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Nikon D3200 review

June 16, 2012

Overall Rating:

5

Nikon D3200


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Price as Reviewed:

£559.99

It may be an entry-level camera, but the Nikon D3200 features a 24.2-million-pixel sensor that could provide the sort of image quality demanded by enthusiasts. Can the Nikon D3200 cater for all? The Nikon D3200 review find out.

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The competition

Image: Sony Alpha 65

The next most affordable APS-C-format camera with a like-for-like pixel count is Sony’s Alpha 65. Both this and the D3200 have plastic bodies, and the handling is quite similar – both lack a top LCD screen and have no direct access on the body for many key controls. The main difference is that Alpha 65 is slightly more expensive, has a translucent mirror that enables faster frame rates and an electronic viewfinder in place of an optical type.

Image: D3100

Nikon insists that the D3200 does not replace the D3100, so this older and more affordable camera is an alternative. The build and handling of the two are very similar, with the big difference being the new sensor in the D3200, which is so impressive in terms of resolved detail, control of noise and dynamic range. It is a case of paying a little extra to get better quality images, but the resulting files take up much more space on the computer. Only time will tell as to what ‘beginners’ prefer.

  • External mic: Yes
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 30, 25 or 24fps), 1280 x 720 pixels (at 60 or 50fps), 640 x 424 pixels (at 30 or 25fps), MOV files with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 13m @ ISO 100
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -1.7 to +0.5 dioptre, 18mm eye point
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus custom setting
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD and UHS-I compliant SDHC/ SDXC
  • Output Size: 6016 x 4000 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism
  • LCD: 3in LCD with 921,000 dots
  • Field of View: Approx 95%
  • AF Points: Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 AF, 11 focus points (one cross-type), individually selectable AF points
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/200sec
  • Sensor: 24.2-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual and 6 scene modes
  • Weight: 505g approx, including battery or card/s
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL14 battery
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • Drive Mode: 4fps
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • RRP: £559.99 (body only)
  • Lens Mount: Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
  • ISO: ISO 100-6400 (Hi mode 12,800)
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF, predictive tracking AF
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Dimensions: 125 x 96 x 76.5mm
  • Metering System: 3D Color Matrix metering (evaluative), centreweighted (75% in centre of frame) and spot (2.5% on focus point)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Tested as: Entry-level DSLR

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