Nikon D3200 Raises the Entry Level Even Higher

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The Nikon D3200 is the follow-up to the popular entry-level camera, the D3100. This new model builds from a solid foundation and adds quite the increase in technology and overall imaging capabilities. Now featuring a 24.2 megapixel DX-sized imaging sensor, this expansion of 10MP provides greater detail, resolution and image quality for larger printing possibilities. Among other upgrades are an increased continuous shooting rate of 4 frames per second and Wi-Fi capabilities when paired with the optional WU-1a module. In addition to the standard black body, a red finish is also available.

Wi-Fi Capabilities

A seldom-seen trait in DSLRs, the D3200 is capable of remotely sending images without the use of a computer. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is required for this and will allow you to send your images or videos directly to your smart phone or tablet. This wireless adapter also allows you to control your camera remotely from your smart phone or tablet, helping you to take photos from a distance with highly functional control. Once you have recorded and received your images on your auxiliary device, you can instantly publish your images to social media sites, YouTube or for use in MMS or emails.

24.2MP DX CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 3 Image Processor

One of the most dramatic differences between the D3100 and the D3200 is the increase in resolution of the new model. This jump in resolution provides greater depth and detail, plus the capability to make larger prints of your images. In order to properly handle the larger files, Nikon has also integrated the EXPEED 3 image processor for faster, more efficient operation. Together, the heightened resolution and processing power give plenty of support for full HD 1080p movie recording, greater low-light sensitivity, and overall better image quality.

Four Frame-per-Second Continuous Shooting

Another improvement in terms of speed, the D3200 has bumped up the continuous shooting rate by 1 frame per second to an impressive 4 fps. This will prove to be especially useful in fast-paced settings or low-light situations where shooting several frames at once improves the chances of a perfectly sharp resulting image.

Improved Full HD 1080p Video

While the original D3100 featured 1080p HD capabilities, the D3200 has improved on this and added additional frame rates and greater control over how you make movies. The new model has added the option to record at 30, 25 or 24fps in 1080 resolution as well as the ability to record at 60 or 50 fps in 720 format. Additionally, the D3200 supports full-time autofocus while filming and offers the ability to manually adjust your exposure settings, too. An external stereo microphone jack and conveniently located movie-record button are also incorporated into the design for greater recording possibilities and functionality.

Low Light Sensitivity and Sharp Focus

Taking from its predecessor, the D3200 makes use of the same 11-point autofocus system and low-light sensitivity up to ISO 12800 in extended mode. The 11-point AF system allows quick, precise focusing by blanketing the image field with focus points, helping to ensure the best focus position for sharp images. The ability to photograph up to ISO 12800 gives you tremendously more options for photographing late into the day without the need of a flash or support system.

Automatic Features

Part of the reason many shy away from using DSLRs in favor of smaller cameras is because there generally is substantially more legwork to do in order to simply record imagery. However, with the D3200 there are a number of intelligent functions that help to expedite the process and strive to help you make the best images possible. To start at the beginning, there is a Guide Mode for introducing key camera functions and assist you in familiarizing yourself with the camera. This is dramatically more useful than a written user’s guide and functions similarly to someone giving you a hands-on lesson with the camera. Once acquainted, there is a 420-pixel RGB sensor that enhances the accuracy of auto functions ranging from exposure metering to autofocus. This sensor also supports face detection for determining proper exposures and focus in specific regard to your subject’s faces. Scene Auto Selector and 6 different Scene Modes work to help you properly align your camera’s settings based on your shooting conditions. By selecting the scene yourself or letting the camera determine the settings, you will be able to form a proper exposure quickly and easily with no guesswork or wasted time.

18-55mm f/3.5-5.5 Kit Lens Option

The D3200 is also available in kit form, bundled with the highly functional 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens. This lens gives you a wide variety of angles of view, ranging from wide-angle perspectives to a short portrait-length lens. It is specifically designed for us on DX-format sensors; features Vibration Reduction technology for producing the sharpest images possible, even at longer lengths; and has the AF-S Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet auto focusing that is still highly accurate.

The D3200 continues to be a strong foundation in the Nikon DSLR line-up; it provides a stable and highly adequate stepping stone that even encroaches on higher-end models. The ability to record full HD video, shoot still images at 24.2MP, and wirelessly output images represents the sum of formidable technology that’s highly useful, thanks to friendly packaging. The range of automatic features makes this camera highly appealing for hobbyists or those new to DSLRs, while the quality of technologies makes this an appealing camera even for semi-professional users.

