This was my first DLSR, I learned photography off of this camera. I was really happy with this camera or all. The one problem I came across was video. Not the best in low-light. A lot of noise in ISO 6400+ This was with the 18-55mm kit lens. This camera has done well for me. I recommend getting better glass if you stick with this camera.
April 20, 2015
A Good Camera to begin your Photography
The Nikon D3200 is a superb camera for beginners. It is at a price point at which most people can afford it. It provides exceptional image quality at lower ISO's even though it can be a little noisy at higher ISO's. Its 24 mp sensor provides very nice detail. I would recommend it to someone starting out it photography.
January 1, 2015
To Be Considered an Entry-Level it Packs a Punch
I originally purchased this camera for work and creative projects and it has consistently given me great quality work. I've been working in photography for three years now and compared to other cameras, the Nikon D3200 is a solid pick.
The image quality is above average. In order to have spectacular images you must know intermediate photography techniques. If you are starting off, I recommend using this camera along with the CD that comes with it, a photography magazine or blog, and read the manual. The learning curve is casual to a little difficult for first time DSLR users because of the many options, which is why I say read a great photography book or blog will best help you.
Because the sensor is not that of more expensive bodies, make sure to get up close and personal to subjects; however, because the body is smaller and lighter, one can capture unique perspectives and viewpoints. This helps with flexibility when using the kits lens or any additional purchased lens. Travel, street, portrait, and landscape are four different types of photography that can be achieved with the D3200 and the kit lens.
The lens that comes with, I purchased mine with the 18-55mm VR lens, will require a little finesse to achieve desired results. I recommend using automatic until you get comfortable enough with it, then switch to manual mode. Also, don't be afraid of using different modes on the dial. It will help in the learning process of using the D3200 with the kit lens, while also strengthening the skills of a photographer.
I have used this product (body with the kit lens) for paid projects in portrait and product photography with the results coming out wonderfully. To make things better, there are inexpensive, but quality items one can purchase such as diffusers and reflectors that will add quality to photos.
December 15, 2014
Simple to use!
So Far, the D3200 works like a dream. Works equally well indoors or outdoors, day or night! It seems to be one terrific camera.
July 7, 2014
Great camera for the price!!!
This camera is very nice. It comes with a very good beginner lens and has good quality. This camera also is very light weight for the size and is easy to learn. The instruction manual helps a lot for the basics but if you want to learn more you may want to take a class or watch a you tube video. I would definitely recommend this camera for a beginner photographer.
July 5, 2014
Great features with limitations for the wildlife/landscape photographer.
I jusy purchased the camera today so I little to no experience with the camera. However I will comment on what I've Discovered so far. The requirement for the use of an eyepiece cap under the conditions specified indicates a faulty SLR design, not to mention the fact that it is very difficult to remove the eyepiece and insert the plug. I this will be especially cumbersome when shooting wildlife and to a lesser degree landscapes. I will however reserve my final evaluation until I've the opportunity to evaluate it in the field.
June 19, 2014
This is a very good camera. It almost is too good what with the guide modes and video. Though maybe useful, the simplicity of a simple camera is lost with the "bells and whistles."
May 25, 2014
Very good Camera
I have had this camera for approximately a month and have taken maybe 200 photos. I have been extremely pleased with the quality of the photo's.
One concern is the Warranty Programs "Yellow" form that is included with the camera and lenses. It states on the Warranty that Registration within ten days of purchase required for ESC coverage. I disagree with Nikon's policy on this.
I purchased a new TV, this camera, some Video Software and had two reunions to attend and put together a photo program for these two reunions. Nikon needs to realize this 10 day window is unreasonable.
Another complaint is Nikon's "Update of Software" page. It is very confusing and I am unsure what needs to Updated if anything. Surely Nikon can develop an "Update Software" page that will "only lists" software and information that my camera needs.
May 24, 2014
Best Camera at this Price level
Compared to the Canon T3i, and the Sony and Fuji offerings, this camera is the winner. It's got the MP advantage, the clarity and focus are great. As an entry level offering, it does offer a lot of options. A flip out or touch screen would really have capped off this camera. Also Nikon needs to offer a Nikon brand vertical grip, I'm using another brand, but the only options are using a cord for the shutter release or not using the vertical release button. A small complaint - that and the flash system on the Canon does seem a bit better.
However, the Nikon just has an advantage in clarity, and lack of any distortion even at full open-full zoom. I really like the weight with the added vertical grip and the metering is great even when bouncing a flash. Haven't had it long enough to test it, but the build feels good and solid and the RAW files have really allowed a lot of level of post manipulation on the computer.
So far I'm pleased to very pleased. Especially at this price.
April 17, 2014
Great Starter Camera
I've really enjoyed the ease ability of the camera and features. I enjoy used the guide feature on the camera as a quick set-up option for the camera for any particular shot I'm going to take. So far I really enjoy this camera.
December 4, 2013
Easy to use
This camera is very easy to use. It usually takes me awhile to learn how to use new cameras but this one was very simple to use, although I am still working my way through the manual to learn all the features.
