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NikonD3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 470 reviews)

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    (342)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (117)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (346)
  • Good image quality (334)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (281)
  • Large clear LCD (222)
  • Fast shutter speed (216)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (34)
  • Noisy at high ISO (32)
  • Short battery life (22)
  • Lag / shutter delay (12)
  • Small LCD screen (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (284)
  • Family photos (277)
  • Travel (237)
  • Low light (202)
  • Sports/action (158)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (159), Photo enthusiast (135), Semi-pro photographer (61), Photography student (25), Pro photographer (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (322), Yes (74)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A DSLR that can do almost anything

I bought the Nikon D3200 as a replacement for my old trusted D80 and D40x combo. I also decided to downsize my lens collection to just two lens (for now) with the kit...Read complete review

I bought the Nikon D3200 as a replacement for my old trusted D80 and D40x combo. I also decided to downsize my lens collection to just two lens (for now) with the kit 18-55mm lens and the 55-300mm package lens for portability purposes. I have shot stills extensively for years now and I plan on do so on a ongoing basis but I am interested in doing motion work as well.

I notice that autofocus for still images is snappy in all sorts of lighting conditions (as long as there is some illumination, it can lock onto the subject). I used it extensively in a dark reptile conservatory at South of the Border and managed to capture quite a few good shots of the reptiles in their dark tanks.

As suggested on many DSLR filmography sites, I rely on manual focus for any video capture since autofocus hunts and creates a lot of audible noise. I tend to pre-focus on my subject and maintain a consistent distance from my subject.

As far as ISO noise goes, at 100% magnification, sure you are going to notice a lot of noise at higher ISO levels but once images are downsized, it is reduced drastically. Thankfully I have to do that for many of my images thanks to the 24 megapixels. In short, do not worry about any noise issues.

All in all, I definitely recommend this camera. The only things that I really miss compared to my D80 are the ability to autofocus with older lens, the Nikon CLS flash commander mode, and bracketing.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pictures Are Not Sharp

I bought one of these cameras in September with the new Nikkor 18-300 lens. I took about 300 shots in all light conditions, and had NO keepers. Most shots had little or...Read complete review

I bought one of these cameras in September with the new Nikkor 18-300 lens. I took about 300 shots in all light conditions, and had NO keepers. Most shots had little or no depth of field, even in bright sun. They were progressively focussed from the foreground to the subject, and progressively de-focussed from the subject to the background, but the subject was not in focus. None of the pictures looked sharp. The 18-300 lens vignetted and cast a large flash shadow at wide angle. While zooming-in in Photoshop, the pictures got really fuzzy way before pixelizing. The camera might as well have an 18 MP sensor. Thinking there must be something wrong with the camera and lens, I returned both. After a month, I bought the standard body and lens kit from B&H, along with the highly touted new Sigma 18-250 macro lens. Unfortunately, I got the same problems, and returned everything again. Now, before you say "operator error" let me tell you I've been taking pictures for 45 years, I bought my first medium format camera in 1985, and I have used 8 digital cameras since 2001. Everybody has marvelled at my pictures. I bought the D3200 thiking it was finally a high MP camera at a reasonable price from a reputable manufacturer so I could start making sharp 24" x 36" prints. Well, I was stumped at just trying to get good pictures out of it. I did side-by-side comparisons with my Sony Cyber-shot 16MP DSC-HX9V, and the Sony won. I also agree with dpreview that the extra MP's are probably not useful unless you use the fast Nikkor lenses that costs $2,000-12,000. Unfortunately this will probably be true for the new D5200 as well. Having had these experiences, and consider all the problems people are having with other new Nikon cameras, such as the D800 and D600, I think maybe Nikon is having a serious quality problem. I'm still searching for a reasonably priced camera with a long telephoto capability, and with a large sensor, that's easy to carry around. Maybe this is not "possible", but I think the manufacturers could do better than what they have now. Sony seems to recognize this nitch with the introduction of the RX1 and RX100, but they still don't have one with a long zoom.

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4.0

Nice camera to start

By David

from Red Bank, NJ

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

    I bought this camera for a student in photography. First camera she own. The menu is simple and friendly to tune-up the personal setup.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    Great First Camera

    By Nittany

    from Penn State University

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

      This is a great camera to get started. The only this i don't like are how the information is organized on the LCD screen and the location of the buttons to the left of the screen.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great

      By Big Nick

      from Corvallis, OR

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

        This is a very solid, easy to use camera model. Great for getting started with DSLR.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Camera

        By GGriffn67

        from Friendwood Texas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Slow processing
        • Very Touchy Buttons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Red):

        The Nikon d3200 is a great camera for beginners as well intermediate photographer. Photographs are crisp and sharp. I does seem to go too far in holding your hand while learning.Even when F stop auto is off it will at times change,the directional button is very touchy. When doing low light it tends to take forever to process the image. It does not have a onboard auto focus, so any lens that does not have a AF will not AF.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Picture!

