Nikon D3200 Review

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This long overdue review of the Nikon D3200 is based on my 2 months experience with the camera – first when it came out and later when then I received the Nikon D5200 for testing. Due to an extremely busy schedule and a huge number of lens and camera reviews that I went through in 2012, I did not get a chance to review this camera. So before I start working on any other articles, I decided to first post the Nikon D3200 review.

Nikon D3200

Targeted at beginners and those upgrading from a point and shoot, the D3200 is an entry-level DSLR with the least number of features (when compared to other Nikon DSLRs), simplified user interface and lightest and most compact camera body. This is a third iteration of the camera, with the D3000 making a debut back in 2009, followed by the D3100 in 2010. The Nikon D3200 was delayed until April of 2012 due to the major earthquake in Japan in March of 2011 and severe floods in Thailand in summer of 2011 (where Nikon had manufacturing facilities).

Nikon  D3200 Sample (10)

NIKON D3200 + 28mm f/1.8 @ 28mm, ISO 160, 1/60, f/5.6

1) Nikon D3200 Specifications

Main Features:

  1. 24.2 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor
  2. Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  3. Easy-To-Use with Nikon’s Guide Mode
  4. Fast and accurate shooting with 11-point Autofocus System
  5. 3-in. monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture
  6. Built-in HDMI port
  7. 6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes – Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait
  8. Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape Picture Controls
  9. Built-in pop-up flash
  10. Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens
  11. Compact and Lightweight Design
  12. ISO sensitivity 100-6400, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent
  13. Scene Auto Selector and Scene Recognition System in Live View
  14. Features Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine
  15. Active D-Lighting for shadow highlight recovery
  16. Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning
  17. In-camera Image Editing
  18. Compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
  19. 95% Viewfinder frame coverage
  20. 4 frames per second in Continuous Shooting Mode
  21. AF-S lens required for autofocus (no built-in focus motor)

Detailed technical specifications are available on

Nikon  D3200 Sample (22)

NIKON D3200 + 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 52mm, ISO 100, 1/320, f/8.0

2) Nikon D3200 vs D3100

I won’t go into the detailed comparison between the Nikon D3200 and its predecessor, because the comparison is already provided in my Nikon D3200 vs D3100 article that I wrote a while ago. In summary, aside from the higher megapixel sensor, faster processor, faster shooting speed of 4 fps and a higher resolution LCD screen, not much has changed on the Nikon D3200.

Nikon  D3200 Sample (27)

NIKON D3200 + 35mm f/1.8 @ 35mm, ISO 100, 1/250, f/2.0

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