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Nikon D3200 review

A great entry-level DSLR with 24.2-million pixels

Our Verdict

Nikon has delivered an excellent camera in the Nikon D3200. Its Guide Mode is especially good and very useful for novice photographers.

For

  • Excellent guide mode
  • 24MP sensor
  • Full HD video

Against

  • Odd colours on LCD screen

The Nikon D3200 takes the lead from the Nikon D3100, but has a few improvements to the ergonomics that are very helpful to the everyday shooter.

While there are a limited number of direct control buttons on the Nikon D3200, commonly used functions (such as the sensitivity settings), can be accessed via the "i" quick menu button on the back of the camera.

Although quite a small camera, the deep grip provides a good amount of purchase. The combined weight of the camera and standard 18-55mm kit lens is heavy enough to give the Nikon D3200 the feel of a quality piece of kit.

Nikon D3200 review

The camera feels robust enough to withstand minor knocks and scrapes, although it obviously doesn't have the higher quality of build of its bigger, more expensive brothers in the lineup.

New buttons include a dedicated Live View button, a welcome and sensible addition for novice users who may be used to composing images on an LCD screen if they have come from a compact or compact system camera background.

Nikon D3200 review

Another new addition is a dedicated movie record button, which can be found conveniently located next to the shutter release. Again, this is a sensible idea for the intended audience, who are unlikely to want to spend time fiddling about with dials and menus to reach the movie record mode.

Nikon has improved the screen for the Nikon D3200, bringing it up to 921,000 dots from the D3100's 230k dot offering. The screen is very clear and bright, and has a good angle of view from a variety of different shooting positions while also coping well with a variety of lighting conditions.

Nikon D3200 review

It's a shame that an articulating screen couldn't be included on the Nikon D3200. However, according to Nikon, adding this would come at the cost of making the overall body bigger and more expensive, so it's understandable that the manufacturer has chosen to keep articulating screens for its larger bodied cameras.

The on-screen information display orientation changes depending on whether you're shooting in portrait or landscape mode. This is a nice touch that makes shooting in portrait mode a much easier proposition. It's also likely to impress those used to using smartphones and the like.

Nikon D3200 review

Of course, being a DSLR, the Nikon D3200 has an optical viewfinder. Although not offering the same 100 per cent field of view as its bigger brothers, it is nonetheless bright, clear and easy to work with.

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. Being a slightly more advanced operation, this option is hidden away in the menu a bit, which is a little frustrating.

Nikon D3200 review

Once selected, however, the autofocus point can be adjusted by using the standard navigation buttons.

Guide mode

The improvements made to the Guide menu make the process of shooting high quality images easier, while also managing to impart some knowledge to the photographer using it.

For example, when using the new Reds in Sunsets mode, the camera guides the user through altering white balance, meaning that eventually the user may come to use the camera independently, without the need for such help.

Nikon D3200 review

Nikon already claims that the Guide feature has been very well received by its users, and we can't see that changing for the new model. It's great that these guides have been written in plain English, as well as referencing the photographic terms for educational purposes.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution24.2 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesExternal Flash Shoe, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)455 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Image Resolution6016 x 4000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution24.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL14
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Height96.5 mm
Width127 mm
Depth78.7 mm
Autofocus Points11
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Front Curtain Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless Flash, X-sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, Flash OFF, Flash ON
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD3200
Product NameD3200 Digital SLR Camera
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA331AE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Celebrate your memories with the powerful yet incredibly easy-to-use D3200.

Equipped with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Nikon's powerful EXPEED 3 image processing engine, this SLR offers outstanding photos and Full HD D-movies.

Nikon's Guide Mode makes it easy to begin, showing you how to achieve stunning results in a few simple steps. Sample images and clear instructions ensure you'll shoot the kind of high-quality photos and movies you've always wanted.

A fantastic way to capture life in rich detail, the D3200 even lets you send images directly from the camera to a smart device so you can share your photos and movies instantly.

Battery Life540 Shot
Package Contents
  • D3200 Digital SLR Camera
  • EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-24 Quick Charger
  • EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable
  • UC-E17 USB Cable
  • DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
  • AN-DC3 Camera Strap
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker