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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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Earthlight
By Earthlight (Apr 19, 2012)

Nikon is holding no punches these days. They are set to dominate the DSLR markets if the competition does not wake up. This tiny little camera probably has a Sony sensor that smokes the competition...

2 upvotes
larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Apr 19, 2012)

One small detail, if I am correct--unlike the D3100, it will work with the ML-L3 remote that almost all consumer-level Nikon DSLRs also work with. Notice the infrared receiver on the top-rear-left.

Yes, it's a small detail, but maybe worth pointing out?

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NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (Apr 19, 2012)

Just saw that too, nice.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 19, 2012)

24 MEGAPIXELS jam-packed onto an APS-C sized sensor????

Thanks, Nikon, but no thanks, dudes. Here is yet another camera that nobody had asked for and frankly, probably nobody really needs. Let alone John Q Consumer.

And that color scheme on the body -- pretty garish and almost painful for the eye, frankly.

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NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (Apr 19, 2012)

I disagree, and so do the Sony and Nikon reps I've talked with. Many people in this category still look at "Megapixels" first (ok, brand of camera first, then pixel count). Since people are still wanting this, Sony and Nikon are producing according to demand.

Also, I've seen plenty of great images out of the A65/A77 units I've sold to people over the past several months. My NEX7 takes amazing pictures. Yes, at ISO12800 the picture will look like trash, but I don't, and won't, ever care - nor will most consumers. I accidentily took some shots on Saturday at ISO 800 and yet the images are still highly detailed and noise is very low - that's good enough for me.

One good thing many aren't picking up on - the DR will likely be much better than on the D3100.

3 upvotes
Cultured Vulture
By Cultured Vulture (Apr 19, 2012)

Buy the black, I don't like red cameras either.

0 upvotes
kenju4u
By kenju4u (Apr 19, 2012)

LOL Red cameras just seem so toyish to be taken seriously. I think I would burst out laughing if someone took out a red camera to take my picture. But hey that would give em a good shot...

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Whtzhisname
By Whtzhisname (Apr 19, 2012)

I agree about the comments concerning the camera color; however, it also opens up the opportunity to take more pictures without people being suspicious. Observers would clearly consider one who takes pictures with such a camera as only an amateur photographer. With that being said, you may not be stopped at taking creative photos, just another P&S tourist taking snapshots.

Again, I say this but I also cannot imagine myself walking around with something like this in my hands. (What if someone I know sees me?) I would have to say bye bye to any of my "cool points" :-)

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Gesture
By Gesture (Apr 19, 2012)

Just include the Wi-Fi as a standard feature=value.

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J. Qian
By J. Qian (Apr 19, 2012)

Not a built-in WiFi

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Apr 19, 2012)

Looks like Sony has set the dinner buffet of sensor densities and Nikon has made its selections. Whilst Sony is chancing higher Mp for its higher APS-C model line and lower Mp for lower APS-C model line, Nikon has inverted it instead so lower models have higher Mp for lower APS-C model and maybe keep the lower Mp for its higher APS-C/FF models.

Sony Sensor Densities:

SLT-A57 = ~212.7 pixels/mm (lower APS-C model) = ~16.7Mp
NEX-5N = ~213.1 pixels/mm (lower APS-C model) = ~16.5Mp
NEX-7/SLT-A77 = ~259.7 pixels/mm (higher APS-C model) = ~24.7Mp

Nikon Sensor Densities (Inverted):

D3200 = ~262.8 pixels/mm (lower APS-C model) = ~24.7Mp
D7100* = ~206.7 pixels/mm (higher APS-C model) = ~15.7*Mp

D800 = ~206.7 pixels/mm (lower FF model) = ~36.8Mp
D4 = ~138.9 pixels/mm (higher FF model) = ~16.6Mp

*Based on the above Nikon sensor density inversions:
I would predict they will select for their upcoming D7100 (updated D7000) to be ~15.7Mp APS-C sensored and 15.4Mp effective (4800 x 3200 Image).

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Apr 19, 2012)

where Nikon's lower APS-C model D3200 is following after NEX-7/SLT-A77 sensor densities

and Nikon's lower FF model is following after slight improvement over NEX-5N sensor densities

it makes sense Nikon would then use for their higher APS-C D7100, a sensor density that also follows after slight improvement over NEX-5N sensor densities that was selected for their D800 sensor; but offering it for their DX crop sensor model.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Apr 19, 2012)

this leaves an intermediate sensor density in between the above two clustered ones (apart from the exclusive lowest density reserved for their D4), where any upcoming highest APS-C D400 (update for D300s) model could have:

D3200 = ~262.8 pixels/mm (lower APS-C) = ~24.7Mp
D7100* = ~206.7 pixels/mm (higher APS-C) = ~15.7*Mp
D400* = ~183.4 pixels/mm (highest APS-C model) = ~12.0*Mp

i know, i can easily be way off, and Nikon could up all their newer higher intermediate models ranging from 25Mp (D800 crop) to 36Mp instead... but i think that the former 25Mp more likely than 36Mp.

where picking higher pixel density sensors means limited higher ISO IQ at lowest light.

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Lardinio
By Lardinio (Apr 19, 2012)

So you think the D7100 will have less pixels than D7000 and the D400 no increase at all? Ummmmm. I would hazard a guess that both D7100 and D400 (if indeed these models are produced, this year or at all) will have a minimum of 18mp and probably the same 24mp sensor with improved image processing pipeline offering higher ISO capability.

1 upvote
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Apr 19, 2012)

Why everybody is whining about lack of the AEB?
It is pretty useless.
This all AEB have +/- 2 Stops max. which is way to little for really contrasty scene. If you need +/-2 stops just pull the shadows in LR.
When I needed HDR on Canon 350D I just used M and made several shots with 10 Stops range.

4 upvotes
balico
By balico (Apr 19, 2012)

Try manual bracketing with moving subjects and clouds, keeps you busy with shooting and post processing AEB of 9 stops on my D300 is done in less then 2 seconds and how long does it take you!??

