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Nikon updates entry-level DSLR with 24MP D3200 and optional WiFi

By dpreview staff on Apr 19, 2012 at 04:00 GMT

Nikon has announced the D3200 24MP entry-level DSLR that can be used with an optional WU-1a Wi-Fi module. The camera can now shoot up to 1080p30 video (rather than the D3100's 24p) and has a 920k dot LCD, up from 230k dots. Beyond this, and improved continuous shoot rate despite the pixel-count hike, the biggest change is the ability to add the Wi-Fi unit. The WU-1a will sell for a recommended sale price of $59.95/£54.99/€59 and will be able to broadcast to smartphones over a 49ft range. The D3200 is expected in late April at an MSRP of $699.95/£649.99/€699.

The WU-1a will be available from May and will initially support image upload and remote viewing/shutter release with a free app for Android phones (version 2.3 and newer). An iOS version of the app will follow later in the year. Details are vague but we're told the app allows full-sized or VGA images to be transferred from the camera and that a live preview is available on the phone, but with only the ability to fire the trigger, not change camera settings.

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Press Release:

SIMPLY STUNNING: THE NEW NIKON D3200 IS THE SIMPLE WAY TO CHRONICLE MEMORIES WITH SUPERIOR IMAGE AND HD VIDEO QUALITY

MELVILLE, N.Y. (APRIL 19, 2012) – Today, imaging leader Nikon Inc. introduced the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3200 HD-SLR; a camera designed for photo enthusiasts ready to step up to a D-SLR or for the busy family memory keeper with an active lifestyle who demands a camera that can keep pace. From low-light to fast action, the D3200 delivers the amazing image quality Nikon is known for, either indoors or outside. Whether new to photography or upgrading from a point-and-shoot, the D3200 features Nikon's acclaimed instructive Guide Mode to help unleash the photographer in everyone. From candid action shots to staged portraits that flatter, the Nikon D3200 provides the power to capture every moment easily and beautifully with stellar image quality and in stunning Full HD (1080p) video.

Ready to tag along for any outing, the Nikon D3200's compact, lightweight body makes it easy to pack for a quick day trip or the long haul. A host of advanced features, including a super high resolution 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD (1080p) video recording with full time autofocus (AF) and 4 frames-per-second (fps) high-speed continuous shooting mode, prepare the D3200 for challenging lighting conditions and fast paced action. Also, Nikon D3200 users will be able to take advantage of the new WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. When connected to the camera, this optional adapter can wirelessly send images to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, preview an image before shooting and control the camera remotely.

"When every moment is as precious as the next one, having a camera that takes the guesswork out of photography is important," said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. "The Nikon D3200 HD-SLR offers effortless functionality and easy-to-use connectivity to mobile devices that answers the call for a capable, entry-level D-SLR that will change how you share amazing images with your friends and family."

Stunning Images to Last a Lifetime

The new Nikon D3200 delivers outstanding image quality no matter the user's skill level by leveraging Nikon's renowned technologies. The new 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor allows for incredibly sharp images with stunning detail and less noise, while Nikon's EXPEED 3™ image processing engine helps to create clear, lifelike images and video with vivid colors, smooth tonal gradations and low noise.
The Nikon D3200 grants users impressive performance in low-light, affording the ability to shoot with assurance even during night games and school plays. With a native ISO range that extends from ISO 100 to 6400, the D3200 can also be expanded to a high of ISO 12,800 for extreme low-light situations resulting in previously impossible photos. Additionally, Nikon's Scene Recognition System works in tandem with the camera's 3D Color Matrix Metering II to recognize factors such as color and brightness for balanced exposures, accurate AF, faithful white balance and beautiful flash photos.

Effortless Operation

Beginner photographers as well as those looking to expand their repertoire of shooting techniques will appreciate the Nikon D3200's Guide Mode which provides step-by-step photo instructions to capture amazing images. Easily accessible through the Mode Dial found on top of the camera body, the Guide Mode walks beginning D-SLR users through the process of set-up, shooting, viewing and deleting images. Because it asks the user what kind of creative photo technique they would like to learn, the Guide Mode has been widely acclaimed for its ability to build confidence and give users the tools to create amazing images. As more people discover the benefits of replacing their camcorder with a D-SLR, the Guide Mode also walks users through the best video settings to create home movies with blockbuster flair. For those with a more advanced skill level, the Guide Mode features helpful Assist Images that serve as a visual reference to inspire users and illustrate the desired result, while guiding them through easy-to-follow techniques.

Further taking the guesswork out of photography, the D3200 also includes six Scene Modes. Photographers can set the Mode Dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-Up or Night Portrait, and the D3200 will automatically adjust camera settings for optimal results in a variety of conditions.

Beautiful Home Movies in Full HD

When images alone can't tell the whole story, the Nikon D3200 offers the full HD experience of high quality 1080p video. Users can create memorable, cinematic quality videos at 24 or 30 fps and easily share HD content online with friends and family or on their own HDTV via the HDMI output.

Continuing down the path that its predecessor, the Nikon D3100, started, the D3200 implements full-time AF during video recording to help capture crisp video even during the most action-packed situations. To boost the production value of any home video, the camera offers manual or automatic exposure control, and a stereo microphone input to attach an optional external microphone such as the compact ME-1 Stereo Microphone. Furthermore, the D3200 offers other HD-SLR advantages including the ability to create a shallow depth of field, amazing low-light video performance and NIKKOR lens versatility.

Capturing videos on the D3200 is simple, even when in Live View. With a dedicated video record button and easy access to the Live View switch, users can capture video clips before the moment is gone. Additionally, videos play with astonishing detail and clarity on the D3200's 3-inch, high resolution 921,000-dot LCD screen.

A Camera to Keep Pace with an Energetic Existence

An active lifestyle requires a capable camera that is ready at a moment's notice, and the Nikon D3200 packs powerful technology to tackle just about any challenge. Delivering up to 4 fps in high-speed continuous shooting mode, the D3200 helps ensure that important, spontaneous and easy-to-miss memories are captured, from a baby's first smile to a game winning grand slam. Additionally, the D3200's advanced 11-point AF system allows the user to find and keep focus while maintaining a clear view of that subject. This advanced focusing system is ideal for capturing tricky subjects like a dancer mid-leap during the big recital or a dive for the line drive in centerfield.

The Nikon D3200's power is amplified when combined with the versatility of Nikon's legendary NIKKOR optics and powerful accessories. Compatible with Nikon's dedicated DX-format lenses and over 50 FX-format lenses as well as Nikon's Speedlight System, the Nikon D3200 puts creativity at the user's fingertips. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for the D3200 allows the connected user to easily share photos taken on the D3200 to an Android™ platform based smartphone or tablet, so friends and family can enjoy the moment almost as quickly as it happens.1 Android platform users are able to wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device, preview the image before shooting photos, and even remotely control the camera from up to 49 feet. The Application for use with an Android platform smartphone (2.3 series) and tablet (3.x series) is expected for release in May 2012.2 Additionally, an Application for the iPhone® and iPad® mobile digital device is expected for release in Fall 2012.3

Price and Availability

The Nikon D3200 outfit with the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens will be available in late April 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $699.95* in either Black or Red. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, sold separately, will be available in late May 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $59.95*. For more information on the Nikon D3200, NIKKOR lenses, additional Nikon D-SLR cameras and accessories, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Nikon D3200 specifications

