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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
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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

Additional images

Nikon WU-1a optional Wi-Fi unit WU-1a attached to D3200
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vFunct
By vFunct (Apr 19, 2012)

Horrible marketing alert: Nikon really needs to stop ending their NDA's at midnight, and move it to noon.

They're losing a LOT of audience because of this simple fact. Most people get their web news during the day, in real time as it happens.

Learn from what Apple does.

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Jon Rty
By Jon Rty (Apr 19, 2012)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_zone

Nikon is a Japanese company.

6 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Apr 19, 2012)

Yah and?

0 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Apr 19, 2012)

The Japan economy is about 1/3th the US economy and 1/4 the EU. They need to target the major markets first.

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Mike Griffin
By Mike Griffin (Apr 19, 2012)

You must be in the wrong place at the wrong time because it IS day here right now

2 upvotes
petertakov
By petertakov (Apr 19, 2012)

The Japanese economy may be smaller than that of the USA or EU but they have 99.999% of the global DSLR market. Go buy an American camera if the press release time doesn't suit you.

5 upvotes
keepreal
By keepreal (Apr 19, 2012)

SIMPLY STUNNING: THE NEW NIKON D3200

No, what is stunning is what camera manufacturers now expect people to spend, probably quite rightly, to enter their profit merry go round. Why would I want 24.2 mp to eat up space on my memory cards when with my D300 12.3 mp is perfectly good enough to produce quality prints up to A2?

Consumerism is out of control and nobody needs this ludicrous pixel count for routine photos or to spend anything like this kind of money for the privilege.

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Jon Rty
By Jon Rty (Apr 19, 2012)

Because the 700$ 24mp D3200 has better image quality than your 1200$ D300 in every aspect. Not only will it resolve more, it has higher dynamic range, as well as better low-light performance. It will also give you more pixel on your subject, which is a boon any time you're focal-legth limited. It will also help to extract the most out of your lenses. Few might *need* the resolution, but it will help most. If you do not have a computer that can handle the files, or memory-cards to store them on, then no, you shouldn't buy this camera, but rather spend that 700$ on a better computer.

10 upvotes
Nightwings
By Nightwings (Apr 19, 2012)

Not to mention, most people who are commenting on huge file sizes are forgetting the fact that you can dramatically decrease the jpeg file size by choosing a higher jpeg compression ratio. Best of both worlds .. when you really have a keeper, you then can save the file to a lower compression ratio.

1 upvote
Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Apr 19, 2012)

> Consumerism is out of control
It is not consumerism, it is technical progress. And it is relatively out of control - relatively to you. You cannot even buy appropriate memory cards and whine about that calling buyers of new equipment "consumerists".

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WaleedEssam
By WaleedEssam (Apr 19, 2012)

Yeah, your D300 is far more advanced camera than this one in many aspects, but guess what? these aspects are not really important to the target audience for this camera.

Do you really think anyone who is going to purchase their first dSLR to start learning photography or even taking nice family photos with nice bokeh will really care about weather sealing? AF tracking? bigger VF, etc??

Let's be fair, Sony/Nikon sensor designs are excellent (I'm a Canon 5DII user by the way), for a new entry level user with much less demands than other users, such camera will give him/her much better results than if you give them a D3s.

And even for the small percentage of users of this camera that will not be new to photography, imagine YOU the D300 user buying this to put in your studio for high pixel count and always shoot at ISO 200?

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Martin_Kay
By Martin_Kay (Apr 19, 2012)

Well I really doubt that many Nikon owners ever do much home printing. Admittedly 24 mg would make nice sharp prints assuming you had the printing skills in the first place.

0 upvotes
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Apr 19, 2012)

LOVE THE RED!!! Wow huge props to Nikon for raising the bar on entry-level camera...YOUR MOVE CANON!

6 upvotes
ENicolas
By ENicolas (Apr 19, 2012)

Nikon wants their cameras to have a bigger MP number than Canon's for a while. Canon's 18 MP APS-C has been outgunning them for what, like two years?

1 upvote
Aputra
By Aputra (Apr 19, 2012)

Yet I still use 5 Mpixel setting for casual shots

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Bart Hickman
By Bart Hickman (Apr 20, 2012)

These cameras sell at places like Target and Walmart. What you need and what sells are not the same thing. More pixels will sell more cameras which means Nikon makes more money to invest on cool camera technology. :-)

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javaone360
By javaone360 (Apr 19, 2012)

It is Nikon, and the IQ will be good. The difference of their future high-end models will be AF points, support of old AF-D lenses and body design.

