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Menus

The D3200's menu system looks much the same as its predecessor's. Overall, there's an impressive level of control on offer here that's presented in a logical and easy-to-use fashion, with on-screen help available at any time by pressing the '?' button.

Playback menu

The playback menu should look very familiar to existing Nikon users - it is as good as identical to the D3100 and allows you to configure slide show and playback display options amongst other things.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Delete  • Selected
 • Select Date
 • All
 
Playback folder  • D3200
 • Current
 • All
Sets the camera to either display all images on the memory card or only those within a specific folder
Playback display options  • Additional photo info
Done
None
Highlights
RGB Histogram
Shooting Data
Overview
 • Transition effects
Slide in
Zoom/fade
None
 
Image review  • Off
 • On
Sets whether or not an image is displayed immediately after capture
Rotate tall  • On
 • Off
When enabled portrait shots appear vertically orientated.
Slide show  • Start
 • Image type
Still images and movies
Still images only
Movies only
 • Frame interval
2 sec
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
 • Transition effects
Zoom/fade
Cube
None
 
Print set (DPOF)  • Select / set
 • Deselect all?
Images tagged with DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) are marked for direct printing via compatible printers and/or photo finishing services

Shooting menu

Again this section of the menus is pretty much identical to the D3100. The only new addition are the settings to control audio recording in movie mode.

Option Values / Actions Notes / Sub options
Reset Shooting Options  • Yes
 • No
Resets shooting menu options to factory default settings
Set Picture Control  • Standard
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Neutral
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Vivid
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Monochrome
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Filter (Off, Y, O, R, G)
Toning (10 options)
 • Portrait
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
• Landscape
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (2, 0, 0, 0, 0)





- Default (4, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)





- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (4, 0, 0, 0, 0)
Image quality  • NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine*
 • NEF (RAW)
 • JPEG Fine
 • JPEG Normal ¹
 • JPEG Basic
Select image quality. The D3100 now records a 'fine' JPEG alongside RAW, rather than basic
Image size  • Large ¹
 • Medium
 • Small
- 6016x4000 / 24.1 M
- 4512x3000 / 13.5 M
- 3008x2000 / 6.0 M
White balance  • Auto ¹
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
1 Sodium-vapor lamps
2 Warm-white fluorescent
3 White fluorescent
4 Cool-white fluorescent
5 Day white fluorescent
6 Daylight fluorescent
7 High temp mercury-vapor
 • Direct Sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Preset manual
- A-B, G-M grid to fine tune WB
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- Use photo/ program preset WB
ISO sensitivity settings   • ISO sensitivity
Auto
100 ¹
200
400
800
1600
3200
6400
Hi 1
 • Auto ISO sensitivity control
On / Off ¹
Maximum sensitivity
200
400
800
1600
3200 ¹
6400
Hi 1
Minimum shutter speed
1/2000 - 1 sec
 
Active D-Lighting  • On
 • Off ¹
 
Auto Distortion Control  • On
 • Off ¹
 
Color Space  • sRGB ¹
 • Adobe RGB
 
Noise Reduction  • On
 • Off ¹
When 'On', dark-frame removal noise reduction is applied to exposures of 10 seconds or longer. High ISO noise reduction is automatic at ISO 800 and above, but increases in intensity when 'On' is selected.
AF Area Mode  • Viewfinder
Single point
Dynamic area
Auto-area
3D tracking (11 points)
 • Live View/movie
Face-priority AF
Wide-area AF
Normal-area AF
Subject-tracking AF
 
AF assist  • On ¹
 • Off
 
Metering  • Matrix ¹
 • Center-weighted 
 • Spot
 
Movie Settings  • Frame size/frame rate
1920x1080; 24 fps
1920x1080; 25 fps
1280x720; 50 fps
640x424; 25 fps
 • Movie quality
High
Norm
 • Microphone
Auto sensitivity
Manual sensitivity
Off
 
Flash control for built-in flash  • TTL ¹
 • Manual
Full
1/2
1/4
1/8
1/16
1/32
 
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Total comments: 9
ibrahimbeno

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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