Nikon Unveils D3200 DSLR with Super-sized 24-Megapixel Sensor
By on April 21st, 2012

Priced at $700, Nikon has unveiled the successor of the Nikon D3100, a new-entry level DSLR – Nikon D3200 with new and enhanced features including, a faster burst mode, a new image processor, a super-sized 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a microphone input jack, and an optional wireless adapter. The $700 kit comes with the Nikon D3200 body along with a 16-55mm stabilized lens.

The new entry-level camera will help amateur photographers to take better shots with the help of a revamped version of the Guide Mode found in the D3100, adding in-camera tutorials for shot composition, manual controls, and shooting modes.

The Nikon D3200 comes with 11-point autofocus systems with Nikon’s automatic recognition system, which allows the photographer to find and keep focus while maintaining a clear view of that subject. According to Nikon, “the AF system is ideal for capturing tricky subjects like a dancer mid-leap during the big recital or a dive for the line drive in centerfield.”

Nikon D3200

The new DSLR offers a fixed, large 3-inch LCD screen packed with 921k dots in addition to a through-the-lens optical viewfinder.  The D3200 is capable of shooting1080p videos at 24 fps and 30 fps with HDMI output. Along with the in-built mono microphone, the Nikon D3200 also comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack for audio options.

Also Read: Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800 Comparison

In addition to all this, users can also purchase the wireless mobile adapter WU-1a, which allows the user to connect to the cameras using their smartphone or tablet to transfer files via wireless ad-hoc network. It also provides remote control over the D3200′s shutter release at distances within 49 feet of the camera. The WU-1a wireless adapter will be available in May for $60.

 Full Specifications of the new Nikon D3200:

Type

Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective angle of view Approx. 1.5x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent); Nikon DX format
Effective pixels
Effective pixels 24.2 million
Image Sensor
Image sensor 23.2 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 24.7 million
Dust-reduction System Image sensor cleaning
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)

 

Storage and File Format

Image size (pixels) 6,016 x 4,000 [L], 4,512 x 3,000 [M], 3,008 x 2,000 [S]
File format · NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed· JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression· NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified
Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge

 

Viewfinder and Lens

Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.8x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -1.7 to +0.5 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirror Quick return
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled

Lens

Compatible lenses Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses; Autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX-NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported) and AI-P lenses; Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M but the camera exposure meter will not function
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

 

Shutter and Release

Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed 1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
Flash sync speed X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower

Release

Release mode Single frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Delayed remote, Quick-response remote, Quiet shutter release
Frame advance rate Up to 4 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures

 

Exposure and Focus

Metering TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method · Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)· Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame· Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
· Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV· Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling CPU
Mode Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]); Scene modes (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with lock button
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting On, off

Focus

Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo · Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status· Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)

 

Flash

Built-in flash Auto flash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide number Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting
System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter (available separately)

 

White balance

White balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning

Live View

Lens servo · Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)· Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

 

Movie

Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method Matrix
Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate
· 1,920 x 1,080, 30p (progressive)/25p/24p· 1,280 x 720, 60p/50p· 640 x 424, 30p/25p· Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity ISO 200 to 6400; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)

 

Monitor

Monitor 7.5-cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 160° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation and image comment (up to 36 characters)

Interface

USB Hi-Speed USB
Video output NTSC, PAL
HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminal MC-DC2 Remote Cord (available separately), GP-1 GPS Unit (available separately)
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
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Product Reviewed: Nikon D3200

Review By: Joel Fernandes
Priced at $700, Nikon has unveiled the successor of the Nikon D3100, a new-entry level DSLR - Nikon D3200 with new and enhanced features including, a faster burst mode, a new image processor, a super-sized 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a microphone input jack, and an optional wireless adapter. The $700 kit comes with the Nikon D3200 body along with a 16-55mm stabilized lens.
Rated: 4/5
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