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Aputra
By Aputra (Apr 19, 2012)

So u wont need $2000 camera to shoot $2000 wedding, a nice $700 one will do it

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javaone360
By javaone360 (Apr 19, 2012)

$2000 camera gives us better features like AF and Frame rates to capture the moments. Also, the lens is important. Not many people will buy D3200 and buy a 24/1.4 or 24-70. The IQ of the D3200 should blow away a lot of previous generation Nikon like D90 and D5100.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Apr 19, 2012)

Actually, spray and pray has always been the province of the amateurs in "pro" situations. This seems to be a very decent camera for most wedding situations. The real truth is that most weddings do not demand a "pro" camera and the shots missed are usually missed because of the person behind the camera and not the camera.

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Genti Xhaferraj
By Genti Xhaferraj (Apr 19, 2012)

Really? Have you ever shot a wedding with a lens less than 2.8?
You surely need that for low light and isolation...
Have you tried putting a 24-70 onto a D3100, add a Sb-900 and use it for hours?
I would be curious to see that happening...

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pc168
By pc168 (Apr 19, 2012)

May be it could be used as a backup of my D700 ?!

1 upvote
Xoom
By Xoom (Apr 19, 2012)

So you shoot with the side door open if you install the WU-1a adapter?

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John 3
By John 3 (Apr 19, 2012)

I hope there will be no back focussing issues on this and future Nikon models.

1 upvote
panteraaa
By panteraaa (Apr 19, 2012)

won't u need a high quality glass for that 24MP??? how good will that kit lens be in this camera?

1 upvote
Hynee
By Hynee (Apr 19, 2012)

It's extremely good. (Yes I own one.)

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pdcm
By pdcm (Apr 19, 2012)

Yes, Nikon's kit lenses are very very usable, unlike Canon's bottle glass kit lenses. It's only the more expensive lens range where the two makers lenses match up quality wise.

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keepreal
By keepreal (Apr 19, 2012)

Yes, I also have this lens on my D5000 and it is first class. I had the misfortune to have it fall out of a bag onto concrete bouncing on the front lens cap and scratching both that and the rear cap with a second bounce but not the lens itself. Moreover, it still works perfectly and the images it produces at wide apertures show uniformity in the slight expected fall-off to the edges indicating it is not out of alignment. Quite remarkable for its price.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Apr 19, 2012)

It has been rumored that Nikon does actually make good lenses.

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onlooker
By onlooker (Apr 19, 2012)

> pdcm wrote:
> Yes, Nikon's kit lenses are very very usable, unlike Canon's bottle glass kit lenses.

http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/404-canon_1855_3556is_50d:

"Verdict
The resolution capabilities of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is amazing even based on the EOS 50D. [...] The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is certainly a value king with a price tag of around 160€/US$."

You were saying?

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Apr 19, 2012)

he were saying he is a stupid nikon troll...

2 upvotes
dpreviewprov
By dpreviewprov (Apr 19, 2012)

Lens Test: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor
http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2008/12/lens-test-18-55mm-f35-56g-vr-af-s-dx-nikkor

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Mannypr
By Mannypr (Apr 19, 2012)

We still have to see how it will do with noise . Nikon is going to sell boat loads of this one.

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williejr
By williejr (Apr 19, 2012)

This has to be the dumbest series branding. They had the D3000, D3100, now the D3200.... Whats next D3300 with 36MP for $899 next year? Can't wait to see the D7100... that was a joke.. haha

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LJohnK2
By LJohnK2 (Apr 19, 2012)

Hope Nikon Service staffs up for all those new users with camera and lens "defects" ...when entry level users with a whooping 24 MP shooting photos of their kids and dog start wondering about blurry photos as the sensor resolution highlights every limitation of the 18-55 or 18-105 kit lenses.

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Jon Rty
By Jon Rty (Apr 19, 2012)

Lenses shouldn't be that big a problem.

http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/634-nikkor181053556vr?start=1

Technique on the other hand will if someone is stupid enough to pixel peep and require perfect per pixel sharpness every time.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 19, 2012)

entry-level photographers better upgrade their hard-drives...