Price
MSRPUS: with 18-55mm VR - $699.95; UK: with 18-55mm VR - £649.99; UK: with 18-55mm VR - €699
Body type
Body typeCompact SLR
Sensor
Max resolution6016 x 4000
Other resolutions4512 x 3000, 3008 x 2000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (12800 with boost)
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 bit
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points11
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD with 160° viewing angle
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.8×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Child
  • Sports
  • Close-Up
  • Night portrait
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modesAuto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • 2s Delayed remote
  • Quick-response remote
  • Quiet shutter release
Continuous drive4 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot AF-area
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesFrame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Storage includedNone
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesWU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Remote controlYes (Optional)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)540
Weight (inc. batteries)505 g (1.11 lb / 17.81 oz)
Dimensions125 x 96 x 77 mm (4.92 x 3.78 x 3.03)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1

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Nikon WU-1a optional Wi-Fi unit WU-1a attached to D3200
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lee pseudogrammaton
By lee pseudogrammaton (4 months ago)

It's a fine knock-about camera. The 24 MP sensor may seem gratuitous but with truly sharp lenses it actually serves a purpose: It can still out-resolve a sharp lens. There are alt lenses that'll fit on a Nikon body (with an adapter) that are well served by this wee DSLR (just not Tamrons or Vivitars).

Also, lacking an AF drive, it can safely take vintage Nikkor glass going back before 1977 (non-AI, but no body/mount incompatibility). I have one from 1972 & another from 1968, beautiful portrait lenses (not sharp, but render beautifully).

Since its low light performance falls apart beyond ISO 800, don't bother. Unless it's an emergency, in which case, don't bother. :-)

If you're capturing birds, get the best 300mm AF-S/AF-I internal non-VR prime you can afford. Nobody shoots birds in low light, & when they're in flight VR is nonsense. Get the good Nikon 1.4x teleconverter & after that don't be greedy: ( 300mm ) * ( 1.4x TC ) * ( 1.55 crop factor ) ='s 651 mm equivalent.

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mikeg492
By mikeg492 (Jan 11, 2013)

I read some of your comments and I can tell you who this camera is for. It is for me I have reviewed a bunch of these things and although I am not a pro like you guys I like to take pictures of my kid playing baseball or at the beach. I have a casio exilim ef-25 takes 40 frames a second and video up to 1000 frames a second, Takes great pictures but I can't change the lens.
This seemes like a great camera at a great price so thats who buy's it. it's a toy, you guy's can have the 2000.00 + cameras.

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beautNZphoto
By beautNZphoto (Dec 26, 2012)

Just to be clear check out my website www.beautifulnewzealandphotography.com........I have had "pros" tell me that wow!! how did you get that definition and bring out the seaweed in that coastal shot and I told them actually I busted my 6x6 and used a crappy point and shoot kodak 7mp..they didn't beleive me!!.....I have a saying for these people "all the gear no idea" ...I been photographing for 20 years people think I am a pro....I do not...I think I am a passionate hobbyist but you can't say that on your website!!
not if you wish to sell your work anyway!!......like anything.. your craft is a lifetime commitment...always learning...till the day I die and that is the way it is!!....so argue aperture and mp and sensor size and frame rate...I would rather go take a photo!!...hope you all had a good xmas!..

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beautNZphoto
By beautNZphoto (Dec 26, 2012)

I just got one of these puppies and jury still out on sensor issues and the New User debate ....over mega pixels frame rates etc etc....well I live in New Zealand and I heard that only 12% of people print there photos.....so argument over....most people keep photos on there hard drives in there computers and these "Elite Pro Photographers" argue medium format The Hasselblad or Leiv using digital backs and spending thousands on lenses how many have had exhibitions and sold?..well I have... my first exhibition (mostly a crappy Olympus e-520) sold 9 out of 13 images....people like what they like and you can argue what a crappy camera..well I used it in Theatre and Weddings no one complained about quality or frame rates...its school yard egos..get over yourselves...I do agree however GLASS IS MOST IMPORTANT I was using a russian Kiev medium fiormat camera 6x6 lens with an adapter on the "crappy" Oly e 520 got some stunning photos ...but some people CAN"T and WON"T be told...there loss...

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mike77n
By mike77n (Jul 26, 2012)

the only problem is 24 MP stupid gimmick, too noisy in low light, huge files for no reason, otherwise would have bought it

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PaulRacecar
By PaulRacecar (Jul 4, 2012)

I just received mine. It’s small, it’s light and the Auto WB is extremely accurate. It nails most ambient light perfectly (even in a school cafeteria). This is the camera to take with you on a hike. Put whatever lens on it you want, put it in a hip pouch and go. It’s also the camera to take with you on a family trip, or a kid’s soccer match or school play. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a beginner, it’s an easy choice because of the price. The kit lens is all many people will need IMHO. The IQ is excellent, although the NEF files aren’t the best. You can always switch to M mode and take complete control of your exposure options. I like that Nikon included a +/- accessible next to the shutter release. Haven’t made a video yet.

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geekft6
By geekft6 (Jul 1, 2012)

This comments are familiar, I have heard them in new versions since I got my papers in late 1964. The question is if you are trying to make a picture your equipment are not up to, you may need something better, but not as a rule... What I may not be able to do digitally I may prefer to make on 4x5" film with my Linhof Teknika or even the Speed, and in the middle I may use a 6x6 cm roll-film-camera or one of the Edixa 24x36 - 135 film cameras with removable pentaprism.
All have some of the most excellent lenses ever made. Now a Nikon D3100...

In short: Things are getting better in many ways, but do that guarantee us that we are taking better pictures then...?

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Higuel
By Higuel (Jun 29, 2012)

wt in hell? i clicked for the"musicphotographyboycott"!! :/

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chulchie
By chulchie (Apr 28, 2012)

Enough! I just actually bought a Nikon D3200 at Best Buy. It is amazingly light (even lighter than the Sony A55). The images are excellent and the camera is easy to use. Case Closed.

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BlondeDeep
By BlondeDeep (Apr 30, 2012)

I agree. It's great value for money; even for pros it's a great back up 2nd or 3rd body; and for those who want a decent dslr at an affordable price, it's hard to go past it...

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JackM
By JackM (Apr 25, 2012)

I'm not sure what an entry-level dslr buyer needs with 24mp. I would think 16 would be plenty at this level. Save the 24 for the D400 or D7100, no?

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darrenberk
By darrenberk (Jun 15, 2012)

I think Nikon here is targeting people who get attracted by high MP ratings. Also, high MP may actually benefit newbies, as discussed in

http://www.squidoo.com/nikond3200review

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shinan
By shinan (Apr 25, 2012)

Year 2012 and still 12 bit raw file. Lol.

