Perhaps the lower resolution results from using the kit lens instead of the normally used (sharp) Sigma 50mm 1.4. No word on which lens was used, so there's confusion.
I wonder whether the translucent mirror blunts detail rendering - seems that way, since the resolution is actually low even in RAW. The D3200 is leagues ahead in rendering fine detail, both RAW and JPEG. Resolution is not about pixel peeping but the capability to crop and recompose. So if you do only smaller prints and video this seems a lovely camera.
Incredible ISO performance... Thank you dpr.
Deeply impressed with the IQ. If only filters could be used.
A cheap upgrade to Nikkor 2.8 glass would make a good deal, and perhaps it's coming soon because the d7000 replacement is bound to have a better kitlens.
Lens quality must improve to keep up with sensor quality. We see this happening already with the new 'cheapo' FF 85mm /1.8 which has better performance than its peers at 1/3 price. See cameralabs.com.
FuzzTheKingOfTrees: I find it interesting the amount of importance reviewers seem to attach to an ISO button. Surely these people that are going to be using this camera in live view with the 18-55 kit lens permanently attached to the front using in camera effects filters aren't going to be adjusting the ISO; they're going to let the camera do it for them.The only time I adjust my ISO is when I'm shooting with a flash I usually fix it at 400 to add a bit more ambient light and give the batteries a rest but the rest of the time I just let the camera choose the ISO for me.As for the score, I think it's probably fair enough. At the moment the camera is quite expensive for what you get. The D5100, to my eyes, has slightly better IQ at all but the lowest ISOs and at the moment it's cheaper and you get the moving screen. Once the D3200 hits the £325 mark it will be an excellent camera.
Can't agree with 'auto ISO works great'. Setting iso and depth are central to good composition and the reason why many want to learn photography. If everything works 'fine' on auto then you got a P&S in DSLR form. A good entry level camera encourages improving technique. Hiding most features in the menu is bad design for a DSLR. I think dpreview agree.
iBuzz: Another poor review by DPR about a great entry level camera from Nikon.Message to Nikon : remove the mirror box from the D3200 and PDAF, keep the poor lens kit and the slow CDAF, add some Instagram filters, double the price and name it NEX-7. Maybe DPreview will give you a good score! ;-)
The NEX-7 is way overpriced. And try getting a decent lens for it...
justmeMN: On Amazon (USA) the Nikon D5100 currently costs less than the Nikon D3200, and has many more features.
Don't rule out the D90 either, which has much better interface.
It would have made more sense to use the well-rounded 16mp sensor in this d3200, which would have made a useful upgrade to the d3100. I expect the d5100 replacement to come with 24mp and a better kitlens, hopefully 2.8, and maybe 50 iso. The existing 18-55mm a 'paper weight'. Cracked me up! Thanks for the review!
Jefftan: Is Canon the next Kodak?Thinking it is safe with it's dominant position and fail to take competitors like Sony seriously
If someone say otherwise please tell me how is this better than NEX in any single wayI can't even see even one improvement over NEX
Touch screen is innovative, and will be liked by many.
Where Canon lags sorely is in sensor development. They used the only APS-C sensor they got - the ageing 18mp unit. Fringing is its biggest problem.
topstuff: All the months, years of waiting.
All of the benefit of not being first, and being able to watch and learn as your competitors go to market before you do.
And then, after all this, the end result is utterly boring and utterly predictable.
There is no innovation here.
Very disappointing. Canon have become very, very conservative and in the long term I think this will hurt them.
Canon has essentially only one APS-C sensor, the ageing 18mp used, so they can only do a single model, one that sits handily between the Nex-5 and Nex-7. Canon is cutting development cost to a minimum here. They're in business to make money and this is how to do it. The touchscreen, however, is an innovation and will be loved by many.
Canon's being clever here. They sat on the fence and decided to follow market success (Sony Nex) and avoid what gets poor reviews (Nikon 1). Keep milking that trusty sensor... Main target is clear: mobile phone users who want better IQ but don't want an SLR and don't care about a viewfinder. This has been a cheap product to develop, unlike the Nikon 1, and it should work fine, especially for street photography with the 22mm lens. The concept makes sense but the aesthetics lack a 'want it' factor.