3 upvotes
zenit_b
By zenit_b (Apr 19, 2012)

hi zanton - glad to hear the 350D get a shout - underated cam IMHO. When I used my 350D taking several HDR shots separately I got significant blurring from the clouds moving between shots... waves are worse. Then I discovered the 350D -2,0,+2 AEB feature that let me take them all in a one second burst ... guess it depends if you have clouds/waves in your shot and how fast they are moving ... I find most of my dramatic shots do have one or the other or both though... key question though ... has the D3200 got AEB or not ?

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Apr 20, 2012)

@ balico
Do you have in-camera HDR in D300?
If you process in Auto HDR programs, they delete moving objects. Second, clouds are usually not that fast, to make problems in 3 consequent shots. People, cars, trees under the wind - yes, clouds - no.

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morganb
By morganb (Apr 19, 2012)

anyone discussing how horrible the wire-less accessory looks? how horrible that placement is?

this thing should be poked right through the side or bottom. definitely NOT through an open door. if you want to use the camera while that is inserted it is just gonna block and disrupt the entire process.

1 upvote
audijam
By audijam (Apr 19, 2012)

i am a canon fanboy (if that's what you guys call canon fans here) but i think this is a great camera after all. cannot wait to see the new T5i

2 upvotes
justmeMN
By justmeMN (Apr 19, 2012)

Once again, Nikon is alone in offering a DSLR with no Automatic Exposure Bracketing. Even many compact cameras have AEB. This is designed as a beginners camera, and beginners need AEB the most, to conveniently handle tricky lighting situations. (And, of course, AEB is also used by people who use HDR software.)

3 upvotes
Ian
By Ian (Apr 19, 2012)

This camera is for people who would not understand what you are talking about, they have bought it because it either looks good,or because it is the latest Nikon or because they can brag to their friends that there camera has 24mp, they do not understand what it means, it jewelery

5 upvotes
Azfar
By Azfar (Apr 19, 2012)

I'm sorry but ^ THAT is absolutely no excuse to leave a feature out.

1 upvote
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Apr 19, 2012)

I don't want to own a high Mp camera, it puts too much strain on my storage system and ultimately on pocket.

3 upvotes
NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (Apr 19, 2012)

Disagree - to some extent, I teach photography classes and although the lectures include AEB, I have yet to see anyone (beginners) care about this feature. If the metering on the D3200 performs like the D7000/D5100. Then the exposures should be very good to start with. Then the beginner can focus on composition and finding interesting subject matter. That will help them out the most right now.

Incidentally, many of my students have Sony cameras and prefer to use the Auto HDR, to AEB. That type of a feature is better suited for beginners (and even for some advanced users - because I think it's fun/useful too).

1 upvote
zenit_b
By zenit_b (Apr 19, 2012)

fair comment but I am guessing this cam doesnt have an HDR mode either does it ?

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intruder61
By intruder61 (Apr 19, 2012)

nikon made this camera so all the drama queens could come here to bitch and moan.

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jetstream
By jetstream (Apr 19, 2012)

Just wondering... how do you close the door with the wifi unit on ??

1 upvote
audijam
By audijam (Apr 19, 2012)

you can't...

0 upvotes
Azfar
By Azfar (Apr 19, 2012)

err....

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fastlass
By fastlass (Apr 19, 2012)

It's pretty crazy when you think about the breadth of what Nikon offers. But selling P&Ss is a losing endeavor when phones are just as good (practically speaking). They have the Pxx00 series and 1-series which are small, and they had to differentiate their entry level dSLR from these cameras by some huge means; going nutso on the resolution seems a good way to do it.

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mbot
By mbot (Apr 19, 2012)

No Bracketing, so Nikon is "DICTATING" that we are not allowed to do proper HDR...a__holes. They put us in a corner and demand we pay "more" for the D5200, but they obviously are not thinking correctly, they don't seem to realize their competitors are offering bracketing in their entry level models. The Sony A57 is only $100 more and it blows this D3200 out of the water, it does not even have the now "essential" "standard" "ubiquitous" articulating screen, go shove it Nikon, the Sony A57 has all these essentials and more, plus FHD 60fps video at 28mbps, plus bracketing, plus super-quick full-time autofocus while shooting video with full manual control, and also a lower noise sensor with plenty of detail and better dynamic range; now tell me people, are you going to get a Sony a57 and do things properly for a good low price, or save $100 and get a kick up the ass from Nikon with a noisy sensor and lots of missing features. There you go, i've solved your problem for you, go buy the a57.

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Rambazamba
By Rambazamba (Apr 19, 2012)

The Sony A57 offers only 2/3 stops AEB, which is a little for little for HDR ...

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Wally626
By Wally626 (Apr 19, 2012)

To be honest the Sonys also have bad AE bracketing until you get to the A77, the lower cameras are only ±0.7EV unless in HDR mode where it can use larger exposure spans but only for the final JPEG. This will compete most directly with the A37, whenever it comes out, although I expect Sony will not use the 24 MP sensor in that camera.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Apr 19, 2012)

Well, even if we assume that A57 doesn't have bracketing at all (which isn't true) - it still offers MUCH more photography & fun features than the D3200.
Sorry, but this release is crap. People who want Nikon would end up better with 5100, or 3100 or heck: even very old D90.

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NeilRW
By NeilRW (Apr 24, 2012)

Do you work for Sony and they sent you over here to trash Nikon's new camera because it will be such a hot seller? It sure seems like it.

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Apr 19, 2012)

Nikon Imaging leader

in what???

PS wow!!!
Samsung just released a whole line up of cameras with Wifi built in and Nikon reveals a camera with an optional wifi unit... wow!!!

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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tmascolo
By tmascolo (Apr 19, 2012)

It is funny listening to people talk about computer horsepower, memory, and hard drive storage. I have a neighbor in her late 60s who has been a photographer her whole life, she calls the memory cards 'film' and drops her 'film' off at the lab to get prints made and a DVD. She does not 'process' her photos at home, just like she did not with film.

I would infer from this that the target market of entry level cameras do not do their own processing, they just drop off their 'film' at the store to get their prints and/or a DVD to pop into their DVD player to watch their 'slides'. They don't sit for hours on each picture staring at the pixel structure of each image to decide whether it is an 'acceptable' image, then edit it, then print it, or put it on a DVD, Blu-Ray or whatever...

