Nikon has delivered an excellent camera in the Nikon D3200, and it's still a great option for novices wishing to take their photography more seriously. It also offers a more affordable alternative to the recently announced Nikon D3300.

We liked

The 24 million pixel sensor enables some creative image cropping while still keeping image resolution high - a great option for those who don't want to invest in a zoom lens.

We disliked

The LCD screen has an inaccurate colour cast, so it's sometimes difficult to correctly gauge white balance.

Final verdict

A camera with 24 million pixels at the entry level is still pretty extraordinary, and it's pleasing to note that the extra pixels don't come at the cost of a reduction in image quality.

For beginners looking to get a bit more creative with their photography, Nikon's innovative Guide Mode, brought over from the 3100, is a real boon, while of course the Nikon D3200 includes options for those wanting to explore manual and semi-manual exposure modes further down the line.

Those considering buying the D3200 may also like to consider the Nikon D3300, Nikon D5200 and Nikon D5300 higher in the line-up with the latter two offering vari-angle screens and all having 24Mp sensors.

It's a shame that fairly large niggles, such as the quality of the screen, prevents the D3200 from being the perfect beginner camera... but it's almost there.