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Apr 25, 2012)

Buy D7000 if unsure.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Apr 24, 2012)

Nikon is making this camera for whom exactly? It's an entry-level camera, which can appeal only to upgrading point-and-shooters, or those with similar older DSLRs. But for those people there are much better options nowadays: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304444604577342094118995830.html

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ocir
By ocir (Apr 24, 2012)

Here we go again with your MILC is superior than basic DSLR statement. I have told you below that the most advanced MILC cannot and will never match the most basic entry level DSLR performance-wise. Why don't you provide arguments why we should choose MILC over DSLR's? To answer your question who this is suited for? Mom's and Pops who likes to crop the heck out of every photos, DSLR users who want to travel light and newbies in the DSLR world.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Apr 24, 2012)

DSLRs are a better option if you're a mom/dad who wants to take pictures of moving kids/pets. (DSLRs focus faster than mirrorless cameras.) DSLRs are a better option if you want a built-in viewfinder at an affordable price. (With Sony NEX, you have to pay $1349.99 to get their model that includes a built-in viewfinder, the NEX-7. In addition to working better in sunny conditions, built-in viewfinders allow you to stabilize the camera with your face, reducing the chance of blurry photos.) Olympus PENs have mediocre sensors, so they aren't a particularly attractive option. 24MP is overkill, but it should be good for people who want to do a lot of cropping.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Apr 24, 2012)

Nope, mirorless cameras are much better for moms&dads, lighter, smaller, better IQ, and camera sales clearly indicate that, despite the fact that they cost more than comparable DSLRs. Regarding the technical points mentioned here, they are not based on facts. Panasonic m4/3 would focus in a split second, absolutely dead on target in every but very dim conditions. It's a fact. I've used Canon DSLRs for many years, front-, back-, mis-focusing, lens hunting are very common issues. Precision of contrast-based AF is much better than phase-based. High end DSLRs do have an advantage focusing in low light and fast moving objects, mirorrless haven't covered that segments yet. Regarding viewfinder, modern EVFs are a lot better than any optical VF on Nikon or Canon - brighter, more precise, with a lot of useful information, only worse in low light. The sensors in MILs are very high quality, all latest Panasonic/Olympus/Sony sensors have superb IQ, no wonder Nikon buying sensors from Sony.

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Winston Loo
By Winston Loo (Apr 25, 2012)

Totally agree with forpetessake. My GH2 focuses faster than my previous Nikon D5000 and my previous Canon 550D in S-AF mode. Its lighter, IQ is just as good in most situations, smaller lenses, etc. Makes more sense than entry DSLR for Mom & Pop. Where DSLRs shine are at the high end, the FF cams. Not the APS-C. Just look at the new Oly E-M5. IQ is just as good as DSLRs, its faster, more responsive, weathersealed, lighter. Those who have never used MILCs shouldnt comment.

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ocir
By ocir (Apr 25, 2012)

@forpettesake...good god, I just hope I didn't read what you just said. You said you used to shoot DSLR's and you make all these gibberish DSLR statements??? In very bright situation, a POS camera will match af with any DSLR anytime anyplace but in low light, I guarantee you, DSLR will beat MILC by a mile. If want to discuss sensors, check out DXOMark..why is a 3 year old DSLR D3000 have a better score than the J1 which was just released LAST YEAR??? Again, performance and ergonomics in DSLR's are more advance. So what if Nikon buys sensor from Sony? Honda bought Toyota's engine blueprint on all their hybrids. That doesn't mean they don't know what they are doing. They know their limitations and know where they are good at.

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 25, 2012)

Petessake.. I was with you until:

" Regarding viewfinder, modern EVFs are a lot better than any optical VF on Nikon or Canon - brighter, more precise, with a lot of useful information".

More precise?

it is a lot of things. Not that.

But one thing I agree on - you need to go FF to reap the biggest rewards in DSLR-land.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 26, 2012)

@ forpeetssake.
Annie liebowitz shot all the background scenes for the Lavazza calender with a canon compact.then printed them so big it was used as a background drop at the actual studio shooting .
guess what, they make all those cameras for people who are gonna buy it and use it according to their needs.
hope am not too fast for you.

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Carl Sanders
By Carl Sanders (May 1, 2012)

Do they come with zoom lenses?

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99quicksilver
By 99quicksilver (Jun 12, 2012)

I am the target buyer for this camera....
Upgrading from a D70 with a bag full of Nikon lenses already..

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micarr
By micarr (Apr 23, 2012)

I browsed someones work and its nothing special, its just like point and shoot photo taken with an expensive gear. I can say photo quality is good because of good camera specs.
I aslo saw some work of photographers shooting with the old Nikon D40 camera but the results have the wow factor. :-)

I'm just a photography beginner in the sense that there is a lifetime road to travel ahead.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Apr 24, 2012)

Non sequitur!
Though technology doesn't create a talent, it does help it to thrive. A talented person more than anybody else would know the limitations of the equipment and more than anybody else would benefit from the technological improvements. But even a mediocrity can produce a better c**p with better equipment. So technological advances is always a boon.

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micarr
By micarr (Apr 24, 2012)

I have nothing against the rich amateurs collecting expensive gears, but thats how the way it will be. They will stay as amateurs and not as artist. I'm also an amateur collecting gears, but at the least I maximize the technology of whats in my hand and learning to produce pictures. I admit that I haven't had the chance to maximize the potentials of my camera. There is more to photography than just having new gears.
Try to recreate Ansel Adams work with today's technology. His Photography is a work of art.

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micarr
By micarr (Apr 24, 2012)

Another artist is Annie Leibovitz, she uses Canon, Nikon, Mamiya, Hasselblad systems but when she produce pictures, it does not come with the Camera Brand. So for the Nikon-Canon debaters, go out and produce pictures.

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ocir
By ocir (Apr 24, 2012)

Yes, the most advanced DSLR's are expensive but still depends on the photographer. It does however, just like any tools and the more you have it makes your life easier.

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (Apr 27, 2012)

@micarr. Yeah right, but as a matter of fact most of Annie Leibovitz's pictures are pretty stiff, artificial and boring.

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Vladik
By Vladik (Apr 23, 2012)

People need to stop saying that camera specs aren't important, that is the pure BS! if it wasn't important we'd all be using phone cameras and all of the camera manufacturers would be out of business. We are here for the technology, we discuss it, use it, love it. It makes our lifes easier and better every time they improve some aspect of it. Painters should stay out of internet and go paint something.

BTW, good painters use premium brashes to create works of art. If you are talking about people who paint with their tits and penises, then you're right, those people don't need any special equipment! :)))

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Anepo
By Anepo (Jun 18, 2012)

Yes I agree, higher iso noise resistance for example makes evening photography MUCH easier & when focus systems are improved it makes life a hell of a lot easier.
Micro four thirds have made for example Street photography easier for compact users and users in general which don't like to pack big. And honestly? If I were not in micro four thirds right now & actually had a job, I would get this camera for portrait & street because I could crop quite a bit.

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Kawika Nui
By Kawika Nui (Jul 18, 2012)

Vladik: You are absolutely right. Of course, if you're shooting snapshots to view at 800x600 max, or in wallet-sized photos, it doesn't matter what you use. Too many people assume that everyone wants to limit themselves to this low standard. Try shooting action shots of an osprey diving and grabbing a fish 200-300 yards away--with your cell phone. Try getting a high-resolution picture of a surfer, in bad light, who is half a mile out on a wave--with your low-end P&S. Then try to look at the picture and guess what it is. It's silly to say that equipment doesn't matter. If it didn't, then all the great photographers from Matthew Brady and Ansel Adams on would always use simple box pinhole cameras. Even the pioneers of photography toted the best equipment they could get their hands on. Because it helped them take better pictures.

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micarr
By micarr (Apr 23, 2012)

A photographer's skill is not defined by the camera specs, go out there and create pictures instead of debating on which brand is better. A painter cannot be good because of the brush or media he uses. The painter creates paintings and art, just like a photographer.
For those of you who rely on camera specs and brand, try to give yourselves a different perspective. "The person behind the camera viewfinder is the one who creates the photo and not the camera".