9 upvotes
Tee1up
By Tee1up (Apr 19, 2012)

Entry level PC/Macs come loaded with GBs so i would not worry about HDs. Key will be having enough CPU horsepower and Ram to run Lightroom/Aperture.

4 upvotes
Kim Seng
By Kim Seng (Apr 19, 2012)

By now HD are getting cheaper and that is not a problem.

1 upvote
win39
By win39 (Apr 19, 2012)

Interesting. It looks as though Nikon has decided to separate itself from the pack of mirrorless cameras nipping at its heels by increasing resolution to a point they cannot match and still be useable. It does make one wonder where they will go from 24 MP in DX. Is this the end of the line for DX?

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Apr 19, 2012)

Sony NEX-7 got 24MP and the Samsung NX200 got 20MP...so it's not far from "the pack" of mirrorless cameras.

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Bart Hickman
By Bart Hickman (Apr 20, 2012)

The hi-res mostly negates the telephoto advantage of m43.

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FoolyCooly
By FoolyCooly (Apr 19, 2012)

I actually like the Red finish. :D

1 upvote
rzxrey
By rzxrey (Apr 19, 2012)

Instead of releasing or making new models, why not focus on increasing D800, D800E and D4 production to meet the long list of orders.. (waiting in vain) lol

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FoolyCooly
By FoolyCooly (Apr 19, 2012)

Better yet, Where is the D400?

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Mogens
By Mogens (Apr 19, 2012)

Well due to them being made different places. D800, D800E and D4 in Sendai Japan, D3200 in Thailand

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Bart Hickman
By Bart Hickman (Apr 20, 2012)

I wouldn't be surprised if the D3200 is commercially more important to Nikon--helps fund the R&D for those high end cameras.

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Deleted1929
By Deleted1929 (Apr 19, 2012)

Still no exposure bracketing it seems. It's beyond farcical.

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jeremynsl
By jeremynsl (Apr 19, 2012)

Yup. Its crazy to get 10 more MP but no bracketing still. At least they improved the LCD though - god I hate the LCD on my d3100!

I think I'll wait and see what they do with D5200... Hopefully its not 30 mp or something crazy.

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zenit_b
By zenit_b (Apr 19, 2012)

Agreed guys this camera is not for us. A shame really because most other things looks good - I like the idea of a small light high res camera.

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Kevinator
By Kevinator (Apr 19, 2012)

Wow this is entry model? Sounds like a D90 that weighs 200g less to me!

Seriously, same LCD, same AF, almost same frame rate (4 vs 4.5), better ISO range, better processor, better movie mode, much better weight and size.

Only difference from D90 is lack of AF-D drive, less control buttons and small viewfinder.

Wow and guys I am calling it, in 3 years the D3500 will have better spec than D7000.

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Apr 19, 2012)

No, the ergonomics of lower models are what separates them from D90, not only the lack of prism viewfinder and lack of motor for non AF-S lenses. On these entry bodies, to get to a simple and often used function like ISO you need to go inside menus. I guess you can assign ISO to function button. There is also only one wheel etc.... D90 series - most everything is on the top of the camera at your fingers.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Apr 19, 2012)

As an entry level camera most owners will not stray far from "P" mode for video or stills. If you really want to stir the pot of camera control you can, it just won't be what you are used to on other models.

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Jon Rty
By Jon Rty (Apr 19, 2012)

The entry-level controls allow you to adjust all exposure parameters directly. ISO, shutter-speed and aperture. But outside of that, you need to use the shooting info menu:

http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u139222/nikond3100back-big.jpg

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Kevinator
By Kevinator (Apr 19, 2012)

To Absolutic, monkey and Jon:
That's exactly what I said. It's amazing D3200 as an entry model has surpassed or matched D90 in every spec, ergonomics aside.

And speaking of ergonomics, it's actually not too far apart. I use my D40 as backup body when I send in my D90 with a lens for repairs. Pretty much all functions can be access by pressing the *info* button and use the rear LCD. It's actually not too bad, if you can withstand the extra 2 seconds. Only exception is custom WB. The lack of color temperature WB on entry bodies drives me crazy when shooting indoors under different lighting conditions and working with flash.

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Eigenmeat
By Eigenmeat (Apr 19, 2012)

Do this has the new Auto ISO implementation?

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August Zajonc
By August Zajonc (Apr 19, 2012)

+1

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jeremynsl
By jeremynsl (Apr 19, 2012)

Please... Is there one planned? The crap auto iso keeps my d3100 out of my girlfriend's hands. Its just not point and shoot ready...