October 14, 2013
Great Entry Level DSLR
I got this as my first step into the world of DSLR photography and I have to say that this is a wonderful starter camera. I took this camera with me into the Olympic National Park of Northwestern Washington State and it held up wonderfully. This isn't a weather proof body but it held up to the elements like a champ.
Of course, the main draw to me was the 24MGP sensor, and it did not disappoint. It captures great detail and when you crop in you don't seem to lose any resolution or quality at all. I got fantastic amounts of detail in both landscape and wildlife shots.
The Af system is good, but not great. Sometimes it did have issues tracking a subject and it isn't really good at action shots, but this is an entry level camera so you can't be too harsh on it for those points.it does alright.
Also video is just alright, but nothing outstanding. Still though, I only shot video with it using the kit 18-55mm lens. It might have done better if I had used a prime. For example the 35mm F/1.8. Still though, for a rank beginner, this is a great camera and I would recommend it to anyone who is just starting out.
It's a solid entry into the beginner DSLR market and I hope we see an update, a D3300. But if it happens it won't be for a while from the looks of things.
September 23, 2013
D3200- Reasons why you should own it.
I have quite a bit of experience with entry level DSLRs now. I used a Nikon D3100 for a little under a week with its standard 18-55 lens. Since then, I have had ample exposure with my friend's D5100 with an 18-55 as well as an AFS 70-300 lens. It managed to impress me on quite a few occasions.
Last week, I decided to buy an SLR camera for myself. D90 was my first choice, but a number of people advised me against purchasing it. Obsolete is what it is. So I went for a D3200. And it is not a choice that I regret. I bought it with an 18-105 kit lens about a week ago. Since then, I've taken about over a 1000 photographs. I have not been disappointed, yet.
The picture quality is epic. For 24MP, what else do you expect. Its quick to respond, and has a really nice Guide Mode.
It is a very likeable camera. I can't really explain why here. One has to use it and judge for oneself.
a) The focusing feels a bit laggy. Its just not as smooth as, say, the 5100.
b) Its a bit noisy.
c) The body's a bit flimsy. The buttons are made of really tacky plastic. But then again, what do you expect from a product made in Thailand.
d) And I guess, this is the most important. To me at least. There seems to be absence of adjustable Active D-lighting settings. So the contrast spectrum is really constricted.
But for a beginner, its a good enough camera. Its not too complicated, and yet it retains a degree of manual controls. Its got the poise of Canon Powershot G, and the smartness of a Cybershot. It allows you to take quality photos with auto mode, and if you suddenly feel the aspiration to become a photographer, you can fool about with the manual settings as well. Mind you, its no joke either. It can really give the big boys a run for their money.
Its like a hot hatch then. Lots of color, fun to own, easy to handle, and a bright red color option. And tune it right, with a nice thick lens, and you can rev it up against a pro anyday.
December 16, 2012
For the price the camera is very good
Nikon has upgraded the essentials and it really shows. Great image quality and speed between taking each shot is fast . Photos have great depth and tolerance to low light conditions is good.
July 7, 2012
JUST BOUGHT 1 OF MY OWN... IT HAS SOME AWSOME FEATURES....
May 27, 2012
Excellent starter DSLR
I bought this as a backup for my D5100. The shutter on this model is actually more responsive than my D5100. Took me about 5 minutes to set up the menus and start shooting in RAW manual. The display has a light blue background with black letters compared to the D5100's black background with white letters. It was a little easier on my eyes. Don't know that I miss the tilt screen yet, maybe when I do some video I will but for stills it is just fine. The creative modes are still there for color sketch, miniature etc. they are just under the Retouch menu now as post processing. You can't shoot an original image with the effects like on the D5100, and this also means no video in those creative modes either. This may be to keep the battery from dying so fast and streamline the use of the camera for beginners. New is the "color outline" which basically turns the image into a b/w pencil sketch with no color. I suppose this would be good for architecture, fashion design or if you want to make your kids a coloring book! So far it performs pretty much like the D5100. Files are a lot bigger now though when shooting RAW with the additional MP. Buttons are placed a little differently so it will take some getting used to over the D5100. I just wish Nikon would have added some extra AF points instead of more MP; I think that would win over more customers. I got pretty good dynamic color when shooting in A Mode, manual not so much, just probably need to play around with it more. Haven't tested high ISO yet but I think it will perform about the same as the D5100. Overall this is a really nice camera for anyone wanting to start out with a new DSLR or as a backup camera. Nice to have the guide mode so when you hand this over to a traveling companion or relative they can play with it to get some nice photos as well.
May 3, 2012
pregunta a nikon
cuando grabo vídeo se calienta es normal???? o no puedo grabar un vídeo con la cámara o la llevo a garantía saludos
August 13, 2015
buen producto tanto para aficionados y profesionales
producto 100% ergonomica, comoda facil de llevar yo en particular disfruto mucho es mi pasion guardar gratos recuerdos familiares amigos y paisajes
May 1, 2015
Bem versátil e rápida comparada a outros modelos do mesmo nível. Boa empunhadura. Ficou devendo apenas a função Bracketing.
March 3, 2014
un paso adelante!
