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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

As part of our image quality testing for the Nikon D3200, we've shot our resolution chart with a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Nikon D3200 is capable of resolving up to around 28 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Nikon D3200 review: resolution ISO 100

Nikon D3200 review: resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, score: 28 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 26 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 26 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200, score: 22 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: resolution ISO 6400

ISO 6400, score: 18 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: resolution ISO 12800

ISO 12800, score: 18 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Raw images

Nikon D3200 review: TIFF resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, score: 28 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: TIFF resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 28 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: TIFF resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 26 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: TIFF resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: TIFF resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: TIFF resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200, score: 22 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: TIFF resolution ISO 6400

ISO 6400, score: 20 (click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D3200 review: TIFF resolution ISO 12800

ISO 12800, score: 20 (click here to see the full resolution image)

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