Nikon D3200 Raises the Entry Level Even Higher


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.

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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No Depth-of-Field Button  :-(

When can i buy "Body Only"?

Hello -

I am sorry the D3200is sold only as a kit with the 18-55mm lens.  A similar but upgraded "body only" alternative would be the Nikon D5100.

It's curious that the article says, 

"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..."

The terms "option" and "also available" sure sound like other options are available.

The other option is probably the twin lens kit (18-55 + either 55-200 or 55-300)

I love my 5100 but I wish it had a higher MP. Maybe they will release a 5200??

isn't the D5100 "only" 16.1MP? wheras the D3200 is 24.2MP?

It is correct that the Nikon D5200 is 16MP and the Nikon D3200 is 24.2MP.  the d3200 also has Then again the D5100 has a flip out screen, built in HDR, and continuous video AF and the D3200 does not. And in spite of the lower number of the MP, the D5200 has image quality to rival the more expensive D7000.

I have a Nikon D80 that came as a kit with (1) AF-S DX Nikkor Lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. I also purchased seperately (1) AF-S DX Nikkor Lens 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR. Can these lenses be used with a Nikon D3200 body, if and when Nikon decides to sell a "Body Only" version of the D3200 Digital SLR Camera?

Thank you any help you can provide.

As both of the lenses you currently own are AF-S lenses that have their own built-in autofocusing motor inside the lens, both will work on the Nikon D3200.  The Nikon D3200 will be Nikon's new entry level DSLR camera.  Nikon does not offer their entry-level DSLR cameras in a Body-Only option, as since it is the most basic entry-level DSLR camera, Nikon targets the camera to users new to the DSLR system.  New users  would not already have lenses for the camera and would need the basic kit lens with the camera.  The intermediate or upgrade line, the D5100, would be offered body only.  The Nikon D40, D40x, D3000, and D3100 (all previous entry-level generations of the D3200) have never been offered body only new directly by Nikon.  Only the camera options above the entry-level position are offered in body only configurations.

When will these actually be available for shipping?

Hello Sarah -

Nikon has not yet furnished us with shipping dates.  Keep an eye on our website and sign up for an e-mail notification for availability updates on this exciting new camera: 

Does this do auto bracketing similar to the function in the D90?

Unfortunately, Nikon does not list Auto Exposure Bracketing as a feature in the specifications of the Nikon D3200.

Does the D3200 have the capacity for internal focusing ? For the NON-AF-S lenses?


No, I am sorry. The camera can only auto focus AF-S model lens. The body has no internal focusing motor.

How does this camera's specs compare to my  Nikon D200?

There have been a lot of changes since the D200 has been released. The D3200 is much higher resolution than the D200, and with a faster image processor, better in low light at higher ISO’s. The D3200 also has a larger, sharper LCD. Not only will you be able to better review your images before you download them to the computer, you also have the option of using the LCD for live view. (As an alternative to the optical viewfinder.) You will also notice that the D3200 is almost half the weight of your D200.

The D3200 will also bring the possibility of taking video. It can record 1080p HD video at several frame rates.

One thing that you should be aware of if you are going to upgrade to the D3200 from the D200 is that not all the lenses will autofocus on your camera. Nikon branded lenses will need to be an AF-I, or AF-S lens. Third party lenses will need to have a built in autofocus motor.

"One thing that you should be aware of if you are going to upgrade to the D3200 from the D200 is that not all the lenses will autofocus on your camera."

I think D3200 from D200 is DOWNGRADE not upgrade..D3200 may be newer and have higher resolution and video capability but the better overall capability and make still goes with the D200..

Is the WU-1a accesory compatible with D90 or any other Nikon DSLR?


Nikon only is referring to the D3200 in their write ups. At this time, we do not know how or if it will work with other DSLR models.  

Nikon releases the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a, which enables simple sharing of photos captured with a digital-SLR camera with smart devices.

Is the wireless compatable with the Iphone/Ipad or only the Droid system?

Finally a microphone input!!!! yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Am I waiting in vain for a higher end DSLR wtih depth of field button and adjustable vew screen/LCD?

STILL we have no depth of field preview???  Does any DSLR have one?

The higher end DSLRs all have depth of field preview options.  From NIkon the D90, D7000 and models above them have it, and from Canon the 60D 7D and models on tiers above them also have the feature.

U can always look thru the lends don't understand why u would need a preview of DOF

The existence of any DSLRs with both a depth of field preview and variangle LCD screen are scarce.  Currently the Canon EOS 60D is the only option I was able to find that both a depth of field preview option as well as an adjustable LCD screen.  My assumption is that manufacturers view vari-angle LCDs as an entry-level type feature (may have something to do with durability they want to offer on higher end cameras) and thus do not include them on the higher end cameras.

In the past with my own cameras that lacked the depth of field preview feature my method of working around that was simply to take a test image and then review it on the LCD screen immediately after.  You can zoom-in if need be to further inspect the depth of field. Its not perfect for all scenarios but it works.

I agree, I miss the depth of focus preview.  I also miss the resolution and brightness of the viewinder screens of my F2.   The D3000 image screen is not useful for depth-of- focus "after-view"  so I never know exactly what has been shot with my D3000 until I see it printed.  I don't care much for autofocus, and the manual focus rings of AF-S DX Nikkor lenses are clumsy and not "fine" enough.  I also miss the ability to easily "frame" exposures a few stops each side of the meter's choice.  Even my old EM had a button for one stop (for backlit subjects).  I wish I had a digital camera that would "see" my F series,  F2, and E series  lenses enough to record the "meta data f-stop" with the image. I don't want or need a camera to shoot movies and sound. I got the D3000 because I can use all of my old F mount Nikkor lenses (with lost functions), but  If Nikon ever makes a digital back for my F2 (even if using only the F2's meter and a retical for frame size adjustment) at the price of a way-too-automatic digital, I would buy it.  I don't shoot film any  more.

