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

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

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

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

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Press Release:

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

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

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

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

Stunning Images to Last a Lifetime

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

Effortless Operation

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

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

Beautiful Home Movies in Full HD

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

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

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

A Camera to Keep Pace with an Energetic Existence

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

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

Price and Availability

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

Nikon D3200 specifications

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

Additional images

Nikon WU-1a optional Wi-Fi unit WU-1a attached to D3200
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Comments

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dark goob
By dark goob (Apr 20, 2012)

LOL a DSLR... how quaint.

3 upvotes
SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 20, 2012)

LOL a Troll... How predictable.

Let me guess. M43's right? Or maybe even a Nex7 if you've managed all your paper routes?

5 upvotes
snegron
By snegron (Apr 20, 2012)

So, who is this camera aimed for? What is the target audience? Cool wireless technology alone doesn't guarantee high quality images.

0 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 20, 2012)

it's aimed at new buyers who think higher megapixels mean better performance (and throw things like composition out the window) :)

2 upvotes
pwilly
By pwilly (Apr 20, 2012)

Can you say, compose by crop?

0 upvotes
Dan
By Dan (Apr 23, 2012)

Higher MP IS better in a lot of ways. Besides, people have been making these uneducated remarks ever since the jump from 6 to 8 MP. The results of the D800 has silenced many of these armchair reviewers.

0 upvotes
ocir
By ocir (Apr 23, 2012)

it's target are the moms and pops of the world that likes to stick with the kit lens and crop the heck out of every photos.

0 upvotes
3enson
By 3enson (Apr 20, 2012)

I wanted to ask dpreview, does this new d3200 has built in focus motor?
so there wont be limitation on other nikon lenses... thanx..

0 upvotes
CaseyComo
By CaseyComo (Apr 20, 2012)

Doubt those with a bunch of old lenses are in the target market for this one.

3 upvotes
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Apr 20, 2012)

i just wish they never removed that focus motor on entry level cams.. sometimes I just want to use those old AF prime lenses (no built in motors) they are smaller and more compact-- like that 50mm, the 20mm .. :-(

2 upvotes
SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Apr 20, 2012)

Personally, if it can accommodate AI/S mf lenses, that will do. As a light weight second camera this looks unbeatable compared to half-developed retro nonsense.

0 upvotes
Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Apr 20, 2012)

You can mount AI/S MF glass on the entry level bodies. You won't get proper metering, but if you know you're light you should easily be able to meter in your head. Focus confirmation still works with these entry level bodies, so you won't be at a total lost. Also MF glass that is chipped will work just fine.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 20, 2012)

Nope. else, it won't be a D3200, nor a D5200. It's Nikon entry-level, they don't install the screwdrive focus motor for those models.

1 upvote
jp1958
By jp1958 (Apr 20, 2012)

This would be the inexpensive wedding camera. People will buy 3-4 of these and have a lens on each one and shoot with flash.

2 upvotes
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Apr 20, 2012)

i thought about that... hhhmm.. a good inexpensive wedding camera.. no one needs fast FPS-- weddings are not really action oriented (most of the time) and usually entry level cameras are not that sluggish with AF or shutter lag..for a wedding..IMHO..

I thought that maybe I would want this :-)

0 upvotes
Dan
By Dan (Apr 23, 2012)

You must not have shot a wedding before. Your comments regarding AF speed and FPS are dead wrong.

0 upvotes
Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (Apr 20, 2012)

This is really a perfect camera especially for amateurs, they need a lot of pixels, since they tend to take a lot of boring landscapes, and that's where you need those tens of millions of pixels to draw every one of those boring branches: ). But it's good for many other tasks too, you never get too many pixels if you want to keep your options open. Nice!

0 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 20, 2012)

not really true. Lens performance matters more in this case. Put a top-class lens on a entry-level camera=good results. Put a crap lens on a top-class camera=poor performance. Nope, the sensor cannot solve what the lens cannot resolve.

0 upvotes
pwilly
By pwilly (Apr 20, 2012)

More MP makes every lens better, lens and sensor is a system.
See here.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=41274151

1 upvote
Zvonko
By Zvonko (Apr 20, 2012)

they just shouldn't ever make ugly red ones

2 upvotes
Lawn Lends
By Lawn Lends (Apr 20, 2012)

It is a very clever attempt to avoid cannibalizing their other products. As evidenced by the responses here, merely changing to an unusual color will put off a lot of people who have money, dont think cameras should be red and dont mind spending more money for a black camera which may even have lower IQ. Brilliant!

2 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (Apr 19, 2012)

Better dynamic range than 5d3?

1 upvote
smileblog
By smileblog (Apr 19, 2012)

haha, Yeah I guess so.

BTW, Nikon says this 24MP sensor was developed by Nikon, not other company (means not Sony).

0 upvotes
mick232
By mick232 (Apr 19, 2012)

Yes, at least at low ISO. It is the NEX-7 sensor, which beats the 5d3 in dynamic range at ISO 100-400.

0 upvotes
smileblog
By smileblog (Apr 20, 2012)

It is NOT exactly same as the Sony NEX-7 sensor. However, I believe this 24MP sensor would be better than Sony's, otherwise Nikon just use Sony's.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Douglas F Watt
By Douglas F Watt (Apr 20, 2012)

You Nikon fans are just this side of delusional. Sony made that sensor, no question. Nikon hasn't actually MADE a sensor ever. They might offer some design parameters to Sony, that's it. Sensor manufacturing is a huge technical undertaking, Nikon has no track record at all, no established competence in this. Come on guys, being a fan is one thing, being in total denial is something else. Given Nikon's great capacities for press releases, if they had gone into the sensor business, you'd have heard about it. Endlessly. They might design the microlenses, give those specs to Sony, and get what they want.

