Why the D3200 is terrific.

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inasir1971
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Why the D3200 is terrific.
Aug 13, 2012

Let me get straight to the point.

The D3200 is Nikon's entry level DSLR (the D3100 is probably on its way out) so you can't expect much in the way of pro features available on its (much) larger relatives. There are many reviews which cover the D3200, so I am going to focus on what I think they miss out and what I like about it.

The likes:

  • the 24MP sensor. Suffice it to say that I feel it's color rendition is superior to any Canon APS-C sensor (the 550D, 600D, 60D, 650D, and 7D which use basically the same sensor, except the 7D additionally suffers from low ISO banding - having extensively shot with and owned all but the 600D, I know what I am talking about)

  • RAW files - you can save NEF's

  • decent buffer and high speed SD UHS-1

  • almost vibration-less mirror/shutter mechanism

  • connection port for Nikon accessories - remote release, GPS, (cheap) WiFi (haven't tried this yet)

  • compatibility with most lenses for Nikon (including the Zeiss zf2 line)

  • advanced auto ISO function including selectable minimum shutter speed

  • and MANUAL FOCUS with direction and confirmation indicators!

the dislikes (in descending order):

  • only allows full stop increments for exposure time, ISO settings.

  • no current ISO display in viewfinder

  • tiny battery

  • only saves 12-bit lossy(?) compressed NEF's

Here some images of the viewfinder showing the focus indicators:
IN FOCUS

FOCUS IS TOO FAR TO RIGHT - TURN LEFT

The 520 is the estimated shots remaining not ISO

(you can full sized download originals - click original)

Here's a 100% crop of a 24MP image shot handheld with a 70-200 VRII - building is 2-3km away (so lack of clarity is atmospheric effects)

Downsampled to around 8MP (above ISO 100, images will need to be downsampled)

Very good quality 8MP images can be obtained if shot raw, processed for NR and sharpened up to somewhere between ISO 1600-3200 depending on content.

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