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A while ago I started noticing the dramatic changes in people's display pictures and other images on social networking websites. My not so pretty (really ugly) friends started to post quite good (gorgeous) pictures of themselves on their Facebook and twitter pages. I was quite intrigued by what magic potion/device has transformed my regular looking friends, whose pictures under normal circumstances I would just scroll by without a glance, into such eye catching divas. It was then that one of my friend hushed the word DSLR in to my ear. I normally take a lot of pictures and like to document and safe keep almost every moment of my life but earlier I used to just keep on clicking with my mobile. Those pictures although turned out good most of time but could I get better even better results if I try a DSLR??? This was the question that pushed me to buy and try a DSLR for myself. After reading reviews online, talking to a few of my friends and several Nikon vs Canon discussions (wars) ,I finally decided to get a Nikon D3200. Luckily.Luckily enough I found a really good deal on it online. It was available in two colours; Black and Red. I chose the classic black colour, and I was now a proud owner of a DSLR and an empty bank account.
I had never used a DSLR before and had only played around with one owned by a friend. The camera arrived in a big rectangular box with black and brown coloring of Nikon camera boxes and the yellow Nikon logo .On opening the box I took out my brand new camera hidden in its packaging. The camera looked very impressive and easy to handle. I could understand most of the functions and buttons just by looking at them. And there was obviously the instruction manual to help me understand everything in detail
When you first look at the camera you see a big dial on the top of the camera that can be rotated to change the different modes. And to the right is the On/off and picture taking button. Just after that there are the three small buttons for info, video recording and zoom. The camera has a high resolution rear screen, with different buttons on both sides of it. It has several other buttons at the front and back. And finally of course there is the lens right at the front f the camera(where else would it be!).The lens is detachable and you can take it out and replace it with more heavy duty lens, so to say.
I am not a very techy person but I suppose real camera fans (fanatics) would like to know the specs of the camera .So I am copying some specs here from the following website.
24 MP DX (23.2 x 15.4 mm) CMOS.
6,016 × 4,000 pixels native (LARGE, 24MP).
4,512 × 3,000 (MEDIUM, 13.5MP).
3,008 × 2,000 (SMALL, 6MP).
White Balance modes: Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning.
No crop modes.
100 ~ 6,400, expandable to ISO 12,800 (HI+1).
11 points: Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points).
AF-S (focus and lock), AF-C (continuous AF) and AF-A (automatic selection depending on if subject moves or not.)
0.80x magnification with 50mm lens (smaller than FX cameras because it's 80% of a smaller area).
18 mm eyepoint.
-1.7 to + 0.5 diopters.
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen.
3D Color Matrix Meter II, 420 RGB pixels.
Spot on any of the 11 AF points.
i-TTL flash metering for use with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 and SB-400.
GN 39/12 (Feet/meters at ISO 100).
Does not control wireless flash, you'll have to buy the SU-800 to work as commander.
1/4,000 ~ 30 seconds in third-stop steps.
Time exposures with optional ML-L3 remote control.
Front and rear receivers for use with the optional ML-L3 remote control.
Flash Sync: 1/200.
4 FPS, in manual focus and at 1/250 second or faster.
Slower shutter speeds or expecting auto focus to focus for each frame will slow it down.
Standard Gen 2 Picture Controls (Standard, Neutral,Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape).
You can modify them.
1080p video with claimed full time AFISO 200 - 12,800.
Manual exposure control and mono microphone. (Stereo microphone input jack.)
(No 720/29.97p or 720/25p.)
640 × 424 @ 29.97p.
640 × 424 @ 25p.
High or Low compression.
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding.
Linear PCM audio.
.MOV file format.
HDMI (type C) and analog outputs.
Built-in mono mic.
3.5mm stereo mic jack.
Manual or auto recording gain control.
Linear PCM only as part of video recording.
JPG, NEF, or NEF+JPG.
NEF (raw) in 12-bit compressed.
JPG in BASIC, NORMAL or FINE.
20.4 MB NEF.
11.9 MB LARGE JPG FINE.
6.2 MB LARGE JPG NORMAL.
3.0 MB LARGE JPG BASIC.
1.9 MB MEDIUM JPG BASIC.
1.0 MB MEDIUM JPG BASIC.
One SD, SDHC or SDXC card, 2 GB to at least 64 GB.
Exquisite 3," 921,000 dots.
HDMI, type-C connector.