Me too..  I HAVE AN ARSNOL of Nikkor F2 lenses and and bodies.  Don't use them anymore, but not getting rid of them either.  Bought them in Tokyo and they work flawless.   Listen up B&H and pass this feedback back to Nikon marketing:  there may be a viable makret for digital backs that would retrofit onto older film based Nikon F, F2, F2a, F3, F4, F5 bodies.... at a reasonable price.  (not like Hassablad's price gouging mentality).


Long Beach

What is the cost of this camera and do you just do the body.

If you have a D70S, does the lens fit both models?


The kits are listed on our web site. At this time, Nikon is not shipping body only.

Your lens will fit, but only AF-S lens with auto focus. AF + AF-D will not.

Do you think that, at some point, Nikon will sell the body only? I notice that they're already selling the body only in Germany.

No, I do not.  Nikon USA does not offer their entry-level DSLR cameras to dealers/retailers in a Body-Only option, as since it is the most basic entry-level DSLR camera, Nikon targets the camera to users new to the DSLR system.  New users  would not already have lenses for the camera and would need the basic kit lens with the camera.  The intermediate or upgrade line, the D5100, would be offered body only.  The Nikon D40, D40x, D3000, and D3100 (all previous entry-level generations of the D3200) have never been offered body only new directly by Nikon.  Only the camera options above the entry-level position are offered in body only configurations.

Body only Nikon 3200 are being offered here in Canada

I am a semi retired professional looking to upgrade from a D-200.  Do you feel this camera would fit my needs?  What is the cost of a camera body alone?

Thank you,

Dennis O'Brien


The body is not sold separately as far as we know. I've been using the D5000 and the image quality of Nikon's entry level cameras is in my opinion professional grade. These bodies are small and light but are not built to the same standards as your D200. I would caution against heavy usage that may involve banging the camera around. I do not believe these cameras were designed to accommodate this type of handling.

Does this camera have Infrared Remote Control shutter release?  I haven't found any since the D60.


The D3200 is compatible with both the Vello and Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared) which also works with; D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D70S, D80, D90, D3000, D5000, Coolpix P6000, N65, N75, Coolpix 8400, 8800, Pronea S, Nuvis S & Lite Touch Zoom

The Vello Infrared Remote Control is a compact and easy-to-use remote switch with a 15' (5 m) range for Nikon digital cameras that support infrared triggering. All you have to do to make it work is to set your camera (in the menu) to accept remote triggering, then aim the remote at the infrared (IR) sensor on your camera.

The IR-N1 enables you to capture images without touching the camera, thus reducing image blurring and allowing you to concentrate on other things, i.e. interacting with your baby to capture a once-in-a lifetime expression or a fleeting moment.

D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D80, D90, D3000, D3200, D5000, D5100 & D7000
Nikon 1 Mirrorless:
J1, V1
8400, 8800, P6000, P7000, P7100
F55, F65, F75, N65 and N75

Thank you Chuck, I appreciate the info you provided about the Infrared control.

Does the D3200 have manual control in video mode?  I know the D3100 didn't, even though you could lock exposure.  Even when you manually plugged in shutter speed, ISO, or aperture settings, the camera would simply override the settings.  Any word on if they updated this camera to allow for manual control?


According to Nikon USA'a web site: "With a touch of a button, the D3200 starts recording Full HD 1080p video with full-time autofocus, manual exposure control and stereo sound".

Is this camera made in China or Japan?

Country of origin information is not available yet.

My guess would be Thailand.

guess you can't read

Hello Joe -

We will not be able to confirm Country of Origin details until the cameras are actually shipped to us.

Nikon's Pro-sumer cameras and lenses tend to be made outside of Japan.  I'm sure this is to keep manufacturing costs down so they can keep the prices low enough for the Pro-sumer market.  My guess would also be that the 3200 will probably come out of Thailand.  As B&H stated, however, we won't know for certain till the camera ships.


I am the proud owner of a Nikon D7000 and love it! My daughter is getting very interested in photography and I am thinking about getting her an entry level DSLR. To save costs on glass I was wondering if my lenses I got for the NIkon D7000 would work on the new D3200 too. I know that at least one of my lenses wouldn't work on the D3000/D3100 because the camera didn't have a motor for the autofocus function. So I am curious to see if the improved D3200 can deal with my lenses. Thanks!


All cameras under the D7000 use Nikon's smaller camera build which does not have room for a built-in autofocus motor to be placed inside the camera.  As such, the Nikon D3200 does not have a built-in autofocus motor, and requires the lens to have its own autofocus motor, such as the Nikon AF-S Silent Wave Motor, or Sigma's HSM Hypersonic motor, etc.  As the D7000 has its own motor and use both lenses with and without built-in motors, you will have to ensure the lens you let your daughter use have a built-in autofocus motor; otherwise, she will simply have to manually focus the lens on her camera.  Metering and flash distance is still transferred to the camera, and the Autofocus Confirmation Light in the viewfinder will still light when she is properly in focus if the lens has computer contacts, even if it does not have a built-in motor for focusing.