Today Nikon announced the new Nikon D3200 DSLR camera, a traditional update to the existing Nikon D3100 (read the review) that was released about a year ago. This new entry-level Nikon DSLR shows few cosmetic changes – the most noticeable one is the new red stripe on the hand grip, already seen on D5100, D800 and D4. However, there is a number of important internal changes present to make this camera more up-to-date than its predecessor.
Nikon D3200 Specifications
Here is a short list of important specifications:
- Type: Single-lens reflex digital camera
- Lens mount: Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
- Effective angle of view: Approx. 1.5x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent); Nikon DX format
- Effective pixels: 24.2 million
- Image sensor: 23.2 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
- Total pixels: 24.7 million
- Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
- Image size (pixels): 6,016 x 4,000 [L], 4,512 x 3,000 [M], 3,008 x 2,000 [S]
- File format: NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
- Picture Control System: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified
- Media: SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
- File system: DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
- Viewfinder: Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
- Frame coverage: Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
- Magnification: Approx. 0.8 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
- Eyepoint: 18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
- Diopter adjustment: -1.7 to +0.5 m-1
- Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
- Reflex mirror: Quick return
- Lens aperture: Instant return, electronically controlled
- Compatible lenses: Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses; Autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX-NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported) and AI-P lenses; Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M but the camera exposure meter will not function. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
- Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb
- Flash sync speed: X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
- Release mode: single frame, continuous, self timer, quiet shutter release
- Frame advance rate: up to 4 fps
- Exposure modes: Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
- Self-timer: 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s; 1 to 9 exposures
- Exposure compensation: -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
- ISO sensitivity: ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available
- Active D-Lighting: On, Off
- Autofocus: Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3m/1 ft. 8 in. to 9 ft. 10 in.)
- Focus point: Can be selected from 11 focus points
- AF-area mode: Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
- Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate: 1,920 x 1,080 (30p/25p/24p), 1,280 x 720 (60p/50p), 640 x 424 (30p/25p)
- Movie file format: MOV
- Video compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
- Audio recording format: Linear PCM
- Audio recording device: Built-in monaural microphone or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
- LCD monitor: 7.5-cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 160° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
More detailed specifications can be found on the NikonUSA website.
Here are the major changes of the D3200 when compared to the D3100:
- Extremely high resolution 24.3 MP sensor – this means that you can expect future DX cameras from Nikon to have at least 24 Megapixels.
- Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a – with an optional $55 wireless adapter, you can transfer images from the D3200 directly to your laptop, smartphone, tablet or other devices. The nice thing about this adapter, is that you can use it to control and trigger the camera remotely. Unfortunately, you cannot record movies through this adapter.
- Better high ISO noise – Nikon would not simply increase the number of megapixels if they could not keep the noise levels down to at least what they were before. This means that the noise levels at high ISOs of the D3200 should be very similar or better than noise levels on the Nikon D3100.
- Much better LCD screen – the Nikon D3100 had a low-resolution 230k dot screen, the new LCD screen is similar to the one used on the Nikon D7000.
- Many more movie options – you can shoot high-definition 1920×1080 movies at 30p/25p/24p and you can go all the way to 60p with 1,280×720 resolution.
You can expect the camera to start shipping in April of 2012. Of course, we will try to get the D3200 into our hands as soon as possible and write a thorough review – that super high for DX resolution sensor, likely a very close sibling to the one found in the Sony NEX-7 and Sony A77 sounds quite exciting!
Official Nikon Press Release
MELVILLE, N.Y. (APRIL 19, 2012) – Today, imaging leader Nikon Inc. introduced the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3200 HD-SLR; a camera designed for photo enthusiasts ready to step up to a D-SLR or for the busy family memory keeper with an active lifestyle who demands a camera that can keep pace. From low-light to fast action, the D3200 delivers the amazing image quality Nikon is known for, either indoors or outside. Whether new to photography or upgrading from a point-and-shoot, the D3200 features Nikon’s acclaimed instructive Guide Mode to help unleash the photographer in everyone. From candid action shots to staged portraits that flatter, the Nikon D3200 provides the power to capture every moment easily and beautifully with stellar image quality and in stunning Full HD (1080p) video.
Ready to tag along for any outing, the Nikon D3200’s compact, lightweight body makes it easy to pack for a quick day trip or the long haul. A host of advanced features, including a super high resolution 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD (1080p) video recording with full time autofocus (AF) and 4 frames-per-second (fps) high-speed continuous shooting mode, prepare the D3200 for challenging lighting conditions and fast paced action. Also, Nikon D3200 users will be able to take advantage of the new WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. When connected to the camera, this optional adapter can wirelessly send images to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, preview an image before shooting and control the camera remotely.