Power EN-EL14 Li-ion battery: 7.4V 1,030 mAh, 7.7Wh.
Rated 540 shots, CIPA, which is 50% with flash.
MH-24 Battery Charger.
Size 3.8 x 5.0 × 3.1 inches, HWD.
96 × 125 x 76.5 millimeters, HWD.
17.550 oz./497.5g with card and battery (no lens), measured.
26.938 oz./763.65g with lens, card and battery, actual measured.
Nikon rates it at 17.8 oz. (505g) with battery and SD card.
Nikon rates it at 16.0 oz. (455g) stripped.
Made in Thailand (camera and lens).
Battery cells made in China, and then assembled into batteries in Indonesia.
Charger made in China.
0 - 40ºC (32-104ºF) operating.
< 85% RH, no condensation.
WHY I LOVE THIS CAMERA (ADVANTAGES):
The more I use the camera the more advantages I find in it and the more I fall in love with it. Here are some of iy numerous advantages I would like to point out.
1. Firstly the camera is 24 MP, which is very high definition. That is why it takes pictures that are very clear and beautiful. It is so easy to take a good picture now and the camera makes even the simplest pictures look like they have been taken by a professional photographer. It also makes it easy to zoom and crop pictures without sacrificing the quality of the picture.
2. For me one of the best feature of this camera is the Guide Mode on it. This is brilliant for a newbie like me as you don't require any previous experience in taking excellent photos if you use this mode. Switching the dial to guide mode opens up a menu on the rear display that gives you step wise instruction regarding shooting, reviewing pictures or configuring the camera. Along with guide mode there are other easy to understand and use scene modes that help me take the best picture without having extensive knowledge of photography. This Guide mode was excessively helpful to me when I fist got the camera and was just learning how to operate it. Also there is the Auto mode that is the easiest to use.
3. The camera is compact as compared to other similar DSLR cameras and I find it easy to hold and use. Around the lens there is an indented area which is really wide and ensures reliable holding. Because the camera is held securely, there is minimal chance of me shaking the camera and hence I get really good pictures.
4. It has a photo retouch menu. So after taking a picture if I want to change some colors ,size or add some effects I can just do it just on the camera and do not have to transfer the pictures in my laptop first to edit them. This is really handy feature.
5. A really good feature of the camera is that I can make videos with it as well and that too in HD. So at tames, when I decide to make a video instead of taking pictures of an event I don't require separate equipment for it. The video has a continuous auto focus. And the camera also has a mic input as well.
6.I have always found it hard to take good pictures of moving objects and people, including my (not born with ability to ever stand still) twin nieces. But with this camera I can take fantastic pictures of my naughty little angels with the manually adjustable and incredibly high ISO of up to 12,800 available in his camera.
7. The camera takes fantastic pictures even in dark conditions. and has a built in flash.
8. There is a crisp 3 inch LCD screen at the back. On this you can change modes. Zoom in or out before or after taking the picture. See, edit or delete pictures etc.
9. The info button on the camera is also a very handy feature. By pressing it I am able to see all of the camera's main settings on the HD LCD rear screen.
The list of this camera's amazing features and benefit just goes on and on and on..
DISADVANTAGES (which to be honest I ma not really very bothered by):
1. The only issue I have with this camera is that the LCD does not move. In Nikon's higher up models the back LCD can be moved and even rotated. Some times I want to take pictures of myself and with those cameras you can just hold the camera in front of you and turn the screen around which enables you to take a perfect shot of yourself. With D3200 the screen is fixed. This is probably the only reason I eventually got myself the higher up D5100 which I am going to review soon as well.
2. Secondly the camera does not have the best quality pit lens. There are much better and advanced lens available. But these fact does not bother me as much since I am not a professional photographer.
This is a fantastic camera for a beginner who wants to have a first go at photography. It's guide mode and auto mode make it very easy for a new bee like me to start taking good photos. Along with that it has a lot of manual options swell that can satisfy any photographer novice or professional.
I've had this camera for over a year and taken perhaps 100,000 photographs with it in this time. The camera has performed faultlessly in that time. I would recommend this camera to a beginner who is looking to move to a DSLR camera and start to get to grips with some of the manual settings that professional photographers use. Sure, you can stick this camera on the auto setting and take photographs to your hearts content and it'll do a good job without manual intervention, but the real benefit of this camera is to help you learn more about photography.
