Nikon D3200 is an entry-level digital SLR camera and rolled out as an upgrade to the D3100.
The year 2011 turned out to be fruitful for Nikon. The company had launched both compact and DSLR award-winning cameras in that year. Success came with the NikonD3100 DSLR that the company offered as an entry-level DSLR. The D3200 triggered the beginning of a new and interesting era of photography. The EXPEED 3 image-processing engine that comes with a promise to deliver high quality images powers the D3200. The engine also delivers quick processing, low noise as well as Full HD video recording.
This camera carries a 24.2 Megapixel sensor that makes it one of a kind. The camera comes with various improvements that were awaited since the launch of D3100. It includes the improved guide mode to help aspiring photographers comprehend the basics of photography. The camera also features a Wi-Fi adaptor support. This helps connect the camera to smart phones and tablets that enables remote sharing as well as the ability to upload images to various social networking sites. The camera also has a few retouch options that enable cropping and straightening images. Additionally, digital art filters can also be added.
Design and Display:
The camera has various design improvements suited for the average photography enthusiast. The camera has limited number of direct control buttons. The camera has a quick menu button. The camera has a deep grip, but the size of the camera is small. However, the grip is quite firm and is quite handy.
The camera feels quite robust and it is strong enough to withstand a few knocks. The build quality of the camera is quite good. The camera has a dedicated Live view button and is quite sensational. The Live view is quite useful for amateur users to help them compose images on the LCD screen.
The camera has an eye-level penta mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with 95% frame coverage. The magnification of the viewfinder is approximately 0.8x. The camera brings up a 921k-dot resolution screen. It is quite a clear and bright screen with good angle of view. Sadly, this isn’t an articulating screen and the information on-screen changes its orientation depending on the portrait or landscape mode. The camera has 11 AF points that can be chosen manually or you can simply let the camera choose the ideal point.
The D3200 is a good performance camera. It is suited to most novice shooters and has the right sort of features that the masses can use. Once novice photographers gain hands on experience, they can shift to the professional series.
The AF is quick and drops in low light situations. Sadly, the AF speed on this camera is slow and it is slower when Live View is activated. The camera’s phase detection is replaced by contrast detection system. The images produced in bright daylight seem a little cooler than the rest.
The camera shoots quite well at high ISO settings too. The noise is quite balanced and is quite smooth. With an updated processor that is an improvement from its predecessor, the D3200 is considerably a major overhaul. The D3200 carries the same AF system as the previous generation cameras. Even during low light conditions, the camera is quite reliable and shoots excellent images.
Overall, the Nikon D3200 does a fine job clicking excellent and well-composed pictures. Amateur photographers would certainly love this camera.
15-55 mm & 55-200 mm lens Kit:
The camera comes with various lens choices; ideally the most common choices are the 15-55 mm or the 55-200 mm lens kits.
The 15-55 mm lens kit gives the photographer a chance to click macro photographs and experiment closely with portrait photography. The 15-55 mm lens shoots high quality detailed images with a close perspective.
The 55-200 mm lens on the other hand shoots telephoto pictures. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, a sports photographer or just like clicking scenic pictures, the 55-200 mm lens is a good start. Although, this is not the biggest lens and it would not give the photographer a complete close-up of the farthest image, it is quite decent.
Nikon has certainly put its efforts into the D3200 DSLR. The camera is quite a good update since the D3100. Although there are a few lacking features that might have made this camera even more successful, the D3200 makes a great DSLR.
Nokia D3200 Rivals:
Canon EOS 1200D