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (Apr 19, 2012)

It has wireless flash capability? Something the D5100 doesn't even have??

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Apr 19, 2012)

I must have missed that part about it having wireless capability.. Like nikon CLS system? Please point it to me or to us in the specs or press release... Thanks..

Comment edited 18 seconds after posting
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Timbukto
By Timbukto (Apr 19, 2012)

External Flash - Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)

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FuzzTheKingOfTrees
By FuzzTheKingOfTrees (Apr 19, 2012)

That's just Nikon's marketing, all iTTL dSLRs support wireless flash. If you go and find the full specs on the Nikon site you'll find that to do wireless flash you need to use an SB-700/900/910 or SU-800 as the commander. The sync terminal is available using the adapter.
The new specs on this camera are detailed in the article, new sensor, new frame rate (4 from 3), new LCD, wireless accessory and 1080p/30 video. Everything else is the same as the old camera.

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Apr 19, 2012)

i thought the built in flash of this d3200 has a master commander mode :-).. if yes that would have been awesome.. and a built in AF screw-- .. I would definitely want this! :-)

if only my Nikon D90-- can do 1080p/30/24fps + 720p/120/60/30/24fps-- it will be a "perfect cam for me :-)

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Bart Hickman
By Bart Hickman (Apr 19, 2012)

The best use of 24Mpixels is to extend the reach of a sharp zoom lens like the 16-85 (which is plenty sharp enough to support cropping down to at least the equivalent of an m43 sensor.)

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Aputra
By Aputra (Apr 19, 2012)

Which beats the purpose of having 24Mpixel image

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phiri
By phiri (Apr 19, 2012)

And what is the purpose of a 24MP sensor? Does it have a defined purpose? Is it not supposed to be user defined?. Dont get me wrong, personally I like the 16MP sensor.

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Bart Hickman
By Bart Hickman (Apr 20, 2012)

Obviously you can schlep a longer lens around if you want 24Mpixels AND longer reach, but my point is you can also get more utility from a more compact set of lenses. In my case, I think that'd be the most common benefit.

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Yashu
By Yashu (Apr 19, 2012)

It says here no spot metering, but the official site says it has.

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Devendra
By Devendra (Apr 19, 2012)

Good catch. If the official states it then thats it. Also all Nikons have spot metering attached to the AF point, which is a big plus when composing shots without moving

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instamatic
By instamatic (Apr 19, 2012)

With all the discussion about megapixels, high ISO, wireless transmission, and video, I have a different question:

Can this camera do an accurate live view preview of set exposure compensation / or manual exposure settings, together with a live RGB histogram that updates itself on the fly as those settings or WB adjustments are changed?

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jeremynsl
By jeremynsl (Apr 19, 2012)

Live RGB histogram, yes please!

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Aero Windwalker
By Aero Windwalker (Apr 19, 2012)

For $699.95, this is going to be the best selling Nikon or even the best selling DSLR in the next 6 months.

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Kane Joseph
By Kane Joseph (Apr 19, 2012)

And we'll likely see it down to $599 with rebates before the end of this year.

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jj74e
By jj74e (Apr 19, 2012)

Idk, I have to wonder where this puts the D5100 and its successor. The D5100 can be had for less than $600 right now refurbished, and new it's around the same price as the D3200.

Assuming the sensor is similar to the one in the Sony NEX7, the low light capabilities will probably be marginally improved with a big boost in resolution, but I wonder if anything else will be drastically improved (but I admit I don't have the spec sheet of either camera memorized to really know).

Either way, the D3200 seems like an incredible deal.

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tabloid
By tabloid (Apr 19, 2012)

If u get the red body, u may have to spray the your lenses red as well..just to match it in.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 19, 2012)

It looks like they've improved the grip, made it a bit deeper. It's a much nicer looking body than the D3100. And with improved video specs, I'm thinking I may order one of these. It may even arrive before my D800 does.

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Artur Kozlowski
By Artur Kozlowski (Apr 19, 2012)

No movable rear display? I'll pass.

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Devendra
By Devendra (Apr 19, 2012)

You will have to wait for the 5x000 series.

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Octane
By Octane (Apr 19, 2012)

The WiFi adapter sells for $60. Seems reasonable. But it makes the WT5 for the D4 look like ridiculous rip off. Sorry Nikon, that's just messed up.

