Nikon D3200 DSLR camera – consumer review

Consumer review of the affordable 24 megapixel DSLR camera Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200 DSLR review
Nikon D3200 DSLR camera – consumer review

Today we are taking a closer look at one of the most popular DSLR cameras – the Nikon D3200. Actually the D3200 is rated among the top 10 of the best DSLRs in use today. This affordable DSLR has been on the market for about two years ago and has been a real star in Nikon’s wide range of camera since then.

I am not going to bother you with raw stats about the D3200 as there are so many in depth reviews online. I am just going to discuss with you its main features and qualities that made it such a successful entry-level DSLR camera and well ahead of competitors like the Canon 1200D.

Nikon D3200 kit box

The Price

Nikon D3200 is not only a great performer but also comes at a very affordable price. You can easily find it with the stock 18-55 lens kit for under $700 and usually including some extras like original Nikon camera bag and memory card. Similarly performing DSLR cameras would cost you at least $50-100 more.

Form factor

Nikon D3200 has a very compact shape and size and is quite smaller that most cameras in this class. It is also lightweight despite the good quality plastics that are used to build it.
Nikon D3200

Performance

The D3200 has 24MP sensor which is great for cropping images. And let’s not forget that most DSLRs in this price range come with sensors under 20MP which says a lot about the D3200. Depending on the lens you are using the Nikon D3200 can make some outstanding images that match the quality of much more expensive cameras. The most commonly used lenses for the D3200 are the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G and the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D. The stock kit lens that is usually included with the this camera is AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR II which is great choice for beginners. If you are ready to invest some more in your D3200 I would also recommend the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED and the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G which is does an amazing job for macro images. 
AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR II lens
Nikon AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR II lens

Nikon D3200 video review

 

Nikon D3200 is a great all around camera and probably one of the best beginner’s DSLRs on the market. Now the D3300 and its improved video features and some other minor updates that make it the real star among the DSLRs in this class but it is still some $150-200 more expensive than the D3200.

I would also recommend you to check the full Nikon 3200 video review by Jared Polin.

You can also check how the the D3200’s predecessor performed couple of years ago: Nikon D3100 features, specs and review.

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