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

(based on 479 reviews)

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    (347)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (119)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (351)
  • Good image quality (339)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (283)
  • Large clear LCD (224)
  • Fast shutter speed (217)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (34)
  • Poor in low light (34)
  • Short battery life (22)
  • Lag / shutter delay (13)
  • Small LCD screen (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (288)
  • Family photos (281)
  • Travel (240)
  • Low light (203)
  • Sports/action (161)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (160), Photo enthusiast (137), Semi-pro photographer (63), Photography student (25), Pro photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (328), 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

 

Great starter, but too simple.

I recommend this camera for anyone who has never owned a DSLR and is looking to buy one for day to day needs.

Being a Canon user, I found certain aspects of...Read complete review

I recommend this camera for anyone who has never owned a DSLR and is looking to buy one for day to day needs.

Being a Canon user, I found certain aspects of this camera rather convenient.

I love the ability to change autofocus points on the fly, whether using the viewfinder or display.

I love how light and agile the camera is, and I found it really handy for indoor shooting at a family party.

Niw time for my complaints. I'm not an expert, but I found this camera way too simple.

The settings are very blunt, and don't offer the user choice that higher class cameras have. I only recommend this for regular shooting.

Sometimes I would experience lag with the shutter, and I missed a lot of shots. There was also sometimes lag with autofocus.

I only used this camera for about two hours or so, and I killed the battery. If you only have one battery, and plan on using the display often, you will drain the battery quite fast.

Sports mode is also a drag, but at an entry level, I expect nothing less.

One last complaint, the usb connection would not function. I hope this is an isolated problem.

This is a great over all camera for the soccer mom or aunt out there just looking to have high quality imagery at a reasonable cost. I give this a 3 out 5.

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3.0

Great starter, but too simple.

By Nathan Bishop

from Middleborough MA

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

I recommend this camera for anyone who has never owned a DSLR and is looking to buy one for day to day needs.

Being a Canon user, I found certain aspects of this camera rather convenient.

I love the ability to change autofocus points on the fly, whether using the viewfinder or display.

I love how light and agile the camera is, and I found it really handy for indoor shooting at a family party.

Niw time for my complaints. I'm not an expert, but I found this camera way too simple.

The settings are very blunt, and don't offer the user choice that higher class cameras have. I only recommend this for regular shooting.

Sometimes I would experience lag with the shutter, and I missed a lot of shots. There was also sometimes lag with autofocus.

I only used this camera for about two hours or so, and I killed the battery. If you only have one battery, and plan on using the display often, you will drain the battery quite fast.

Sports mode is also a drag, but at an entry level, I expect nothing less.

One last complaint, the usb connection would not function. I hope this is an isolated problem.

This is a great over all camera for the soccer mom or aunt out there just looking to have high quality imagery at a reasonable cost. I give this a 3 out 5.

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5.0

Great camera

By Francisco

from Chile

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos

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

    Easy to use, small size make it easy to carry

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    My First DSLR

    By tobordab

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

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

    I have worked in local television since 2003 and have had interest in photography for a number of years. But over the past year, my interest has become much more serious. And I could not have asked for a better learning tool than the D3200. The camera has great featuers and, while it has limitations, it has all the tools you need to make some beautiful images. I do a lot of street photography, but have been able to book a few portrait sessions here and there. While I know that with a better tool, I could do even better, I have been overall very happy with the camera's performance.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Nice DSLR

    By Outdoor Writer

    from Illinois

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

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

      The two most important items for me on this camera are its ability to take JPG/RAW at the same time, and a remote for taking timed photos. I wish the remote would work for a full 10 or 20 second self-timed photo, as for my use I have to be in the photo for magazine fishing articles.
      Quality wise it seems about equal with my Nikon P510, but with the RAW file I can tweak it a bit more.
      The included View NX2 software is very nice, and simple. Great for quick edits and conversions.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great bang for your buck

      By Brandon

      from Greenville, SC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Noisy At High ISO

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

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

      I've had my D3200 for a few years now and it's been nothing but reliable. It produces great images (if you know what you're doing) and is light enough where it can be carried around all day. I would definitely buy this again (if the D3300 wasn't released that is).

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      • No

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      2.0

      Still Waiting

      By EWPhoto

      from West Palm Beach, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

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

      When I received the camera it was inoperable. I called Nikon because I wanted to make sure that it was actually defective, rather than operator error. The tech confirmed that it was broken and had me send it to Nikon for warrenty repair. Since I was in a rush to get it out before the UPS office closed, I did not think about it enough to realize how bad the advice was. If I had sent it back to B&H, I would have had a replacement by now. Instead, I may have to wait weeks to get back my defctive (but hopfully repaired correctly) camera.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nikon D3200

      By Bruce

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife photos

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

        Nice Camera, it will take me awhile to learn all of the feactures, "But out of the Box" Great pictures, i was inpressed with my first picture @ 24mp, alot of details, the file size was around 6mp.I would buy this camera again.
        I would of liked a closeup lense, but its still a nice camera

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Camera, Excellent Photos...!!

        By JD Voss

        from Bartlett, TN

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

        I have owned mine for approximately 2 years now and was really impressed with the photos I got using it. it is now a backup to my D3300 and D5200.

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        5.0

        Great Camera!

        By Robbie

        from Atlanta,Georgia

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

        Had It About 2 Years And I Love It!

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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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • 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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • 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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