Nikon D3200 review

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Nikon and Canon are traditional companies nowadays; they stick to what they do best. While Sony and Olympus try to innovate with mirrorless and SLT camera designs, Nikon keeps most of its focus still in DSLR market, and that’s not a bad strategy. D3200 is a classic example of SLR camera, made to perform fast and responsive with optical viewfinder type of shooting. It has a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, large 3″ LCD and can record videos in Full-HD.

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Announced: 2012.
  • Type: Digital SLR
  • Dimensions: 125 x 96 x 77 mm
  • Weight: 505 g
  • Sensor: CMOS 24MP (6016 x 4000 pixels)
  • Lens: Kit lens: 18-55mm (27-82 in 35mm), F/3.5-5.6
  • ISO range: Native 100 – 64000, Extended 100 – 12,800
  • Image stabilization: No (possible with stabilized lens)
  • Dust and moisture protection: No
  • Flash unit: Yes, pop-up + hot-shoe
  • Continuous shooting: 4 fps
  • LCD screen: 3″, 921,000 dots, fixed
  • Memory card: SDHC
  • Battery: Li-Ion EN_EL14
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50fps), 640 x 480
  • Connectors: USB 2.0, mini HDMI, 3,5mm MIC, GPS dongle connector

CONSTRUCTION AND HANDLING

Nikon D3200 is available in two color variations, classic black and a wonderful deep red like the one I got. To tell you the truth, I really liked to use a camera that doesn’t sport serious “I’m-professional-badass-photographer” look for a change.

It is built very well; plastic feels good and buttons are large with a very well defined click feeling. I would like if it had a larger grip with a deeper finger recession, but it’s a personal preference (I guess I have larger hands).

D3200 is clearly a camera aimed at amateurs coming from compact camera experience, there are almost no direct controls for various shooting functions, like white balance, ISO, metering mode or auto-focus settings. All of these functions are adjusted via LCD information screen which is probably best for amateur users; it very easy to locate setting and adjust it. Two visual styles (classic and graphic) and several color combinations are available for layout customization.

There is a single customizable button though; the one marked “Fn” beside the pop-up flash button. I used it as an ISO button.

Start-up time is instantaneous. Camera is ready to take a picture at the same millisecond as you turn the power switch – a detail where DSLR beats (as I can recall) all mirrorless cameras; they all need a second or two for start-up.

LCD, VIEWFINDER

LCD has a 3 inch diagonal and 921,000 dots. Sound great on paper, but in real life it’s kind of disappointing. It is big, sharp and bright, but with a low contrast and slightly bleak colors. Sometimes it mislead me into thinking my images were overexposed (histogram indicated all is OK).

Viewfinder is as big as expected for an APS-C sensor and very bright, and it’s a joy to frame shots through it.

There is no ISO indicator in viewfinder (value shown only when changed), but at least it shows if AUTO option is active.

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