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Ryan_Valiente
By Ryan_Valiente (Apr 19, 2012)

Sensor of the NEX7 ?

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thethirdcoast
By thethirdcoast (Apr 19, 2012)

The ISO range is pretty interesting to me. The standard range is 100-6400, with 12800 listed as the boost. That seems to indicate this 24 MP sensor may not be quite the high ISO monster that the 16 MP unit in the D5100 and D7000 is.

Personally, I have no idea what I'd do with 24 MP at this point. 12-16 are plenty for me to feel comfortable cropping if necessary. The size of the 24 MP RAWs is also likely to start taxing my laptop's ability to process them, and that's one item I'm not looking to upgrade at present.

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Apr 19, 2012)

I think that is just for market segmentation purposes, rather than being a true reflection of real performance. I'm sure oversampling will allow for noise to be brought down to a relatively similar level though.

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Aputra
By Aputra (Apr 19, 2012)

I prefer 18Mpixel with a clean ISO 6400

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Martin_Kay
By Martin_Kay (Apr 19, 2012)

It would be nice if we could get reasonably priced and RELIABLE printing to utilize all these pixels.

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ogl
By ogl (Apr 19, 2012)

Nikon offers MUCH cheaper 24 MP camera than Sony.

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ET2
By ET2 (Apr 19, 2012)

It's entry-level model, so what do you expect? Sony offered much cheaper version of the 16 MP ($600) than Pentax K-5 .. so what's your point?

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Torode
By Torode (Apr 19, 2012)

Or put another way, Nikon offers a 24 MP camera with MUCH different specs than Sony:

A77 has 19 AF points, 12 fps max. shooting rate, triple-hinged articulated LCD, Full 1080p60, 1/8000th max. shutter speed.

D3200 has 11 AF points, 4 fps max. shooting rate, fixed LCD screen, 1080p30, 1/4000th max. shutter speed.

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ENicolas
By ENicolas (Apr 19, 2012)

And the A77 costs twice as much.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Apr 19, 2012)

You forgot to say...Weather sealed, GPS, more buttons, Full time PDAF on movies, built-in image stabilization, built-in AF motor. Different markets, different specs.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Apr 19, 2012)

Same boatload of 800 pixel images going to the web.

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ogl
By ogl (Apr 19, 2012)

I don't care about specs. My idea is that 24 MP APS-C sensor goes to low-end market.

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Torode
By Torode (Apr 19, 2012)

"I don't care about specs."

False. Megapixel count IS a spec, so you obviously do.

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unravel
By unravel (Apr 19, 2012)

hope its not just chasing megapixels on this one, the WU-1a thing seems pretty fun though, hopefully its implementation wont be gimmicky.

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Amateur Hour
By Amateur Hour (Apr 19, 2012)

Spec war - they're shooting for buyers who simply look for big numbers without a holistic understanding of digital camera systems.

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SiPat
By SiPat (Apr 19, 2012)

It's called progress. I'm sure that you can't buy 1mp, 2mp & 5mp sensors anymore because they're just not manufactured these days.

Perhaps we should all just ask Ford to re-introduce the Model-T?

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Klay
By Klay (Apr 19, 2012)

Nice little camera.

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waitformee
By waitformee (Apr 19, 2012)

yes good camera. cheap and nice. It will let more people fall in love with photography.

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Aputra
By Aputra (Apr 19, 2012)

But doesn't necessarily makes the a better one

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Fahim A Kidwai
By Fahim A Kidwai (Apr 19, 2012)

looks more then a entry level: seems like Nikon is willing to start a mega pixil war with Canon

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spsawyer
By spsawyer (Apr 19, 2012)

They've indeed moved a good way from the D40 which cost me about £270. This nice "entry level" kit for $699.95 will remain a desired upgrade but not one actually possessed, not for the amount it will be for on sale in the UK at least.

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Ron Wischer
By Ron Wischer (Apr 19, 2012)

Nikon keeps introducing new cameras but will they ship. I'm still waiting for the D800 to hit the shelves. ;-(

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Martin_Kay
By Martin_Kay (Apr 19, 2012)

Er, how many Mg pixels? Who needs that and who is going to actually leverage that file size? The problem is getting a decent printer that doesn't clog up with ink if you aren't using it constantly. I currently own a 3100, but never use it at full resolution as most times your images end up on a computer and you don't need 14 Mg px for that.

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