The standard kit lens, which comes with this camera performs fine, but I found myself soon wanting to upgrade to better quality glass relatively soon. If you do not know what lens focal lengths you need then perhaps this will be a fine starting point, if you have a better idea and know what you want then just buy the camera body on its own with a different lens.
After a year I've found a few areas that are lacking on the camera. It doesn't support bracketing, so you can't really do HDR images, night photography (star trails) is difficult, but I suppose not impossible and I find the video performance to be lacking in quality. If you primarily want this camera for video it might be worth trying it first, or going with a different camera. There are also no facilities to easily do double exposures within the camera. Night photography is fine with this camera but on auto settings the camera tends to bump up the ISO to 3200 where the quality leaves a lot to be desired.
Still, this is an entry level SLR and many of these features would be expected on a higher end camera. I am highlighting all the negative points, but there is an awful lot to sing the praises of for this camera. This camera should help a beginner progress. Once you've grown out of the features on the camera then it's perhaps time to move on to something more expensive.
Finally if you are the sort of person who wants to do candid street photography I would also perhaps skip this camera. The shutter is quite loud and tells everyone that you're there unless on a street with a lot of traffic and noise!
I purchased the Nikon D3200 a couple of months ago, and I'm extremely happy with it. It's the second dSLR I've owned, and whilst it's marketed as an "entry level" model, its performance and functionality far out perform its price point!
The whopping 24 megapixels stand out immediately from a lot of its competition. A lot of people argue that anything above 8-10 megapixels is excessive, and whilst they have a point (at 24mp one single photo file is 10 megabites in size!) it certainly has advantages. I can take a wide shot and crop very close without losing any of the quality.
This is the first Nikon I've owned - and the first Nikon I've properly had my hands on. Going from Canon to Nikon made me nervous as at first glance the menus and controls seemed VERY different. However, the options are so intuitive I was able to find my way around very easily within just 10 minutes of playing around.
The camera has all the settings and options you'd expect to find on an SLR, and they are all easily accessible either through dedicated buttons on the camera body, or in the screen's menus. The only slight disappointment that I've found with the D3200 is its lack of an auto exposure bracketing feature. Since I like HDR and tone mapping post-processing, it's a minor inconvenience, but it certainly isn't a deal breaker as everything else about the camera more than compensates.
The LCD screen on the camera is simply beautiful. The colours are so vivid and the size is perfect for previewing your images with a good level of detail.
The image quality of the camera is excellent. The colours are extremely vivid, and with the kit lens photos are very sharp. It performs well in low light levels and even at 6400 ISO and above, photos are not so grainy that they are unusable.
For the price, the D3200 is a no-brainer. It has everything you could possibly need, and I really do believe whether you're a total beginner, or an experienced hobbyist like me, this camera will perform to your needs.
I bought the Nikon D3200 body recently as an upgrade from the Nikon D3000 (I decided to skip over the D3100 after reading up on the specifications for both cameras). This camera is simply amazing for the price (mine cost £333 for the body without a lens) - the lens fitting is the same as the D3000, so all my lenses fit, it has a whopping 24.2 Megapixels compared to the D3000's 10.1 Megapixels, 1080i HD video recording (the D3000 could only handle short stop-motion videos) and so many features I just couldn't begin to list them here.
For example, there are various shooting modes such as Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Monochrome etc. Then there's the filter effects - there's a screw on filter attachment at the end of the lenses but you may never have to use it as you can choose from a variety of post-production filters that are built in to the camera. That is one of this DSLR's most amazing features - you can post-edit in camera, to the point where you can do a quick-fix of your photo without having to load up Corel, Gimp, or Photoshop. Of course, if you want to make a really in-depth edited photo with people flying in the air and an alien landscape then you will still need a post-editing package but for the little tweaks it can all be done in camera and output to a television or - with a bluetooth add-on device - a wireless printer.
Likewise videos can be output to a television with the supplied cable. There is an external mic socket and a mic that slots onto the hotshoe can be purchased separately. I've seen high quality You Tube productions using a similar set up for making short movies.
Another advantage over my old Nikon is that there is a cable release port, which the D3000 was sadly lacking. Infrared Remote control is nice, and you can still use your old remote with the new Nikon but now you can choose to plug a wired intervalometer into your D3200 and produce high quality time lapse videos.