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

enty level photographer don´t need 24mp for 10x15cm prints....

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Apr 19, 2012)

@ Henry M. Hertz
But they need it to show off in front of their friends.

@ tmascolo
Agree. Entry-level people do not process at all, neither in LR, nor in DPP or anything else. They don't even really understand what all those buttons mean.

Comment edited 27 seconds after posting
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alyiwang
By alyiwang (Apr 19, 2012)

It should be the same sensor used in Sony A77 or NEX 7

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 19, 2012)

Not according to Nikon: " D3200 employs a Nikon-developed DX-format CMOS image sensor".

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

As someone has already pointed out... The dimensions differ. The A77/ Nex7 sensor is slightly larger.

Trez interesting. Nikon producing its own 24 mp sensor. Makes you wonder whats in store for the d300s upgrade....

I'm waiting for the results.

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Cheng Bao
By Cheng Bao (Apr 19, 2012)

I think the wording is by some bad translating.
the japanese site is 「D3200」は、有効画素数約2400万画素(24.2メガピクセル)の新開発のニコンDXフォーマットCMOS

which should be translated as newly developed nikon DX format CMOS.

which is same with D7000 wording.

and the sensor image http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3200/img/features01/img_01.png

which is more like sony IMX071 sensor than D3100's
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3100/img/features01/img_01.png

I believe its a tweaked sony sensor.

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GeorgeZ
By GeorgeZ (Apr 19, 2012)

Finally they bring out a new entry level camera and it has many things I wanted (stereo sound is missing) and people complain about the MP.
This is a new sensor and let's wait what it can do before jumping to conclusions. 18MP on this sensor size looked good in 2009, this is 2012. Maybe it's not bad at all.

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

is it a new sensor?

what is your source?

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GeorgeZ
By GeorgeZ (Apr 19, 2012)

Just the press release above.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Apr 19, 2012)

it's over 1 year old sensor developed by Sony and released in A77/Nex7 ages ago.

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GeorgeZ
By GeorgeZ (Apr 19, 2012)

Ok, the press release says "The new 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor allows for....".
So it boils down to the defoinition of "new". Maybe new in Nikon cameras, maybe you're wrong, I have no idea. Not that I have any reason not to believe you, mind you.

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Andrei Todea
By Andrei Todea (Apr 19, 2012)

I missed that. I also thought it MUST be old the Sony sensor. This could still be a mistake in the press realease.

If Nikon is making new 24MP sensors for entry level cameras then we (or at least the people waiting for D7100 or a D700 replacement) are probably doomed :)

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schufosi777
By schufosi777 (Apr 19, 2012)

Hey they changed the grip so you can actually hold the camera now. Hope they do it with models above it as well. Was like a brick before.

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KGP
By KGP (Apr 19, 2012)

Τhe so called "manual control" in video mode is a joke! You can pre-set shutter speed and iso BEFORE entering live view and if you need to change something you have to GO OUT or take a still picture... as for the aperture, the camera set it automatically, so where is exactly the Nikon claim about "manual control"??!!

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dspphotos
By dspphotos (Apr 19, 2012)

Just when you thought the MP race is over... It's on once again

http://www.iphotocourse.com

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Apr 19, 2012)

Too bad entry level zoom lenses can' t render that many mp properly. Barring the 35 and 50mm primes, lenses that will make use of it will be out of reach of entry level buyers.

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Northgrove
By Northgrove (Apr 19, 2012)

That entry-level zoom lenses aren't all too hot is nothing new. And that good prime lenses on this body could make use of its resolution is absolutely only positive. Not sure how a good prime would be out of reach? High quality f/1,8 primes are dirt cheap.

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james123
By james123 (Apr 19, 2012)

Well, 24MP with an APS-C sensor means less than 4 microns pixels, means diffractions starts at f/4 in the red and f/8 in the blue, and means also that this camera requires perfect top-grade lenses, which are much more expensive than the camera itself. It might also penalize high iso performance.
It's a pity that DSLRs enter the MP race.
Very good video specs. Beautiful LCD screen. But apparently no exposure bracketing, which is quite unbelievable if true.
Will probably be a hit in the entry level market but probably not for the good reasons.
PS: no way it could ever come close to full frame sensor cameras regarding image quality. Elementary optics.

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RunStrom
By RunStrom (Apr 19, 2012)

I downloaded the pdf brochures from Nikons web site. There is no listing of exposure bracketing in the D3200 or D3100 - but the D90 and D5100 have them! Unless it's a bad typo it's true - I agree with you "quite unbelieveable".

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Vicenzoni
By Vicenzoni (Apr 19, 2012)

Automatic bracketing is not available om the 3200, 3100, 3000 and also the D40.For some reason nikon believes people who use entry level cameras don't use AEB. Makes HDR more difficult.

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inFocus
By inFocus (Apr 19, 2012)

For an 18Mpix sensor the diffraction starts to get larger than one pixel att f/11. For a 24Mpix sensor I expect it to be around f/8. Optics are perhaps elementary but I wonder about your calculation skills. :-)

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Northgrove
By Northgrove (Apr 19, 2012)

Of course this is no FF format competitor. But neither is it intending to be one. This sensor on a good (and cheap) prime lens would have a resolution that shocked the amateurs it's aimed for. Diffraction at f/8 and smaller, well, so what... If the optimal photo quality is asked for, increase the aperture. Too sunny? Filter. Not that I think an amateur would even notice in the first place unless going to f/16.

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odoketa
By odoketa (Apr 19, 2012)

I'm confused - when you all say 'automatic bracketing', are you saying that this camera doesn't have the ability to take (several) shots in succession, changing the exposure for each one, or are you saying there isn't a dedicated button or quick menu or something for it? I don't pay much attention to the Nikon market, but I can't imagine a camera that doesn't have that ability. What do people do? shoot, change, shoot, change, shoot? Somebody please tell me I've misunderstood.

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sravpes
By sravpes (Apr 19, 2012)

What happened to Canon?

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Apr 19, 2012)

:) They are still desiding which of the 200x-year features to put on the 201x-year camera. They already put non-crapy AF on 5D mk3 for €1300 overprice. The rest of the Canon is making Wi-Fi printers and Hollywood video-cameras.

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Apr 19, 2012)

Canon decided it was more fun dueling with Sony and Red in the "high stakes" video camera games than playing penny games at Nikon's stills-camera table :)

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Red123
By Red123 (Apr 19, 2012)

I'm a newbie but I do know a little about shooting. I've literally spent the last two days weighing up my camera options with the measly budget I have available and was going to get a D5100 next week. Could someone pls give me some unbiased advice on whether I should go for the D3200 with the 24mp or still go for a D5100. Will be using to take urban, street, graffiti photos, so manual settings are cool but I also need to be able to shoot quick, crisp photos many of which will be edited in Photoshop for final use. I do understand that my own ability with the camera is also important to end results. Thanks.

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50mm f14
By 50mm f14 (Apr 19, 2012)

First, I do not know anything about the D5100.
But... All these cameras are good!

Since you want to do urban / grafitti photos possibly quickly, you should look at 2 things.

What will be the final print size... This will have an impact on the sensor size/resolution.

I do not print larger than A4 and I rarely crop. For those reasons I do not need more than the 12MB my camera has.

Second, since you want to be quick, in some circumstances you will have low light conditons which require higher ISOs settings. Or the use of off camera flashes if you have more time...

If you need crisp picture, you should take a look at high ISO image quality.

For this, you should wait for DPreview to do picture test with the D3200 before choosing what camera is best for you.

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Lanski
By Lanski (Apr 19, 2012)

I hope you get your answer as I expect there are others in the same situation. I'm not a Nikon shooter but I know that the D5100 is seen as a cracking camera for its current price. I'd be a little concerned about the effect that having 24mp will have on the image quality with regard to noise and dynamic range. You don't sound like you'll need the extra 8mp for cropping either. Still, Nikon are using some cracking sensors at the moment so perhaps the one in the D3200 will be advanced enough to cope with the higher MP count.

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webrunner5
By webrunner5 (Apr 19, 2012)

I don't know a lot about the D5100 either. But I can tell you as of late all the newest cameras are a lot better than the older models. All the companys have made some pretty big gains lately.

Now 24 MP is a bit over the top for the average person, but I am sure it is a Sony sensor and they do have their act together. I would go for this camera.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Apr 19, 2012)

Go for de D5100, you'll get better iso performance and more control. Kit lenses don't resolve well enough anyway for 24mp. It also has great dynamic range.

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ashwins
By ashwins (Apr 19, 2012)

Go for a D5100. It has the same (and great) 16MP sensor as its big brother D7000. Getting the extra 8MP would't justify much lower high ISO performance and lacking features like exposure bracketing.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d5100.htm

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Red123
By Red123 (Apr 19, 2012)

Thanks for the responses. I am leaning to the D5100 still. Hopefully the D3200 release will knock the price down a bit on the lower D models and I can get some better glass. The articulated LCD would probably be useful.

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Malema
By Malema (Apr 19, 2012)

Go for the Canon Powershot G1X if it's street photography you want without the bulk of a SLR. Sure it has it's flaws like any camera but unless you can afford top quality fast lenses for the Nikon (any Nikon) you'll find the G1X more than adequate. And the image quality is stunning. Read the review and look at the sample photos. My wife has a 5100 but she now uses my G1X all the time because of it's lack of bulk ( but it's not a small pocket camera). And what I mostly like is the 14-bit RAW as opposed to the Nikon 12-bit.

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nflanders2
By nflanders2 (Apr 19, 2012)

You might be interested in the D5100's articulated screen. Depending on your shooting style, it might be helpful to take photos from unusal points of view.

(I personallly prefer an optical viewfinder, and was not happy with the VF size of both, D5100 and D3000, thus decided for the D7000).

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Rambazamba
By Rambazamba (Apr 19, 2012)

I would rather recommend Canon 600D as it has 1:1 aspect ratio and a better kit lens 18-135mm. Take a lokk also on the Sony A65 and its wonderful in-camera HDR.

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Red123
By Red123 (Apr 19, 2012)

Thanks for the suggestions guys. The A65 looks pretty good in particular but the price and sheer amount of solid reviews for the D5100 make me think I won't be dissapointed. Also AEB sounds like it'll be very useful to my photos which the D3200 doesn't have. I'm not on a path to being a serious photographer (yet) and with the little time I have spare I'll concentrate on pulling the best out of the D5100 and improving my own technique.

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Douglas F Watt
By Douglas F Watt (Apr 19, 2012)

I would wait for the 3200. Although you may be sacrificing a bit of low light performance, sensor evolution continues to move the goalposts on this one. A 24 megapixel sensor in the APS C format now gives roughly the low light performance of a 16 megapixel sensor from three years ago. I suspect that the low light performance of this is going to be slightly better than the Sony A 77/65 and perhaps slightly better even than the NEX 7. in addition to sensor evolution there is also software evolution – for example even though the Nikon D3X has significantly better raw files at high ISO then say the Sony A77/65, its JPEGs at high ISO are not better. Between software evolution and sensor evolution, all of the people complaining on this website about the megapixel race are missing something.

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StORM48
By StORM48 (Apr 19, 2012)

I can't believe that they threw out Drive Mode lever, seen on D3100!

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Apr 19, 2012)

They have added a button for that. And infrared remote control can now be used - that was a sad omission on D3100.

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RunStrom
By RunStrom (Apr 19, 2012)

I can't believe it to - this feature is real handy for quick mode changes, why take away a really good feature?

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 19, 2012)

They want you to get the D5xxx series for such 'advanced' features! For newbies it's often better to leave things out or tuck them away for simplicity, avoid confusion. 9 of 10 times when newbies experience trouble, a accidentally changed setting is the cause. "my camera is broken, it takes at least 10 seconds to take a photo after i press the button !" Hmm, wonder why.

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (Apr 19, 2012)

Hell some people will bitch about anything. I like this camera. Firstly look at the target market. This camera is targeted at entry level although the specs are way above that. As to the Sony sensor remember this will have the Nikon engine in it and not the Sony one. The target market for this camera will shoot jpeg with raw as a option (What’s RAW?) . The strength of the Jpeg engine will be what matters here. Some companies have better engines and get better results from the same sensor in Jpeg. I.E Olympus vs Panasonic. If you want to shoot RAW then you are going to do it your way in any case. AS to storage issue , the cheapest part of any camera is storage nowadays.

We don’t like the MP wars but to this target market it does matter. (Mine is bigger than yours.)and will come into , ignorant but true. This camera looks very good on paper and is nice and small and if it produces very good detailed JPG’s it will be very successful. This is from someone who shoots Olympus 4/3 .

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WaleedEssam
By WaleedEssam (Apr 19, 2012)

Exactly. Last time I was shooting a wedding, I got approached by the venue manager to get my business card etc. His first question to open a conversation was "How many mega pixels in this camera" At that time I was holding a 50D so I replied with 15, his reply was "ONLY 15??!"

That's the target market of such entry level cameras... people who still believe that the more mega pixels the better.

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

Why 15 mp?

I'm sure there very many lower-res cameras available at the time of your 50D purchase?

When did YOU personally decide that more MP's was a marketing myth?

I'm seriously curious.

PS My guess is that other factors influenced your purchase.
I drag around a D700. I'm more than ready for a cam that can take the same lenses, weigh half as much, and offer a great sensor at a bargain price.

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

Now I'm even more curious:

"Let's be fair, Sony/Nikon sensor designs are excellent (I'm a Canon 5DII user by the way), "

Let me see if I understand this correctly. You use an MP monster such as the 5d2 which was light years ahead of its peers on excactly the MP count (not so much the AF performance) - and now you bash beginners for making the same 'mistake'?

So if standards are good - are double standards twice as good?

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WaleedEssam
By WaleedEssam (Apr 19, 2012)

I'm not bashing beginners, I'm not bashing anyone, I'm just saying pixels appeal more to beginners. And it's smart from Nikon to have an entry level camera with high mpixels coz this will appeal to them more than the 18 mpix cameras Canon offers.

By the way, when I was a beginner, a 40D was in my budget but I purchased the 450D because of the 2 more mpixels, so yes it appeals to beginners more, and that's not bashing, I learned with time the other important factors to consider and had my priorities lined depending on what I shoot.

When I purchased the 5DII I needed a FF camera for the known benefits like DOF, better Hi-ISO etc. And in my budget 5DII was the best option since I had a 7D and a 50D. For me starting the 50D with 15 mpix I felt it's "enough". So yeah, if Canon offered to FF cameras one with 16 mpix and better noise performance I'd purchased it, but I had no choices, did I? :)

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topstuff
By topstuff (Apr 19, 2012)

This is an AMAZING WIN for Nikon. It's really very clever of them.

Unlike the powerfully built, macho type of pullitzer prize winning armchair enthusiasts that troll around DP, most people will be thrilled with this little camera.

It will produce better IQ than the Sony NEX7 that so many people seem to drool over, for less money and a much wider lens choice.

It will be a landscape shooters dream - equal or better IQ than a Canon 5D2 for peanuts money.

And with the wi-fi function, those huge files can be swept up and sent your PDA.

Fantastic little camera. I love it.

I want a red one.

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walnist
By walnist (Apr 19, 2012)

If you think that this APS-C 24MPixel camera will have "equal or better IQ than a Canon 5D2 for peanuts money" you are seriously delusional.

The Canon 5D2 has a FULL FRAME sensor... large pixels, better dynamic range, less noise.

To have an idea at the performance of this new Nikon, look at the Sony A77 reviews.

Still it's impressive for an entry level camera.

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VirtualMirage
By VirtualMirage (Apr 19, 2012)

I think you are being overly excited about this announcement. Much about this camera has already been done.

I don't know about the IQ being better than the NEX7, or at least enough to gloat about it. It is most likely the same sensor, just tweaked. The NEX7 I believe has a thinner AA filter and with no mirror, it is not prone to loss of sharpness at slower shutter speeds due to mirror slap.

IQ will be right around where the NEX7/A65/A77 stand, +/- depending on processing technique.

The NEX7 offers bracketing, 10fps, 1080p60, and more. It is worth drooling over. But it's a different kind of camera. You might be better off comparing this to the A65.

The NEX series has a larger lens selection than the Nikon when you factor in the adapters available.

The Canon 5D2 comment: apples and oranges. At low ISO, it would be hard to tell them apart but the Canon will win at high ISO.

The wi-fi is nothing new. An Eye-Fi card will do the same and doesn't prod out.

-Coming from an A77 owner.

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VirtualMirage
By VirtualMirage (Apr 19, 2012)

I will add that the live screen view and taking pictures remotely via the adapter is a pretty neat capability. That is something the Eye-Fi can't do. As small as the adapter is, its a shame they just didn't imbed it into the body. The price bump to the camera would be minor, all things considering.

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bydloman
By bydloman (Apr 19, 2012)

So, can the D3*00 do exposure bracketing now?

Also, it's sad to still having video and no possibility to get stereo sound... Even compacts have this.
You can record audio separately and sync it later but a mic jack on camera would be waaay more useful, especially for casual stuff, especially with this kind of camera...

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (Apr 19, 2012)

No, none of the 3*00 has AEB.

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DanCee
By DanCee (Apr 19, 2012)

i think they finally got new sensor supply, and soon they will launch their new lines with high MP.. If D3xxx got 24MP, D5xxx and D7xxx will get more MP, between 24 and 36MP of D800

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Apr 19, 2012)

I dunno about that. They've only rated this up to 12800. I expect A D7x00 to go to at least 25600. I suspect that they can't squeeze as much high ISO performance out of this as the 16mp chip. Yet. We'll know soon though!

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RunStrom
By RunStrom (Apr 19, 2012)

As Much as I like all the features over the D3100 this camera still does not have EXPOSURE BRACKETING!! grrrrrr shame on you Nikon @#**@#$% - so no HDR with this baby and I'll wait for the D5200.

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stq66
By stq66 (Apr 19, 2012)

This is the entry level system. I rather that only a one-figure percentage of the average buyer of this cam knows what exposure bracketing is. And even less would ever use it.

