- Easy handling with your own in-built, personal photography coach, the Nikon “Guide-Mode”
- Excellent picture quality thanks to a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor
- Superior image quality even in low light
- Full HD (1080p) video function with up to 30 frames/second
- Internal image editing facility – for convenience and creative fun
- Sharing function: share your images via smartphones and tablets with the optional WU-1a wireless adaptor
Amazing low light performance
The Nikon D3200 won’t let you down in the dark: even in low light conditions. You can achieve low noise and precise image results thanks to the D3200’s wide light sensitivity range (100-6400 extendable to 12,800 in Hi 1), allowing you to capture atmospheric shots without using the flash, thus preserving the natural lighting in your pictures.
Stunning image quality
With a resolution of 24.2 megapixels, the Nikon D3200 sets new standards in its class. The combination of a high resolution CMOS image sensor and the extremely powerful EXPEED 3 image processing engine makes it easy to take shots with spectacular detail and high quality tonal reproduction.
Step-by-step instructions for incredible images: Guide Mode
Are you new to D-SLR photography? Guide Mode is very easy to use and helps you navigate camera settings step by step on the large 3-inch, 921,000 pixel screen, so you can achieve the best results from the very beginning. Guide Mode has two levels (beginner and advanced) to suit any skill level. In the beginner section, you can quickly find the right automatic program for any given image situation. The advanced section provides an understanding of imaging parameters such as aperture and shutter speed in an easy and helpful way, giving you the opportunity to have a unique and creative influence over your image results.
Full HD function with up to 30 frames/second
Some moments deserve more than a picture: the video feature allows you to record full HD (1080p) movies at up to 30 frames per second, so you can enjoy special experiences in breath-taking clarity and re-live them over and over again. Among the AF operating modes for video, continuous focus is available.
In Camera Picture Editing
With the high-resolution display, you can edit your images directly inside the camera. Your creativity has no boundaries: give your photo a colour sketch effect or a miniature effect, or choose specific areas of the image to colour. Image adjustments are child's play: for example, you can quickly straighten a tilted image or even lighten up a dark picture. With the Nikon D3200, you can create memorable moments as both photographer and designer at once.
Instantly share images and remotely release the shutter with the WU-1a wireless adaptor (optional)
Share your experiences with friends and family. The optional WU-1a adaptor sends your images securely and wirelessly to a Wi-Fi equipped smart device* such as smartphone or tablet — a quick and easy way to share your images via social networking services (SNS) or e-mail. You can even release the D3200’s shutter from the smart device, as well.
* Dedicated application is required. The application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store (free). Compatible OSs: Android 2.3 series (smartphone); Android 3.x series (tablet).
The D3200 represents the latest generation of Nikon's entry-level DSLR offering. The camera's headline feature is inevitably the new 24MP CMOS sensor which makes it equal to Sony's Alpha SLT-A65, A77 and NEX-7 in offering the highest pixel count we've yet seen at the APS-C sensor size, and in terms of output resolution, second only to the full-frame professional-grade D800 in Nikon's entire range. More significant than the bare fact of the D3200's pixel count. The D3200 may not exactly be revolutionary, but it doesn't have to be. It just has to be competitive.
Pixel-count aside, the changes from the predecessor D3100 are subtle but, with 1080p30 video, a 920k dot LCD and the option to add an affordable Wi-Fi transmitter, there are clear benefits over the D3100's specification. As usual for Nikons at this level, the D3200 doesn't feature a built-in focus motor, and nor does it offer auto exposure bracketing. It also features a simplified version of the Active D-Lighting function that is now common across Nikon's DSLR range.
Also missing, oddly, are live view in-camera filter effects. Since Olympus introduced its Art Filters to the E-30 back in 2008, processing filters have become increasingly common on most cameras. And, while they're not an essential feature by any means, they're nice to have, especially in a camera at this level. Given that such effects are available in both the higher-level Nikon D5100 and the Coolpix P7100, their absence in the D3200 is unexpected. There is an option to re-process JPEGs, though, and apply several effects including simulated 'miniature' (tilt/shift) and 'selective color'.
Despite these omissions, the D3200 offers a compelling feature set for a camera in this class. We're especially pleased to see that you even have the option to trigger the shutter with an infrared remote - with the inclusion of sensors on the front and rear of the camera.
The inexorable rise of the mirrorless camera has undoubtedly put particular pressure on the entry-level end of the large sensor market. The smaller body sizes of mirrorless cameras, combined with their more compact-camera-like operation has helped win over some people who would otherwise have bought a DSLR, as well as drawing people away from high-end compacts. However, entry-level DSLRs still have a lot to offer - not least 'true' continuous autofocus that no mirrorless camera has come close to matching (aside from Nikon's own 1 V1 and 1 J1, which feature smaller 'CX' sensors).
Although its upgrades aren't necessarily the product of great leaps of ingenuity, the D3200 is a continuation of a carefully evolved - and tailored to suit its market - line of cameras, that has always offered good image quality and performance combined with well thought-out ease-of-use.Nikon D3200 specification highlights:
- 24MP CMOS sensor
- ISO 100-6400 (plus ISO 12,800-equivalent Hi1 setting)
- Expeed 3 processing
- 3.0", 920k dot screen
- Full HD 1080p30 video (with 25p and 24p options)
- Microphone socket
- Twin IR remote receivers
- 4 frame-per-second continuous shooting
- Guide mode