Nikon D3200 24.2 Megapixel Digital SLR Reviews Roundup

On April 19 2012, Nikon announced the new entry-level D3200 DSLR camera. Boasting the latest-generation Guide Mode with full 1080p HD video, the D3200 features a 24.2 Megapixels DX format APS-C sensor, the same EXPEED 3 processor as the flagship D4, ISO 100-12800, 11-point autofocus system, 4fps continuous shooting, and 3-inch 921,000-dot LCD screen.

The Nikon D3200's Guide Mode, accessible through the Mode Dial on top of camera, provides step-by-step photo instructions to beginner photographers. It walks through the process of set-up, shooting, viewing and deleting images as well as the best video settings to create home movies, or serve as a visual reference. The D3200 supports full HD 1080p video at 24 or 30 fps. It implements full-time AF during video recording and offers manual or automatic exposure control, and a stereo microphone input to attach an optional external microphone such as the compact ME-1 Stereo Microphone. Also announced alongside the D3200 is the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, which allows you to wirelessly transmit images from your camera to an Android smart device (iOS support is promised for later in 2012) and to remotely preview the live view screen. The Nikon D3200 with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization kit lens is available for $699.95 in either black or red colors. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is sold separately for $59.95.

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Nikon D3200 Camera Reviews Roundup


