Nikon D100 vs Nikon D50

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D100 and Nikon D50. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D100
Nikon D50

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D100 were released 2002 and Nikon D50 was released 2005. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D100 Nikon 2002
Nikon D50 Nikon 2005

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "DX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras have a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the cameras sensor size effect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D100 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D50 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Both these cameras has the exact same resolution. Nikon D100 has a 6 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D50 has 6 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D100 6 MP 6016000 3008 2000
Nikon D50 6 MP 6016000 3008 2000

ISO range

Both of these cameras offers the exact same ISO range. They both have 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D100 200-1600
Nikon D50 200-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D100
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D50

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D100 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D50 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D100 3
Nikon D50 2,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Nikon D100 or Nikon D50 can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D100 weighs 780 gr (equal to 1,72 lb) which is 26% heavier than Nikon D50 and its 620 gr (or 1,37 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D100 780 gr 1,72 lb
Nikon D50 620 gr 1,37 lb