I've been looking at the two and can't really figure out which is better. they both seem to have their own advantages and disadvantages. I like how the 70 has 1/8000 shutter speed, but it doesn't have high speed USB support It also looks like the two use different types of cards. Taken from dpreview: D50: Secure Digital (SD) card D70: Compact Flash Type I or II, Microdrive supported It looks like the D50 might be the better choice for a beginner, but I want to hear what others think. Am i right in my assumptions?