Nikon D3200 review
The Nikon D3200 is the brand's latest entry-level DSLR camera and is set to sit alongside the existing the popular Nikon D3100, rather than replacing it. There's plenty of new tech on board, not least the brand's third-generation Guide Mode, which takes newbies through the basics so that they can get the best out of their new toy.
The camera also sports a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor along with the new powerful EXPEED 3 image processor, as found on the brand's top-of-the-range Nikon D4.
Nikon D3200: Controls
The controls aren't too different to those on the D3100, with the most frequently used functions, such as Live View, getting their own buttons. There's also a dedicated control for firing up the video capture so that you don't have to scroll through any menus to get to the recording mode. Once again, the handy Guide Mode has it's own spot on the top dial so it's always at hand.
Nikon D3200: Screen
The 3-inch (7.5cm) LCD screen has been given up a spruce up since the D3100, bringing with it a improved 921k-dot resolution. It was certainly bright and clear, although we haven't had the chance to see it action in bright daylight just yet, as we were confined to the rather dimly lit product demo room.
Nikon D3200: Battery
The D3200 sports the same EN-EL14 battery as the D3100 which should offer around 550 shots per charge. Obviously we didn't have the camera long enough to check out the battery but that's something we'll be looking at in more detail in our full review.
Nikon D3200: Picture quality
While a relatively high megapixel count, such as the whopping 24.2 on show here, is no guarantee of quality, it does ensure that there's plenty of scope for cropping and zooming with minimal loss in detail or sharpness.
This nifty piece of technical wizardry has been given a makeover since the D3000 and D3100, taking you through the best photo capture processes step-by-step with accompanying images. For example, one of the tutorials shows you how to get the best picture of a sunset, by tweaking the white balance.
Nikon D3200: Video
The D3200 has been designed to offer top-notch video as well as pictures, with full HD video capture on board at a maximum rate of 30fps. There's a built-in mono mic for your audio, while the camera also offers the added bonus of a external stereo mic input, something that's often missing from rival models.
Nikon D3200: WU-1a wireless mobile adaptor
Nikon has also launched the WU-1a wireless mobile adaptor which can be paired up with an Android device to wirelessly transmit your snaps from your D3200 (it won't work with any other models just yet).
The gadget also enables you to remotely view the live screen and trigger the shutter, effectively working as a remote control. Nikon tells us that iOS support is due in Autumn 2012. We didn't get to see the adaptor in action but we'll bring you more info as soon as we can get our hands on one.
Nikon D3200: Verdict
The D3200 certainly has plenty of compelling upgrades on board, not least that massive 24.2-megapixel sensor, along with the friendly Guide Mode and powerful processing engine.
Nikon D3200 review
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The Nikon D3200 is an entry-level DSLR with a friendly guide mode - ideal for fledgling shutterbugs that don't know their aperture from their ISO
Nikon D3200 review
- Helpful Guide Mode
- Full HD vid with external mic
- Excellent picture quality
- Slightly pricey
- Flash can pop up needlessly
- LCD screen could be better
Update: The Nikon D3300 was announced at CES as the D3200's successor. The new camera features a series of performance tweaks including a newer processor, an expanded ISO range and a brand new retractable lens.Check out our Nikon D3300 review: Hands-on
Following on from its predecessor, the Nikon D3100, though not replacing it, the brand new Nikon D3200 has upped the ante for entry-level DSLRs, thanks to its show-stopping 24-megapixel sensor.
Going up against the likes of the Sony Alpha A65 and the Canon EOS 600D, the Nikon D3200 has got its work cut out when it comes to earning a place in our Best Digital SLRs list.
The D3200's lightweight chassis, which hasn't changed much in design terms since the previous model, weighs in at just 505g (with battery and memory card) which means that it never becomes cumbersome, even after carting it around all day.
At 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm, the chassis isn't too chunky, but still remains reassuringly sturdy and while Nikon makes no claims about waterproofing, the D3200 proved to be reasonably resilient to the elements when we tested it in the pouring rain.
The D3200 is available in conventional black or a shiny red finish, should you be so inclinded.
One of the key selling points on the new snapper is the guide mode. Enhanced since its inclusion on the D3100, this nifty feature is easily accessible via the top-mounted dial and holds your hand through the basics.
Teaching you how to set up a variety of shots, it even includes examples of how the pictures should look.
For example, one of the tutorials shows you how to get the best picture of a sunset by tweaking the white balance to capture the red tones. Follow the suggestions, alter the settings and the picture will change to reflect how the finished article will look.
There may be a few kinks to iron out (such as the overeager pop-up flash), but it’s a damn good starting point for newbies.
The 24.2-megapixel entry-level Nikon D3200 is aimed at first-time DSLR users and packs a new, beefed-up processor . We went hands-on for a closer look...
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