8 upvotes
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Apr 20, 2012)

personally it doesn't matter to me who made the sensor-- sony or nikon or canon.. as long as it is a great sensor..

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

you guys are kidding right? Not made by Sony? Who made it then? Because Nikon doesn't make sensors. They advertize (generously) that the sensor was 'designed' by Nikon - that's a far cry from being fabricated by Nikon. How many sensors has Nikon actually fabricated? I'd wager zero.

3 upvotes
Caleido
By Caleido (Apr 20, 2012)

D700/D3 sensor
D3s sensor
D100/D70/D50/D40 sensor

And probably more. Designed by and fabricated for Nikon.

4 upvotes
welbil
By welbil (Apr 20, 2012)

Yawn.

0 upvotes
Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Apr 20, 2012)

WTH are you talking about? The D2H/S, D3/S, D700 & D4 sensors are all Nikon designed sensors. Who cares where they fab them.

Comment edited 47 seconds after posting
3 upvotes
aim120
By aim120 (Apr 20, 2012)

D40/D50/D60/D70 sensor are all made by Sony its a CCD sensor.
Sony then switched to CMOS and mysteriously nikon also had the same CMOS sensor in their cameras.

Oh wait nikon also fabs and makes a CCD and CMOS sensor right,Yawn.

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1 upvote
pwilly
By pwilly (Apr 20, 2012)

Douglas, you should probably pull your head out of your can and do some research. Sony Semi uses Nikon Precision Steppers, the machines that actually do the Photolithography. Nikon has relationships with many fabs, the IBM fab club is probably responsible for this one because if you examine the packaging
Exmor looks like this, http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/AA900/ZSENSORS.JPG
D3200 looks like this, http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3200/img/features01/img_01.png
Could be new Aptina, Sony, Nikon or ? D3100 was Nikon design fabbed by IBM fab club.

2 upvotes
Argote
By Argote (Apr 20, 2012)

Sony has designed the actual sensor on all recent Nikon cameras (D5100, D7000, D800, D3200) there's no denying it. What Nikon does differently is process the RAW data from it.

1 upvote
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 26, 2012)

no, Sony might have fabed those sensors for nikon probably using Nikon Steppers to begin with , but designing is another thing,

sony may be making more money fabing for nikon than selling those sensors in their own cameras, LOL , it is just business as usual.

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Brosazak
By Brosazak (Apr 19, 2012)

Nikon's finally catching up two years later, with it's own version of the Canon Rebel T2i.

24.2 MP is quite a lot though. Get ready for large RAW/JPEG files!

1 upvote
Chez Wimpy
By Chez Wimpy (Apr 20, 2012)

I consider the 16MP cameras "caught up" enough, this is finally surpassing the Canon entry level camera pixel total... which is the first time in memory (going back to the 300D era). Now they have top spots in both FF and APS-C.

1 upvote
Ken Johnes
By Ken Johnes (Apr 26, 2012)

oh, all the canon fanboys are swimming into the nikon river , drooling over the fact that nikon has all the high mp cameras on the block.

now it takes lot of energy to turn that drooling into whining and complaining . why complain about nikon when you clearly states you are a canon fanboy .kids being kids i guess . LOL

0 upvotes
Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (Apr 19, 2012)

Wireless really needs to be built-in imo. Little advantage when at home to have to open the side flap and insert the dongle. Might as well be a cable then unless you want to hold your camera in the living room. And as for on the road, it's yet another thing to bring and potentially lose or break.

5 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Apr 19, 2012)

This should be a hot seller and it's just a flat out bargain. Depending on what camera you have now you might not benefit much or at all from 24 megapixels but even if you can't see it in the results, the camera's a steal. Canon mk III: 22 mp for $3500=$159 per megapixel. Nikon D800: 36mp for $3000=$83 per megapixel. Contrast this with D3200 at $700 for 24mp. That's just $29 per megapixel--wow!

4 upvotes
standor
By standor (Apr 19, 2012)

even compact Olympus VG-160 14MP =$99
ONLY $7 per megapixel
wow wow wow

17 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Apr 20, 2012)

AbrasiveReducer, you must be living a blissful life! Congratulations!!!

3 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 20, 2012)

Incredible savings for each megapixel! What a discovery. Nikon should stop selling all higher-level cameras, it's deceptive to customers! Those "high-end" cameras like the Nikon D4 and D7000 are pathetic, at 16 megapixels but more than $2000, versus this Nikon gem at $700! Quick, somebody sue Nikon!

1 upvote
Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (Apr 19, 2012)

I'm just a mid-grade prosumer and wanted to ask those posting here if this D3200 will most likely be on par with the Sony NEX-7 given the same or similar sensors? I have a few nice Nikon lenses and thought the D3200 would stack up pretty well against the NEX-7 for a nice carry-around camera and some video. Any constructive thoughts regarding the pros and cons of these similar cameras would be appreciated. Thanks!

1 upvote
jeremynsl
By jeremynsl (Apr 19, 2012)

Really its too early to compare the quality of the D3200 against anything. At least wait for a hand-on preview from dpreview... We need more info about the sensor.

1 upvote
Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (Apr 19, 2012)

3200 has smaller vf coverage and magnification.
3200 has fixed screen
NEX has bracketing
NEX has wireless included
Biggie is that NEX does 1080 @ 60fps

You can use the comparison tool. 3200 is loaded now.

