Nikon D3200 Summary
Nikon D3200 Assessment
The D3200 is a refinement of the D3100 which now sits at the low-end of Nikon's entry-level DSLRs. The truly remarkable change is the new 24 megapixels sensor which can shoot continuously at 4 FPS for up to 100 JPEG images. It is a relatively compact DSLR with the most basic feature set. The D3200 is directly aimed at new DLSR owners.
Among entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D3200 is one of the most basic but also one of the most simple to use. Image quality is very good expect for automatic exposure which causes sever over-exposure more than occasionally. The output of the D3200 has plenty of details with little noise and nice colors, contrast and sharpness. Poster-sized prints are possible until ISO 400 at least and the entire standard ISO range is usable for mid-sized prints which is very good.
Speed and performance is on-par for a camera of its class. The autofocus is slightly slow but sensitive and accurate even in moderately low light. Video capabilities are excellent with only a one second recording delay to complain about. Given its high resolution, the D3200 is the most affordable camera for producing poster-sized prints. With frequent use of exposure-compensation or spot-metering, the D3200 is capable of producing fantastic images, however this may by a little much for beginners to deal with.
|Low image noise||Serious over-exposure|
|Good image colors||Below average AWB|
|Accurate autofocus system||Autofocus on the slow side|
|Short shutter-lag||1s video record delay|
|Good shot-to-shoot speed||Microphone records camera noise|
|Excellent time-to-first-shot||LCD glare when settings are changed|
|Generally good ergonomics||Self-timer resets after each use|
|Full HD video with autofocus||Live-View not exposure-priority|
|Good build quality||No exposure bracketing|
|Easily usable with gloves on||Exposure steps always 1/3 EV|
|Odd Auto ISO behavior|
|Lens mount lacks mechanical-coupling|
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Nikon D3200 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|24 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 100-12800|
|Nikon F Mount|
|Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Custom white-balance|
|4 FPS Drive, 100 Images||Spot-Metering|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Hot-Shoe|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels||Stereo audio input|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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