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Nikon D3200, Nikon's best value camera yet.,
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This review is from: Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera Body Only - Black (24.2MP) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I've used Nikon cameras since the Nikon F back in the 60s. I used Nikon cameras as a professional photographer right up to the F4S when I retired. I sold all my film stuff and bought a D70 and soon changed to a D90 which I used up to yesterday.
Then the D3200 arrived and, for the price, it is awesome. You can cut a small piece out of the centre of a photo and enlarge it and it looks like full frame. That is where this camera comes into its own. With its 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor it leaves everything except the D800 (£2900.00) way behind.
I've heard it said that anything over 12 Megapixels doesn't really matter. Well this camera gives the lie to the statement. It makes a hell of a difference.
It also takes superb 1080p videos and will auto focus while doing so, something the the D90 wouldn't do. Another improvement on the D90 is the fact that it has infra red remote release windows on the back as well as the front. I thought it was a bit silly for the D90 to only have one on the front which is where you are least likely to use it.
A word of warning though. If you already have a Nikon digital camera, then you probably have the Nikon View NX2 software. This camera comes with the latest View NX2 software but do not overwrite the old software. I did and then found that I couldn't open the RAW (NEF) files from the D3200. The way to do it is to uninstall the old software before you install the new. Then it works perfectly.
If you purchase this camera get yourself a big SDHD card as the file sizes are huge. Shooting in RAW (which I always do) you'll get 259 exposures on an 8 Gig card. So my next purchase will be a 32 Gig card. Amazon do a Sandisc Ultra 32 Gig card at £17.77; a very good price.
It's a pity there are only five stars as I would like to have given this camera 10.
I've now used this camera for a few weeks and it is amazing. Having read some of the bad reviews, I've come to the conclusion that the reviewers don't have the camera. I did a series of test shots today from ISO100 to ISDO12800 and the results were staggering. You can see the shots here: [...]
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2013 13:17:25 GMT
J. P. Caulfield says:
Where is the link to see the shots?
Posted on 7 Mar 2013 10:51:05 GMT
Good review. I'm torn between a secondhand D90 and new D3200. For most equipment snobs, it would seem a strange decision to move from an midrange 'enthusiast' camera, to a bottom of the range beginner camera - though I understand perfectly that the specs of the D3200 are much better. Do you miss the weather sealing of the D90, or the extra dial and buttons? I'd love to see you write a few words comparing the two.
Posted on 18 Mar 2013 08:26:48 GMT
S. Roberts says:
Useful review. Thanks. However it's a bit of a stretch to say that 'it leaves everything except the D800 way behind'. It is an excellent first DSLR camera. The D3100 is probably still the best for the beginner on a budget and both Canon and Nikon make excellent cameras that beat the D3200.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 09:28:38 GMT
Did you get a reply on this as this is my dilemma, D90 or D3200? What did you go for? Jo :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 09:38:21 GMT
Haven't got anything yet, money is tight... but likely to go for the D90. You can pick them up for as low as £350 on eby. The 18-105 lens is worth nearly £200. I removed the D3200 quite early on. I was tempted to spend more on a Canon 650D, but keep coming back to the D90. BUt then there are some awesome large sensor compacts around. >Sigh< too many choices! Out of all of them, the D90 will depreciate slowly, a bottom of the range DSLR will depreciate quicker, and a compact will depreciate very quickly. Just another factor if like me, every pound has to count.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2013 08:00:10 BDT
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Posted on 25 Oct 2013 14:51:17 BDT
Emma M. Burke says:
I'm sorry, I don't understand most of the technical terms. I am looking for a good camera for home life and family photos but I have 3 cats and want as small as possible a gap between pressing the button and the camera actually taking a picture. At the moment, my camera is very basic and takes about 8 seconds to take a photo, by then I have missed what I wanted to capture. As far as I've been able to figure out, I think the Nikon sounds good but I can't see any info on how long that camera takes. A friend recommended the Fujifilm FinePix F900exr also. Could you help me figure out which one is best for me please?
Posted on 1 Dec 2013 19:58:46 GMT
Mr Baz says:
As the reviewer felt the need to comment on my review I'll pass a few remarks here.
First off the bat:
"I've heard it said that anything over 12 Megapixels doesn't really matter. Well this camera gives the lie to the statement. It makes a hell of a difference"
Sadly this is mis informed because real world even a 6mp camera can give very good 16 x 12" print. A 12mp camera does even better and can create stunning A3 prints easily (subject to decent lenses/processing etc) and I've even gone to A2 print sizes too.
I very much doubt users will print above those print sizes, and whilst it's fair to say yes more resolution is better. A 24mp sensor will have very little real world benefit over say a 16mp one (I've owned both and printed both) Unless you are looking at barn sizes prints from about 3 foot, it I'm afraid I can't agree with Robert on this. The increases in pixel density, once we got up to 10mp and over are quite modest and far from huge. It might matter for big crop shooters, more so than normal users.
Next comment is quite astonishingly off the mark:
"With its 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor it leaves everything except the D800 (£2900.00) way behind"
It's hard to make a serious reply to such a broad statement, except 2 things. Obviously making any kind of comparison to a top end full frame camera is questionable. The other is that there are other 20/24mp cameras on the market for various makers, some of which will have pretty much identical image quality.
The video quality is quite good granted, but the video AF is quite terrible (as it is with all the Nikon DSLR's that offer it) unable to track even very slow moving subject in cont focus, and frequently hunting for focus even in good light. Fair enough you like the camera, and the price is quite good, but your comments on pixel density are quite ill informed.
The D90 is quite dated now, though as a body it does have a lot more to offer in terms of handling and features, as well as a decent viewfinder.
I never had an issue with the IR remote on the D90 myself, so having another sensor is fine.
Also as I mentioned in my review, the D3200's kit lens is just not up to the job, it was ok at up to 12mp (I've used a few copies) it can't resolve anywhere near 24mp and will make the 24mp sensor redundant unless you buy a much better optic.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2013 09:22:30 GMT
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Mr. Robert W. Rosamond says:
This was taken using the D3200 and the Nikkor 70-300VR @ 300mm. The distance was about 50 yards and this is, therefore, blown up from a small part of the centre of the frame. I never mentioned using the kit lens which is not that good. However, using this camera with decent lenses and I stand by my review.
Copy this and past it into your browser and hit enter.You will see that, even at that range and this enormous enlargement, every hair is critically sharp. You couldn't do that with a 6MP sensor Mr Baz. In fact, you couldn't do it with a camera with less than 24MP.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2013 11:42:39 GMT
Mr Baz says:
Robert I don't disagree, but this only applies to very heavy crop shooters.
But I think the vast majority of users will already have their needs more than met with cameras in the last few years.
Thom Hogan has an interesting article called "Will the Pixel Madness Ever End?"
It makes some valid points.
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