The tutoring graphical-based menu system is geared more to beginners. Most will love it, since it is somewhat educational, and offers a great variety of pre-sets to take creative shots easily.
1) Picture quality: Exceptional for a supposedly-for-amateurs DSLR. I compare pictures taken with our Nikon D800, D300 and D40X, and our D3200 easily beats our D300 and D40X in terms of details, clarity and color depth, although still visibly not comparable to our D800 (which also benefits from its superior FX lenses). But with Photoshop on a 28-in HD monitor, besides the visibly more brilliant colors of the D800, I can only discern the D800's higher quality at 200% or higher magnification. At 100% (or Actual Pixels View) seeing the differences between our D3200 and D800 does require some careful examinations. It is no wonder DXO Marks ranks the D3200 among the best of Nikon professional and semi-professional DSLRs (Best of the Nikons: D800E (Best and also Industry Leader), D800, D600, D4, D3X, D3S, D3200, D3, D700, D7000.
2) Ease of Use: The D3200 is so easy to use; there are many shooting modes to choose from with its top Dial. I typically only stay with Manual, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority and (if in a point-and-shoot situation) Programmed-auto modes. But as with other (amateur's) Nikon DSLRs, the D3200 offers point-and-shoot (Auto, Auto Flash Off) and preset modes (Portrait, landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait). And then there is GUIDE mode (with on-screen guides) as well.
3) Focus: There are many focus modes to give the maximum flexibility. However, I tend to stay with Spot (Single Area) Focus as I find with this much resolution, in high-magnification scrutiny, the Dynamic Area and the 3D Tracking Focus modes tend to give me a "softer" image.
4) Working with Nikkor DX lenses: The D3200 pictures are pretty much comparable in resolution with the D800 in DX mode with most of our DX lens collection, the only differences (visible at 200% or higher magnifications) are with our Nikkor DX 35mm F2.8 and Tokina DX 11-16mm F2.8 (which requires manual focus), where I can see better details than the D800 in DX mode (with DX lenses).
5) Working with Nikkor FX lenses (Manual Focus): Under very controlled situations and with a rigid tripod, the D3200 gives higher-detail results than the D800 in DX crop mode with our FX lenses.
I've found no auto-focus issues with the majority of my FX lenses (AF-S and AF-I). However, besides the 1.5X factor, the minor issue is the D3200 does not quite cover the view 100% in its viewfinder; please keep this in mind when composing your picture with the FX lenses, as your actual picture will be not be as large as what you see in the viewfinder.
6) No Auto-Focus with FX lens: Without an internal motor, the D3200 cannot auto-focus when the (superior) FX lenses are mounted. This manual focus requirement is not an issue. You can just use the D3200 electronic range finder to focus my FX lenses.
7)Adjustments of Picture Quality: You can also choose how your picture quality can be controlled: Standard (default), Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape.
8) Active D-lighting: Very nice results when you face situations of high contrast. This is almost High-Dynamic-Range (HDR). However you can usually have this off since post processing of the raw images can be done with Photoshop.
9) No bracketing: This is not an issue for me (personally I think this is an over-exaggerated feature anyway, I rarely use this capability with my D800, D300)
10) Light Metering: The D3200 Matrix metering has a tendency to overexpose a little in bright conditions; luckily it also offers exposure compensation up to a generous +/-5EV. I do advise that you take plenty of pictures in all metering modes as well as in Manual so you can tally up the effects and set the exposure compensation to get your best pictures results. Maybe Nikon will update the firmware to fix this.
The D3200 to -1EV has yielded results pretty close to manually compensating the exposure via the viewfinder in most cases, including the case of the subject against strong bright background.
11) SD Card: Please make sure you use the fastest card you can afford. The D3200 files (especially if you shoot RAW (NEF) and JPEG Fine together) are large and the camera does take time to store and display images.
12) HD Video Recording: The D3200 new 1080p25 and 1080p30 modes in addition to 1080p24 produce very nice videos - Live View is great - I find the continuous focusing during movie recording not only visually distracting but noisy and you can just avoid it altogether and use single AF (AF-S) or manual focus for movies.
13) The tabbed menu system with long pages does take some getting used to (it does appear cumbersome at first).
- 24 megapixels
- Good low-light performance, ISO goes to 6400, Hi1 (12800): ISO 3200 image here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/permalink/mo2U3CW1XBEB88Q/B007VGGFZU/ref=cm_ciu_images_pl_link
(see DxOMark's Web page for details on the signal-to-noise ratio of this camera's sensor)
- HD video capability (improved since the D3100) plus microphone jack
- IR remote sensors on front and back of camera
- Active D-lighting
- Small size and light weight
- 4+ frames per second
- No bracketing
- JPEGs are a bit soft, even in "Fine" mode (only a concern if you are cropping heavily)
- must buy with kit lens (18-55mm with VR- not a bad lens)
Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Specifications :
- 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
- Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
- 3 inch 921k dot (VGA) TFT LCD screen
- Full 1080p HD video recording in 30p, 25p and 24p with smart autofocus
- ISO 100-6400 (extendable up to 12800)
- 11-point autofocus system
- Active D-Lighting
- 4 fps continuous shooting
- EXPEED 3 image processing engine
- Scene Recognition System
- Guide mode
- Photo retouch menu
- Optional Wireless Mobile Adapter
Available in red and black
Shutter Response 0.05 (0.55 in live view) Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.4 (1.1 in live view) Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.7 (1.75 in live view) Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.5 Shot to Shot (without flash) 0.6 secs (slows after 10 shots) (7.2 secs in live view) Shot to Shot with Flash 1.7 secs Continuous Shooting (JPEG) 3.8 fps Continuous Shooting (RAW) 3.9 fps (slows after 10 shots)
I like the capability, small size and low weight of the D3200. The large number of megapixels will permit extra cropping, but Nikon's JPEG compression limits how much you'll want to do this (unless you shoot in RAW, of course). High ISO settings permit shooting in our middle school auditorium without introducing too much noise. Note that, as with all entry-level Nikon DSLRs, the D3200 does not have a motor drive for autofocusing lenses, so all lenses without an internal motor will be manual focus only.