3 upvotes
smileblog
By smileblog (Apr 20, 2012)

At least Nikon officially says the sensor was made by Nikon not other company, and from the officially samples, I think image quality of it is same or better than NEX-7.
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3200/sample.htm

Video?
If you really care, I'd better go with GH-2. In my opinion NEX-7's video is just clap, sorry.

0 upvotes
Lucas_
By Lucas_ (Apr 20, 2012)

The sensor is built to Nikon requirements/specs by Sony. It's the same basic chip as Sony's A65, A77 and Nex 7, but with some Nikon design tricks added ( like the D800's 36MP sensor, the D7000's 16MP and other sensors used by Nikon )

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

well like everyone says, too early to truly know, but I would bet that it is at least the equal of the NEX-7 in low light and its image quality is pretty fine also. Early images suggest very good IQ, competing with the other cameras using that sensor (A77/65/NEX7)

0 upvotes
SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Apr 20, 2012)

I think it's a fair bet to assume that this camera will produce excellent results. Almost all the others do...

0 upvotes
Dan
By Dan (Apr 23, 2012)

The D3200 may produce similar results as the NEX-7, but the Sony is aimed at enthusiasts, while the Nikon is aimed at beginners. This means that it will be easier to get usable shots from the Sony vs. the Nikon due to things like the AF system and FPS. The Sony probably has a far superior video mode (especially when used with their 18-200mm lens).

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NeilRW
By NeilRW (Apr 25, 2012)

@Valiant Thor none of us here know anything at all about digital cameras as we've been inside & on all the photo websites since 35mm film days. We don't actually go outside & take pictures anymore cause that would take valuable time away from reading about cameras so we can one up all our pals on this site.

That being said, if you're thinking of a D3200 make sure your Nikon lenses are the S or I versions that have an Auto Focus motor built into the lens, otherwise your lenses won't Auto Focus on a D3200 and similar cameras which need to use the motors on the lens and not built into the camera body.

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photogalleryonline
By photogalleryonline (Apr 19, 2012)

With spec like this, you have to ask yourself why we spend $2,000 + on fancier Nikon bodies. Hey if this gets dust and moisture in it, just throw it away and buy another one!

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Gevork Mosesi
By Gevork Mosesi (Apr 24, 2012)

or clean the sensor!!!

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Apr 19, 2012)

Judging by the sample images, seems to have very close to class leading IQ for a entry level DSLR.

0 upvotes
Nismo350Z
By Nismo350Z (Apr 19, 2012)

Very nice specs on a compact DSLR. Something very minor...I've noticed that the re-designed grips of the new bodies (D4, D800, D3200) no longer have a nice red 'fleck' but an ugly red smudge.

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photoaddict
By photoaddict (Apr 19, 2012)

oh boy, i think ill sell my canon gear for nikon gear... nikon just seems to be outperforming canon significantly in the past couple of years. Good job, nikon!

5 upvotes
Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (Apr 19, 2012)

You should do exactly that. Why: if another 10-15 millions current Canon users will do exactly like you this will make Canon scratch its head and deliver to us Canon users even better gear. Or Canon can choose not to and then go out of business because of cumulative loss, but in this case it will fully deserve it. Interesting perspective, isn't it? Cheers! :)

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

I'm also thinking about selling my Sony gear and to buy this Nikon and 2 or 3 extra Nikon lenses.

0 upvotes
BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Apr 20, 2012)

It will never happen at this level. The spec sounds good on paper and will deliver improved images but next year the next range of camera will come out and be better again, and the year after that, and the year after that, and so on. So you'll be flipping from brand to brand as each one betters the other. It's the way it's always worked. The only people who will flip are Pro's as they are given kick ass deals by the brands to come to their range of Pro gear.

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Thoughts
By Thoughts (Apr 19, 2012)

Get the body only and the new 28mm 1.8G, you are sorted for many occasions.

3 upvotes
Tee1up
By Tee1up (Apr 20, 2012)

I totally agree, that 28 is a perfect all around lens. I keep checking back here to make sure I read the price on the 3200 correctly.

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Iamzing
By Iamzing (Apr 19, 2012)

At first, I saw the 24mp and was like Wow! Is Nikon the first one to throw in a full frame sensor on an entry level dslr to make it affordable? Well, that would of been of been a great idea! I would of bought one if it was under $1200.

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rich12
By rich12 (Apr 19, 2012)

The 18-55 kit lens won't do any justice to the 24 MP, and contrary to Nikon's wishes, most entry buyers won't ever buy another lens.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 19, 2012)

Something wrong with this image from the D3200 / 18-55 VR?

http://mansurovs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Nikon-D3200-Image-Sample-1.jpg

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rich12
By rich12 (Apr 19, 2012)

Yes, it's mushy garbage.

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jeremynsl
By jeremynsl (Apr 19, 2012)

Honestly, I agree it doesn't look great at 1:1. Not sure how much of the 'mushiness' is due to JPEG processing though.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 19, 2012)

Take a look at the samples with the 18-55 VR. Looks perfectly all right to me. Maybe you need a pro monitor?

Comment edited 46 seconds after posting
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NeilRW
By NeilRW (Apr 25, 2012)

I think a significant number of DSLR beginners will find they need/want a lens longer than the 82mm equivalent on the 18-55mm kit lens. When I was in the buy/sell/trade Nikon business 2 years ago I was selling the 70-300mm "G" Nikon lens as fast as I could get them & at a rate of 1 a week on CraigList to new beginners who were realizing they were "running out of lens" with their 1 lens kits.

