Nikon D50 Troubleshooting


The Nikon D50 is an entry-level digital single-lens reflex camera that includes an optional Nikon 18-55mm or 55-200mm lens. The camera shoots six-megapixel images and can produce 2.5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode. To operate, the camera needs a EN-EL3 lithium ion battery and an SD memory card. If the camera is not functioning properly, look to the small LCD monitor near the shutter button for an error code.

Things You'll Need

  • New battery pack
  • New memory card
  • Check the battery if the camera will not turn on or is not functioning properly. Open the battery compartment on the bottom of the camera and remove the battery pack. Reinsert the battery, and try the power switch again. If the camera does not turn on, recharge or replace the battery. The problem may be that you have too little power to operate the camera.

  • Examine the camera's memory card. Make sure the card is unlocked, compatible with the D50, formatted and has enough space for new images. If there is no memory card in place, or if the card has become corrupt, a small "E" will appear in the LCD window. Connect the card to a computer using a card reader, transfer all images to the computer, erase the memory card and return it to the camera.

  • Set the lens to the lower aperture setting. The camera will show an "FE E" in the LCD window and will not operate properly if the lens is not on the necessary setting.

  • Secure the lens to the lens mount on the body. Remove the lens, line up the pins and twist until it clicks into place. The camera will not take a picture without the lens connected completely.

  • Check the temperature. The camera will not operate properly, or its displays will be dim and sluggish, if you are operating the camera beyond the recommended temperature of 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn the camera off and allow it to return to room temperature.

  • Connect the USB cable securely to both the camera and the computer, if the computer is not recognizing the camera.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are having trouble with the D50's battery, consider a replacement pack. Nikon recalled some of the EN-EL3 batteries in 2005.
  • Regularly clean your camera to keep it in working condition. Store your camera in a case, away from dust and extreme temperatures, when not in use.
  • For serious or persistent problems, contact an authorized Nikon service representative.
  • Extreme heat may cause electronic devices to shut down temporarily, and can sometimes cause permanent damage.
  • The battery may become hot during use. Allow the battery to cool to room temperature before recharging it.

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