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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.

Autofocus

As an entry-level model, the D3200 uses a simplified Multi-CAM 1000FX autofocus sensor with 11 individually selectable points. These points are in three groups in the central portion of the frame, with the centre point being a more sensitive cross-type.

When using the viewfinder, the AF system works on a phase-detection basis, with the active AF point illuminated red in the viewfinder (chosen via the D-pad in single-point mode).

Other options include 3D tracking (great for videos as well as still images), dynamic area and auto, all of which use the 11 points to gather focus information. For everyday use, the system is snappy and perfectly capable. The more demanding action photographer is, of course, better served by a more sophisticated set-up on a more expensive camera.

When live view is in use, the D3200 employs a contrast-detection-based system. Handily, in this mode the AF point can be set to anywhere in the frame, which is great for off-centre subjects. However, the performance of this AF is a tad slower than the phase-detection system, certainly in low light where the camera often hunts for the subject.

  • 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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