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joe booker
By joe booker (Sep 2, 2012)

Micarr, totally agree with you. I've always painted, made my living from it for some time & many years ago sold my first picture ( a drawing ) that was done on a thin bit of paper, using a pretty 2nd grade pencil. I sold many more produced like this becuase I simply used what I could and was almost going to say didn't know any better..! Truth is, I wasn't that concerned & it wasn't so much any limitation offered by the tools as I managed well enough. Maybe some of these drawings would've been better on high-quality paper, drawn with high grade graphite, but I doubt it, because the tools, while basic, were good enough and it was the drawing that counted, not the means of expressing it.
I can transpose this to photography and imagine getting a Hasselblad while having the photo skills of a gibbon. Obviously I'd still produce rubbish.
The new wonder - cameras are accessible and seductive; but, lovely as they are, they don't make us good photographers - we have to learn that.

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Gevork Mosesi
By Gevork Mosesi (Apr 23, 2012)

Im a nikon user, but to all those that say my *** is bigger than yours... just shoot pictures. It doesnt matter what you use. If one is talented, can shoot great shots with an iPhone. so stop with this "my *** is bigger than yours" like little kids and go out and shoot pictures. the reality is that these days, there are no bad cameras.

For this reason, I have moved back to large format and film. concentrate on the art of photography, rather than camera specs.

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Anepo
By Anepo (Jun 18, 2012)

But... but... film doesn't even have an LCD this is blastphemy! ;)
Just kidding but yea the camera doesn't matter as much as the photographer however it DOES matter how good your camera is but not how big it is.

You can be a great photographer with a bad camera or a bad photographer with a great camera and get worse results than the great photographer, however we must not deny that Camera gear is important in many aspects like noise performance & focus speed in low light.

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joe booker
By joe booker (Sep 2, 2012)

So true, Gevork

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micarr
By micarr (Apr 23, 2012)

The best Photographer is the one who can adopt to all types of photo media, whether its a camera phone or a high end DSLR. The photographer makes the photo and not the camera. The Nikon-Canon war is nothing more than a brand marketing. To all of you who still believes that one brand is better than the other, go sell your gear and quit photography. Photography is not for you.

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Gevork Mosesi
By Gevork Mosesi (Apr 23, 2012)

I totally agree with you.

I have shot great stuff with my iPhone. it doesnt matter what you have, the best camera is the one you have with you.
For this same reason, I have gona back to film, and I tell you, I havent had this much fun since my AE-1.

My digitals are catchingdust.

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Anepo
By Anepo (Jun 18, 2012)

I have gone between cameras so fast I did not even have time to learn where the on switch is hehehe.

But now I have gone for an e-m5 & couldn't be happier however I really wish I had something other than the kit lens, I am working on that right now.

Camera's are a lot like shoes, you need to find the size that fits you & stick with it.

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joe booker
By joe booker (Sep 2, 2012)

' Camera's are a lot like shoes '

Got a wardrobe full and never wear em ;)

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infiniti55
By infiniti55 (Apr 23, 2012)

Canon vs Nikon vs anything else, how about just take photos and quit complaining about witch one is better because if you can't produce a good photo from any of the cameras regardless who made it... you have no buisness having one in the first place.

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Anepo
By Anepo (Jun 18, 2012)

Bah Kodak rocks them a..... hang on isn't it bankrupt? Yup nevermind, As long as your having fun with your camera and photographing that's all that counts really.

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de rosten
By de rosten (Apr 23, 2012)

Canon DSLR still the best !!!

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Apr 23, 2012)

in your dreams....

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micarr
By micarr (Apr 23, 2012)

I love your work. :-)
http://www.pixelgigant.com

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conphi65
By conphi65 (Apr 23, 2012)

DPREview, when giving specifications for video, give us the PAL equivalents as well please?

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FOTOINFORMATOR dot PL
By FOTOINFORMATOR dot PL (Apr 23, 2012)

Canon is Dead:

D4 > 1DX
D800 > 5D mark III
D3200 > 600D,60D,7D...

and... Coolpix L25 > 1GX

R.I.P.Canon.

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lensberg
By lensberg (Apr 23, 2012)

99% the 1D X will crucify the D4 ... you better hope that the 1% works out in your favour...

The D4 can't even beat the 5D III at high ISO by a decisive margin...

The D3200 will compete against the 650D ... not the 600D

The Coolpix L25 is better than the G1 X ...? Its good to dream... hopefully one day your dreams will materialize into reality...

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audijam
By audijam (Apr 23, 2012)

@fotoinformator dot WHATEVER...
be careful with what you wish for...lol~~~more likely Sony will announce the acquisition of Nikon (okay i am exaggerting here Sony is not in a good shape either)...or maybe Canon will buy out Nikon. Every new Canon DSLR will feature a red line on a grip in the memory of a well-respected rival for the past so many years.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 26, 2012)

oh here they go again, now come on FANboys , pack up , time for your kindergarten trip.

grow up boys!!!!!

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99quicksilver
By 99quicksilver (Jun 12, 2012)

audijam....In your dreams....LOL
Cannon makes prety good copiers....
Sony makes pretty good TV's....
However look at most of the real photographers, the guys on the front lines of WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, and foreign correspondents the world over....look at their equipment...especially those scuffed-up and scarred SLR's and tell me how many are Nikons...LOL

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Apr 22, 2012)

DSLRs is a dying breed. Nikon should focus their attention on mirrorless market before it's too late.

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ocir
By ocir (Apr 23, 2012)

Yeah, keep on dreaming. There are places for each types but mirrorless will never replace or even match DSLR's technology.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Apr 23, 2012)

@ ocir, keep on dreaming, mirror is a liability, not an advantage. The mirrorless will not doubt drive DSLRs off the market in the next few years. They are more expensive now, but the prices will inevitably go down, and then who's going to buy the outdated DSLR technology?

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 23, 2012)

Nope. There are certain areas where the reflex mirror will shine through, and will continue living. I don't believe it's the end of SLRs. Well, yet.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Apr 23, 2012)

Nikon and Canon DSLR sales continue to increase. Nikon estimated sales of 4.7 million DSLRs in their latest fiscal year, and Canon predicts sales of 9.2 million DSLRs this year. (Source: Reuters.) The DSLR is alive and well.

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ocir
By ocir (Apr 23, 2012)

@forpetessake, do you even know what you are yapping about? The more you open your mouth, the more naive you sound. If price is your only reasoning for the death of the DSLR's then you need to do more research. The best MILC can't and will never match the most basic DSLR performance-wise. Do me a favor and read up on crop factors, ISO's, ergonomics, buffer, hdr, etc...and you will realize that DSLR's will never go away. As MILC improves it's technology overtime, so will DSLR's!

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ijustloveshooting
By ijustloveshooting (Apr 23, 2012)

use both a mirrorless and dslr first....AF speed can not be comparable...most of the times, i miss speed of DSLR AF...i used many mirrorless cameras and AF on all of them are like a turtle whereas DSLR's is a rabbit...now i'm thinking of jumping to a small dslr system just because of AF speed.

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kayone
By kayone (Apr 23, 2012)

Hes jusr being an idiot troll, jusr ignore forpetessake, its clear hes spouting nonsense to get people mad

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Apr 24, 2012)

People have no idea what they are talking about. AF on mirrorless cameras might be slightly worse in low light, but a lot better in good light: it's a lot more precise and faster than most DSLRs. I have never had a bad focus or lens hunting on my Panasonic G3 and I've seen plenty of bad focus and lens hunting on Canons and Nikons before. So those claims about DSLR advantage are just laughable.