Effective Pixels 24.2MP
Image Size (Pixels) 6016 x 4000
Image Sensor 23.2 x 15.4mm CMOS sensor
Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame Coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.8x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Focusing screen  Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
Flash Sync Speed X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Frame Advance Rate Up to 4 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster,
Self-Timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures
Metering TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Methods Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted metering; Spot metering
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 68°F/20°C) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV; Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Focus Modes Single-servo AF; continuous-servo AF; auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); predictive focus tracking; manual focus
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in./0.5 to 3 m) 
Detection Range -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Focus Point Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Flash Guide Number Approx. 39/12, 43/13 with manual flash (ft/m, ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Flash Control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Modes Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
White Balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning
Live View Lens Servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F); Manual focus (MF)
Live View AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Live View Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
LCD Monitor 3" TFT LCD
LCD Resolution 921,000-dot (VGA)
LCD Viewing Angle 160 degrees
LCD Coverage Approx. 100%
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30p/25p/24 High/Normal; 1280 x 720 @ 60p/50p High/Normal; 640 x 424 @ 30p/25p High/Normal
Photo File Format NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed; JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats  
Movie Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering Method Matrix
Frame Size (Pixels) and Frame Rate 1,920 × 1,080, 30p (progressive)/25p/24p, High/Normal; 1,280 × 720, 60p/50p, High/Normal; 640 × 424, 30p/25p, High/Normal; Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
D-Movie File Format MOV
Audio Recording Format Linear PCM
Audio Recording Device Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Video Compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
ISO Sensitivity ISO 200 to 6400; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)
Light Meters Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame; Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Interface Hi-Speed USB; NTSC, PAL video output; Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter) audio input
Supported Languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Power Source One EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
AC Adapter EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)
Tripod Socket 1/4"-20 (ISO 1222)
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
File System DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Operating Environment Temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C); Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)
Dimensions Approx. 5.0 × 3.8 × 3.1" (125 × 96 × 76.5mm)
Weight Approx.  1 lb (455 g) (camera body only)

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I am looking at this for my wife where she can also use my lens for D40X.

Can you use all the DX lens I bought for D40X such as DX 55-200, DX 10-24mm, DX SWM ED Aspherical, and Sigma 50-500mm?

All lenses that are fully compatible with the Nikon D40x DSLR camera would also be fully compatible with the Nikon D3200 DSLR camera.

Oh boy...a Nikon D3200 !!!

Now what should I do??

I have just decided to buy a D5100, when I come to New York later this year, but what to do now??

What is better...the D3200..or the D5100?

Or maybe there will even come a D5200 also - when?

I see the price is almost the same if I buy either the D3200 or the D5100, so now I dont know what to buy..

What is your opinion???

Hi Kurt,

Personally I'd hold out for the 3200.  It has 24.2 mega pixles while the D5100, which I own olny has 16.2 mega pixels.  Also  walkig around with a red Nikon DSLR. SWEET!  Good luck and please post when you decide.  I'm thinking of getting the D3200.

It was an easier decision when there was only the Nikon D3100 and the D5100. But D3200 does add very desirable features to the mix. It’s small size, list of features and great price I venture to say is a competitive response to the coming of compact system camera’s. (AKA mirrorless camera's)

The D5200, while "only" 16MP, still delivers image quality to rival the upper level D7000. It also has the articulated screen, built-in HDR and continuous video AF.

The D3200, a DX format camera, has 24.2MP sensor, (which will be great for those who need to aggressively crop a image yet still have quality large prints) 4FPS, 100-6400 ISO, and 1080P HD video. Video comes with full-time autofocus,  60FPS slow motion, manual exposure, stereo audio, and in a big plus at this price point, a 3.5mm external mic input.  It has an improved screen specification of 921K plus Auto Orientation vs. the D3100's 230K. Wireless image transmission is now possible with the WU-1A Transmitter so it will be more smartphone–like in its ability to share.  The D3200 also has dedicated buttons Live View, Movie Record. The Guide Mode has added choices and infrared remote control both front and rear is now available.

The D3200 does not have in camera focus motor, or Auto Exposure Bracketing.

