The Nikon D3200 is a small piece DSLR that comes crammed with a lot of exciting technology. It has features one would expect to find on higher priced models. This entry-level beginner camera has EXPEED 3 engine to deliver quick processing. It gives off little noise and a range of frame rates. The beginner DSLR camera offers Full HD video recording.

The Nikon D3200 is a no-nonsense, ‘traditional style’ entry-level DSLR that is a solid performer on all levels. It doesn’t offer much in terms of innovative features but comes with the highest pixel count in its class and good image quality across the ISO range. Just consider getting some high-quality Nikkor Lenses with it to make the most out of its high pixel count.

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Nikon D3200: Handling and Build

Being made for entry-level users, it has significant improvements in its Guide Mode. It guides users to achieve the best in image quality. One can purchase an optional Wi-Fi adapter, the WU-IA. It connects this beginner DSLR camera to your smart gadgets. The user can use the Nikon D3200 in remote mode and also upload images to social media.

With a polycarbonate construction, this entry-level DSLR takes the lead from the Nikon D3100. It comes with user-friendly ergonomics useful for average shooters. The Nikon D3200 is accessible via the ‘I’ quick menu. Find this at the back of this best beginner DSLR.

It has control buttons for live view. It is perfect for beginner DSLR users who are used to composing images on the LCD screen. It has a clear and dazzling screen with an excellent angle of view. The Nikon D3200 fares well in varying lighting conditions.

Nikon D3200: Autofocus

This camera offers 11 autofocus points. Standard navigation buttons can modify it. However, it becomes a little slower when using Live View mode. The speedy phase detection is taken over by a slower detection system for contrast. Users who are fond of fast, compact camera speeds might find this frustrating.

Nikon D3200: Performance

This DSLR camera is fantastic but appeals more to novice users. Its white balance does a commendable job. It measures the scene and produces actual outcomes. The Nikon D3200 comes with matrix metering for the majority of users. You will adore this 24 million pixel sensor camera.

Crop any image, and it retains its high-resolution quality with this entry-level DSLR. It works great when capturing images out of reach from your lens. Crop your images with the Nikon D3200, and it’s easy to apply. Download your images to your computer, you do everything on the camera.

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Nikon D3200: Image Quality

Nikon introduced increased pixels to the sensor risking increased image quality. Nikon D3200 performs better than its predecessor. It controls noise well when shooting at ISO 1600 with high sensitivity. This best DSLR for beginners comes with expandable ISO from 100-6,400 to 12,800. Nikon D3200 comes with a low pass filter unlike the D3100 and offers remote control.

When viewing images at 100% on the Nikon D5200, some smoothing occurs. It happens when you implement noise control for JPEG files. Noise levels will be more pronounced on cropping the images.

Nikon D3200: Specifications

MSRPUS: with 18-55mm VR – $699.95; UK: with 18-55mm VR – £649.99; UK: with 18-55mm VR – €699
Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution6016 x 4000
Other resolutions4512 x 3000, 3008 x 2000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (12800 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)12800
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points11
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD with 160° viewing angle
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.8× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modesAuto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
Continuous drive4.0 fps
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot AF-area
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesFrame 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
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Wireless notesWU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Remote controlYes (Optional)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)540
Weight (inc. batteries)505 g (1.11 lb / 17.81 oz)
Dimensions125 x 96 x 77 mm (4.92 x 3.78 x 3.03″)
Orientation sensorYes
GPS notesGP-1

Nikon D3200: Conclusion

Nikon’s revolutionary Guide Mode, brought over from the D3100, is a real blessing for beginners looking to get a little more adventurous with their photography, while the Nikon D3200 certainly provides options for those who want to try manual and semi-manual exposure modes further down the line.

Both the D3300 and D3400 have now been overtaken, but unless you can find the D3200 at a genuine bargain price, your best bet is to go for one of these. Or if you can expand your budget a little more, take a look at either the D5300 or D5500, with var-angle displays provided by both.

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