I'm spending my student loan money next month on a d50. I hear good things but I also hear bad about this camera. First is about the white balance issue? and then that you cant see the screen at night? I also found this on amazon.com Overrated, March 10, 2006 Reviewer: Wendy 1 - See all my reviews Since so many folks already described the camera I will concentrate on issues I do not like about it: 1. Pictures are unacceptably soft when shooting out of the box. Fortunatelly one can use program mode to improve sharpness. Still, this should not be necessary. 2. Pictures are unacceptably overexposed in sunny destinations. Again, one can correct this by jacking up the contrast setting in programmed mode. And again, this should not be necessary. Camera is very heavy if you're used to some of the new slrs with plastic bodies. Nikon, it seems went back to the days of F401, F601 and F801 when cameras where solid built, but at a cost to hikers and travellers. Add to it a good quality zoom lens, with glass optics and solid body and you are facing back ache. Still this is not a complaint, I like a heavy camera, it helps steady a shot. Potential buyers should be aware of this though. Here comes my biggest issue with Nikon D50. My hobby is night time photography, night scenes, city scapes etc. You set up your tripod, you set up the camera, you shoot. After the shot, the D50 takes 2 minutes to process the picture (this has nothing to do with the speed of the SD card, although you may be interested to know that I am using 150x speed cards, fastest available today). 2 MINUTES!!! You cannot use the cam during this time at all. VERY DISAPPOINTING!!! Just so you don't think I'm here to complain only - battery life is excellent. You can literally go on a 2 week holiday on a single battery charge. Forget about the charger and power cord. Charge the camera before the trip and you're set. Now, isn't that cool? We took about 850 pics, reviewed them, etc, and no drain is shown on the battery. That's progress. Was this review helpful to you? YesNo (Report this) Are these big problems?