Pros + Pictures are really vivid, great colors and much more closer to real colors of the environment
+ Resolution is excellent
+ FPS is fast and satisfying
+ D3200 is so easy to use
+ Many focus modes to give the maximum flexibility
Cons - No Auto-Focus with FX lens
- No bracketing
Summary 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; [...])Edit:
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.
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 for me - I 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 I face situations of high contrast. This is almost High-Dynamic-Range (HDR). However I usually have this off since I do post processing of the raw images with Photoshop.
OK, now some notes:
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.
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 I 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).
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Updated on Dec 2, 2013
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Pros the number of mega pixels
Cons See the letter sent to Nikon. As an FYI, Nikon's response was thanks for the email, but you are on your own.
Summary This email documents my significant dissatisfaction with a recently purchased Nikon D3200: it is a request for your assistance and suggestions.
Without any reservation, I believed--given trade reviews and authorized vendor recommendations-- that replacing my 7 year old Nikon D70 with the new D3200 was a solid and wise choice. Anticipating a quality camera, I complemented the purchase with the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED and Capture NX2 software.
My expectations for this camera were not met. Yes, the increased number of pixels offers greater control during the editing process. However, this camera, overall, is a significantly inferior product for someone who falls on the professional side of the prosumer market. In sharp comparison to my experiences with the D70, problems with the D3200 include:
• Smaller is not better. This new more compact camera body creates ergonomic problems. For example, my hands cramp when the body is held for more than a few images. The outcome? Missed and/or unsatisfactory images.
• Lighter is not better. Attaching any lens larger (e.g. AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED) than the included 18-55 mm lens produces a significantly imbalanced camera. Essentially, the camera with lens becomes way too front heavy. Adding an external a flash unit compounds the problem with a totally unwieldy camera that distorts most every image.
• The D3200 construction is fragile and flimsy. The camera body—even with the most gentle care—appears built for gashes and similar problems. In contrast to my old D70, this external shell is primed for destruction, making me reticent to really use the camera
• The lack of the internal auto focus/motor function. This was an invaluable function of my D70. Further, this deficit limits my selection of additional lenses.
• The included 18-55mm lens requires replacing. For whatever reasons, the lens just doesn't provide adequate control to produce quality images. This is in sharp contrast with the basic lens with my D70. As this lens has little to no resale value, I will need to purchase a replacement lens in lieu of purchasing a more expensive telephoto or macro lens.
• Digital video is both unnecessary and superfluous. This DSLR was purchased to capture images. Like the old adage, "A jack of all trades, is a master of none". If I were interested in HD video, I'd purchase a digital video camera. Rather than the video function, I would well prefer to have the internal focus/motor function included with my D70. Further, Nikon could always offer the video function as an add-on.
BTW, the lens that comes with the camera is flimsy and needs to be replaced immediately.
My dilemma: Today, my options today are limited. Essentially, my significant investment in this camera and lens, along with an additional lens and Nikon software, leaves me stuck with an unsatisfactory product. While my old D70 was always with me, I rarely use this D3200: currently, I have captured approximately 250-300 images since purchasing this product. Further, images taken with this camera proved unsatisfactory to (i.e., rejected by) my clients. Lastly, as the trade-in value for this nearly unused camera is minimal, I find myself rethinking my investment in Nikon products. In other words, the cost of any upgrade punishes me a long term Nikon user.
Summary: If this were my first DSLR—and I didn't know better—I might well be satisfied. However, I do know better. This D3200, while offering a greater number of pixels, lacks the quality of my D70. Perhaps if Nikon invested more on creating a true camera upgrade, they might have created a truly great new step forward without taking this serious, prosumer, two steps back.
Pros + Resolution is excellent
+ AF is good for this kind of body
+ Small size and light weight
+ Active D-lighting
+ Good low-light performance
+ HD video capability plus microphone jack
Cons - No bracketing
- Must buy with kit lens
- Small body means uncomfortable grip
Summary I went with Nikon for my first dslr as I was given an old Nikon lens and this product was released right at the same time.
I used to take pictures years ago, but uni got in the way and now i have time to start again a bit more seriously.
