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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

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG Signal to Noise ratio

Nikon D3200 review: JPEG signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Nikon D3200 show similar signal to noise ratio results to the D3100 up to a sensitivity of ISO 1600, above this value the results show a marked improvement.

Nikon D3200 review

The D3200 has a similar signal to noise ratio (SNR) to the Canon 100D for much of its sensitivity range, this means that images will have a similar level of noise - despite the D3200's higher pixel count.

Raw Signal to Noise ratio

Nikon D3200 review: TIFF signal to noise ratio

TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon 3200 are on a par with those from the Canon EOS 1100D and show improved results across the entire sensitivity range when compared with the Nikon D3100.

Nikon D3200 review

The D3200's raw files (after conversion to TIFF) compare well with those from recent competing cameras, beating the Sony A3000 and Panasonic G6 for much of the sensitivity range and only falling significantly behind the Canon 100D from around ISO 800 and higher.

JPEG Dynamic range

Nikon D3200 review: JPEG dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Nikon D3200's JPEGs have at least a 1EV higher dynamic range than the Nikon D3100 up to a sensitivity of ISO 400, above this value it maintains around 0.5ev better dynamic range.

Nikon D3200 review

Only the Sony A3000 manages to beat the D3200's impressive dynamic range at the lower sensitivity settings, but the other cameras get closer at the higher values.

Raw dynamic range

Nikon D3200 review: TIFF dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Nikon D3200 TIFF files (After conversion from raw) show a big improvement for dynamic range at all sensitivities over the D3100. At the lower end of the sensitivity range between ISO 100-400 the results show as much as a 2ev difference between the two cameras.

Nikon D3200 review

This graph shows how well Nikon has managed to maintain its reputation for capturing a wide range of tones with its cameras. The D3200 leads the way for most of the sensitivity range.

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