Nikon D3200 review

A great entry-level DSLR with 24.2-million pixels

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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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution24.2 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesExternal Flash Shoe, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)455 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size23.20 mm x 15.40 mm
Maximum Image Resolution6016 x 4000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height96.5 mm
Width127 mm
Depth78.7 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD3200
Product NameD3200 Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA331AE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Celebrate your memories with the powerful yet incredibly easy-to-use D3200.

Equipped with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Nikon's powerful EXPEED 3 image processing engine, this SLR offers outstanding photos and Full HD D-movies.

Nikon's Guide Mode makes it easy to begin, showing you how to achieve stunning results in a few simple steps. Sample images and clear instructions ensure you'll shoot the kind of high-quality photos and movies you've always wanted.

A fantastic way to capture life in rich detail, the D3200 even lets you send images directly from the camera to a smart device so you can share your photos and movies instantly.

Package Contents
  • D3200 Digital SLR Camera
  • EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-24 Quick Charger
  • EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable
  • UC-E17 USB Cable
  • DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
  • AN-DC3 Camera Strap
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year