Nikon has replaced the entry-level D3100 with the new Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Lens. The new evolutionary (not revolutionary) camera is 24.2 megapixels making it the highest resolution DX body in Nikon’s line. It’s more expensive than its Canon counterpart but offers more features. Even though it’s an entry-level camera, it produces results that exceed what most users would expect from an entry-level camera. In fact, 10 years ago we would have called this camera a revolutionary pro body! How time flies.
It’s a solid camera and it comes with an AF-S 18-55mm variable aperture lens. Since this camera is aimed at beginners, it comes with an interesting “guide” mode aimed at helping new users make the switch from point and shoot to a DSLR. This is a new feature not previously available on any Nikon DSLR and it’s clear that Nikon is trying to tempt people up the chain from their P7100 point and shoot.
The D3200 features the new Expeed 3 processor, four frames per second shooting, a higher resolution screen (921,000 dot resolution) and 1080p video recording with manual control over audio.
The camera features 11 autofocus points and the AF works well except in low-light conditions. On the down side – there’s no AEB or live histograms, but remember, it is an introductory camera.
What’s advanced about this camera is its ability to be controlled remotely with a smartphone (using an optional, extra-cost Wi-Fi adaptor, the WU-1A.) It’s ability to record video with manual audio is extraordinary at this price point.
I also appreciated the low-light performance on such an inexpensive camera. It could be better, especially if Nikon wasn’t on such a “resolution” kick. (Remember when Nikon said 12 MP was enough?)
Overall the 3200 is a lightweight, feature-packed, entry-level camera worthy of your consideration. If “entry-level” cameras are this good – then I can’t wait to see the next round of “pro” cameras.
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