It's not that Nikon does not offer cameras with this feature.

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bydloman
By bydloman (Apr 19, 2012)

>This is the entry level system.
Even compacts toys have such a basic feature. Since ages...

>a one-figure percentage of the average buyer of this cam knows what exposure bracketing is.
>And even less would ever use it.
They won't even use all the other useless characteristics of the aforementioned compact cameras for that matter.

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Northgrove
By Northgrove (Apr 19, 2012)

The world will rejoice when an entry level camera doesn't make HDR easy for amateurs. Just saying.

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Kim Seng
By Kim Seng (Apr 19, 2012)

I was a begineer and now a serious photographer, I never use exposure bracketing in my live. What I used is exposure compensation control. Thank Nikon for leaving this function out.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Apr 19, 2012)

Agreed.
Speaking from personal experience, if the choice was between more DR in the raw files (eg. 14bit) and hdr or even bracketing, I'd go with more information in the raw anytime (also, that means a bulkier file but at least not a threefold increase in size, as with bracketing).

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Apr 19, 2012)

*checks his $50 Rollei compact thingy*

Yup, AEB present and accounted for (in PASM modes at least), but only +/- 1/3EV, not adjustable. (Plus a separate HDR mode of course, but that is given for a modern compact.)

My Ricoh compact does not have AEB, but that has disappointingly few features anyway, I keep it just for the 1cm "macro" distance and the interval/timeshift functions.

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RunStrom
By RunStrom (Apr 20, 2012)

If I have to explain why AEB is a good or must have feature then you are no serious photographer!. Take a look at this page and tell me why Nikons latest camera is not there?
http://www.hdr-photography.com/aeb.html

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Apr 20, 2012)

With 12 bit raw you have enough headroom to make sure that the image turns out good if you can expose at least decently.
More bits there and you'll have more headroom.
For busy situations I'd rather have burst because there's more to it than exposure (fast movement, for instance).
Also, I feel (but only feel) that one does not need to go all the way to +2 -2 if he doesn't want to merge exposures, but simply pick the best one.
YMMV, as usually.

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voz
By voz (Apr 19, 2012)

Nope, I still think the 6MP on my D40 is plenty enough.

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

Thank God.

A poster who disagrees, emphasizing his own personal preference without calling everyone who disagrees a pixelpeeping idiot.

Glad you're happy with the D40. May it serve you well.

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Martin Grecner
By Martin Grecner (Apr 19, 2012)

Actually, the D3200 will down-sample to 6MP excellently as it has 4 times the pixel count.
I also believe 6MP is enough even for relatively large prints or displays, but I believe it is also useful to have more MP for some type of work. So, with nice downsampling (actually built into the camera as well) you can get best of both worlds.

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Rocker44
By Rocker44 (Apr 19, 2012)

The D40 is a winner. Knock around camera with solid performance. I once second shot a wedding on one as a back-up. back-up.

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Northgrove
By Northgrove (Apr 19, 2012)

Yes, I own two 12 MP cameras and I'm clearly comfortable enough with that. Sometimes it's nice to have some MP leeway when cropping, but this is usually my only real use for all those pixels. For prints, I think I'd be fine with 6 to 8 MP or so.

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SiPat
By SiPat (Apr 19, 2012)

I still use my D40 every day and it produces some stunning images. The 6MP outperforms some 10MP & 12MP sensor'd camera, presumably because of the larger pixels and better light gathering ability?

Last week it started playing up (may be the lens contacts) and have to pull the battery to get it to release the shutter.

I will be very sad when it goes to the camera graveyard and I am dreading having to choose a cheapish replacement to keep the D700 company.

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slackercruster
By slackercruster (Apr 20, 2012)

I only shoot dslr's that run on 4 AA batts. Have numerous Pentax 6-12 mp bodies and the finest Pentax and 3rd party glass to outfit them with. I only view on the computer 99.999% of the time. Never make big prints. So 6-12 mp is fine for me. Very happy with the results.

TBS...if the D800 ran on 4 AA's I would have swapped systems and dropped $24,000 for Nikon gear. People always seem to gravitate towards the bigger = better dream...even me!

....Oh, I love inboard HDR since I don't like doing tons of PP. Glad HDR can be made easy. One poster seemed to think it should be made hard? Why?

Should we all go back to coating our own glass negs in dark tent to make photography hard? Make it easy, easy as it can be.

Good work Nikon!

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

it seems all former "12 MP are enough" nikon users are dead.... LOL

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

It's a matter of ressources, actually.

If funds are lacking - time spent defending your current gear is comparatively free.

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io_bg
By io_bg (Apr 19, 2012)

They aren't, I've a D90 and I'm loving it. I'd never get such an entry-level camera even if it has more megapixels.

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Jokica
By Jokica (Apr 19, 2012)

Same pointless MP discussion, as when D800 was announced.

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Vegasus
By Vegasus (Apr 19, 2012)

Hi Guys.... Finally... SLR with " WIFI " system... but.. why attach to the side? Good Idea but not convenience ... but good enough. I like the WIFI system. Good Job.

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KitHB
By KitHB (Apr 19, 2012)

Separate unit because WiFi specs vary by region. For example, the channel 14 frequency is forbidden in UK but can be used in US and JP. So if it's internal the camera needs to know where it is - integrated with GPS perhaps?

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cfh25
By cfh25 (Apr 19, 2012)

Another Nikon profit centre, similar to GPS

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weisman
By weisman (Apr 19, 2012)

"Multi, Center-weighted, Average"… but no spot meter?

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stq66
By stq66 (Apr 19, 2012)

Hello? Spot-Metering. This is an entry level camera and if the average user tried spot metering the results would be abysmal and the user would tell that the camera is cr*p.

Not so long ago, cameras of the C-brand did not have real spot metering except for the flagship model.

