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Camera Showcase: Nikon D3200 Reviews, Specifications, Price

Nikon has delivered the best entry-level DSLR, the D3200 which seems to have replaced the best selling 3100. Although in actual, D3200 sits alongside with the D3100 with more premium options, rather than replacing it completely.

The most headline grabbing feature is the D3200’s 24.2 Megapixels DX format CMOS sensor (which was 14MP in D3100) which is a very high pixel count in Nikon’s entire range. This allows clicking dazzling clear, sharper and richer pictures even in low light. 24 million pixel sensors enable some creative image cropping while still keeping image resolution high. This gives a great option for those who don’t want to invest in a zoom or telephoto lens upto an extent.

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Apart from the higher resolution sensor, this compact light weight camera offers the Expeed 3 processing engine, which promises to deliver quicker processing, super-fast operation, exceptional image capture, in-camera filter effects and more. Along with this, a fixed screen display resolution of 921k pixels, upgrades in the form of newly added buttons and an enhanced rear LCD screen makes the D3200 a super-hit.

D3200 provides a wide ISO range of 100-6400 that allows shooting in very low light without a flash or in very bright light with zoom, macro, fixed focal length or wide aperture lenses. For extreme low-light situations, ISO can be set to Hi 1 and ISO 12800 equivalent sensitivity can be achieved successfully.

D3200 allows shooting Full HD 1080p movies in any light. It offers improvements over the D3100 as a more serious video capturing device as it offers manual control over both shutter speed and aperture (on the D3100 you could only fix the aperture before recording). Also there is a connector for an external microphone which allows recording excellent stereo sound.

D3200 also provides an option to add an affordable Wi-Fi transmitter, with which the masterpieces can be shared instantly with smartphones and tablets.

In the Nikon D3200, new Guide Mode is a new feature added in the mode selection panel, designed to help users to achieve the best possible image quality without having much amount of photographic knowledge. It allows learning the camera’s key features and controls while shooting. This Enhanced Guide Mode helps user to master the camera in a surprisingly easy way.

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The Guide Mode on Mode Dial

For optimising the camera settings for the scenes, one from the six common Scene Modes (like Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Macro and more) can be chosen for flawless and extra ordinary results even in demanding circumstances. While the Live View is being used, Scene Auto Selector automatically sets the D3200 for the most suitable Scene Mode for the situation. The highly accurate 420-pixel RGB sensor optimizes the shot accordingly.

Other features of D3200 like active D-lighting, distortion correction, 11-point auto focusing system, white balance etc makes the camera worth using at a professional level. Active D-Lighting is Nikon’s dynamic range expansion option, which is designed to maintain shadow detail without blowing the highlights in high contrast scenes. The distortion correction does an excellent job in eliminating a large portion of distortion. The D3200′s 11-point Autofocusing System is as fast as it is precise. The camera’s automatic white balance system does a good job of measuring the scene thus produces the most accurate results.

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The camera costs Rs.47,450 (with AF-S 18-105mm VR Kit Lens), Rs. 36,450 (with AF-S 18-55mm VR Kit Lens) and Rs. 30,750 (Body only) in India and $699.95 in USA.


The detailed specifications as per Nikon Official Website are given below

Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount
Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective angle of view
Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent); Nikon DX format)
Effective pixels
Effective pixels
24.2 million
Image sensor
Image sensor
23.2 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels
24.7 million
Dust-reduction System
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image size (pixels)
6,016 x 4,000 (Large)4,512 x 3,000 (Medium)3,008 x 2,000 (Small)
File format
NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressedJPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compressionNEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified
SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File system
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage
Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Approx. 0.8 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
18 mm (-1.0m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment
-1.7 – +0.5 m-1
Focusing screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirror
Quick return
Lens aperture
Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses
Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses. Autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported), and AI-P lenses. Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M, but the camera exposure meter will not function.The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
1/4000 – 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
Flash sync speed
X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release mode
Single frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Delayed remote, Quick-response remote, Quiet shutter release
Frame advance rate
Up to 4 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 – 9 exposures
TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method
Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frameSpot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 – 20 EVSpot metering: 2 – 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
Auto modes (auto; auto (flash off)); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation
-5 – +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting
On, off
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 – 3 m/1 ft 8 in. – 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range
-1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject statusManual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point
Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area mode
Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash
Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait: Auto flash with auto pop-upP, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide Number
Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode
Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation
-3 – +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with built-in flash and all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal
AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
White balance
White balance
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning.
Live View
Lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F)Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Automatic scene selection
Available in auto and auto (flash off) modes
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
1,920 x 1,080, 30 p (progressive)/25p/24p, (fine)high/normal1,280 x 720, 60p/50p, (fine)high/normal640 x 424, 30p/25p, (fine)high/normalFrame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode. 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode. Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps.
File format
Video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Audio recording device
Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity
ISO 200 – 6400; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)
7.5-cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 160°; viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
Hi-Speed USB
Video output
HDMI output
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminal
Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately)GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
Audio input
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Supported languages
Supported languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Power source
One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery
AC adapter
EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket
Tripod socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm (5.0 x 3.8 x 3.1 in.)
Approx. 505 g (1 lb 1.8 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 455 g/1 lb (camera body only)
Operating environment
0 – 40°C (+32 – 104°F)
Less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories
Supplied accessories
EN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-24 battery charger, AN-DC3 strap, EG-CP14 audio/video cable, UC-E17 USB cable, DK-5 eyepiece cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-20 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, Reference CD