Nikon D3200 DSLR Announcement

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

Nikon D3200 Specifications

Here is a short list of important specifications:

  1. Type: Single-lens reflex digital camera
  2. Lens mount: Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
  3. Effective angle of view: Approx. 1.5x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent); Nikon DX format
  4. Effective pixels: 24.2 million
  5. Image sensor: 23.2 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
  6. Total pixels: 24.7 million
  7. Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
  8. Image size (pixels): 6,016 x 4,000 [L], 4,512 x 3,000 [M], 3,008 x 2,000
  9. 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
  10. Picture Control System: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified
  11. Media: SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
  12. 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
  13. Viewfinder: Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
  14. Frame coverage: Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
  15. Magnification: Approx. 0.8 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
  16. Eyepoint: 18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
  17. Diopter adjustment: -1.7 to +0.5 m-1
  18. Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
  19. Reflex mirror: Quick return
  20. Lens aperture: Instant return, electronically controlled
  21. 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
  22. Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb
  23. Flash sync speed: X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
  24. Release mode: single frame, continuous, self timer, quiet shutter release
  25. Frame advance rate: up to 4 fps
  26. 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)
  27. Self-timer: 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s; 1 to 9 exposures
  28. Exposure compensation: -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
  29. 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
  30. Active D-Lighting: On, Off
  31. 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.)
  32. Focus point: Can be selected from 11 focus points
  33. AF-area mode: Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
  34. 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)
  35. Movie file format: MOV
  36. Video compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  37. Audio recording format: Linear PCM
  38. Audio recording device: Built-in monaural microphone or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
  39. 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:

  1. Extremely high resolution 24.3 MP sensor – this means that you can expect future DX cameras from Nikon to have at least 24 Megapixels.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Effortless Operation

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

Pre-order Information

Nikon D3200 Pre-order links:

  1. B&H Photo Video – Nikon D3200 kit with 18-55mm lens for $699.95
  2. Adorama – Nikon D3200 kit with 18-55mm lens for $699.95


  1. April 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    looks good….waiting for the review…i might just buy that as a backup body for my D7000…!

    • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 1.1) Romanas Naryškin
      April 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      It does look like a good camera, Mohamed. :)

  2. April 19, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I can’t believe you have a wireless remote trigget on the 3200, but no such ability on the D800… Looks like a great value, though!

    • 2.1) Marc
      April 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I also asked myself that question, but to be honest you’re better off with a remote release with a cable and perhaps the fanciest from Nikon with all the different time settings available on the device.

      • 2.1.1) Oded Shopen
        April 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        I don’t know, obviously a cable release is very useful for certain situations, however:

        1. It is connected to your camera, so it might cause shakes
        2. Sometimes you just want to take a self portrait or be a part of a group shot. You can’t do that with a cable release. Sure, you can set a timer but then you don’t have immediate control of the shutter release.

  3. 3) Srini
    April 19, 2012 at 12:24 am

    We now need a full-frame body in the $2000/£1500 range. Would that be D400 or D900? Many are expecting D400 to be an upgrade for D7000.

  4. 4) Mark de Vrij
    April 19, 2012 at 2:36 am

    This is a lovely looking camera, what a great entry level model for someone coming up into the DSLRs and a very capable camera affordable as a second body for taking places you may not want to take a more expensive body. I look forward to seeing the review, the sample images on the Nikon site look really great for a $700 camera.

    • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 4.1) Romanas Naryškin
      April 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Completely true, Mark!

  5. 5) mike
    April 19, 2012 at 6:37 am

    okay. now I’m confused. Should I get the 7000 or the 3200? I am moving into the semi professional relm with hopes to move into the professional round. someone help quick. My d 7000 is currently on order

    • 5.1) Livhu
      April 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Keep your d7000 and buy some expensive glass . You will never keep up with cameras .

      • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 5.1.1) Romanas Naryškin
        April 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

        A very good advice.

        The best thing you can do once you have a camera is focus on photography itself, Mike, so good luck!

  6. 6) mike
    April 19, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Ok. But which a better camera for semi pro? Moving toward pro level.

    • 6.1) Anthony
      April 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Mike, I would definitely stick with the D7000 you have on order. The D3200, while new, is still an entry level camera – you won’t have as many settings that are customizable, and most settings need to be changed in the menus which is a lot slower to do. The D7000 offers a ton of buttons and customizability and is much further along the road to pro.

  7. 7) mike
    April 19, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Thank you very much. Which is better regarding image quality/resolution?

  8. 8) Jane
    April 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I think its a beautiful camera, I like the red body ( wish they did all the models in red) however I do think 24 mps is too many ( take up a lot of disk space) for an entry level camera and 12 bit raws? surely 16 would of been better plus it would require CS6 to process them and that’s not even out yet. I am still partial to getting the D5100 as my first DSLR as I like the idea of the tilt LCD which is handy certain situations and this one hasn’t got one of those. Cannot say that this camera will be able to do IR photos either ( someone needs to test that) and I have seen great IR images take with the D5100 at 8 second exposures very well with a filter without conversion. I think its a great and beautiful camera for first timers though, got to have have a load a money on you though-£650! and the D5100 is £474.99 now where I have seen it. Think I will save for that one;)

  9. 9) Marc
    April 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Now it really looks like Nikon is using the Megapixel strategy to attract potential buyers. 24MP is a lot for an entry-level DSLR.
    So long D3X…

  10. 10) Mike
    April 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I compared the pixel size between the 7000 and the 3200. It appears that even though the 3200 has more megapixels, the size of the pixels are about 35% smaller. How does this effect resolution/clarity?