        By Lily

        from Florida

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Tough To Attach

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

        I have only used this once, because I just go it a week ago, and it was at my friend's graduation. It was pretty dark in there and I didn't want to disturb anyone with the flash so I kept it off. I was trying to "track" my friend around as she was getting her diploma and to my dismay when I checked the photos later most of them were blurry because of not having the flash on. The other pictures that I took with the flash on came out really well though. Since this was my fault and the camera does take great pictures it defiantly deserves five stars and I can't wait to use it more!

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        • Yes

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        4.0

        Great for Beginner!

        By MrsShannyB

        from Roseville, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

            I use this product for work, it is easy to use. I haven't taken photo classes in years but was able to pick this up and take amazing shots.

            One not so great thing is the mic for videos, even my cheap camera has a better mic. I had to buy one to put on it, which produces better quality anyways.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good Camera

            By Tom

            from New Jrtdry

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Red):

              I have owned this camera only for a short period of time but I like the the ease of use and the quality of photos captured.

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              • No

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              4.0

              D3200, HI QUALITY IN A AMALL PACKAGE.

              By THE OLD MAN

              from NEW JERSEY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Red):

                GREAT CAMERA FOR MY WIFE TO LEARN BETTER TECHNIQUE!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Excellent Camera

                By Jackiej

                from Homer, AK

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy For Beginners
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Red):

                  Excellent camera and fabulous customer service.

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                  4.0

                  Awesome Product

                  By Juan

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  I recently got into photography and had to choose a model that would best fit my interest. I took this camera with me on a study abroad in central America and I took amazing pictures, just by having the camera in Auto mode all the time. I was able to capture unforgettable memories about my trip and I am very happy about my purchase.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Way to Begin

                  By Stevie Goldblatt

                  from Long Island, NY

                  Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  I recently purchased purchased a Nikon D3200 from B and H. The camera is excellent, very easy-to-use, very easy to learn, the photographs it takes are beautiful. The camera was very reasonably priced the service was excellent it was an efficient shopping experience I was in and out in less than 40 minutes having had purchased a new camera, an additional lens, a tripod, a bag, additional batteries, memory cards etc. I highly recommend that you purchase the Nikon D3200 and I definitely recommend purchasing from B and H you won't regret it!

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                  5.0

                  a power Cam

                  By tara

                  from tx

                  Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                  I had thought this camera would be too limiting,being one of the entry DSLRs! Alas! Its a complete power machine for its price! I couldn't be happier with this product as it has got me clicking away. Only recently, I found no need to hire the services of a local photographer to cover my son's birthday! I took all pre-birthday and 'D-day' shots my self! #superMom #powerCam

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                  5.0

                  Love it:)

                  By Heather

                  from Homeworth, ohio

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Red):

                      Lightweight and hopefully easy to use.

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                      4.0

                      Love it

                      By KDogPhotog

                      from Mentor, OH

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                            For a basic with extras, this camera is great. And since my hands are small, the fit is perfect too.

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                            5.0

                            Everything I expected, and more!

                            By Bill

                            from Wisconsin

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Red):

                                  I am pleased with the camera, and I am extremely pleased with B&H They were very good, many useful suggestions to enhance my purchase. I am very pleased with them, thank you!

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great camera

                                  By Ricki

                                  from Florida

                                  Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                                  Very easy online transaction.
                                  Quick shipping!

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                                  5.0

                                  Easy to use but with professional photos

                                  By Bob Chi

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Well Balanced

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult to Clean

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Varied Light Levels

                                  Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Red):

                                  Using the cameras to take photos of retail shops for idea sharing etc.

                                  Easy to use - almost point and shoot - with Hi Def results

                                  Battery life shortens as the definition gets higher - definitely need a second battery - which this kit provides ...

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                                  • No

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                                  3.0

                                  Excellent beginner's camera

                                  By LifeongExplorer

                                  from Hickory, NC

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Small and light

                                  Cons

                                  • Blurry Focus
                                  • Never Got A Good Shot
                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Beginner Dslr

                                  Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Red):

                                  This is a great first DSLR for small handed people. However, that is not who I am. I wear a women's large glove and found this camera way too small for my hands. It is also very delicately built and would not stand up to rough handling in the field. I travel via motorcycle and use the camera from the passenger seat flying along the byways around the world.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing!

                                  By Joaco

                                  from Argentina

                                  Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                                  Amazing attention, and the camera is perfect! Easy to use and basic. I love it, your attention more! Thanks for all :-)

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                                  5.0

                                  ok

                                  By juanfran

                                  from Spain

                                  Comments about D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black):

                                  Best camera

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