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Peter Bendheim
By Peter Bendheim (Apr 19, 2012)

There is spot metering ... its a dp review omission not a Nikon one

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lxstorm
By lxstorm (Apr 19, 2012)

Why I so much envy? Just because of an average shooter can get a decent digital camerafor realistic price eventually? Learn form SIGMA guys for them getting a medium format APS-C sized LOL sensor camera for ten grands that costs just a couple of grands few month later is a joy :)

Seriously it looks to me that digital market is getting matured. Old film days I can feed 200 dollars Yashica T4 Super with same FullFrame HiEnd capturing media like 35mm FujichromeVelvia as easily as many grands M body and occasionally get same outstanding result from inexpensive P&S similar to what one can get from mega expensive rangefinder that practically very limited crowd of consumers can afford to deal with.

Now there is inexpensive digital body on the market with quality capturing digital media as it was common old film days. Bravo NIKON very kind and clever move!

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

"Why I so much envy? Just because of an average shooter can get a decent digital camerafor realistic price eventually?"

S-P-O-T O-N!

PS You're likely just experiencing the truth of many DP posters:

They are the experts. Anyone with other needs than theirs (and they'll gladly proclaim that their 8-10 mp sensor are more than anyone would ever need) is simply a retard.

Wish they would take on a hobby more in line with their budgets.

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draschan
By draschan (Apr 19, 2012)

I got the same impression myself. coming from the analogue times and hesitating too long to move on to digital (for my needs) I can see that digital has become cheap, reliable and delivers amazing quality for an incredible price. I can buy a new body if I want every 6 month when I think on what I spent on material & labs. so I welcome this camera. one day we'll see medium format and full format foveon and will be able to print wall size in 300dpi. looking forward to that too :-)

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Sam147
By Sam147 (Apr 19, 2012)

Epic fail! Reckon they ll use the 24MP A77 sensor? no way, the A77's sensor is very big compared to D3100's sensor, wonder how terrible the noise performance is going to be! If A77 cant shoot higher than 1600, then the D3200 can shoot good pictures only till iso 800-1000!

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Emacs23
By Emacs23 (Apr 19, 2012)

What are you smoking?

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lensberg
By lensberg (Apr 19, 2012)

Nikon have specifically capped the ISO limit to 12800 for good reason... probably because noise performance is going to be horrendous from ISO 3200 upwards...

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Sam147
By Sam147 (Apr 19, 2012)

Not the same thing you're smoking thats why you dont get my point! Im not talking about ISO limits, but the noise performance!

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

Wait a sec.

You're right. There is a size difference...
Hmm..

Guess you're not doing drugs ;-)

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

Nikon had no choice considering the onslaught of CSC's.
I don't understand the negativity in below comments.

This is a heaven sent cam' for me.
Having a fair selection of Nikon lenses, I've spent a good part of the last months considering what to get as a travel cam.

I've been looking closely at the EM-5, the XP1 and the Nex7.
The latter is supposedly a staff favourite with the people working for a small, local camera company (PhaseOne).

Now Nikon have fitted that sensor into an inexpensive, lightweight body.
What's not to like?

24mp too much? Don't get the cam.
Not enough HD space? Ditto
Nothing better to do? Get back to work!

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LJohnK2
By LJohnK2 (Apr 19, 2012)

...IMHO more MP's seems to have trumped things like the nice subtle color transitions of the past 10 MP CCD Consumer Models
The D3200 is like putting a 454 block in a Chevette body package...guess i just dated myself....but seriously forget storage, processing 16 MP RAW images is still a tasking operation for most Consumer PC's....why not same megapixels, better ISO/noise and better control options ? That would be interesting.

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Gehyra
By Gehyra (Apr 19, 2012)

Because the camera is squarely aimed at people considering upgrading from a point and shoot who wouldn't normally shoot RAW, and don't know what exposure compensation actually means. I run photography workshops, and 95% of the public don't know what most of the buttons on their cameras do or how they might improve their photograph.

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mugupo
By mugupo (Apr 19, 2012)

Why still no camera has web server save you photos? that would far more helpful than any feature out there now.

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mugupo
By mugupo (Apr 19, 2012)

Geez, with all those camera going big in pixel, yet the sdhc had not drop by much. Seriously those camera need to had 3g installed with cloud web server so whenever you take picture it transfer to a server without worry about losing the picture if memory failed.

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

It's called an iPhone.

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Sam777
By Sam777 (Apr 19, 2012)

Btw those complaining of too much MP, that's the market we live in. You can always set it down to lower res if u don't want pics filling up the card/laptop. That's what I would do.

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Lenny L
By Lenny L (Apr 19, 2012)

Unless setting it to lower MP improves the IQ or lowers ISO noise, I won't. You can always reduce size (and likely detail) in PP, but you cannot increase detail.

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Sam777
By Sam777 (Apr 19, 2012)

Right. That was a suggestion for people concerned about too big files. I wonder if lowering mp will lower noise, it would be great if it did work like that but I doubt it does :) wishful thinking I guess

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Apr 19, 2012)

You can't if you want to keep RAWs.
afaik even when shooting in, say, 12mp mode, the jpg size changes, while raw size remains the same. dunno for nikon, but should be the same.

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panteraaa
By panteraaa (Apr 20, 2012)

Reducing size of picture might make noise less noticeable. The DigitalRev video of d4 vs d800 showed when the massive 36mp was reduced to be compared with d4, it was quite clean. One advantage of d800 over d4 was preservation of detail even on high ISOs.

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Sam777
By Sam777 (Apr 19, 2012)

720p60 video is a new feature too, was waiting for that. Nice!

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Sam777
By Sam777 (Apr 19, 2012)

Neither the d7000 nor the d5100 has this so this is a first. Great for sports, slow motion, etc.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Apr 19, 2012)

Way too many pixels for me, who really needs pictures that big? My D40x has it just about right with 10mp, nice big pics with enough detail to stun on my 17" monitor. I never blew up prints that big so don't need them biggger.

Sooner or later someone will realise it's all about marketing now and that picture taking has taken second place and we can all get sane again and stop slowing down our computers with things we don't need....

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Apr 19, 2012)

> who really needs pictures that big?
Those who can afford something better than 17" monitor.

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williams359
By williams359 (Apr 19, 2012)

This would make a very good cheap studio camera. Shooting at iso 100 and mainly using centre point it makes a lot of sense if you bolt on a good lens.

