shoot your baby

    i'm a first time DSLR user from compact digital, and have upgraded from also a 3.2MP camera, now using D50, still a newbie, but let me share my thoughts

    1. the autofocus of your existing camera is too slow

    in general, AF in DSLR should be faster than compacts, but you may want to check out on that. between D50 and D70s, people have been saying AF is faster on D50. however, i'm thinking the AF process is not just on the camera body but also on the lens also.

    D50 +1
    D70s 0

    2. the writing speed of your existing camera is too slow

    writing speed again depends on the camera body and the memory cards used. do consider that D50 is using SD card while D70s is using compact flash. you can share your SD cards between your compact and your DSLR, but note that some compact are already using other cards such as xD. on the other hand D70s share the compact flash with the other higher end cameras. again, do consider if other compacts or prosumer can do a better job too.

    D50 +1
    D70s +1

    3. the continuous burst frequency of your existing camera is too slow

    i think if i didn;t rem wrongly. D50 is 2.5fps while D70s is 3fps. again, do consider if other compacts or prosumer can do a better job too.

    D50 +1
    D70s +2

    4. the shots you shoot with your existing camera is not "sharp" enough

    for that you have to understand the basics of light and metering and achieve the best shot with the correct setting (suitable shutter duration, correct focus point, DOF, ISO level) and the best steadiness such as handheld techniques and tripod techniques. what the equipments can do is on the resolution of the sensor, the quality of the sensor at the relevant ISO level, the quality of the lens at that focal length, the existence of vibration reduction technologies on the lens and the existence of support accessories such as tripods, monopods, bean bags, fist grips. but bear in mind that many many many factors will affect that "sharpness".

    both D50 and D70s is 6.1MP and both comes with ISO 200-1600. D50 have less noise at the same ISO, so D50 +1. D70s kit lens is better as ppl said so D70 also +1.

    D50 +2
    D70s +3

    5. the colors you shoot with your existing camera is not vibrant enough

    whether vibrant or not depends on the color contrast and the detail contrast. if you dun do post-processing and you save in raw files, DSLR have blander pictures with more details but can be tweaked further to suit your taste. if you do save in jpegs, think that you will be at the mercy of the camera's internal settings and your tweaking in the camera's menu which i doubt you will do. as color perception differs from ppl to ppl, it is hard to compare, except that raw files differ from jpeg files. and if you save in jpeg files, you may not need to consider a DSLR but just get a gd compact with gd color representation that suits your taste. i heard D50 have better color representation than D70s but i;m not sure and as i said it depends on individuals - what you think is well-saturated and well-contrasted may be over-saturated and over-contrasted to me. as i'm not sure and it is subjective to perception, no score for both

    6. the picture ratio you have is 1.33, but you want it to be wider

    you can get a ratio of 1.50, is that ok for you? no diff between the two.




    1. you like something heavier and sturdier.

    think twice, if you shoot at home, it is al'rite, but the size and weight will affect you carrying around on travels. but since you want something heavier, D70s +1

    D50 +2
    D70s +4

    2. you are not going to learn more about handling of light and camera settings

    it is a pity. but for that might be better to get D50 with less features and cheaper. and if you use the simpler camera and get interested in serious photography, you can always upgrade in the next few years on newer models. and if you dun get more interested in the advance settings, at least you haven't waste that money.

    D50 +3
    D70s +4

    3. you will be only using automatic mode and scene modes such as children mode

    both have it.

    4. you won't be thinking of investing more in the accessory...... at least for now

    like i mentioned above. +1 already given to D50.

    5. you want to shoot your baby

    consider low light and VR settings. you won't be able to capture well unless you use flash. i'm a non-flash user. but dun think the two differs in terms of capability to capture in low light setting which is of cos like what i mentioned about camera stability depends on many factors.

    so think again. see if you are getting more confused and perplexed
    Your points are only valid if the points raised in your post is of concern to the TS.

    Read my post again (#10) in this thread regarding views of others vs your own.

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    Default Re: Nikon D70s or D50?

    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    Your points are only valid if the points raised in your post is of concern to the TS.

    Read my post again (#10) in this thread regarding views of others vs your own.
    yup, it is of cos raised to the threadstarter.

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