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Essai
By Essai (Apr 24, 2012)

why MFT owners are so clueless ?

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Anepo
By Anepo (Jun 18, 2012)

I have used a lot of DSLR camera's and own my second mirrorless now the E-M5 and I can safely say DSLR is here to stay as are mirrorless camera's just like Rangefinders and Film SLR's stayed together since the dawn of time.

They simply can't be seperated no matter how much you wish they would.

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Douglas F Watt
By Douglas F Watt (Apr 22, 2012)

Troubling that ideology trumps observation here too often. Although rants about the 'megapixel war' are most popular posts ("24MP for entry level camera is absurd" is highest rated comment), these unfortunately don't square with the scientific and technical story of DP over last 10 years - which is that sensor (and to a lesser extent software) evolution have allowed cameras to have both higher resolution and better low light performance simultaneously. Although at any given point in time, higher pixel density sensors generally have poorer low light performance than lower density ones, there is wide spectrum of performance on this (witness LL performance of latest m4/3 sensor in the new Olympus ILC). More importantly, over time, newer (higher resolution) sensors have at least equaled, if not exceeded, the low light performance of the older generation systems. Witness the surprising low light ability of the D800 sensor, which is remarkably close to LL performance of D3 sensor.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Apr 22, 2012)

The pixel quality of all bayer sensors is not that great. It takes somewhere between 8 and 16 sensor pixels (depending on LP filter and demosaicing algorithm) to get one well-defined output pixel. The same ratio I would use when comparing lens resolution and sensor resolution. The latter should be at least 10x higher to not hamper the lens performance. Thus if a good lens can have 2000 lph, the sensor should have at least 6000 pixel/heigh to match the lens performance. I wouldn't be surprised to see a heated race to get to 50MPixel APS and m4/3 sensors in the next 5 years before cooling off.

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99quicksilver
By 99quicksilver (Jun 12, 2012)

Hey Petessake....5-years? Really?
3-years is a 'Lifetime' in photo or electronic technology...Hell, in 5-years we may have digital photo chips implanted in our foreheads, with a USB connector in our ear....LOL

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Anepo
By Anepo (Jun 18, 2012)

As long as they can balance noise vs megapixels I celebrate more megapixels. If Noise reduction started to suffer against the megapixels then I would not be happy. But so far it seem's to balance out nicely.

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Apr 22, 2012)

I've been to a theme park the other day, it seems that nikon is the camera of choice by the visitors...

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 23, 2012)

thanks to well-funded advertising.

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Craig Gillette
By Craig Gillette (Apr 23, 2012)

No, just by simple and unscientific observation. I see a major resort park regularly as well and I'd suggest the mix seems to look closer than one might think. although the majority seems more likely to be P&Ss and camera phones, not dslrs. Especially the ease of reading the neckstraps of those unworried by the idea thieves target the biggest brands only.

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Anepo
By Anepo (Jun 18, 2012)

In Iceland 80% of the market is Canon, so your point is?

It depends on what country/city you live in which camera brand is more popular & everyone has they're own flavor.

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fayez89
By fayez89 (Apr 22, 2012)

Does nikon d3200 has built in focus motor?

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Apr 22, 2012)

Of course not.

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ocir
By ocir (Apr 23, 2012)

no, if it does then the price would be higher.

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Apr 22, 2012)

Nikon D3200 was announced in the Czech Rep also on the 19th with the availability at the end of May and at the body+kit lens price of $800 (includes 20% VAT). No sample pics.

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JPHickey
By JPHickey (Apr 21, 2012)

I've taken gallery quality photographs with my Nikon 5200 (12.1 MP), because I always have it with me. Convenient that it has image stabilization, of course.

On the other hand, I bought my first Nikon F Photomic in 1964 with the f1.4 lens, when visiting the Olympics in Tokyo. Over the years I enjoyed various Nikon cameras, and ever an Olympus now and then.

I've loved film photography, I migrated to digital around 2000, and I still use the original Fuji S2 in my studio. However, probably because I've enjoyed painting with acrylics for years (for enjoyment, not serious sales), a digital photo is the raw material to develop and satisfy some sort of intuitive vision. Most viewers see the result as being a fine, though I may have spent hours diddling around with it. Or sometimes I'll just go on ahead and create something more artistic. I may even end up with several versions (a labor of love).

Considering my approach, the more megapixels the merrier! Creativity breaks the rules!

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 23, 2012)

wait, you've taken photos with a D5200? That has IN-BODY IS? or Coolpix 5200?

If the former, you sir, just came from the future! :D (and the Coolpix only has 5mp, by the way...)

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ocir
By ocir (Apr 23, 2012)

D5200 does not have in body IS. Heck, Nikon does not even have IS, they have VR. Lol!

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NeilRW
By NeilRW (Apr 24, 2012)

I'd sure like to buy your 12MP Nikon D5200! I'll pay almost any price for one!

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RakinMuhtadi
By RakinMuhtadi (Apr 21, 2012)

Now why would anyone buy this with $699 when you can get the D5100 kit for the same price (after recent cuts)?
Seems like a good camera, this. Although what everyone is ranting on abt the higher megapixel bothers me. What's so bad abt more pixels??

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jadgl968
By jadgl968 (Apr 22, 2012)

In most cameras, more megapixels means more image noise. What ends up happening is some companies try to find that sweet spot of pixel density for each sensor size, and some just try to shove in as many as possible to impress people.

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Apr 22, 2012)

> more megapixels means more image noise.
Disproven by dxo.

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Douglas F Watt
By Douglas F Watt (Apr 23, 2012)

Absolutely, the DXO testing shows a wide spectrum of low light performance for a given pixel density – and more importantly shows that in the context of progressive technical development, sensor performance involves both more resolution and better low light performance. The D800 sensor is close to the low light performance of the D3 sensor. All this raises troubling questions about all the condescending comments to the effect that extra megapixels are just there to seduce stupid amateur photographers who don't even know how to shoot in raw (or similar sentiments).

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (Apr 21, 2012)

Right thing to do now is to release a firmware update for D7000 that will enable use of same WU-1a unit. And YES, a simple firmware would alow use of this adapter on any of Nikons miniUSB equiped DSLR's.
But something tells me that Nikon will only make it work with new 7*00 and/or with 5*00

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99quicksilver
By 99quicksilver (Jun 12, 2012)

It's called marketing...backward compatability doesn't sell cameras...LOL

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ygarth
By ygarth (Apr 21, 2012)

I hope dpreview will check on whether the metering problems that seemed to have been cured in the D5100 are corrected in the D3200.

I'm very much looking forward to reading a full review. Full power to dpreview's elbow! And thanks.

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Feud
By Feud (Apr 21, 2012)

Just three short years ago when I was buying my Nikon D40 I wouldn't have believed it was possible for an entry-level camera to have this amazing specification. Digital camera technology has advanced so quickly.

Mind you, my D40 still takes beautiful photographs, far better to my eye than my D5000 or D7000.

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rzxrey
By rzxrey (Apr 21, 2012)

I bet the next one would be called Nikon D3250 or should I call it Nokia? lol

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 23, 2012)

Amazing idea, sir!

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Apr 20, 2012)

Walmart, Best Buy and Target... prepare to sell thousands of these new entry-level Nikons. If I wasn't such a camera snob, I would buy one too. For me it is FX or nothing.