“When every moment is as precious as the next one, having a camera that takes the guesswork out of photography is important,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The Nikon D3200 HD-SLR offers effortless functionality and easy-to-use connectivity to mobile devices that answers the call for a capable, entry-level D-SLR that will change how you share amazing images with your friends and family.”
Stunning Images to Last a Lifetime
The new Nikon D3200 delivers outstanding image quality no matter the user’s skill level by leveraging Nikon’s renowned technologies. The new 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor allows for incredibly sharp images with stunning detail and less noise, while Nikon’s EXPEED 3™ image processing engine helps to create clear, lifelike images and video with vivid colors, smooth tonal gradations and low noise.
The Nikon D3200 grants users impressive performance in low-light, affording the ability to shoot with assurance even during night games and school plays. With a native ISO range that extends from ISO 100 to 6400, the D3200 can also be expanded to a high of ISO 12,800 for extreme low-light situations resulting in previously impossible photos. Additionally, Nikon’s Scene Recognition System works in tandem with the camera’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II to recognize factors such as color and brightness for balanced exposures, accurate AF, faithful white balance and beautiful flash photos.
Beginner photographers as well as those looking to expand their repertoire of shooting techniques will appreciate the Nikon D3200’s Guide Mode which provides step-by-step photo instructions to capture amazing images. Easily accessible through the Mode Dial found on top of the camera body, the Guide Mode walks beginning D-SLR users through the process of set-up, shooting, viewing and deleting images. Because it asks the user what kind of creative photo technique they would like to learn, the Guide Mode has been widely acclaimed for its ability to build confidence and give users the tools to create amazing images. As more people discover the benefits of replacing their camcorder with a D-SLR, the Guide Mode also walks users through the best video settings to create home movies with blockbuster flair. For those with a more advanced skill level, the Guide Mode features helpful Assist Images that serve as a visual reference to inspire users and illustrate the desired result, while guiding them through easy-to-follow techniques.
Further taking the guesswork out of photography, the D3200 also includes six Scene Modes. Photographers can set the Mode Dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-Up or Night Portrait, and the D3200 will automatically adjust camera settings for optimal results in a variety of conditions.
Beautiful Home Movies in Full HD
When images alone can’t tell the whole story, the Nikon D3200 offers the full HD experience of high quality 1080p video. Users can create memorable, cinematic quality videos at 24 or 30 fps and easily share HD content online with friends and family or on their own HDTV via the HDMI output.
Continuing down the path that its predecessor, the Nikon D3100, started, the D3200 implements full-time AF during video recording to help capture crisp video even during the most action-packed situations. To boost the production value of any home video, the camera offers manual or automatic exposure control, and a stereo microphone input to attach an optional external microphone such as the compact ME-1 Stereo Microphone. Furthermore, the D3200 offers other HD-SLR advantages including the ability to create a shallow depth of field, amazing low-light video performance and NIKKOR lens versatility.
Capturing videos on the D3200 is simple, even when in Live View. With a dedicated video record button and easy access to the Live View switch, users can capture video clips before the moment is gone. Additionally, videos play with astonishing detail and clarity on the D3200’s 3-inch, high resolution 921,000-dot LCD screen.
A Camera to Keep Pace with an Energetic Existence
An active lifestyle requires a capable camera that is ready at a moment’s notice, and the Nikon D3200 packs powerful technology to tackle just about any challenge. Delivering up to 4 fps in high-speed continuous shooting mode, the D3200 helps ensure that important, spontaneous and easy-to-miss memories are captured, from a baby’s first smile to a game winning grand slam. Additionally, the D3200’s advanced 11-point AF system allows the user to find and keep focus while maintaining a clear view of that subject. This advanced focusing system is ideal for capturing tricky subjects like a dancer mid-leap during the big recital or a dive for the line drive in centerfield.
The Nikon D3200’s power is amplified when combined with the versatility of Nikon’s legendary NIKKOR optics and powerful accessories. Compatible with Nikon’s dedicated DX-format lenses and over 50 FX-format lenses as well as Nikon’s Speedlight System, the Nikon D3200 puts creativity at the user’s fingertips. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for the D3200 allows the connected user to easily share photos taken on the D3200 to an Android™ platform based smartphone or tablet, so friends and family can enjoy the moment almost as quickly as it happens.1 Android platform users are able to wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device, preview the image before shooting photos, and even remotely control the camera from up to 49 feet. The Application for use with an Android platform smartphone (2.3 series) and tablet (3.x series) is expected for release in May 2012.2 Additionally, an Application for the iPhone® and iPad® mobile digital device is expected for release in Fall 2012.3
Price and Availability
The Nikon D3200 outfit with the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens will be available in late April 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $699.95* in either Black or Red. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, sold separately, will be available in late May 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $59.95*. For more information on the Nikon D3200, NIKKOR lenses, additional Nikon D-SLR cameras and accessories, please visit www.nikonusa.com.