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First Review of Nikon D3200 Published

By fotosiamo on May 31st 2012

Nikon D3200

Digital Camera Resource have just published one of the first reviews of Nikon D3200.

Here is a quick rundown on his conclusion:

If you’re looking for an entry-level digital SLR that’s very easy to use, look no further than the Nikon D3200. It takes nice-looking photos (just keep an eye on the exposure), offers a feature set that’ll please consumers (and maybe a few enthusiasts), and it’s small and light enough to carry around every day. It’s not a great choice for the more hardcore user, due to the lack of bracketing and other manual controls, and I wouldn’t recommend using live view for anything moving. If you can live with those issues then I think you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with the D3200.


  • Very good photo quality (though see issues below)
  • Compact body is well built for this class
  • Snappy performance when shooting with the viewfinder
  • Standard selection of manual controls, including WB fine-tuning and RAW support
  • Guide Mode makes taking complex photos a snap; help screens for menus an added bonus
  • Active D-Lighting brightens shadows, reduces highlight clipping
  • Redeye not a problem
  • Full HD video recording w/continuous AF
  • Elaborate playback mode, complete with RAW editing
  • Above average battery life
  • Stereo mic input + support for GPS and wired/wireless remotes
  • Optional (and inexpensive) Wi-Fi adapter lets you beam photos to smartphones and beyond; phone can also be used to take photos remotely, compleith live view

  • CONS

  • Tends to overexpose outdoors (and the opposite in our studio)
  • Images on the soft side
  • Very slow AF when using live view
  • Photos taken in artificial light tended to have a brownish color cast
  • No bracketing of any kind
  • LCD doesn’t seem as sharp as specs imply
  • Mono sound recording in movie mode (stereo mic is optional)
  • Live histogram in live view would’ve been nice
  • Full manual on CD-ROM (though printed basic manual isn’t bad)

  • Curious to see how he reached his conclusion? Be sure to read DCResource’s Nikon D3200 review.

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    Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

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    1. Joseph Prusa

      Nice review

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