I know a fair bit about tech and liked the face that the canon 550 is basically a 600d without the flippy screen, so was available for less money. The new 650 looks like a major improvement with touch being added in. However, I love the build quality and image quality I am getting with the Nikon kit lens and indeed old manual lenses.
I shoot raw and use lightroom 4 to develop the images and the detail retained is impressive.
Had the camera for less than a month and used it when the weather allows, so im over 1000 shots and the learning curve for me has been non existent.
Live view is a must have for me, its not always better than the viewfinder, but its a great feature for low angles, landscapes or any situation where you want to frame the shot precisely. The old springy switch on the 3100 is replaced with a regular button, which I was down about to begin with, but i like the button just as much (having held a 3100 about twice) and its still in the best location for it.
I have yet to use the video mode for any real purpose. The creative possibilities there are good. The few times i have tried it is during a consort (in a marquee) and an acoustic set (in a barn, my musical settings have been obscure recently) and the audio was clear and true. The record button is on the top behind the shutter button, and its easy to get at, I prefer that to it being where the live view button is placed, as I use video much less.
Also 24mp might be a trick to get people excited about the high count, but I like having the high resolution. As a last resort, I can crop without worrying too much and pick out the composition I was trying to get at the time. Noise and grain are dealt with extremely well and even at high ISO - up to and sometimes beyond 3200 - the results are pleasing, or at least mild enough to be easily recoverable in lightroom.
Holding the camera is comfortable for me, the only flaw I could pick in the design is the aperture/exposure button location. Its behind the shutter release and to the right slightly. Its not horrible, but I would prefer it on the other side of the camera near the fn button (used to change ISO). I am left handed, and that might be the cause of that issue. The camera is not particularly heavy, I could carry this all day happily, whereas thats not true with bulkier pro dslrs.
Battery life hasn't been as issue for me either, but make sure it is fully charged before you intend to use, as it may not last a full days intensive use!
Everything else is well thought out and just works. All the menus are straight forward enough, and there are options available to setup the camera pretty much to whatever way you find it works best for you. Guide mode is not something I intend to use, but its very good at taking a step back and explaining all the controls and when or why to use them. Sample images are even used to explain the concepts further.
Overall, if you are looking for a new dslr, want fantastic images, the ability to record quality video and perhaps learn to improve your photography after using a compact or bridge camera, this is for you. Nikon has a huge range of available lenses, some of which are affordable, but many of the better quality ones easily exceed the price of the camera. It is important to note that this is a dx format camera.
Finally the camera has a crop factor of 1.5x. So every lens' focal length is multiplied by 1.5.
For example the kit 18-55mm is approximately equiv to a 27 - 82mm lens in 35mm terms.
For best deal of the Nikon D3200, I suggest you have to check at -> www.amazon.com/dp/B007VGGFZU/?tag=reviews.cnet.com-20
Hope this helps as its way more complicated than it needs to be. If you get the camera, thankfully most of the details don't matter so much.
Pros Small size compact and light
HD vedio capability and fast tracking
High quality microphone Jack
Excellant 18-105mm lens
Performance in low light is good
Cons Kit lenses costly
Summary I am having this camera from last 6 months. Holding the camera is comfortable for me. I could carry this all day happily being a light camera.
The viewfinder and live view, both are a great feature in it and are good to focus for different situations. Guide mode is of great use. It is very good at taking a step back and explaining all the controls and teaching when or why to use them.
I have done vedio recording at a function. The vedio and audio was clear and true. The record button for vedio is on the top behind the shutter button which makes it easy to switch to recording or to click still photos.
Battery life is a issue for me. Even when fully charged before you use, it will not last a full days use specially on recording of vedios. A range of lenses are available, but the price is too high and are costly.
Overall, if you are looking for a new DSLR and learn to improve your photography, require good photos and the capability to record quality videos this is the perfect camera.
Pros Good quality photos
Lightwieght and easy to carry
Good for videos
Fast Image tracking while doing videos
Cons Kit Lenses
Summary Buy this camera but with a diffrent kit lens or buy sigma lens
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