Nikon D3200 summary
Nikon D3200 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera first released on July of 2012. It uses a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 6016 x 4000.
The D3200 places at #32 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & over all #230 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your custom factors.
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Nikon D3200 history
The Nikon D3200 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full range below.
Nikon D3200 Gallery
You can check the D3200 from various angles in the gallery below.
Nikon D3200 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Nikon D3200 based on factors that are normally considered important in a digital camera.
Nikon D3200 Sensor details
The Nikon D3200 features the Expeed 3 processor chip. The sensor dimension in the Nikon D3200 is 23.2mm x 15.4mm (APS-C). The 357 mm² sensor is able to capture 6016 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. This ISO can be increased digitally to a high of 12800. RAW files are supported which means that the user has wider margin for error.
The picture below shows the D3200's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The D3200 sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is showcased in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon D3200 dimensions
Nikon D3200 weighs in at 1.11 lbs (505g or 17.81 ounces) & has outer measurements of 125mm x 96mm x 77mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 3.0"). The weight of typical Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538g so the Nikon D3200 is very much the same as compared to its rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Listed below is a visual of the Nikon D3200 alongside a softdrink so you can get a sense of its scale.
The top view below will show the button design on the D3200.
Nikon D3200 Lens specs
The D3200 fits the Nikon F mount and has 308 lenses available to buy. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the D3200.
Nikon D3200 Connectivity
The D3200 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can copy files and usually change settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Nikon D3200 Video specs
The max video resolution in the Nikon D3200 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance in video quality versus file sizes but 1080p is not going to give you any room to downsample. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone jack which means you get little control over the sound. It is perhaps best to shop for an alternative camera if you need decent sound for your videos.
Nikon D3200 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing on the Nikon D3200 so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.
Nikon D3200 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon D3200 houses a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 921k dots.
Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder specs for Nikon D3200 are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.53x
Viewfinders can be rather helpful in bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.
Nikon D3200 Shutter specs
Nikon D3200 continuous shooting speed is 4.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Nikon D3200 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Nikon D3200 features both inbuilt flash together with external flash support. The highest flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.
Nikon D3200 Autofocusing specs
Nikon D3200 features both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and precise when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detection making it handy for taking portraits of people.
The Sensor boasts 11 focus points to select from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Nikon D3200 features manual focusing if needed in low light situations or you want to have more exact focusing control.
Nikon D3200 Battery life
The battery pack (EN-EL14) on the Nikon D3200 is built to last for 540 shots according to the CIPA standards making it about average when compared to it's competition. The usual Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x comes with the maximum (1900) battery life in this range of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
Nikon D3200 for varying types of photography
The following illustration shows a outline of the Nikon D3200 for varying types of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Nikon D3200 as a Portrait photography camera
The Nikon D3200 has a points tally of 79 which is very high, meaning that it is a great pick to use for portraits. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support and option to utilize external lighting.
Street photography with Nikon D3200
With a decent rating of 60, the Nikon D3200 is somewhat adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Nikon D3200
A very good sports photography score of 66 indicates the Nikon D3200 is a very decent fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have great autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon D3200
Weight is really crucial in choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon D3200 gets a reasonable 60 for a travel camera which makes it fairly suitable to purchase for your journeys.
Landscape photography with Nikon D3200
For anyone who is planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D3200 at it's nice grade of 70 as a landscape camera is a fine fit amongst it's rivals.
Nikon D3200 Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Nikon D3200 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a bad rating of 28.
Nikon D3200 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the D3200, below is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall within the class of Entry-Level DSLR.
The line chart listed below will give you a summary of the D3200 vs it's top ranked competitors mentioned previously.
Following are additional cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To read through a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.