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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.

LCD, viewfinder and video

For an entry-level DSLR, the LCD screen has a solid specification. It is a 3in LCD type with 921,000 dots, which is a big improvement over the 230,000-dot screen of the D3100, although it is not articulated like that of the D5100.

The screen is bright enough for live view, image playback and to navigate the menu, but users may struggle to see it clearly in bright, direct sunlight. The viewfinder is a pentamirror type with a 95% field of view and 0.8x magnification, which is the same as on the D3100.

The camera is very capable in its video recording: full HD (1080p) capture is possible in H.264 format at 30fps, or 720p at 60fps. Continuous AF is available via the contrast-detection system, which is very handy for keeping up with moving subjects. A mini HDMI output provides direct connection to TV, and up to 20mins record time is possible for each video file.

  • 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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