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NeilRW
By NeilRW (Apr 25, 2012)

... continued ... They just need a cheap telephoto lens, not the 70-300mm VR. I don't know if Nikon still makes the 70-300mm "G" non VR. In my opine they're pricing themselves out of the market in those on a limited income. For some, after you've saved and scrimped to buy a new or used Nikon body its difficult to spend almost as much for one lens to add to you basic 18-55mm kit lens (or maybe you had an older 50mm or 35mm). Perhaps Nikon is no longer interested in the market of people who recognize Nikon as a world class leader in DSLR but don't have lots of bucks. I suppose we're a breed thats dying off ... like the man who buys old Cadillac's, Benz, Lincoln because they are well made but can't afford a newer model and doesn't want to buy some new piece of junk that looks like a melted soap bar.

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rich12
By rich12 (Apr 19, 2012)

Once they see the size of the raw files and the computer power required to process them, most of the entry level buyers will shoot Jpeg...if they can figure out how to do that.

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jeremynsl
By jeremynsl (Apr 19, 2012)

What are you talking about? Entry level users will not know what RAW is let alone consider using it, with the extra work that entails.

In the end, its a net marketing win to put 24 mp in a entry-level camera. If you don't believe that, wait for the sales numbers. Yes, that doesn't mean its the right decision for enthusiasts, but hopefully the D5200 and higher range will cater to those needs better.

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rich12
By rich12 (Apr 19, 2012)

Did I say it wouldn't sell????

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jeremynsl
By jeremynsl (Apr 19, 2012)

You seemed to be saying that the D3200 won't serve entry-level owners well - because they will be forced to use JPEG. That makes no sense.

I went on to say, that on the contrary, it is probably the perfect camera for the entry-level market.

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rich12
By rich12 (Apr 19, 2012)

I never said anything about serving entry level owners. You made that up.

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jeremynsl
By jeremynsl (Apr 19, 2012)

What was the point of your post then?

It sounds like you are complaining that Nikon making the camera 24mp is going to be a hassle for entry level buyers - forcing them to shoot JPEG (which they will need to figure out? wtf?).

If you mean something else with your post, well I give up!

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GabrielZ
By GabrielZ (Apr 19, 2012)

This introduction is good news, my only concern is the High ISO performance of this dense (Sony designed) 24MP APS-C sensor. If it can pull that off, I might consider it. I hope DPreview performs a full test of it soon!

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 19, 2012)

According to Nikon it is a sensor designed by Nikon.

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Argote
By Argote (Apr 20, 2012)

"According to Nikon": newsflash, it's not. They say they designed it because they made some tweaks to the Sony design.

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DaytonR
By DaytonR (Apr 19, 2012)

This is a brilliant move by Nikon and I am pleased for them, this camera will prove popular and sell like hot cakes! This camera has well and truly put the cat amongst the pigeons! It will shake the DSLR market up, Canon,Sony,Pentax et al will have to take a serious look at their entry level DSLR`s if they dont want to lose to Nikon in that market ! Well Done Nikon.

PS I guess the megapixel wars have resumed again ! Honestly in the next 5 years there wont be any new DSLR`s with less than 20 megapixels.......
Funny enough this camera has more resolution than Canon`s 5D mark III ! Amazing

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Apr 19, 2012)

It's a shame they couldn't build the wireless thing into the body. That's the way things are going. I've always maintained that entry-level photographers generally *need* pro-calibre cameras; they need fast, reliable autofocus to capture their kids, they need excellent high-ISO and flash metering for parties, and they need a built-in wireless transmitter to get the photos to Facebook. Until recently the only cameras that could do those things were pro-level, but now things are changing.

Entry-level camera buyers are essentially photojournalists, taking and sharing images of real life - maybe not whilst being shot at, but real life nonetheless. Something that future generations might relate to. Rather than boring seascapes and awful HDR rubbish that will die and be forgotten. The amateurs and the pros are alive; the people in the middle - with their tripods and graduated filters and waffling blog posts about their workflow - they're the dead ones. Dead inside.

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rich12
By rich12 (Apr 19, 2012)

Photojournalists work with newsworthy subjects. Entry level camera buyers do not.

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dqnielg
By dqnielg (Apr 19, 2012)

I'd rather look at a picture of a seascape than a picture of somebody I've never known and don't care about. To each his or her own.

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Royal PITA
By Royal PITA (Apr 19, 2012)

@ rich12...and of course 'newsworthy' is a matter of perspective. Newsworthy to Granny is her grandkids, not Rupert Murdoch... And her eyesight may even still be good enough to tell the difference ;-).

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kbozen
By kbozen (Apr 19, 2012)

really? Photojournalists works with a 4 fps?

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Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (Apr 19, 2012)

Wow. Sounds like a piece of you died on the inside a while ago. All kinds of pros use tripods and filters. And have a workflow. And as for the rest of us dying souls it's called a hobby.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 19, 2012)

Facebook is for people that don't have a real life.

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David H Dennis
By David H Dennis (Apr 20, 2012)

I have to agree with you: I don't understand why the WiFi isn't integrated into the camera body. This seems to be a place where consumer electronics companies, like Samsung, have an edge.

Think about we poor D4 owners: We have to pay $877 for our WiFi, while the D3200's is only $59. However, the D3200's is strange. It appears to only be capable of interacting with Android or iOS devices, not computers. I dunno if the public really wants something so inflexible. Thoughts?

I see a lot of semi-pro photographers at the wildlife preserve I visit. I think a lot of them are imprisoned by their tripods and huge lenses, so they don't have the flexibility to get the best shots. In that respect, I see the point of the original poster. At the same time, she seems unnecessarily cruel. Most of these people seem to be having a good time, and if that's exchanging bragging rights about $6,000 lenses, well, I'll probably do the same with my D4 when I get it :).

