Nikon D3200

Released April, 2012
New: D3300 (Jan, 2014)
  • 24.1 MP
  • APS-C 23.2 x 15.4 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
At the highest resolution setting, the camera can record movies at cine standard 24fps, while at 1280x720 pixels you can choose from 24, 25 or 30 frames per second.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D3200

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3200
9.5
Nikon D90
9.1
D5100
9.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3200
6.8
Nikon D90
7.3
D5100
6.8
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3200
8.9
Nikon D90
9.2
D5100
8.7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3200
9.0
Nikon D90
9.5
D5100
9.1
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 6 more

8.9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D3200
8.9
Nikon D90
9.1
D5100
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D3200

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

D3200
1,131 ISO
SLT A58
753 ISO
EOS Rebel T5
755 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D3200
3,000 LPH
SLT A58
2,400 LPH
Nikon D90
2,450 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3200
276 ms
Nikon D90
208 ms
SLT A58
326 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D3200
114 ms
SLT A58
54 ms
Nikon D90
67 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D3200
400 ms
SLT A58
1,900 ms
Rebel T3i
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3200
4 fps
SLT A58
8 fps
D3300
5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D3200


7.3
At this point in time the Nikon D3200 offers the highest sensor resolution in the entry-level bracket of the DSLR market.

9.0
An improved movie mode with greater control over exposure and sound, an expanded Guide mode and simpler controls for beginners, more connectivity options and a better LCD screen all add up to the best entry-level Nikon DSLR that we've ever reviewed.

8.0
Processing speed also impresses, especially given how the D3200's high-resolution sensor results in relatively large file sizes (around 8-12MB per full-resolution fine-quality JPEG and around 25MB for Raw files).

8.0
One of the benefits of having a 24 million pixel sensor is the ability to crop into an image and still retain a high resolution output.

7.0
In addition to a composite, a HDMI out, and a USB connector, plus the connector for Nikon's proprietary GPS module, D3200 adds a jack for an external mic, bringing it into parity with its peers.

Overall

8.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

This image was shot with a Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
If you really want to make sure an erratically moving subject stays sharp throughout the clip, you had better stop down the lens for enough depth of field to work with, and leave all shallow-depth-of-field trickery to static or predictably moving subjects.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
Both the aperture and the shutter speed can be pre-set before you start filming and changed whilst shooting, a welcome boon to your creativity.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)

Sensor

Here, we provide you with a selection of raw files of 'real world' scenes, and if you want to take a closer look at the NikonD3200's studio scene shots, you can download original raw files from our compared to (raw) page.
by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
Thanks to all the sensor's high resolution moire can also be a bit of an issue when the monitor is asked to display certain types of images, although zooming into these soon gets rid of the effect.
by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2012)
Converting your raw files can get you a small amount of additional detail compared to the out-of-camera JPEGs but again we'd recommend using good lenses to make this exercise worthwhile.
by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

Photography

Since Olympus introduced its Art Filters to the E-30 back in 2008, processing filters have become increasingly common on most cameras.
by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
The Nikon D3200 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
A good option for portrait photography, the Nikon D3200 has reproduced colours faithfully and coped well with the strong sunlight.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)

Image quality

Color rendition, tonality sharpness and detail are as good as identical.
by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
A camera with 24 million pixels at the entry level is still pretty extraordinary, and it's pleasing to note that the extra pixels don't come at the cost of a reduction in image quality.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
For comparison purposes we have also included an image that was converted in ACR 7.1 with custom noise reduction applied to it (luminance 27, color noise 27, color noise detail 50).
by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

Focus

Autofocus speeds with the kit zoom weren't stellar, but focusing with the optical viewfinder was still a lot faster than in Live View mode.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2012)
With 11 autofocus points on offer, you can elect to have the camera choose an AF point for you, or switch to choosing it for yourself.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2014)
That said, while in early live view days the AF used to be almost prohibitively slow it is now perfectly usable and makes live view a much better shooting option.
by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 24.1 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4000
Size APS-C
Area 23.2 x 15.4 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 14.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm
Thickness 76.5 mm
Weight 505 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.52x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps
Battery life 540 photos
Continuous shooting 4 fps
Focus lag 276 ms
Shutter lag 114 ms
Startup delay 400 ms
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