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Menus (cont.)

Setup menu

Apart from a couple of new languages there are no changes here compared to the D3100. You get the usual array of options for the basic setup of your camera such as time, language and storage options. A setting you would necessary expect to find in this section of the menu are the self-timer delay options.

A green superscript one (¹) indicates the default setting.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Reset Setup Options  • Yes
 • No
Returns all setup options to default settings
Format memory card  • Yes
 • No
Monitor brightness  • LCD brightness
-3 to +3
'Auto Dim' no longer available
Info display format  • Classic
 • Graphic
Auto Info Display  • On
 • Off
Clean image sensor  • Clean now
 • Clean startup/shutdown
Startup & Shutdown ¹
Lock mirror up for cleaning  • Start Locks mirror up for the sole purpose of manually cleaning the sensor
Video Mode  • NTSC
 • PAL ¹
HDMI  • Output Resolution
Auto ¹
480p (progressive)
576p (progressive)
720p (progressive)
1080i (interlaced)
• Device Control
Off ¹
Flicker reduction  • Auto
 • 50 Hz
 • 60 Hz
Time zone and date  • Time zone
 • Date and time
Date set
Time set
 • Date format
 • Daylight saving time
Language  • Czech
 • Danish
 • German
 • English
 • Spanish
 • Greek
 • French
 • Indonesian
 • Italian
 • Hungarian
 • Dutch
 • Norwegian
 • Polish
 • Portuguese (BR)
 • Portuguese (PT)
 • Russian
 • Romanian
 • Finnish
 • Swedish
 • Turkish
 • Arabic
 • Ukrainian
 • Chinese Traditional
 • Chinese Simplified
 • Japanese
 • Korean
 • Thai
 • Hindi
Image comment  • Done
 • Input comment
Text entry
 • Attach comment
When enabled the comment is written into the header of each image.
Auto image rotation  • On ¹
 • Off
Dust Off ref photo  • Start
 • Clean sensor and start
Used to capture a 'dust reference image' for the 'Dust Off' feature of Nikon Capture NX/2. (RAW only).
Auto Off Timers  • Short
 • Normal
 • Long
 • Custom
Image review
Live View
Auto meter off
Sets the amount of time before a function or menu screen is deactivated after a period of inactivity, up to a maximum of 5 minutes (Live View), 10 minutes (Playback/Menus, Image Review) or 30 minutes (Auto meter-off)
Self-timer delay  • 2s
 • 5s
 • 10s ¹
 • 20s
Remote on duration  • 1 min ¹
 • 5 min
 • 10 min
 • 15 min
Beep  • High
 • Low¹
 • Off
Rangefinder  • On
 • Off ¹
File number sequence  • On
 • Off ¹
 • Reset
Buttons  • Assign Fn button
Image quality/size
ISO sensitivity ¹
White balance
Active D-Lighting
 • AE-L/AF-L
AE/AF lock¹
AE lock only
AF lock only
AE lock (hold)
 • Shutter release AE lock
Off ¹
Slot empty release lock  • Release locked
 • Enable release
Print date  • Off
 • Date
 • Date and time
 • Date counter
Imprints date information at the bottom right corner of captured images
Storage Folder  • Select folder
 • New
 • Rename
 • Delete
Selects the preferred folder for recording images or creates a new folder on the memory card
GPS  • Standby timer
On ¹
 • Position
 • Use GPS to set camera clock
On ¹
Firmware Version  • Version No. Information display only.

Retouch menu

The D3200 adds a few useful new features to what's already probably the most comprehensive in-camera processing suite available in this class. You can now apply a 'color sketch' or fisheye effect to your images ini addition to the functions which have been available on previous models such as distortion correction (for D- and G-type Nikon lenses only), image rotation or perspective correction.

Option Values / Actions Notes
D-Lighting  • Select image
Red-eye correction  • Select image Corrects redeye automatically in portraits. Ignores images that do not contain faces
Trim  • Select image
Zoom / Scroll
Aspect ratio
Monochrome  • Black-and-white  
Select image
 • Sepia
Select image
 • Cyanotype
Select image
'Lighter/Darker' changes saturation of toning in Sepia and Cyanotype modes
Filter effects  • Skylight 
Select image
 • Warm filter
Select image
 • Red intensifier
Select image
 • Green intensifier
Select image
 • Blue intensifier
Select image
 • Cross screen
Number of points
Filter amount
Filter angle
Length of points
 • Soft
Color balance  • Select image
Adjust color
Image overlay  • Image 1
 • Image 2
 • Preview

• Select image
 • Choose size

NEF (RAW) processing  • Select image
 • Choose parameters
Image quality
Image size
White Balance
Exposure comp.
Set Picture Control
Quick retouch  • Select image
 • Select level
Automatically adjusts contrast and saturation
Straighten • Select image
+/- 5° rotation in 0.25° increments
Distortion Control  • Auto
 • Manual
Fisheye • Select image
Adjust fisheye effect (0-10 scale)
Color outline  • Select image
Color sketch  • Select image
Adjust vividness and outline on a -1 to +1 scale
Perspective Control  • Select image
Adjust horizontal and vertical perspective (+/-20 scale)
Miniature effect  • Select image
Selective color  • Select image
Select color
Edit movie  • Choose start point
 • Choose end point
 • Save selected frame

Recent settings/My menu

To help speed up the use of such long menus, the D3200 allows fast access to commonly-used menu options by grouping the twenty most recently used settings in the 'Recent Settings' menu. Because this menu is fluid, it is less versatile than a customizable 'My Menu'-type tab, of the sort found in Nikon's higher level DSLRs; the advantage is that it requires no user intervention.

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Thanks a lot for this information. After I read it I think, I make my choice about digital cameras. I was between this Nikon and one Canon, but I think I found my DSLR!


It may be a new model with a few new bells and whistles but I see that the IQ is still rated at 4.5. To me that means that adding 10 megapixels is just a sales gimmick. The extra megapixels seems to be the Nikon choice of improvements to induce hobbyists to upgrade. Do they think we are such fools?

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Great power comes with great responsibility. High quality sensor is a bonus but at this resolution, you need better lenses to make the most of it. Entry level people may not even want to spend that much for any lenses… by the time they are happy with their skill and ready for investment in better lenses… they may also want a better body… so, yes, again for those who can afford it rather than really drawing people in to their DSLR range. For many beginner, I think price is one of the main issues.

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Hello. I have slightly unrelated question.

What is you opinion of Canon PowerShot G16? Do you think it's good enough for commercial object photography?



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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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


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.



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 that compares the D3200 to the D7XXX serie,D5XXX and Canon cameras under 700$. don't make any buying decision till read it.


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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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.


Oh man, I have been having crazy issues with my auto focus on my d3200. I bought a 2.8 17-55 lens for landscape and event photography and am finding SO often that in low light, when I have to move towards an f-stop of even around f5 that my subject is OUT OF FOCUS. Even with this fancy lens! I don't think my camera is still under warranty. What is the solution here?!


i love it. im using the camera for filming.
im gonna let the camera speek for it self.
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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.


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

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