I would say that for the little extra money, the D3200 is the one over the D3100 easily. If you need the articulated screen and HDR, consider the D5100. (a D5200 has not been announced) Otherwise, the D3200 in my mind is the one to go for.

I am very interested in this camera for my wife.  We will be in NYC in June.  I need pricing information.  Also, are all of her lenses compatible  (digital and semi automatic)?

Please send pricing

Hello,

The Kits are listed on our site along with current availability and pricing.

Nikon D3200

AF-S lens are required for auto focusing.  Older AF-D and AIS lens will have limited operation requiring manual focus and metering.

Hi, just wondering when you expect to get these out? I'm in Australia and therefore have to pay in full - only in a rush as I want to get one for my girl's bday.

If I pay and find it earlier somewhere else, can I cancel my preorder for a full refund?

Ive seen them as being in stock on amazon from a few different shops - but none ship to aus.

Unfortunately, due to restrictions from Nikon, we are prohibited from accepting orders for cameras and accessories for international shipping.  Nikon items can only be shipped within the USA or purchased in our NYC Superstore in New York.  The Nikon D3200 cannot be purchased online for shipment to Australia.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

I have the some question.

Please. My mother in law is coming to Brazil. She can bring me.

can anybody please say anything about when this product will be available?

I can't wait longer......

please

Hello Edip -

We have no firm ETA for this new camera at this time.  You will be updated via e-mail as we receive shipping reliable information from Nikon.

I have an D70 (from 2004) with

18-70 (kit lens)

35 - 1.8

70-300 (FX lens - brought for optical quality for a safari tour)

Given the age of the D70 I have been considering upgrading - even though I am not taking that many pictures. So far I was considering the D800 - however the cost vs. the small number of pictures made me put that on hold. However now I am woundering if anupgrade to D3200 would be worth it - any advice ?

Hello;

The imaging sensor in the D3200 is far superior to the D70's and I feel you would definitely see the improved image quality and camera performance. The D800 is quite a jump and if you are not shooting professionally, not worth the expense in my opinion.

The image sensor is one thing but the image processing in the D3200 is far ahead of that in the D70. It is faster and capable of better low light sensitivity which never a bright spot with the D70. Plus, the video capability of the D3200 with 1080p at 30 fps gives it great versatility for a one-camera solution on the road.

Dave

I was thinking the same thing. WIth 24.2 Megapixels the D3200 is very impressive

I am having the hardest time deciding between the Nikon D3200 or the Canon Eos Rebel T3i. This will be my first DSLR camera. I don't intend to use the video, just the camera. I want to take clear, vibrant, and detailed photos that I can print and enlarge if wanted. I intend to photograph my daughter and probably nature scenes as well. I know I need something that I can take quick continuos pictures as it's hard to keep her still. My mother in law has the Canon T2i and loves it and two features that I like on hers is the ability to bracket (each photo she takes has it under, mid, and over exposures to capture the right one) I don't believe the Nikon does that, but not sure how important it is, especially for a beginner. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

How do I turn the IR mode on , in the D3200? I can only find Remote duration settings - which is set at 1, 1min , yet the remote still wont work.

As indicated on page 33 in the Nikon D3200 DSLR Instruction Manual, you must select either the 2s Delayed Remote Mode or the Quick-Response Remote Mode by pressing the Drive mode button above the Delete Image button on the rear of the camera (item number 18 shown on page 2). It also states to note that if no operations are perfromed for about a minute after a remote control mode is selected, the camera will automatically return to single frame, continuous or quiet shutter-release mode.

Can the D3200 and the D5100 use my infrared remote ML-L3 or do I need something newer.  Also if this remote can be used, is pointed at the camera front or rear or both.

Thanks, Richard

The ML-L3 is comp0atible with both the D3200 and D5100.  Both cameras have the sensor/receiver in the front, so the remote would need to be in the line of sight of the camera’s IR sensor/receiver in the front.

When can i buy "Body Only"?

Unfortunately, as Nikon USA does not offer a body only option for the D3200, B&H does not have a body only option available.

Is this camera capable of being used with a Gemini MC Auto Zoom/C-Macro 1:4.5 f=80-205mm lense? If not whats it is limted to?

The Nikon D3200 has the Nikon F-mount.  Depending on the mount of the lens, you may or may not be able to use it on the D3200 with an adapter.  What mount is your lens, or what camera did you previously use it on?

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