D3200 Focus Speed

Started May 1, 2012 | Discussions
justmeMN
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D3200 Focus Speed
May 1, 2012

DRP's preview of the Nikon D3200 states in part:

"Having exclusively used mirrorless cameras for the past few months, it's nice to use even the D3200's small optical viewfinder again. Its autofocus isn't as fast as some of its recent mirrorless rivals (especially with the kit lens), when performing a single AF acquisition,..."

I'm surprised. Is there something about high-MP that slows down autofocusing?

To be honest, I thought that all DSLRs focused faster than mirrorless cameras.

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Tbolt47
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In reply to justmeMN, May 1, 2012

I would expect it to be as quick as the D3100, but mirroless camera AF over the last few years have got a lot quicker, which is good as contrast detect being more accurate means we are not too far away from getting rid of the DSLR (when they perfect the electronic view finder anyway).

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Barry Fitzgerald
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In reply to Tbolt47, May 1, 2012

DPR are notably vague about numbers and well they don't really have any at all.

They've also missed some very obvious AF problems on some makers/models..I'd look elsewhere for AF information if I'm being quite blunt about it.

Imaging resource usually post AF speeds and they test them in their reviews, I've found them a reasonable indicator over the years (take not lenses vary etc)

On the other hand speed is one area, accuracy is another I'd put a lot more weight on accurate AF than break neck speeds.

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In reply to Tbolt47, 2 months ago

Maybe we will "get rid" of DSLRs when their lens offerings (including lenses from Sigma, Tamron, etc) will be have equivalents - quality and performance-wise - for mirrorless, and at similar prices.

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In reply to Rolfens, 2 months ago

I find very little difference between the focus speed of my Nikon 1 and my D3200 - even when using the same lenses - except in low light where the D3200 snaps on quicker.

The D3200 is not a tardy camera though and is perfectly good for most situatuions.

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DigitalPhilosopher
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In reply to Sonyshine, 2 months ago

Barry Fitzgerald wrote:

On the other hand speed is one area, accuracy is another I'd put a lot more weight on accurate AF than break neck speeds.

Very true.

Sonyshine wrote:

I find very little difference between the focus speed of my Nikon 1 and my D3200 - even when using the same lenses - except in low light where the D3200 snaps on quicker.

That's the whole point. Differences between camera levels are revealed when the light disappears - both in terms of AF performance and of image quality. In sunlight, even a compact camera can produce vivid, contrasty, sharp images - and its AF will be fast and accurate. Try it in a dark club, and you'll see a heck of a lot more difference.

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