Nikon D3200

$329
  • 24.2 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released April, 2012
At the highest resolution setting, the camera can record movies at cine standard 24fps, while at 1280x720 pixels you can choose from 24, 25 or 30 frames per second.
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)

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First reviewed April, 2012

Features Key features of the Nikon D3200

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The camera captures good quality movie footage, with smooth motion, no visible artifacts and comparatively low image noise levels when shooting in low light.
Rated 73% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

megapixels

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16 MP

14.2 MP
24.2 MP
30 MP
Coming from a company that used to profess that 12 million pixels was "enough", it's likely that some will scoff at the hike in pixel count, but Nikon is keen to point out the cropping potential that such a high resolution offers.
D3200 by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 9Mb.
D3200 by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)

sensor size

Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EOS 600D
While that ticks most of the boxes of what can be expected from an entry-level DSLR, the headline-grabbing feature of the D3200 is undoubtedly its 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor.
D3200 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2012)
The viewfinder of the D3200 is basically the same as its predecessor, and offers coverage of 95% and a magnification of 0.8X. These numbers might not mean much, but in normal shooting, the D3200 offers a reasonably large, bright finder which compares well to its entry-level APS-C format peers.
D3200 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

viewfinder size

Nikon D3200
Sony SLT-A37
Nikon D7000
In some ways it is a fairly 'old-fashioned' DSLR, but it is a solid performer in almost all areas and a good entry-level choice for those who prefer to frame their images through an optical viewfinder.
D3200 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
Indeed, as good as some of the latest electronic viewfinders are getting (we're primarily thinking Sony here) they'll never quite be able to better traditional optical viewfinders.
D3200 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2012)

body size

125 x 96 x 76.5 mm
145 x 106 x 79 mm
132 x 105 x 77 mm
The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens that Nikon supplied feels fairly well-balanced - if a tad front-heavy - on the Nikon D3200 and it fits into place with a reassuring mechanical click.
D3200 by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
The combined weight of the camera and standard 18-55mm kit lens is heavy enough to give the Nikon D3200 the feel of a quality piece of kit.
D3200 by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)

focus points

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But I also hate the tiny focus points which only illuminate (and briefly) when you half-press the shutter.
D3200 by c|net (Jun, 2012)
Focus accuracy left a bit to be desired, especially when using one of the off-centre focus points (AF point selection is done by way of the four-way pad, a simple and intuitive solution).
D3200 by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Nikon D3200

DxOMark image quality

Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 700D
Canon EOS 600D
Color rendition, tonality sharpness and detail are as good as identical.
D3200 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
A camera with 24 million pixels at the entry level is still pretty extraordinary, and it's pleasing to note that the extra pixels don't come at the cost of a reduction in image quality.
D3200 by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)

DxOMark low light performance

Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 700D
Canon EOS 600D
The big question of course (and one that we’ll deal with more specifically in due course) is whether the increased pixel density of the D3200's sensor in any way compromises its performance in low light.
D3200 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2012)
Often you'll also encounter some focus hunting, especially in low light.
D3200 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

shutter lag

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276 ms
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200 ms
The Nikon D3200 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
D3200 by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
Instead live view is now enabled with a button on the back of the camera, at which point the record button that's set just behind the shutter button becomes active.
D3200 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

continuous shooting

4 fps
7 fps
6 fps
If you switch to continuous shooting mode you can even get 1800 shots out of it, measured using Nikon's own standard procedures.
D3200 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
With the D3200's large images files it is advisable to use a fast SD memory card, especially if you are planning to shoot bursts in Raw+JPEG mode.
D3200 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

battery life

540 photos
1,100 photos
1,050 photos
In real life we found the battery life to be good enough for a typical day of stills shooting with some video capture and image review in between but you'd want to charge the battery overnight if you are planning to do the same thing again the next day.
D3200 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
As there is no optional battery grip available from Nikon for the D3200 a spare battery might be a good alternative who shoot a lot without overnight recharging opportunities.
D3200 by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
  • Generic
  • Yes
  • 81.0
  • 24.2 MP
  • 24.1 bits
  • Opaque
  • 400 ms
  • 13.2 ev
  • 3.5mm
  • For that film look

