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.
The nikon D3200 handles in a very similar way to the less expensive D3100, so the extra money is really paying for the increased pixel count. However, in the long run, such a high resolution will be as likely to frustrate the ‘family’ user as give them pleasure once all the disk space is taken up on their computer and external drives need to be purchased. That said, we cannot mark a camera down for offering more.
Most importantly, the D3200 is capable of some very impressive images, even with the 18-55mm VC kit lens, although much more so with a prime lens like a 35mm or 50mm f/1.8. Crisp and punchy images with a wide dynamic range can be produced on a large scale thanks to the high resolution. Perhaps the family photos may start making their way from the computer screen to the walls, or Nikon may just be surprised that the D3200 proves popular with ‘enthusiasts’ who opt to buy the camera as a lightweight back-up for their existing model.
Nikon D3200 – Key features
There is a separate port to attach an external microphone. Nikon recommends the ME-1, the small size of which complements the compact size of the camera. Offering external mic compatibility in a camera at this level is impressive.
The GPS port is used to connect the external GPS unit GP-1, while the A/V out port connects the WU-1a wireless remote and the HDMI port can be used for a direct connection to a TV, enabling a live feed or image and video playback.
The retouch menu offers a host of in-camera edits, including D-Lighting, trim, monochrome, filter effects, straighten, distortion control, perspective control, selective colour and image overlay.
The power of the built-in flash can be controlled in auto TTL using exposure compensation from +1EV to -3EV, or manually from full power down to 1⁄32 power. Flash modes include redeye reduction, slow sync and rear curtain.
Scenarios in the guide mode’s advanced operation menu include ‘freeze motion’ and ‘soften background’. Handily, the mode is linked to the attached lens and the metered exposure of the current scene reflects in the on-screen aperture, shutter speed, white balance, exposure compensation or ISO.
The WU-1a may well be the standout accessory given that it was launched alongside the camera, but there are many other useful compatible accessories. These include the ML-L3 infrared remote control, GPS unit GP-1, ME-1 microphone and MC-DC2 remote cord.
The direct control accesses single-frame shooting, as well as the 4fps high-speed burst, self-timer, delayed remote, quick-response remote and quiet shutter release.
Live view offers a good alternative to the viewfinder, providing up to 20x magnification for precise focusing and continuous contrast-detection AF in video recording.