La cámara Nikon D3200 le lleva un paso adelante a la cámara Nikon D3100 en cuanto a cantidad de "MegaPixeles" no obstante en el resto de las funciones es como si fuera la misma exceptuando la capacidad WiFi incorporada en este modelo (D3200). sin embargo, no me parece importante pero admito que es util.
June 5, 2012
GREAT IMAGE QUALITY, BUT LAME FIRMWARE
I bought this camera this year, in general it's been a great tool but recently I've noticed that it doesn't have some helpful options that ironically the predecessor D3100 had it... like HDR or adjusts in the d-lighting. I'm also thinking to buy a wi-fi adapter but the camera doesn't have installed any control for this. You could add those great tools if you want it so do it and you'll get the most competitive DSLR in the market.
January 28, 2014
OK so far
Have had camera for a few days now. Novice user, fairly easy to use. auto focus seems a bit slow and doesn't always focus in LCD live mode. Extremely disappointed that current firmware does not support third party batteries. This is a very poor judgement call by Nikon. Based on forums, this third party battery block in the firmware is recent. I would rather void the warranty by installing my own firmware that does not block the use of third party batteries than pay 10X too much for Nikon brand batteries.
December 29, 2013
Not that good
The D3200 is my second DSLR, and sometimes I miss my previous one. The D3200 complains about everything (''too light'', ''too dark'') and when this message appears on screen, it does not make pictures at all. When it makes pictures, they are often blurry and/or with strange colors. My previous DSLR just made pictures whenever you wanted it to make pictures. Autofocus is very slow too, and it misses some important functions like sunset or night scene. It makes weird, squeeky noises when using autofocus, and for some reason a light on the front of the camera flashes when autofocus is ready. This camera is ok when you just want to make a picture now and then, but if you want photography as a hobby, don't buy it.
September 8, 2012
no interval timer , no brackieting camera for 700$ cheap camera like D5100 has this features
September 1, 2012
NOT AS GOOD.
Not as good as Nikon D3100 and Canon EOS Rebel T1i
May 3, 2012
D3200 has focus problems
I purchased the D3200 for my hobbie photography and found that it has a problem with focus. The camera often is out of focus and autofocus doesn't work well resulting in photos with parts of photo out of focus. Supposed to be multi-focus points, but doesn't always work. I find others with similar problems and I have been told there is a calibration procedure to correct it.
I am disappointed with this camera and would not recommend.
April 23, 2015
Constantly freezes and has No, ZERO customer support.
Bought this for a gift on Father's Day. It froze up that afternoon and was returned to the retailer the next day. They said it was a faulty memory card and replaced it. It continued to freeze up. It was returned to the retailer 5 times before they said to send it back to Nikon. Nikon simply cleaned it and sent it back, saying that there was no problem. Granted, it may not have frozen for them, but the repeat history is conclusive. It needed to be replaced on day #1 and was not and now is but an expensive paperweight for it freezes too often to be trusted.
August 18, 2014
Not worth any money
Worst camera I have ever owned I can paint pictures better than this camera can take them.
March 29, 2014
Problems after usig only 2 times
I bought the camera on August 6, 2013. I used this camera for few days during two different trips. I loved these new experiences. One and a half month later, when I was about to use it on my 95 grandmothers birthday, the camera stop working.
The battery indicator keeps flashing. The manual states, "The battery cannot be used. Choose battery designated for use in this camera". The battery is the original that came with the camera and it was fully charged. A friend has a D3100, I tried my battery on his camera and worked, but his battery in my camera gives the same error.
I bought it during a trip to US (I’m from Brazil) and even though the Best Buy seller and also the Online Self Service Product Repair (from nikon webpage that states: “THIS IS YOUR NIKON INC. ONE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY (VALID IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES, ALASKA, HAWAII, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN). YOU MUST PRESENT THIS FORM TOGETHER WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE AND PROOF OF PURCHASE DATE (BILL OF SALE) TO OBTAIN WARRANTY SERVICE.) says that the warranty covers Brazil, I was informed by the Brazilian customer service that I do not have the right to it. Now I have a camera that does not work with no support from Nikon.
October 27, 2013
Having recently upgraded from a D70 to the D3200, my expectations were for increased functions combined with the D70 quality. These expectations were not met. Yes the increased number of pixels offers greater control during the editing and related activities; However, camera body just doesn't cut it. For example, when compared to the D70:
- Smaller is not better. The camera body creates ergonomic problems creating unexpected mistakes
- Lighter is not necessarily better.Add any larger lens, it becomes seriously front heavy. Similarly adding a flash (i.e., external) , produces a top heavy camera. In essence, controlling the camera becomes more problematic.
- It seems flimsy. The lighter camera sacrifices sturdy for fragile. It seems that contact with anything will produce gashes in the external shell.
- Some functionality appears to be missing with this upgrade. For example, the nighttime landscape was removed.
Summary, if this were my first DSLR, I would not know any better; however, this camera while functionally more sophisticated, lacks the quality of my D70. Perhaps if Nikon invested more on creating a true camera upgrade (e.g., eliminating the video option), they might have created a truly great new step forward without taking us prosumers two plus steps back.
August 5, 2012