cons

  • 12,800 ISO
  • 4 fps
  • 1
  • Apr, 2012
  • None
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
  • No automatic HDR
  • 95%
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • 276 ms
  • 80.86%
  • You'll have to protect your camera from the elements
  • No automatic stitching
  • 1/4000 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 73%
Read the review (Jul, 2012)
At this point in time the Nikon D3200 offers the highest sensor resolution in the entry-level bracket of the DSLR market.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Jun, 2012)
An improved movie mode with greater control over exposure and sound, an expanded Guide mode and simpler controls for beginners, more connectivity options and a better LCD screen all add up to the best entry-level Nikon DSLR that we've ever reviewed.
Rated 80%
Read the review (Jun, 2012)
Processing speed also impresses, especially given how the D3200's high-resolution sensor results in relatively large file sizes (around 8-12MB per full-resolution fine-quality JPEG and around 25MB for Raw files).
Rated 80%
Read the review (Feb, 2014)
One of the benefits of having a 24 million pixel sensor is the ability to crop into an image and still retain a high resolution output.
Rated 70%
Read the review (Jun, 2012)
In addition to a composite, a HDMI out, and a USB connector, plus the connector for Nikon's proprietary GPS module, D3200 adds a jack for an external mic, bringing it into parity with its peers.

Lens

This image was shot with a Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
If you really want to make sure an erratically moving subject stays sharp throughout the clip, you had better stop down the lens for enough depth of field to work with, and leave all shallow-depth-of-field trickery to static or predictably moving subjects.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
Both the aperture and the shutter speed can be pre-set before you start filming and changed whilst shooting, a welcome boon to your creativity.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)

Sensor

Here, we provide you with a selection of raw files of 'real world' scenes, and if you want to take a closer look at the NikonD3200's studio scene shots, you can download original raw files from our compared to (raw) page.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 73% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
Thanks to all the sensor's high resolution moire can also be a bit of an issue when the monitor is asked to display certain types of images, although zooming into these soon gets rid of the effect.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2012)
Converting your raw files can get you a small amount of additional detail compared to the out-of-camera JPEGs but again we'd recommend using good lenses to make this exercise worthwhile.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 73% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

Photography

Since Olympus introduced its Art Filters to the E-30 back in 2008, processing filters have become increasingly common on most cameras.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 73% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
A good option for portrait photography, the Nikon D3200 has reproduced colours faithfully and coped well with the strong sunlight.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
The image quality of smartphone cameras might be getting better and better but DSLRs still have the edge for serious photography.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 73% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

Image quality

For comparison purposes we have also included an image that was converted in ACR 7.1 with custom noise reduction applied to it (luminance 27, color noise 27, color noise detail 50).
Nikon D3200 | Rated 73% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
As you see with noise reduction set to 'On' the camera produces visibly less chroma noise than the 'Off' setting.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 73% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
Colours have This image has been captured with a 50mm f/1.8G lens.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)

Focus

Autofocus speeds with the kit zoom weren't stellar, but focusing with the optical viewfinder was still a lot faster than in Live View mode.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
With 11 autofocus points on offer, you can elect to have the camera choose an AF point for you, or switch to choosing it for yourself.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
That said, while in early live view days the AF used to be almost prohibitively slow it is now perfectly usable and makes live view a much better shooting option.
Nikon D3200 | Rated 73% by by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

Competition What else you should consider

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Nikon D5100 2-way tie: Largest sensor D5100 vs D3200
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Nikon D7000 Good benchmarked shot to shot times D7000 vs D3200
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Sony SLT-A37 Fastest rapid fire mode Sony SLT-A37 vs Nikon D3200
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Nikon D3100 Rated the best by consumers D3100 vs D3200
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Canon EOS 60D Most shots per battery charge Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D3200
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Nikon D5200 Best image quality as rated by DXOMark D5200 vs D3200
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Canon EOS 600D 3-way tie: Highest resolution screen Canon EOS 600D vs Nikon D3200
Front view of Nikon D3200

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Editions Editions of the Nikon D3200

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12,800 ISO 921 k dots APS-C 24.2 MP
 
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  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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Take the D3200, why ? Because the sensor is developed by Sony and these are the best sensors out there at the moment. I think the sensor is very similar to the Sony NEX-7 sensor and no 24MP on an...

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For beginners it's great!! and very easy to use. D5100 is more complicated.

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Nikon d3200 is new and I think that Nikon d3200 is good for a beginner I bought for my self 2 weeks ago as I was a beginner and now I am starting to learn how to take great photos 

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Optical zoom is a function of the lens, which can be enhanced by ISO capability.  If you are looking at taking fast action in low light then you will need a fast zoom (f/2.8).  There is no "do it...

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Nikon d3200 is the best consumer dslr esp for entry level user, also 18-105 is quite ok for newbie

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Lens selection is critical for low light photography.  Both Canon and Nikon have great lenses for your listed applications.  The standard kit lens for these is an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, which is fine...

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  • 16 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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