D

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Robbster
By Robbster (Apr 20, 2012)

Spot on, Ashley! Nicely reasoned. And now, the manufacturers are beginning to design against the real needs of capturing real, everyday life.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Apr 20, 2012)

"Photojournalists work with newsworthy subjects. Entry level camera buyers do not."
Newsworthy subjects like politicians for example? I'd rather see another snap of someone's dog. If it's in focus, that's a plus. Unless the politician in question is being exposed as a pervert: or being assassinated.

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slackercruster
By slackercruster (Apr 20, 2012)

Everyone has their own need for a photograph. I try to make room for them all.

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Arun2610
By Arun2610 (Apr 22, 2012)

What saddens me is they omitted IR sensor in D3100 for remote control and added that back in D3200.. why Nikon?? why?? :(
Had to think of spending another accessory to control my D3100 remotely.

I dont see much value in anything other than the LCD screen and the wi fi improvements..

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fcimbar
By fcimbar (Apr 19, 2012)

Good entry-level DSLR. Crops must look swell. Black is the one. Good pricing ! Light and easy ! All-around camera for everyone.

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golfer1
By golfer1 (Apr 19, 2012)

Looks great to me, particularly the wireless option!

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miwo76
By miwo76 (Apr 19, 2012)

does this WU-1a alllow me to post to facebook right after I take the pic or shoot the video?

That would be awesome.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Apr 20, 2012)

In fact it might allow you to post to faecesbook BEFORE you take the snap. THAT would be awesomely cwool.

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (Apr 21, 2012)

Why aren't you in bed already! This is grown up site, shush now.

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richard cohen
By richard cohen (Apr 19, 2012)

bodes well for the d400...that sensor with better focusing, faster fps, and a better build and you might just have a winner!

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Nathaniel George Weir
By Nathaniel George Weir (Apr 19, 2012)

...cont
photos with this camera have the money and desire to print one of their photos to 24x36 and are even skilled enough to use manual settings.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 19, 2012)

Any D3100 owners, please help a dumb ox. I look at the D3200 spec list and see no differences other than more pixels, 30p (vs 24p) video at full HD, and the WiFi ad-on. The mic remains mono and Nikon did not replicate the sensor crop tool of the Canon T3i.

Maybe some button have moved around. Or maybe not.

The live view AF in the D3100 make a squeak or zip sound that could be heard in the audio. Might the D3200 mechanism be exactly the same?

Will the D5200 be the D5100 plus more pixels and the (for extra $) Wifi plug?

Costco is selling a 2-lens D5100 kit for $950. A better deal overall?

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Apr 20, 2012)

More MP, slightly faster processor, slightly better metering maybe, slightly improved video, and that's all. We can't expect quantum leap jumps in entry-level cameras...

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Nathaniel George Weir
By Nathaniel George Weir (Apr 19, 2012)

So heres the mega pixel count for Nikon cameras.
clueless picture taker: d3200 24.2 Megapixels
amateur: d5100 16.2 Megapixels
semi-pro: d7000 16.2 Megapixels
pro: d300s 12.3 Megapixels
pro: d800 36.3 Megapixels
Very pro: D4 16.2 Megapixels

So why would nikon put an obsurdly large megapixels sensor in a $700 camera? Because Nikon know that people who buy these budget consumer cameras, shoot in the green box mode (auto), and are too stupid to understand that having so many megapixels doesn't make you take better pictures. Most people assume that if you have more megapixels, then your camera is better and you are a better photographer. 95% people that are in the market to buy a d3200 won't print photos that are bigger than 8x10. There's a reason that the D4 has 16 Megapixels. Because real pros that take great pictures don't need a camera that has 16 Megapixels. I have printed a 24x36 print from a 12 Megapixel and the print quality is fine. I doubt that people who will take

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DMINATOR
By DMINATOR (Apr 19, 2012)

I tend to agree with him, but I can answer his question, this is for amateurs and well the more pixels the better is usual trend there, so Nikon will win in this case, but then nobody is talking about processing power and cost of storage for the pictures, even jpg-s are going to be pretty large enough.

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griffew
By griffew (Apr 19, 2012)

I agree. People think "more MP = better camera" and they keep it on AUTO. My mom has an older D80 and it has never left the AUTO mode and always uses the pop up flash. All of her pics look like they are from a point and shoot. What a waste of a good camera...

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dqnielg
By dqnielg (Apr 19, 2012)

@Ashley

Now what, exactly, did he say in his harmless post that made you decide it was your prerogative to belittle him? This is just a discussion about camera gear- there's no need to insult anybody.

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Nismo350Z
By Nismo350Z (Apr 19, 2012)

Nikon is like every other camera company - they're simply refreshing their line up in a weird order.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 19, 2012)

Because you're so so smart and everyone else is so dumb, is that what you're saying?

Forget the MPs, go download the images, and then tell me what problem you have.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Apr 19, 2012)

No need for pixel envy. Enthusiasts, Weir ones, and Pomeroys are not to be left out. Nikon will soon offer the D3200 sensor on the D5200 and so on.

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BruceB609
By BruceB609 (Apr 20, 2012)

pro artist: 5.0 Megapixels

5MP Olympus E-1 = masses of RAW + JPEG city scene shots I paint from. After downloading quickly on my Mac, Adobe Bridge performs fast enough to browse through everything at a very comfortable and productively efficient pace.

I also use the 16MP Nikon D7000 for finished artwork or challenging light. Adobe Bridge gets sluggish and I must reduce images per folder. Megapixels need consideration of imaging requirements, the time consumption from initial capture, to downloading, to editing and saves, not to forget storage. Otherwiswe it's megadollars more for processing speeds needed for the monstrous high megapixel Nikons. Beyond this reply to the D3200 the same applies to the D800. Where's the smaller RAW file option?

