Nikon D1X vs Nikon D50

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D1X and Nikon D50. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D1X were released 2001 and Nikon D50 was released 2005. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D1X 2001
Nikon D50 2005

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

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

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D1X 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D50 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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


Nikon D1X has a 5,3 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
Nikon D1X 5,3 MP
5895680 pixels
3008 x 1960
Nikon D50 6 MP
6016000 pixels
3008 x 2000

Nikon D50 has a 2 % larger resolution than Nikon D1X. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D50 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D1X. Nikon D50 has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 1600 while Nikon D1X has 125 to 800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D1X 125-800
Nikon D50 200-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D1X
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D50

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D1X 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 D1X 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 D1X or Nikon D50 can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.


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

Nikon D1X weighs 1200 gr (equal to 2.65 lb) which is 94% heavier than Nikon D50 and its 620 gr (or 1.37 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D1X 1200 gr
2.65 lb
Nikon D50 620 gr
1.37 lb

Nikon D1X vs Nikon D50 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D1X and Nikon D50, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
Name Nikon D1X Nikon D50
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
Release Year 2001 2005
Release Date 2001-02-05 2005-04-20
MSRP 4849 USD 799 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CCD CCD
Resolution 3008 x 1960 pixels 3008 x 2000 pixels
Megapixels 5,3 MP 6 MP
Image Processor Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration) EXPEED
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
ISO Range 125 - 800 200 - 1600
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 5 5
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 2 2
Screen dots 130000 130000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view No No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 96% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.) 0.75 (0.5 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
Frames per second 3 fps 2,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/16000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 11 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/2 EV, 1/3 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/2 EV, 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone No No
Built-in Speakers No No
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
Memory Card Compact Flash
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
HDMI Output No No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Supported Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D1X
Nikon D50
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Ni-MH Battery Pack EN-4
Nikon EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion & charger included
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 400 shots
Width 157 mm 133 mm
Height 153 mm 102 mm
Depth 85 mm 76 mm
Weight 1200 gram 620 gram