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Back focus issue requires Nikon re-calibration.
on 16 September 2013
I bought this camera back in September 2013 and initially was impressed by the apparent quality of the images. However when enlarged in a picture editor the results were consistently soft focus. I thought this might be caused by the supplied stock 18-55mm lens inability to resolve the full detail of the 24.2MP sensor.
I compared some pictures I had previously shot on a Fuji 4MP camera with those on the D3200 at full resolution and the Fuji results were far superior! Something seriously wrong here.
Reading the review listed by Vitamino -- 2 May 2014 about a back-focus error threw some light on the issue.
To cut a long story short after Nikon UK making me jump through endless hoops I returned the camera, and additional lenses I had bought in the meantime, to Nikon UK under Warranty to be checked and re-calibrated.
The subsequent before and after difference is like chalk and cheese. Now I have an excellent camera that really produces extremely sharp and detailed shots and now I know, for sure, that the lenses are perfect too.
I give this re-calibrated camera 5 stars and Nikon UK one star for extremely disappointing and frustrating customer service.
Check the quality of your pictures thoroughly and if they start going soft focus at 150% enlargement then you know exactly what the problem is. Contact Nikon and request the camera is re-calibrated under Warranty. I can assure you the inconvenience and frustration of dealing directly with Nikon is well worth it if you value superior technical results.
Do hope this helps and thanks to Vitamino.