"The product is a poorly designed and a waste of money."0.5 starson by VSB312
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.
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