But that's OK, I hope Nikon finds enough emperors who'd buy such a large cloak... like size makes any difference to current practicalities we all see anyway. That would fund R&D on less pixels / more DR quality Nikons I'd give more thought.

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 20, 2012)

Bruce.

Get a new computer.

I managed to bulk-edit 300 shots this Sunday (D7000 RAW) on a MacBook Pro i5, with 4 gbs of ram. That's a PC that's pretty much as old as my Nikon.

The entire library had 800 raw's in them. Had no problem what-so-ever with Bridge beeing slow. ACR's took approx 3-4 minutes in converting 30 shots to jpeg's (with all the tweaks made).

What amuses me is that people fail to consider the development in computing power.

Not counting my father's Boston Business Machine, C64 and an Amiga 500, my first personal computer was an IBM PS/2.

A monster with 33 mhz, 4 MB ram and a whopping hard drive of 170mb! My first addition was an 8-bit (!) sound card.
Even my freakin' iPhone tops those figures, now.

Camera's are not a closed product system. They require peripherals. Sometimes costly ones at that.

Ah. So you're the smart kid looking at all the naked people?
You sound more like the ghost driver who thinks everyone else is driving in the wrong direction.

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 20, 2012)

On a further note.

How do you think the pictures you take now will be viewed in the future? In 10 years time? In 20?

How well do you think a 5Mp picture will look at screens with higher resolution?

I'm a car nut. I love them. Have since I was a kid.
Now what strikes me as funny was - in the wake of the first global Oil crisis cars were beeing marketed on claims of fuel economy that would make even an Exxxon executive frown with disgust. Now even the big Merc's better those figures.

Things improve. For the better, mostly.

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NeilRW
By NeilRW (Apr 24, 2012)

@ Ashley. Perhaps Mr. Weir, even though age 16, has more intelligence about photography than you.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 19, 2012)

Some full size images on Flickr from Nikon France:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonfrance/6946740328/in/set-72157629851394125/

It will not be the king of high ISO, but colors are great.

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Poss
By Poss (Apr 19, 2012)

Will anyone inform Sony and Nikon of the need for BETTER pixels ? Not MORE ?

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BJL
By BJL (Apr 19, 2012)

When fewer, better pixels are what you want, downsampling gives them. So 24MP might be excessive, but is is a rather harmless excess, and the extra cropping latitude for telephoto and macro shots can be nice to have.

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Poss
By Poss (Apr 20, 2012)

Downsampling will NOT get you around high pixel density sensor diffraction.
At some point people will understand this physical limitation, even though my hopes are pretty low this will happen anytime soon.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 19, 2012)

Very, very good IQ for such an affordable entry level camera:
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3200/sample.htm

Will be interesting to se other images shoot at higher ISO.

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Apr 19, 2012)

The Nikon D3200. A good camera. (up to ISO 3200)

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dbateman
By dbateman (Apr 19, 2012)

Not knowing much of the low end Nikon cameras, can the AIS lenses be used? I would assume so but what don't you get?
Seems like a cheap option to use my old 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.2 AIS lenses.

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rich12
By rich12 (Apr 19, 2012)

You definitely won't get auto focus. Not sure what else you won't get.

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

Will the exposure meter work on AIS lenses?

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Apr 19, 2012)

Yes, but only on manual exposure, and you'll get no metering or TTL flash. You could use the LCD with the histogram on playback for exposure. I'm not sure if live view will work. You may have to jam the little plastic tab by the lens mount.

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Shelly Glaser
By Shelly Glaser (Apr 19, 2012)

If I understood Nikon's specs correctly, it will take almpst all Nikon F mount lenses with these exceptions
a. No IX, no pre 1977
b. No automatic exposure of any kind with lenses without electronic connection.
c. No screw-drive AF - un-motorized lenses work only with manual focusing.

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bocajrs
By bocajrs (Apr 19, 2012)

As far as entry DSLR yes, probably will sell like hotcakes.. But IMHO you can save $200 or so and buy a refurb D5100..I have the D5100 and it's very nice

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golfer1
By golfer1 (Apr 19, 2012)

Hi, I have 2 D7000's and a D5100 body.
The D5100 is a great camera! So light and 16 Mp too!
Don't be put off by the Nikon Pros talking about 'entry" cameras in a disparaging way.
The D7000 and 5100 do very well!
But the D3200 is a sure fire winner with wireless connectivity!

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Shelly Glaser
By Shelly Glaser (Apr 19, 2012)

Apparently wireless is supported only by Android devices - no iPhone/iPad yet.

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h0tsauce
By h0tsauce (Apr 19, 2012)

By every measures, this is better than the D3200 is every way. Nikon did a great job here. This is a lot better than Canon T3i to T2i upgrade which is laughable. This will be a best selling DSLR for 2012 imo

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kayone
By kayone (Apr 19, 2012)

The D3200 is better than the D3200? Did you typo?

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h0tsauce
By h0tsauce (Apr 19, 2012)

correction, better than D3100.

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griffew
By griffew (Apr 19, 2012)

The T3i and T2i are not upgrades since they came out first. The T4i will most likely answer Nikon with something in the 20MP range.

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Apr 19, 2012)

i wonder if the existing non-OEM battery grips for the D3100 found on ebay will fit this cam? they seem to use the same battery..

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Superka
By Superka (Apr 19, 2012)

Canon now seems the only one who keep from producing color cameras.

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Apr 19, 2012)

They should go into companionship with Games Workshop to sell branded paints to color your camera however you like :)

That said, Canon do have some colorful cameras in their compact model ranges.