Digital Camera Info - Mar 24 2013
"The Nikon D3200's (MSRP $699.95) most exciting new feature is clearly the new 24-megapixel image sensor, which is partly responsible for the camera's strong improvement in sharpness over the earlier D3100. Sadly, the excitement ends there. With few other noteworthy improvements over its predecessor, the D3200 is a rather ordinary upgrade. Of course, a modes..." More »
81out of 100
PhotographyLife - Mar 23 2013
"Without a doubt, the Nikon D3200 is a very impressive little camera. Despite the fact that it is targeted at beginners and those upgrading from a point and shoot camera, the D3200 can deliver superb high resolution images that closely rival even some of the higher-end offerings from Nikon. If one can take a full advantage of the high-resolution sensor, unde..." More »
80out of 100
PhotoReview Australia - Nov 26 2012
"Initially we decided to base our Imatest testing for this review on the 18-55mm kit lens because it is the most likely lens to be purchased with the camera body.  However, when the results of our tests showed it failed to match the theoretical expectations for the D3200's image sensor, we re-ran the tests using the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR..." More »
88out of 100
Imaging Resource - Sep 14 2012
"We've been fans of most Nikon entry-level digital SLRs since the D40 debuted back in 2006. As the latest addition to this popular line, the Nikon D3200 increases the resolution significantly with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. Do consumers and novice photographers really need that much resolution? Probably not, but it's there if they want it, allowing extrem..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Review - Aug 15 2012
"While the D3200 may be Nikon's entry-level DSLR, its 24.2 megapixel resolution sensor makes it the highest resolution cropped sensor camera in the entire Nikon fleet. With its predecessor carrying only 14.2 megapixels it's clear that Nikon chose to go for high resolution versus high ISO performance in their current generation entry-level model. That resolut..." More »
80out of 100
dpreview - Jul 26 2012
"We've already mentioned the various caveats that come with the D3200's high-resolution sensor, but resolution and detail aside the Nikon D3200 has no image quality issues of note. Focussing and metering are generally very reliable, although like many previous Nikon models the camera has a tendency to slightly overexpose in bright contrasty conditions. In th..." More »
73out of 100
Phoblographer - Jul 09 2012
"When I first picked up this camera, to examine it, I was less than enthused with its build quality. Clearly there is some concern. For some context, I am a long time Nikon user and I have certain expectations of its cameras, however I was not thrilled with the D3200. I shot with it, Sid by side with my D90, My D700, my Nikon EM Film camera and from what I r..." More »
Not Rated
Trusted Reviews - Jun 26 2012
"Image quality is another area in which the D3200 scores highly The new sensor captures huge amounts of fine detail, which means you have the option to print big or crop tight. The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit zoom that the D3200 comes boxed with is a competent enough lens for an entry-level camera like this that is flexible enough to capture wide landscape scenes..." More »
80out of 100
CNET UK - Jun 23 2012
"Nikon is trumpeting the D3200's video features almost as loudly as it is its stills performance. It shoots Full HD at 1,920x1,080 pixels, 30p, 25p or 24p, as well as 1,920x720 pixels at 60p and 50p. There's also an option for 640x424 pixels (around 3:2 aspect ratio), at 30p and 25p. The video results were as good as you might expect after close examination..." More »
100out of 100
Amateur Photographer - Jun 23 2012
"As the camera uses the company's latest Expeed 3 processor, we would also have high hopes for its ability to handle noise effectively. The first thing to note is that the native sensitivity runs from ISO 100-6400, like that of the Nikon D800, which uses the same processor, and the range can be extended up to ISO 12,800.  For 'nominal' exposures (those..." More »
87out of 100
Photography BLOG - Jun 07 2012
"With its huge 24 megapixel sensor, the entry-level D3200 instantly becomes the highest-resolution APS-C DX format Nikon DSLR, and it offers more pixels than any competing manufacturer too. Compared to the 18-month-old D3100, Nikon has managed to simultaneously increase the pixel count by a massive 10 megapixels and yet still maintain similar quality at high..." More »
90out of 100
Camera Labs - Jun 05 2012
"With its predecessor, the D3100, Nikon pushed both the price and feature set of its entry-level DSLR a notch above what was available from the competition, most notably Canon. The D3200 increases both of thoses gaps, costing around forty percent more than Canon's EOS T3 / 1100D, but offering so much more that its closest rival is really the upper entry-leve..." More »
84out of 100
Digital Camera Resource Page - Jun 02 2012
"The D3200 is definitely slanted toward the beginner end of the D-SLR spectrum. Nowhere is that more obvious than in Guide Mode, where you tell the camera what you want to do (like take action photos), and it'll use the proper settings. More advanced users can adjust things like shutter speed in Guide Mode, if they want. The camera also has help screens for..." More »
Not Rated
ePhotoZine - May 31 2012
"Colour reproduction is superb, as are skin tones when shooting portraits, which are free from red-eye. Landscapes have excellent blues and greens, particularly when using the Landscape Picture Control option (other options are standard, neutral, vivid, monochrome and portrait). The last three images above may not be easy with the standard kit lens, but show..." More »
90out of 100
NeoCamera - May 18 2012
"The Nikon D3200 raises the bar for entry-level cameras. Its 24 megapixels sensor delivers sufficiently high-quality output to make poster-sized prints at low ISO and remains very usable until its maximum standard sensitivity of ISO 6400. As a Nikon DSLR, this model gives users access to the second largest lens lineup of the industry, ensuring tremendous fle..." More »
75out of 100
What Digital Camera - May 16 2012
"The D3200 offers the choice of three metering modes - 3D color matrix metering II, Centre-weighted or spot. In use, and the multi-zone matrix metering does a good job of exposing scenes nice and evenly. There will be times though that a little bit of exposure compensation is required to correct for slightly bleached out skies, or to lighten portraits. If yo..." More »
90out of 100
Pocket-lint - May 12 2012
"Despite the 24-megapixel resolution the entirety of the ISO 100-6400 sensitivity range is usable to some degree. A feat even more impressive when considering just how high resolution this camera is. Critical detail is more visible at the lower ISO settings, though processing does render JPEGs softer than their raw counterparts. ISO 100-200 hold the most det..." More »
80out of 100
dpreview - Apr 30 2012
"The D3200 body looks very similar to the D3100 but there have been subtle re-arrangements of the controls. An infrared remote receiver can be seen in the front of the hand-grip and on the top rear left of the camera - a feature missing from the D3100. The D3200 also loses its predecessor's combined live view thumb switch and movie record button. Instead liv..." More »
Not Rated
RegHardware - Apr 20 2012
"Evidently, Nikon considers Guide Mode to be a major attraction at this end of its range and has Akira Ezawa, 1st Design Dept manager at Nikon working on this model and evangelising its virtues to the press. This is the man who has been behind significant aspects of Nikon digital camera design since the D1 appeared in 1999 - a 2.7Mp DSLR that, when it appear..." More »
Not Rated
ePhotoZine - Apr 20 2012
"The Nikon D3200 is Nikon's latest Digital SLR and is designed to sit one step above the Nikon D3100, with a new 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, Full HD video recording and new guide mode it has been announced, along with a new Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G lens and WU-1a wireless transmitter. The camera feels well built and features a large mode dial. The optical vi..." More »
Not Rated
AmateurPhotographer - Apr 20 2012
"The camera body may not look much different to the D3100 but there have been subtle changes to the layout to improve navigation. The D3200 is a small camera but has a substantial grip, so it is easy to hold. On the back there is now a dedicated drive mode button for quick access to the high-speed burst and timer settings, and a live view button rather than..." More »
Not Rated

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