Nikon D3200 Brief Review


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  • 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video @30fps with mono sound
  • 3-inch 921,000 dot LCD screen
  • 4fps burst shooting
  • RAW capture
  • Manual modes
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity with WU-1A adapter
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: May 01, 2012
  • Release Date: 2012-05-01
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon D3200
A great camera for beginners.
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 9/11/2014

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon D3300.

The D3200 is a surprising upgrade to Nikon's entry-level D3100, replacing the latter and effectively outclassing the higher-end D5100 in one fell swoop. The headliner here is the 24.2 megapixel sensor, similar to the one used in Sony's A65 and A77, that promises much better image quality than the 14 megapixel sensor used in the D3100. Whether or not the target market will appreciate the resulting huge file sizes is another question. Other upgrades are more subtle; Nikon has upped the continuous shooting rate to 4 fps and increased the fixed LCD's resolution to 921,000 dots. Alongside the D3200 they've released a $60 wireless transmitter, the WU-1A, that will transmit images over a network and even allow remote operation, with transmitted live view, from your smart phone. Image quality has proven to be quite good, about on par with the D5100's 16 megapixel sensor at high ISOs with the extra resolution boost in better light. Good technique and sharp lenses are a must to get the most out of the camera, however, and more feature-rich can be found amongst the mirrorless competition.

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