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Apr 19, 2012)

This would be the best selling DSLR again just like it's predecessor the d3100.

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (Apr 19, 2012)

Mirror? What is this, 2008? (just give me NEX, Pen, OMD, etc...)
The only DSLRs that still make some sense are FF models.
Good luck to both Canon and Nikon especially in smart consumer markets like Japan.

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Superka
By Superka (Apr 19, 2012)

Mirror is the best. No EVF can compare to optical.

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h0tsauce
By h0tsauce (Apr 19, 2012)

Have you try the autofocus of those mirrorless? specially in low light? have you see the lens selection on those mirrorless?

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Sordid
By Sordid (Apr 19, 2012)

@Superka
Through my EVF, I see the exposure in advance pretty close to what it will be in the photo. Optical really sucks at this.

@H0tsauce
Let's see - for my Sony, I have Sony, Minolta, Tamron, Cosina, Tokina, Sigma, Vivitar, Zeiss and a lot more.
Anything else you wanted to say? :-D

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (Apr 19, 2012)

Yes I did try Mirrorless. As the matter of fact I bought into both NEX and m4/3 systems as soon as I tried them. I have no problem focusing with them especially EP3.
Lenses selection is amazing in m4/3 system and I use NEX for legacy glass only.
OVF is not better than EVF, maybe only on FF body, but even then unsung Mirrorless is such fun and easy, that I have only used 5D and Hassy maybe 5 times in past 3 years.

And another thing about lenses is that while Nikon does offer some good options for pro market, most of the people buying D3200 will be using the kit lens, which is not that good at all. Just saying...

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 19, 2012)

Wow 5 times in 3 years?

Would you mind if I questioned your knowledge of the very DSlr's you're bashing right now?

Things have changed. Just saying...

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Apr 19, 2012)

The 24MP NEX-7 is $ 1349 .99. This 24MP camera $699.95. PENs have mediocre sensors, and don't have viewfinders as standard equipment.

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (Apr 19, 2012)

I'm not bashing anything. I'm praising Mirrorless that is all.
And secondly all I'm saying is 90% of people who looking to buy aps-c DSLR will be more happy with Mirrorless regardless of image quality, at least I am 99% of the time.

And the reason I used 5D five times is because I have some of the best Leica glass to put on it, otherwise it would have been less. Again, my opinion, results may vary.

@ justmeMN - those 24mp is not the best feature of either camera, it's actually the worst part of NEX7, which otherwise superior.

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Shelly Glaser
By Shelly Glaser (Apr 19, 2012)

Mirror is great when it's great - penta-mirror VFs give small images.

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SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (Apr 19, 2012)

"smart consumer markets like Japan"
so stupid it's almost funny...

@Sordid, if you'd learn a bit about photography, you wouldn't need and EVF or even image display to know you've exposed or focused properly...

S.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 19, 2012)

Contrast Detect is much slower and worse a tracking than Phase Detect AF. If you think fast Phase Detect AF is "so 2008", enjoy your slow, hunting AF.

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Sordid
By Sordid (Apr 19, 2012)

@SBoudreault
I hope that one day I'll be as ubercoolgreat as you are.
You are now officially my hero.

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SnapHappy32
By SnapHappy32 (Apr 20, 2012)

Vadimka.

If you're using M-lenses on the 5D I understand completely.
Would be like sitting on the bonnet of a Rolls Royce phantom and complaining about the lack of comfort of the car.

If you don't rely on AF then, of course, better options are out there.

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MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (Apr 19, 2012)

Too bad the WIFI module couldn't connect to an external port that didn't require the whole side door to remain open.

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Superka
By Superka (Apr 19, 2012)

Looks like Red One. I can buy it and tell everyone that I have a real Redd One.
http://www.red.com/products/red-one

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Shelly Glaser
By Shelly Glaser (Apr 19, 2012)

You need to add a couple of bucks :-(

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kenju4u
By kenju4u (Apr 19, 2012)

disappointing...I am looking to buy a DSLR in the near future but am stuck between the Sony A65, A77 or Nikon D5100. I would rather buy Nikon but i don't feel the D5100 stands up to what Sony offers in features yet I am waiting for Nikon to meet the challenge. This 3200 is not appealing at all...hope Nikon has something better to announce soon!

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h0tsauce
By h0tsauce (Apr 19, 2012)

images from the D5100 and D3200 will be better than that o the A65 and A77. You have to make a decision between IQ and features there. Not to mention the A65/A77 are much more expensive than the D3200/D5100.

BTW: this is coming from an A65 owner.

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ChristopherKnapp
By ChristopherKnapp (Apr 19, 2012)

@h0tsauce : Do you have any images to support your theory about image quality? I have an A65 and it blows the D5100 out of the water regarding image quality, both in stills and video.

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The Andy G
By The Andy G (Apr 19, 2012)

Don't lose sight of the big picture when product selecting. Yes, you can run down the side of the box and compare features but don't forget that the Nikon AF is typically very good, and while we haven't seen this unit in operation, there's no reason to believe that Nikon's track record here won't continue to be good.

The portfolio of lenses in Nikon is also larger; and accordingly, so is the used market.

Finally the overall kit of goods needs to be considered. What will you be shooting like in a few years? Look at the whole offering. Admittedly, I'm biased toward Nikon so can offer no tips on all of the great things that I'm sure are sold by Sony, but your projected needs should be considered even if, ultimately, it's not a concern.