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Ace Disgrace
By Ace Disgrace (Apr 19, 2012)

Another Sony sensor??? Marketing says " Yeah, we just change the cosmetic design,strip off the processor, add a wifi thingy and give it a new name!, We will sell a lot of this"

Dear Nikon and Canon "Consumers are getting tired to waste their money" and to re-sell these babies again for a newer release next year. Consumers are getting smarter.

Does this come with a 1 terrabyte hardrive? 18-25MB of raw? 7-12MB of jpegs? The point of having an entry level camera is to have some consumers with a little budget to enjoy your product. If those consumers have little money you cant expect them to buy a faster computer to process the RAW files and view large Jpegs.

Did Nikon replaced all marketing staff for fresh grad ones?

Iron man can have this mounted on his back.

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petertakov
By petertakov (Apr 19, 2012)

No, consumers of entry leve DSLR and P&S are not getting smarter. In fact, it is them who subsidise the MPixel race. Consumers need a clear and easily comparable criteria for making choices and that is exactly what the MP count is to them.

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Robgo2
By Robgo2 (Apr 19, 2012)

All but the most fanatical Nikon fans will have to agree that 24MP for an entry level camera is truly absurd. The phrase "wretched excess" is an understatement in this case.

Rob

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Apr 19, 2012)

> All but the most fanatical Nikon fans will have to agree that
> 24MP for an entry level camera is truly absurd
No, I predict the opposite. Megapixels matter the most for common people who like entry-level cameras.

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Gionni Dorelli
By Gionni Dorelli (Apr 19, 2012)

Ask any woman, they will all tell that size matter.

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bradleyg5
By bradleyg5 (Apr 19, 2012)

I don't understand, all the Nikon people were acting like the d800 having over 30+ MP was a gift from god. Now everybody is going crazy, didn't we already establish that more pixels = better everything? The more you downscale the image the less noticeable noise patterns are, this will improve it.

It will be slow as a dog in .Raw mode but noob camera owners don't need to shoot fast(nor should). It's the pros that need the blazing fast performance. Entry cameras should have the highest MP of all cameras because they are the ones that can most afford the slow performance.

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Dolly
By Dolly (Apr 19, 2012)

Expeed 3 processor, same as the D4 and D800. Slow as a dog?

Interesting to read the statements on this release and compare them to the initial D800 responses. Go back and revisit the D800 comments now people have the camera in their hands, it makes for an amusing read. I think we should wait before we pass judgement.

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

Dolly.

I agree fully and have had that thought many times (about waiting before passing judgement).

The problem is that you're not discussing on level terms here.
This forum is filled with experts for whom MP's are a complete myth, fabricated to part them with their hardearned pennies.

Any new camera is considered a direct threat. Especially if it has better spec's than their current one.
Just look at the sheer amount of critique ANY new camera with vast improvements in specs creates.

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Apr 19, 2012)

Gionni, she will more likely tell you it's not the size of the equipment but how you use it that matters... :)

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Robgo2
By Robgo2 (Apr 19, 2012)

I don't think many people got my point. The key words here are "ENTRY LEVEL." We're not talking about skilled amateur enthusiasts or professionals who really need tremendous resolution in order to make huge prints. We're talking about people who are 1 1/2 steps above phone cameras and who rarely, if ever, make prints larger than 4x6. For those shooters, even 12MP is excessive. On the other hand, Nikon probably realizes that unsophisticated users are the ones who are most readily seduced by more megapixels, and Sony must have given them a great deal on the sensor. Whoever said that the megapixel race was over didn't know what he was talking about.

This camera may sell by the carload, but that doesn't change the fact that 24MP is overkill for most shooters, even serious ones. It's almost as though Nikon is not giving people an option to buy a lower MP DSLR.

Rob

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Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 26, 2012)

@ Bradley,
no , it´s not nikon people who are whining and complaining, it´s canon fanboys . ironic aint it?

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 19, 2012)

Makes me wonder what Nikon will put in the successors for the D5100, D7000 and D300s.

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jeremynsl
By jeremynsl (Apr 19, 2012)

Yup. Now is not the time to buy those cameras, I think. Wait for the new models unless you can get a clearance price on old models.

For me, I hope they add the screw drive motor to the D5200... Doubt it though.

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Tee1up
By Tee1up (Apr 19, 2012)

I agree with Jeremynsl, the 5100 would be perfect if it had the screw drive. I have 2 older lenses that I love but the 7000 is just a bit out of my pay scale.

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RunStrom
By RunStrom (Apr 19, 2012)

Exposure Bracketing!

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jeremynsl
By jeremynsl (Apr 19, 2012)

RunStrom, don't all three of those cameras already feature AEB? D3100 was the only one that didn't I thought. And now D3200 of course...

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NeilRW
By NeilRW (Apr 24, 2012)

@ Tee1up Just get a D90 while Nikon still makes them. You can't go wrong on this great camera that has almost as much as the D7000. Its one of the few Nikons that never has needed a software upgrade! You could even look for a good used one to save a few buck$. D90 also will use almost any lens Nikon has ever made. It also has a top view screen unlike D3*00, D5*00, D40x which leave off this valuable info screen & force you to go inside to the menu. That way for under $800 you can still LOVE your old Nikkor lenses and even get more if you choose.

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kff
By kff (Apr 19, 2012)

Why don't it have possibility to change camera settings ... ? !!!
But, Wi-Fi is a big step in the right direction ...

I have several lenses and bodies made by Pentax,
but Wi-Fi is a feature these days.
What will Pentax Ricoh say about ???

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Apr 19, 2012)

Nice camera but my phone has 41MP. Just sayin...

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 19, 2012)

The Nokia 808?

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kff
By kff (Apr 19, 2012)

Sometimes photography needs such possibilities as manual setting of all parameters of exposure and high range of apertures, high range of time exposures ... I think, with all due respect to Nokia's technologies, that D3200 is better for it etc.

and e.g. several external flashes ... not only there is an area for Nokia's improvement ... :)

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Apr 19, 2012)

I would like to see you put a 500mm lens on that phone. Just sayin...

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Portybear
By Portybear (Apr 19, 2012)

Nice camera. Does it support tethering?

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