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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 Nikon D3200 black body, a red finish is also available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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)|