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WillOregon
By WillOregon (Apr 22, 2012)

Right on 'target', and perhaps tens of thousands of sales per vendor (don't forget Ritz). Many novice and home-style camera users will find this the answer to several perceived needs. FX or not most users won't know/care. I AM a camera snob, and I may buy one (to replace my D200) as my haul-along digital to compliment my Mamiya medium format and Sinar view camera 4X5. Film below 400 speed trumps digital hands down at 8X12 and up prints.
I take film for framing prints, digital to send in email. Yeah, I'm a snob.But I sure like Nikon stepping up and bringing an amazing 24MP to the masses.

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topstuff
By topstuff (Apr 20, 2012)

It's quite obvious that the sensor is Sony. To suggest otherwise is nonsense. It is totally illogical to imagine any other scenario, especially given the fact that Nikon have used Sony made sensors in the past.

But that is not the whole picture. Nikon will have their own processor and supporting tech architecture plumbed into the sensor. As a result, I think we can expect excellent IQ.

Nikon have already demonstrated with the D800 that they can make high MP sensors produce decent noise performance. The D800 is way too close to the 5D3 in noise performance than it should be considering it has 60% more pixels. The difference is not large. This means that the extra MP comes with little sacrifice in terms of noise.

Expect the cheap little D3200 to perform the same trick? Probably.

Well done Nikon.

Now over to you, Canon. What ya got ???

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kayone
By kayone (Apr 21, 2012)

I still don't consider cramming 24 MP capacity onto an APS-C sensor some great 'victory' over Canon, its more sad that it reflects catering to the wants of misinformed consumers

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PinasKayGanda
By PinasKayGanda (Apr 21, 2012)

you think you're the sole genius, eh?

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topstuff
By topstuff (Apr 21, 2012)

I dont understand what the problem is with 24mp?

Lots of people crop their pictures - especially those less experienced. 24mp is like having a longer lens !

And if there is little sacrifice in terms of noise performance ( as witnessed with the D800) then whats the problem?

Storage is cheap, so that is not really a criticism.

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lensberg
By lensberg (Apr 21, 2012)

@ topstuff - Since when has the D800 been close to the 5D III in terms of noise performance...?! Some of the camera review sites that have actually completed an indepth analysis of both camera's clearly state that the 5D III is almost 2 stops better (in JPEG) in high ISO performance... RAW will somewhat narrow the gap to around 1 stop in favour of the 5D III ...

The 5D III is practically on par with the D4 in terms of high ISO performance... Check sites like cameralabs & techradar...

The D800 is not even as good as the 5D II beyond ISO 1600 in RAW... forget about competeing with the 5D III...

Nikon have specifically introduced the 24 MP chip in their lowest rung model to gauge consumer reaction to this latest high MP crammed sensor... be sure you're going to see the same pixel count in the upcomming D400 & D5200 ... just with slightly higher fps & perhaps max ISO limit of 25600...

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gsum
By gsum (Apr 21, 2012)

That's strange. According to DXO, the D800 beats the 5D3 on all counts. Could you point us at any reputable review sites that claim otherwise?

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lensberg
By lensberg (Apr 21, 2012)

The DXO Mark result comes as no surprise really... If you go by their logic then the D800 is actually on par with the D4 too in terms of high ISO performance...

Check websites like cameralabs.com ...and... techradar.com

Look at their high ISO test results of side by side comparisons between the 5D III & D800 ... it will leave no doubt in your mind that the 5D III is in fact superior...

Or else just check DPR's sample comparisons between both camera's... 5D III is cleaner at every setting & retains better detail from ISO 1600 onwards...

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Apr 22, 2012)

@lensberg, have you grabbed D800 files and downsized them to 22mpx? At the same resolution the 5d mk III is outclassed by the D800. Furthermore you have more control over how much detail you have at the same resolution at higher sensitivities.

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gsum
By gsum (Apr 22, 2012)

Have a look at
http://www.fredmiranda.com/5DIII-D800/index_controlled-tests.html

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lensberg
By lensberg (Apr 22, 2012)

@ tkpenalty - Yes, indeed i have downsized the D800 files to an equivalent 22 MP... all that happens is that the noise artifacts get miniaturized proportionately... the level of noise is still the same but gives users the impression that its been reduced...

To use the term "outclassed"... is a very generalistic characterization and doesn't really tell the entire story... Yes the D800 resolves more detail compared to the 5D III from base till around ISO 800 after which the effects of noise & noise reduction pretty much level out the playing field and from ISO 3200 there is no doubt that the 5D III produces a superior image both in terms of noise & DR...

@ gsum - this link you've provided doesn't seem to carry out much of a professional quality test... in this particular case i'd prefer to go by reputed camera review sites such as the two i mentioned above...

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 26, 2012)

@ lensberg,
whininng like a true fanboy!!,have you had either camera in your hand? no, i bet you havent even seen either in real.
sure at 25000 iso it´s jpegs are bit cleaner ( and mushier) because it´s actually 16000 iso, the fact is you need 2/3 slower shutterspeed to achieve the same exposure at same ISo.

only dimwits will set iso first and then the SS and Aperture.

about Fred Miranda test.
it dosent matter , a fact is a fact, none of those testers at DPR or IR are any more Pros than FM either.
a fact presented with evidence is a fact . why is it hard to swallow?.

yes . i have taken pics with both 5d3 and d800 and i am going the d800 way, cos there is no difference in RAW till you go 12000 iso( actually 10000 on 5d3) and nikon at same print size will be cleaner .i dont care about Jpegs (it´s not Professional enough in your openion anyway to shoot jpeg .LOL)

what´s more it´ll replace all my 3 camras. d300, d700 and 1Dmk3 , it´s actually a 3 in 1 cam buddy.

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99quicksilver
By 99quicksilver (Jun 12, 2012)

So what? What is the point you are trying to make?
GM buys parts from KIA, they buy tires from Goodyear...
Every manufacturer buys components from even their competitors...no one can do all things well and also remain competitive...These smaller vendors are the lifeblood of our economy and are the main reason we still have some employment opportunities...back a few years ago when we let our manufacturing base move offshore...we thought we could make it as a 'service society'...then along comes cheap labor in China and India...and then poof went the service base offshore as well....

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lensberg
By lensberg (Apr 20, 2012)

Nikon claims that this 24.2 MP sensor produces image sizes of 6016 x 4000 ... by comparison Sony's 24.3 MP sensor only produces images of 6000 x 4000 ... ?! Someone is lying... and i bet its Nikon...

Nikon's D3100 sensor was a total write off... in practice inferior to Sony's 14 MP sensor found in the NEX 5. If indeed Nikon has designed & fabricated the chip from scratch without Sony's expertise... quite honestly i wouldn't expect great things out of it...

Mediocre ISO performance... average dynamic range... colour saturation that would be questionable... levels of sharpness that err on the side of blur... video that will lack the crispness & clarity you'd get with a Canon... and "continous AF" during video capture thats just a gimmick and nothing more... well thats precisely what $699.95 will get you...

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 20, 2012)

You get a lot of value for next to no money. Look at the samples - very, very good for what you pay.