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Miike Dougherty
By Miike Dougherty (Apr 19, 2012)

The new 3200 24 MP sensor may be similar to the one in the A77 since Sony makes many of the sensors for Nikon. On the A77, light must pass through a translucent mirror which reduces the amount of light hitting the sensor and slightly degrades the image. I have owned an A77 and it is an excellent camera but the 3200 may have a slight advantage at half the price. BTW, if the subject is moving quickly as in football, the A77 does not shoot at 10 FPS. The camera must refocus every time it exposes an image greatly reducing the FPS.

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Siddharth
By Siddharth (Apr 19, 2012)

This is really a disruptive product from Nikon..Just think abt the target market..First time DSLR buyers....they will survey every product from every brand specifically compare with Canon and realize hey this entry level Nikon packs more MP than the single series Canon....Why should even look at entry level DSLRs from Canon or any brand.

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Chris Yates
By Chris Yates (Apr 19, 2012)

As a Canon user for 20+ years, all I can say with great envy is "Damn". Otherwise, I am speechless.

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Fahim A Kidwai
By Fahim A Kidwai (Apr 20, 2012)

Chris smae here; I hope that canon would review thier next model after this announcement

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MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (Apr 19, 2012)

Given the specs on this entry-level DSLR, I suspect the D400 will be an helluva offering...

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whyamihere
By whyamihere (Apr 19, 2012)

I may have only been researching the enthusiast camera industry for all of 6 weeks, but I think it's painfully obvious who this camera is aimed at and anyone complaining is blithe to the idea they're not the target audience.

This is a camera to entice people, who would be otherwise happy with a mirror-less camera or an advanced P&S (e.g.: Canon G1X or Fuji X10), into investing in the Nikon lens system.

These people don't care about bracketing or ISO. They want to take pictures of their kids. They're not in it for the art of photography.

Easily persuaded gadget nerds might be amused by the Wi-Fi or iPhone remote triggering. It's the song & dance that gets people to buy your elixir that is really no different than your competitor's serum.

If Nikon is to be panned for anything, it's simply for being a conservative monolith in the photography industry, relying on legacy customers buying more lenses and matching bodies. It's business.

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Apr 19, 2012)

I would like it if the red-dot movie button could be re-mapped. I don't use movie-mode on SLRs & it would be handy to be able to remap it to ISO or white balance etc, just as you can with the Fn button.

I'm not going on a "SLRs shouldn't have movie modes" rant, it's been almost 4 years & whether I like it or not it's here, and I realize the target market absolutely wants it. Still, the Fn button can be re-mapped, on a model like this that has so few "hot buttons" it would be nice if the red-dot could be as well. (Obviously it would be mapped to movie-mode out-of-box by default.) Other "semi-serious" models like the Olympus E-PL1 I also own allow for this, as do the newer versions of m4/3rds.

And yes--why not Wi-Fi built-in? (One person said "different standards in different countries"--but then how did Samsung figure it out?) Why not have the Wi-Fi unit, or another one like it, that works with not-so-ancient models like the D5100 and D7000 etc?

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Christian Wagner
By Christian Wagner (Apr 19, 2012)

Yesterday you said "even if photography & video are "converging" (and I sure hope they aren't, and if they are, I will practically make it my very mission in life to make it not be so if I at all can)."

Today you say "it's been almost 4 years & whether I like it or not it's here."

It took all of 24 hours for you to give up on your lifes mission. Sad. As I said, resistence is futile. Thank you for proving me right.

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Apr 19, 2012)

that red dot movie button-- if a novice by accident-- re mapped it.. then they say their Nikon is broken.. Nikon is trash etc etc...

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Apr 19, 2012)

(john--) I understand what you're getting at. I would say, though, the same thing would happen in many other situations, and with MUCH worse consequences. What if they put it in M (manual) mode by accident, very easy to do with the mode dial right therel. The custom functions of the re-map nature tend to be hidden by default as "advanced" & thus wouldn't likely be goofed up by accident.

(Christian) No, I have NOT changed my mind nor "proven you right." I'm merely trying to be civil. While I don't care for photo-video convergence, especially on DSLRs, I can TOLERATE it if it can be made to stay out of my way on the tools I use. The suggestion I made would do just that, & at very minimal expense--AND the video crowd would not have anything taken from them at all. Sounds to me like I'm trying to be reasonable. Given that models like the Olympus m4/3rds let you do that, and the Nikon D800-D4 etc as well as I understand it.

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Christian Wagner
By Christian Wagner (Apr 19, 2012)

You haven't changed your mind?! Yesterday it was your life's mission to stop convergence of video and stills and today you tolerate it?

You also said having video on dslr's took away functionality that could make for better stills. Now you are fine with it as long as you can remap a button?!

Thank god your lifes mission isn't something important as it would surely end in abject failure just like this one.

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Apr 19, 2012)

Anyone around here have a can of Raid? There's a certain yucky cockroach scurrying about that needs to be sprayed.

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Lisa O
By Lisa O (Apr 19, 2012)

All DSLRs should have built in WiFi (especially the $3000 ones) at least the add on is only $60. But it looks weird sticking out the back. I like the Red one!

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Lardinio
By Lardinio (Apr 19, 2012)

Wifi has different standards in different countreis, having it build it would increase production costs and create potential inventory/production issues.

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whyamihere
By whyamihere (Apr 19, 2012)

Not entirely true. Europe and Japan have more channels available in the Wi-Fi spectrum, but that doesn't prevent a single manufactured chip from working internationally. Otherwise, international travelers with laptops would have to purchase external Wi-Fi cards to maintain compatibility.

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mrnotwo
By mrnotwo (Apr 19, 2012)

totally bs

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Dan DeLion
By Dan DeLion (Apr 19, 2012)

The next pro model could have 50 MP with this kind of pixel density. The only question is, “do I want the E version?”

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