I have read that this DSLR is not useful for creating HDR photos, where three photos are taken at different settings and combined to produce one image - that is not something that I can vouch for as I have no experience of HDR Photography to date.
Other improved features are the delayed shutter release - which can now be set up to take up to nine seperate shots at ten second intervals (in other words in 90 to 100 seconds you can pose in front of your own camera for nine separate photos without walking backwards and forwards to the camera. Useful for light painting.) - and more selectable focus points, a whole eleven in fact. Shooting fast moving objects or in low-light conditions? You might be pleased to hear that the D3200 has a manually extendable ISO of up to 12,800. Phew!
The only problem I have encountered to date - and have noticed other people enquiring about on the Adobe website - is that when I shoot in Nikon RAW (.NEF) with my D3200 there seems to be a problem with Photoshop Elements 10 recognising the files. I also tried testing this on a trial version of Photoshop CS6 and it didn't recognise the RAW files either. Whether this is down to the Adobe Software or the Nikon file format I don't know. Hopefully the two organisations will work together to get around this problem. For that reason I have to give four stars out of 5 at present. When the situation is resolved I would definitely call this a 5 star camera.
One more note - if you are completely new to DSLR Photography, there is a guide mode which will explain on the screen at the back of the Nikon D3200 how the functions of the camera work and, if you so prefer, there are auto and scene modes just like on a pocket sized 'smart' camera. Flick a switch, turn a dial, and you are on automatic settings. This is classified as an entry-level DSLR, and it is geared towards those with no experience as well as those who are more familiar with digital photography (I'd call myself semi-qualified having completed two years of studying Photography at college).
This is a splendid DSLR and I would recommend it highly.
When I first heard that there was going to be a Nikon D3200, the first thing that I was contemplating was whether it will also be another megapixels packed sensor camera like the D800. So the 24.2 megapixels sensor of the Nikon D3200 was really something to be expected even if it seemed a bit high. I had money between 18-20 but at least I didn't bet on it being the same as the Nikon D800. Mind you, this IS an APS-C sized DX format sensor so it's really plenty.
As an user of previous series, I recommend this upgrade for those still use the old series of D3xxx from Nikon. A huge improvement in megapixels from 10.2 to 24.2 will increase the creativity.
My experiences using D3000: I get the easiest way to create my state of art in photography. With this new series I get my skill upgraded significantly. So you better buy this and start to take pictures.
I used this camera to do some photography it's good for people who want to use a camera manually but it's not that great for automatic settings... Good value with price, because compare to every other camera they are more expensive and they isn't much difference in my opinion. If you want to do some nice picture on holidays, in a party, family dinner or even christmas this is great! it's also really nice for a gift, special for someone who don't do photography proffesionaly but just for fun! I like the nikkon more than the canon because it's easier to use it and the camera is also really light and elegant. I would recommend to every one this camera even if it's not the most expensive one or the most proffesionaly one ! You will see the difference when for example you are coming back from holidays with some beautiful pictures...
I used this for just under a year, superb camera to get you started on photography, cheap price, shame you only get one lens tho, 24MP is impressive! Low light performance is good, and the HD video (1080p) is good, fantastic for home videos, you can also get a neat adapter that uses your iphone as a remote release, and take the pictures of your camera, on to your phone, then share them on facebook or twitter!
In camera editing is abit of a gimick, not something you would find in a high level DSLR, maybe helpful for someone who isn't familiar with photoshop, you can fix tilted images. The step by step instructions are excellent for someone looking to start photography, these could really help you out to make your pictures better.
Cons: Feels abit cheap, doesnt have some features of other entry level DSLRS like mirror lock up.
After developing my interest in photography over the last few years, I decided now was the time to take a plunge with a DSLR. Then came the problem, what do you choose which will give amazing results, won't be old in 5 minutes and will still be relatively easy to use. This is where Nikon D3200 came into play complete with an 18-55mm lens.
Although this camera can be a little baffling at times - f numbers, shutter speeds and shooting formats to be considered, I don't regret my decision at all. The camera nails it every single time. The colour in my images comes across brilliantly from LCD screen to laptop. The functions are easy to navigate and the controls are easy to use. My only gripe with this is working on how to control the menu easier when you are shooting but it is a tiny gripe!
The lens that comes with the camera is good for shooting scenery and is a good first lens in my opinion. I found it very simple to work and the manual focus is brilliant too.
All in all, this is a good initial DSLR for someone wanting to get more into photography.