    • 10.1) Livhu
      April 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Anthony,

      I think Anthony answered your question. The d7000 has more important buttons to play with. By the time you understand how to use everyone of them there will be an upgrade already. The d7000 was hailed as the best crop sensor in world, this is going to change if it hasn`t already. Maybe the 24.1 mp on d3200 is better. This is why i said you cannot keep up with cameras. The d3200 has a lot less buttons and you will want to upgrade quickly. You will be dying for the pro features on the d7000 very soon.

      In terms of image quality the lens, the lens has a bigger impact than camera. Thats why they cost so much. If you r looking for image quality get cheapest camera and pro lens. If you r looking for just taking photos and share with friends and family get the d3200. If you r looking to grow as a photographer go d7000 and later on you probarbly need to go full frame.

  11. 11) Gus
    April 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    After careful research over the past several months, I was planning on getting the D5100 for my first DSLR (about $600 body, or $700 with kit lens). Now that the D3200 is coming out (for $700), which is the same price, I am considering this.

    I think the main information to obtain after the camera is released is if the D3200 sensor and image quality comparable or even better than the D5100.

    Any thoughts?

  12. 12) homero
    April 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Do you have any information about the new Nikon lens 18-300??? when will it be launched???

  13. 13) Andy T
    April 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Can files be transfered to laptop by this wireless dongle thing or is it purely for viewing files on android devices etc..?

  14. April 23, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I already have D3100, so i don’t think this one is for me :P

    • 14.1) Swarna prasad
      October 23, 2012 at 7:13 am

      I also own D3100.But crave for better details on the Moon’s crater with my 70 300vr2.
      Feel like trading d3100 with 3200.24mp requires Great Glass for Better details and Cropping!
      Videos with more frame rate options, Dynamic range, Colours seem better on D3200.
      Hi iso noise seems well in control.

      Dear Nasim, looking forward for your detailed review on D3200.

  15. 15) Shruthi Gautham
    October 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Nasim,
    Would there be any review of this camera in the future?

  16. 16) Nitin
    February 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Dear Romanas/Nasim,

    I am very new to the world photography. My question:

    Whenever i take a picture of my 7 year old son he closes his eye due the flash light therefore in all his pictures his eyes are closed. How best i can use the flash to avoid this issue?

    I am using Nikon D3200 with 18-55 lens

    Nitin Sharma

    • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 16.1) Romanas Naryškin
      February 5, 2013 at 12:53 am

      Hello, Nitin. Do you use the built-in flash and, if so, why?

      • 16.1.1) Nitin Sharma
        February 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        Dear Romanas,

        Thanks for your quick reply.

        Yes i use the built in flash of Nikon D3200.

        Why i use it:
        The flash that was available with this product was the built in flash therefore i use the in built flash. Moreover i am very new to the world of photography so my knowledge on how to use the features of this camera at its best is limited or what accessorizes should be used is also limited.

        I hope i have answered your queries, awaiting for your reply to my problem.


        • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin Romanas Naryškin
          February 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

          Nitin, not quite what I wanted to know. When I asked why you used the flash, I was wondering whether you tend to shoot in low-light situations a lot. Using the built-in flash usually results in very unflattering light. Personally, I tend to avoid it as much as possible – in my experience, all it does is ruin the shot, even for fill-light (despite what some other photographers out there say) and is extremely annoying, hence your son closing his eyes.

          So the first solution I would offer is not to use the built-in flash. Of course, if you do shoot mainly indoors in low light, you may want to either buy a fast prime lens to gather more light (the 35mm f/1.8 G Nikkor, for example), or buy an external flash, such as SB-700, to create more light and use it in a flattering way.

          • Nitin Sharma
            February 6, 2013 at 2:21 am

            Dear Romanas,

            My apologies i did not understood your query properly.

            Well some photos that i had clicked were in the normal light condition(Tube lights) of the room but nevertheless i used the flash thinking that i will get brighter picture.

            As far as 35mm f/1.8 G Nikkor is concerned all i know (From Reviews) is that it is a very good lens for potraits, landscapes and natural life, it is also good to get a bokeh. i will buy in near future but until then i have to get the best out of 18-55 lens that i got with Nikon D3200

            I got the response but further i have one question:

            With my existing lens(18-55) what settings(Changing aperture, shutter speed, ISO) can i do to get brighter picture with using built in flash?

            Thank you


            • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin Romanas Naryškin
              February 6, 2013 at 4:02 am

              I would urge you not to use the built-in flash. As I noticed before, it usually ruins the photograph and will not help you make it “brighter”. Only when skillfully used can it actually be good for certain types of photography, like fashion or conceptual portraits, but that is for the artists who know what they are doing.

              As for your lens, the easiest way for you would be to enable Auto ISO in the menu (refer to manual if you can’t find it yourself, I am sorry to say I don’t have a D3200 to find it for you myself) and then shoot in A (aperture priority) mode, which you can select on the top mode dial. Make sure the number displayed on the screen of your camera, one that’s right next to a letter f, is as small in value as possible (a lower number). For example, when the lens is set to 18mm, it should read f/3.5, and as you zoom in all the way to 55mm, it should gradually change to f/5.6. As you zoom out back to 18mm, it should change down to f/3.5 again. This will ensure you get as much light in as possible.

              My next and most crucial advice would be for you to read our beginner articles, you will learn a great deal from them. You can find them by navigating to “Photography Tips for Beginners” section at the top navigation menu, or just by following this link:

              As you can see, there really are a lot of articles in there. I assure you, you will find most, if not all, of them to be very useful and enlightening. It is likely you will have many questions answered before you even ask them. Good luck!

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