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 26, 2012)

@ lensberg fanboy,
now calm down , eat your biscuit , drink your milk ,stop crying no body is lying kid,why would anyone lie ?
those pixel numbers are what the camera saves and their RAW software is meant to interpret ,it dosent mean the sensor is actually 24.2 Mp. it could be even 24.6 or .8 whatever.

well, nikon sensors are fab´d by various companies. and guess what, these various companies might be doing it wit Nikkon steppers. even sony.Nikon is one of the biggest stepper manufacturers out there .

Nikon designs - a fab fabricates with Nikon doing the final work on them. Chip design and fabbing are two different phases mostly done by two different companies. Bring a design, big order, and truckload of money, and IBM will make anything for you. it is just business as usual.

well, it´s clear that you are a whining canon FAN BOY kid, why are you whining about a nikon camera ?
time to go with mami and see a Doctor uncle maybe .LOL

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99quicksilver
By 99quicksilver (Jun 12, 2012)

Instead of blabbing with speculation...have a look at some of the images being released by users....look at some of the you tube vids...and you might change your mind.

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philo123
By philo123 (Apr 20, 2012)

Just heard Canon have announced the 8d!!! 80MP sensor. It will be the best camera ever because of that. Amazing Stuff!

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Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (Apr 20, 2012)

Memo to Canon: you are completely wrong in releasing the 8D with only 80MP sensor. An EOS 1200D with APS-C and 240MP will be more appropriate: it will take Nikon 10 years to get even competing the normal way in the design section or 6 months if they will get some help. But guess what, because Sony supplies of APS-C sensors & GPU will not make it for catching up in 6 months, you (Canon) will see AMD & nVidia sensors soon to be developed and produced by GF or TSMC for Nikon and, when the market segment will be "eye candy", by Intel. Then Microsoft & Apple will develop the firmware for Nikon and sell it for 500$. So, after a breakthrough deal, your camera will not be able to function without the OSs provided by M (for APS-C cameras) or A (for FF cameras), because Nikon will have exclusivity. Cool... Canon 5D Mk VIII will run on Linux. Sort of.

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gsum
By gsum (Apr 21, 2012)

Very true Zerg2905. And don't forget that Samsung are in there too.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 23, 2012)

Somewhere, I hear Spock snort from his corner in the Starship Enterprise.

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99quicksilver
By 99quicksilver (Jun 12, 2012)

Don't tell me....chipset by Sony...LOL

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 20, 2012)

Of course it will sell. It's a Nikon, for crying out loud. :)

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keekimaru
By keekimaru (Apr 20, 2012)

Link : http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007VGGFZU/tipfla-20

Don’t let the D3200’s compact size and price fool you—packed inside this easy to use HD-SLR is serious Nikon power: a 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor that excels in any light, EXPEED 3 image-processing for fast operation and creative in-camera effects, Full HD (1080p) movie recording, in-camera tutorials and much more. What does this mean for you? Simply stunning photos and videos in any setting. And now, with Nikon’s optional Wireless Mobile Adapter, you can share those masterpieces instantly with your Smartphone or tablet easily!

More Detail : http://camera.babybi.com/detail.php?id_detail=16

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Goblin Empire
By Goblin Empire (Apr 20, 2012)

You meant perhaps serious Sony power, when you referred to the 24.2 MP Sony sensor inside this camera. :)

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pwilly
By pwilly (Apr 20, 2012)

Not Sony, unless the Exmor line has taken a whole new packaging approach.
Exmor looks like this, http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/AA900/ZSENSORS.JPG
D3200 looks like this, http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3200/img/features01/img_01.png
Could be new Aptina, Sony, Nikon or ? D3100 was Nikon design fabbed by unknown.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 20, 2012)

Nikon says "designed by Nikon" regarding the sensor. So i doubt it is a Sony sensor.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 20, 2012)

I wonder where he cut-and-pasted this post :))

"What does this mean for you? Simply stunning photos and videos in any setting."

So will I still have a stunning image of a mountain on the horizon using macro mode? Or a very nice photo of a flower in high sun in low-light mode?

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Douglas F Watt
By Douglas F Watt (Apr 20, 2012)

It's astonishing that you guys still believe that Nikon MAKES (fabricates) sensors. They don't. They give specs and design targets to the truly big technology players (mostly Sony as they clearly like Sony sensors), and then spin their design and microlens specifications into the press release that you guys are really misinterpreting. Designing a chip and making it are two radically different technology challenges. Making CMOS chips from scratch is probably a 3 billion dollar tech investment. If Nikon was MAKING chips, you'd hear about it. It's a Sony chip, with some Nikon design work and specification.

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z9z9z9z9
By z9z9z9z9 (Apr 20, 2012)

Both the Sony sensor the the Nikon sensor have identical vertical resolution, but the Nikon sensor is slightly smaller (23.2x15.4mm, vs. 23.5x15.6mm for the Sony), so the photosite pitch is by necessity smaller as well. So this is probably *not* the same sensor used in the A77.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 20, 2012)

Who cares if it's a Sony or Nikon sensor. The fact is that Nikon is brilliant at getting great results after processing the output from the sensor.

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wmac
By wmac (Apr 21, 2012)

Boeing uses Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce engines. Does it make any difference? Do you care that much about the engine as long as it provides good specs?

This Sony sensor rants do not add any value, do not solve any problem.

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fayez89
By fayez89 (Apr 22, 2012)

Does nikon d3200 has built in focus motor?

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ThomasH_always
By ThomasH_always (Apr 20, 2012)

Now Nikonian the mystery here is, why we, the users of D300 (top DX model) wait the longest time for a contemporary upgrade? I feel like having to wither and die before getting the new model. Meanwhile I even bought Canon 7D, and sold it year later, now using the D7000 and waiting, waiting, waiting for something more customary.

In short: where the heck is the D400 ?

Nothing against the D3200, seem that Nikon has resolved the pixel deficit, which surely bring them advantage with some buyers, who measure pixels first. The positive is though that these new Nikon cameras have also a great high-iso capabilities. I dropped the Canon 7D instantly once I got the D7000. Previously I always carried a Canon for the evening shots. For example the D200 was with ISO 400 already visibly in disadvantage.

The generic question here is though: With 24-36 Mpix, is the pixel race finally over? Can we focus on other novelties, like HDR, floating point raw format?

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 20, 2012)

You could make a huge upgrade from the D300 to D700 which is also a lot cheaper than it used to be.

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Dan
By Dan (Apr 23, 2012)

The D700 is old technology. Great strides have been made in high ISO performance since then, and I want video mode! I'm not spending that much money on that dinosaur =)

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 23, 2012)

Yes, you can get better high ISO performance and video if you want to pay more. But you won't get better high ISO performance for less money than the current price of a D700.
So the D700 will still be a great upgrade from the D300 or any other current ASP-C camera if you don't care about video.

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angeloscy
By angeloscy (Apr 20, 2012)

Nice camera, I am very happy with my D3100 as an entry level camera.
I don't see why someone who needs an affordable SRL could need anything else.

Now if we only could retrofit its screen on D3100....

1 upvote
PaulRacecar
By PaulRacecar (Apr 20, 2012)

I think this would be a great travel camera. Light weight, compact, cheap but sharp lenses available. I even like the red colour b/c if it get's stolen (which is quite possible in some countries) you have no problem identifying it. This might be all the camera you need for world travel.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 20, 2012)

A great travel camera that will eat up more memory than most people would want... unless they're content shooting 2mp jpegs in lowest reso all the time :)

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PaulRacecar
By PaulRacecar (Apr 20, 2012)

Good point. Maybe Nikon is secretly going into the SD card business. This camera will eat them for breakfast!

