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Nikon launches new entry-level DSLR, the D3200

by Parm Mann on 19 April 2012, 14:20

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Nikon has expanded its range of entry-level digital SLR cameras with the launch of the D3200.

The new consumer-grade camera slots in above the existing D3100 and costs £110 more, taking the body-only price up to £560.

A hefty sum for what Nikon describes as "every family's answer to beautiful images," but a quick glance at the specification sheet shows that this is more than just a small step up.

Blurring the boundaries of what entry-level really means, the new D3200 features a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (up from 14.2 megapixel on the D3100) and the image processing engine has been upgraded from EXPEED 2 to EXPEED 3.

ISO sensitivity is bumped up to 6,400 (double what's on offer from the D3100), there's an 11-point autofocus system and, in keeping with most of Nikon's recent DSLRs, the D3200 can capture full-HD video at up to 30 frames per second with autofocus.

In an effort to appeal to DSLR newcomers, the D3200 retains Guide Mode - a built-in software tutorial designed to show you how to make the most of the camera's features.

Nikon will also sell an optional Wireless Mobile Adapter (model WU-1a) that will allow users to share content wirelessly to smartphones or tablets, as well as control the camera remotely from supporting Android devices. Compatibility with Apple iOS devices is expected later in the year.

The D3200 will initially be available in a choice of black or red models, and is expected to reach UK stores in mid-May attached to a body-only price tag of £559.99.

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Yes! About freeking time! Canon - time to retaliate! Show us your 650D, I need one badly :)

Seems like Nikon is jumping to reveal bigger sensor, faster HD video recording (at 720p) and WiFi module + autofocus while filming. Hope Canon is not sleeping.
Its the same basic 24MP APS-C sensor found in some some Sony cameras with some Nikon modifications. It probably means it will be worse in low light than the 16MP Sony APS-C sensor found in many cameras such as the D5100,D7000 and Pentax K5.

More details here:


If this is the same sensor as in the NEX7 and A77 it is not as good in low light as the 16MP sensor previously used. Considering a lot of people seem to get low end dSLRs for improved low light image performance and autofocusing, I don't know why they Nikon did not use the latest version of the 16MP sensor. Most will be using lower end lenses which are not wide aperture anyway and it will test the limits of anything but perfect glass IMHO.

I suppose this will make a relatively cheap camera if you are interested in landscape photography!!:p

Here are sample pictures with the kit lens:

Ah the megapixel wars….
Never mind what Nikon did with it's new model. Canon is what interests me. I did notice as per that article though that point and shoots for mere €200 can do as much in video and stills (seen Sony HX9V for €240 in some shops). Kind of expect more from £600+ DSLR, especially in video (1080p@29.9999 FPS? come on.. 60FPS is becoming standard in point and shoots at that resolution).