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Live View

Activating live view mode is slightly different in the D3200 than the D3100, as we've already described. But in operation, the D3200's live view mode is as good as identical to its predecessor. It offers subject-tracking and face-detection AF modes and there is an option to change the sampling rate of the live view image, to reduce screen flickering. You can change the amount and type of information on the screen by pressing the INFO button on the top of the camera. The Info screens work in the same way as in normal shooting mode.

In PAS shooting modes, the live view image will darken or brighten to reflect any exposure compensation you set, although sadly there's still no option to include a live histogram in the live view image to help judge the optimum exposure. Like on the D3100, in manual exposure mode, though, the display makes no attempt to reflect the currently-set exposure level at all. Fortunately though, it is possible to activate an on-screen exposure meter which shows exposure on a +/-2EV scale in 1/3EV increments.

Unfortunately the D3200's live view mode still shows the same odd quirk that we saw on the D3100 and had first appeared on the D300. When you enter Live View, the camera will stop down to the currently set or metered value (offering an undocumented depth-of-field preview in the process), but what it won't then do is readjust the diaphragm 'live' if you change the aperture setting. It will honour the set aperture when actually making an exposure, and indeed return to live view at that aperture afterwards; alternatively you can force it to readjust by exiting and re-entering live view. This can give a misleading impression of the depth of field you'll end up getting, and it further complicates manual focus as you have to remember to always initiate live view at an appropriate aperture (normally with the lens wide open).

This image shows the AF target (in green) and some basic shooting information. A press of the INFO button adds a grid overlay. Another press of the INFO button gets you to this screen which gives you an overview of currently selected settings including drive mode, AF mode and Active D-Lighting.
The third view shows you the currently selected movie settings including movie size and quality and the remaining recording time on your memory card plus sound recording levels. The D3200's live view image can be magnified in five steps, to greater than 100% (equivalent). Unfortunately though this appears just to be upscaling of a low-res sensor output, so isn't very useful for critical manual focus.

Record review & play displays

There are five display modes available in image playback, which collectively offer a comprehensive amount of information. By default, only the plain screen and luminance histogram - the first two screens shown in this selection - are made available, but shooting data, separate RGB histograms and a highlight clipping display screen can be activated individually in the playback menu.

1. Large image with key shooting information 2. Small image with histogram and additional shooting information
3: Large image with shooting data overlaid 4: Large image with flashing highlight warning
5: Small image with RGB histogram The Nikon D3200 has ten levels of review magnification of which four are shown here, (although in common with most digital cameras, at the most extreme magnification the image is visibly pixilated). Zooming is performed using the two zoom buttons to the left of the LCD screen.

Play thumbnail index

The D3200 offers four thumbnail display screens, the final one, shown here at bottom right, being a calendar view that groups images according to the date on which they were taken. Caution is called for here though, because pressing the delete button in this mode deletes all of the images taken on whichever day is highlighted. Movie files are distinguished from stills by a film sprocket-style border.

Help Screens

As a camera aimed squarely at DSLR novices coming from compacts or even camera phones, the D3200 has to be as user-friendly as possible, without compromising on functionality. One of the ways that Nikon has approached this goal in the D3200 is by including a comprehensive database of help screens. when a menu option or setting is highlighted on the LCD screen, the ? button to the left of the LCD screen brings up a page of text, explaining the purpose of the particular setting.

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ibrahimbeno
By ibrahimbeno (2 months ago)

thank you for this useful information, i really like the Nikon D3200, it's be the door of much people to photography world and i can said that it's the best for beginners, because it's simple - low price - 24.2 MP ...i creat a post about features of Nikon D3200 and why it's the best for beginners (see my profile)

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SUNNY PARAMUNDA
By SUNNY PARAMUNDA (2 months ago)

Its horrible to hear some bad news related with d3200 as i purchased it last week.I am a new one in SLR,and have less experience with SLR camera.Today i downloaded the update of firmware and finally decided to give up the attempt after reading the reviews related with the new update.Now i ordered for a 35 mm F1.8 prime lens.Now i think the move was totally foolish one

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dvalente
By dvalente (2 months ago)

Sunny,
I am a novice DSLR user as I have only used point and shoot cameras up until last year. Two days ago, I took my camera into Kenmore camera (our local store) as they asked to look this issue. I may have had a setting incorrect after the camera came back from Nikon Service. It appears to be working acceptably now with the 35mm, F1.8 lens. I will see if I can delete my earlier post. Keep in mind, you may need to send your camera to Nikon to get the autofocus adjusted (this is free during the warranty period)to work acceptably with F1.8. The other thing I realized is the focus system can have a hard time determining what to focus on in different lighting and in low contrast conditions (this may have contributed to my problem after the camera returned from service). I am still learning the camera and each new item I get (F1.8 lens in this case) is a new learning curve.

Dean

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ibrahimbeno
By ibrahimbeno (1 month ago)

Don't be sad, i always suggest Nikon D3200 for beginners, because it's teaches and encourages those who are new to DSLR technology.
i've created a comparison chart at http://nikond3200news.blogspot.com/2014/06/nikon-d3200-is-it-best-dslr-camera-for-beginner.html that compares the D3200 to the D7XXX serie,D5XXX and Canon cameras under 700$. don't make any buying decision till read it.

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dvalente
By dvalente (2 months ago)

I've had my D3200 for almost a year. I was happy with it until purchasing a 35mm F1.8 prime lens. I found at F1.8 the actual focus was behind the subject by about 4". I sent the camera back to the factory (warranty service) and had the autofocus adjusted. The focus is only slightly better than before. If you stick with the kit lenses, you won't notice this as you have a larger depth of field. It's possible not all D3200 cameras behave this way; mine does. If I use the prime lens, I start around F4 and don't go lower.

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dvalente
By dvalente (2 months ago)

I would like to modify or delete this post but apparently, I can't do that. The post is correct except for after the camera came back from service. By the way, Nikon service did verify my focus issue was valid. The camera focuses properly at F1.8 now. I found the camera can struggle to determine what to focus on depending on lighting and sometimes the subject itself. It's possible this is normal. I am a novice photograhper and am learning my gear and it's limitations.

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gloomvision
By gloomvision (3 months ago)

i love it. im using the camera for filming.
im gonna let the camera speek for it self.
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gnkwdy4xhS8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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FuduNYC
By FuduNYC (4 months ago)

I have been using this camera for 6 months now. Prior to this I had a D90 and I miss the LCD display and the extra control. It just takes a bit of getting used to.
The 24mp CMOS is very useful for crop-zooming. Got a good price on it in Dubai Duty Free.

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omarasl
By omarasl (10 months ago)

thanks a lot for this huge amount of useful information
actually in digital cameras world Nikon is my only choice

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