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Apr 22, 2012)

> great travel camera that will eat up more memory than most people would want
Haha, what a bullsh$t. Get out of your cave, 1300 "large fine" JPEGs take up a single 16 Gb card which is a very common size nowadays.

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Dan
By Dan (Apr 23, 2012)

Eating up memory? Memory is so cheap these days! Just get a couple 64GB cards.

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SRHEdD
By SRHEdD (Apr 20, 2012)

As soon as those doors are available as parts, I'd buy a spare and experiment on cutting it to close around that dongle. A shame to have to do that, but a fun experiment nonetheless.

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angeloscy
By angeloscy (Apr 20, 2012)

I though the same for my D3100 when I was considering the battery grip. I found something here

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/390372094787?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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Jim in AZ
By Jim in AZ (Apr 20, 2012)

This is going to force Sony's hand to come out quickly with an entry 24MP because their new Sony A57 suddenly isn't looking so good.

1 upvote
hippo84
By hippo84 (Apr 20, 2012)

I would prefer A57, because it has: in-body IS, PDAF in LiveView and video, great sensor(16mp is more than enough for almost everybody), it works with less noise(no flipping mirror), pellix mirror helps to prevent sensor from dust, and so on...

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hippo84
By hippo84 (Apr 22, 2012)

And no screw in D3200! Only lenses with motor! Is it good for camera with such a price point? A57 works with all lenses.

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Dan
By Dan (Apr 23, 2012)

Most people buying the D3200 will be using AFS lenses with VR (most likely a high-ratio zoom). They won't need the motor.

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hippo84
By hippo84 (Apr 23, 2012)

Agree, but it's not so good when some popular lenses can't be used(Tamron 28-75/2.8, for example)

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topstuff
By topstuff (Apr 20, 2012)

LOVE the red color !!

Whats with the negativity about the red version?

Hint to armchair camera gear nerds - using a black camera with a massive lens does not mean that people will look at you and think you look cool. Even if you had a 1dx and massive white zoom , you still don't look cool.

Pretending to be a pro? Secretly hope people seeing you may think you are a pro?

People still don't think you look cool.

Red ( or any coloured cameras ) are cool. They are cool because it means you don't care about looking serious. They are cool because some subjects tend to take you less seriously and this is useful when travelling.

The guy with the black cameras, photo vest, big bag, fast zooms. He will never be cool. I include myself in this category.

We should just face the facts. Looking like a serious photo freak is not cool.
For this reason alone, coloured cameras are cool because you are telling the world that you don't care and you are just having fun.

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jeerzz
By jeerzz (Apr 20, 2012)

doest matter, had Pinkon //Kai

if you know what i mean.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 20, 2012)

Negativity about the red version? Go ask Pentax owners. I thought Canikon-ers were the first to diss colored cameras, and now they followed suit. lol :)

1 upvote
Aputra
By Aputra (Apr 20, 2012)

I'd like to see one with the green/brown camouflage

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macky patalinghug
By macky patalinghug (Apr 21, 2012)

I could not agree more -go red!

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Apr 20, 2012)

Read an interesting quote from the The Nikon Product guy... "Simon Iddon, Nikon's Consumer DSLR Product Manager, claimed that the higher resolution would be of significant interest to entry-level users with little knowledge" does this mean that their trying to fool their customers? http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/news/532507/nikon-d3200-hands-on-first-look-review.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NewsWhatDigitalCamera+%28News+%7C+What+Digital+Camera%29

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (Apr 20, 2012)

As is I mentioned earlier, entry-level photographers, they really need tons of pixels, the more the better, "since they tend to take a lot of boring landscapes," And that's true, every word.

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (Apr 21, 2012)

Noobs crop. ALL THE TIME. That is what "Nikon guy" you refering to was talking about.

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Dan
By Dan (Apr 23, 2012)

I've been shooting digital for over 10 years, and I crop all the time. All this noob talk is silly.

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Jim in AZ
By Jim in AZ (Apr 20, 2012)

Seems much better priced then the Sony version.

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JohnHoppy
By JohnHoppy (Apr 20, 2012)

Having long shown their high-level 12mp SLRs (D700 etc.) offer top quality images without the excesses of high MP rates, Nikon are now playing the Canon card. Megapixel Wars again? We thought these two giants had put that nonsense aside.
It might be the best budget cam ever. Higher quality images? – Maybe. Many a pro will say differences between 12 and 18mp cameras are slight unless you print high-detail posters. If Nikon bring to a budget cam the quality of its 24mp D3X, okay, but I suspect this is about no more than selling the “bigger and better megapixels” charm to novices who seldom print past 8x10 and shoot on Auto, who would see no difference in their pics between this and a 12mp model. Whilst people pay, manufacturers will find increasing MP an easy route to sales. Nikon are not providing high MP at bargain price for altruistic reasons! Perhaps Nikon sees the growth of CSCs as hitting their base models and the MP card is the easiest one to play against newer technology.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Apr 20, 2012)

Nice red color there...

But it doesn't convey a serious gear.

...unless of course,

It's in Military Camouflage Green! :) [jk!]

(or Desert Storm sandy ochre...)

.

1 upvote
treepop
By treepop (Apr 20, 2012)

I almost wanna bet this out scores the 5D3

5 upvotes
GeorgeD200
By GeorgeD200 (Apr 20, 2012)

Not gonna happen, based on sensor size, but it might be close!

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 20, 2012)

No,no. Not at all. It won't out score the d700 either. But it is a great little camera for a very low price.

0 upvotes
jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Apr 20, 2012)

My wife loves red cameras. I don't.

1 upvote
El Profe
By El Profe (Apr 20, 2012)

A 24MP's APS-C sensor camera for only $699... Incredible specs for an "entry level" camera. Specially for a camera that may end probably having better photo quality than any other camera, since is probably using the same 24MP's sensor of the Sony A77. But without having a translucent mirror reducing the amount of light hitting the sensor, or degrading the image sharpness, and for half the price!!!

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Torode
By Torode (Apr 20, 2012)

If all you're looking for is megapixel count, then yes, you're getting a great deal here. There are many other spec differences between the A77 that factor into the price difference, though.

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Douglas F Watt
By Douglas F Watt (Apr 20, 2012)

All things considered (and outside from the megapixel phobes that inhabit these parts and who believe that the escalation of pixels is a great evil and corrupting true photography), this looks like a great camera for the money - and a real challenge for both Sony and Canon in the entry level segment.

While it probably won't have the low light performance of the Pentax K-5, it will be at least as good at the NEX-7 (which ain't bad), and it's a lot less than even the Sony A65. Of course, it won't have 10 FPS, and can't do constant phase detection AF during movies, but it's small, light, has the Nikon ecosystem around it. It will probably be a HUGE seller, grousing and complaining on this page to the contrary. I still prefer the EVF of the A65 to the cramped and dim OVF of subframe DSLRs, but I'm sure that's just a sign to the ideological and other true cogniscienti that I have been corrupted by the dark side.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 20, 2012)

"Specially for a camera that may end probably having better photo quality than any other camera, since is probably using the same 24MP's sensor of the Sony A77"

really? it will probably have better photo quality than the D800/5DMkIII/Leica M9? I doubt...

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Douglas F Watt
By Douglas F Watt (Apr 23, 2012)

I think he meant better photo quality than "any other (ENTRY-LEVEL) camera. That part sounds very possible.

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