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.
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).
1) Nikon D3200 Specifications
- 24.2 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor
- Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound
- Easy-To-Use with Nikon’s Guide Mode
- Fast and accurate shooting with 11-point Autofocus System
- 3-in. monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture
- Built-in HDMI port
- 6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes – Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait
- Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape Picture Controls
- Built-in pop-up flash
- Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens
- Compact and Lightweight Design
- ISO sensitivity 100-6400, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent
- Scene Auto Selector and Scene Recognition System in Live View
- Features Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine
- Active D-Lighting for shadow highlight recovery
- Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning
- In-camera Image Editing
- Compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
- 95% Viewfinder frame coverage
- 4 frames per second in Continuous Shooting Mode
- AF-S lens required for autofocus (no built-in focus motor)
Detailed technical specifications are available on Nikonusa.com.
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.