The Nikon D3200's most notable feature is its 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor. The D3200 also offers full 1080p HD video capture, a step higher in terms of resolution over its predecessor, the D3100. An optional WU-1a WiFi transmitter is designed specifically for this camera. Connecting to the camera by way of its USB port, the transmitter allows shooters to send photos from the camera to nearby smartphones and tablets running a Nikon app. The D3200's user interface is intuitive, and those moving up from a compact camera will find it pleasantly uncomplicated. Even enthusiasts will find something to like, including full manual control and a decent level of customization.
Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Lens
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“ All in all the Nikon D3200 is a through and through solid entry-level camera that offers good image quality, decent performance and intuitive operation.”
- 24MP CMOS DX-format sensor
- 4 frames per second continuous shooting
- 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
- ISO 100-6400 (plus ISO 12,800-equivalent Hi1 setting)
- Full HD 1080p video
- 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dots
- Expeed 3 processing
- Microphone input
- Twin IR remote receivers
- Beginner-friendly Guide mode
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||6016 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||4512 x 3000, 3008 x 2000|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (12800 with boost)|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal, Basic|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||11|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD with 160° viewing angle|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)|
|Flash modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain|
|Continuous drive||4 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)|
|Videography notes||Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Wireless notes||WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||540|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||505 g (1.11 lb / 17.81 oz)|
|Dimensions||125 x 96 x 77 mm (4.92 x 3.78 x 3.03″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The Nikon D3200 is a no-nonsense , ‘traditional style’ entry-level DSLR that is a solid performer on all levels. It doesn't offer much in terms of innovative features but comes with the highest pixel-count in its class and good image quality across the ISO range. Just consider getting some high quality Nikkor glass with it to make the most out of its high pixel-count.
Novice photographers that want a capable, versatile DSLR that they won't outgrow in a hurry and experienced photographers looking for a good-value second camera to a more expensive DSLR.
Not So Good For
Fans of LCD image composition, who will be disappointed by the slow AF, and anyone who wants filter effects at the point of capture.
The Nikon D3200 takes very high quality pictures. I especially like the high megapixels. It is the BEST for nature/landscape photography. Problems: The problems are that the file sizes are HUGE and the auto modes are bad.
Bought this for my large prints craze, sure I should get a full frame for better details, but then there were no D600 (expensive too today) and D800/E still way too expensive. So, here I am with Nikon 50/1.4 Ai, maybe NEX-7 will do the job just fine, but heck, D3200 is the king of cheap 24MP APS-C. One thing to remember though, "Great MP Resolution (should) comes (and/or accompanied) with great lens too". So, nothing less than excellent prime lens for the D3200, zoom just won't resolve the ...
Great camera for beginners. Perfect Entry Level Camera. Problems: As of this date. No problems encountered with the camera's performance.
I bought the camera for no real reason, just wanted a new toy. I shot some dance school photos with it and was very impressed with the results. I used manual white balance and shot manual with strobes and all photos came out with great color and skin tone. Auto focus still is an issue but overall I was very pleased with the camera. It out performed my D300 in every aspect except focus. Problems: Just slow focus
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- D3200 Camera Body
- AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
- EN-EL14 Battery
- MH-24 Battery Charger
- UC-E17 USB Cable
- DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
- DK-20 Rubber Eyecap
- AN-DC3 Camera Strap
- BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
- BF-1B Body Cap
- Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
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