Featuring 24.2 effective megapixels, the D3200 employs a Nikon-developed DX-format CMOS image sensor. It achieves high-resolution rendering and rich tonal gradation that smoothly reproduces human skin texture and gradation of sky. Also, utilizing the large sensor of a D-SLR, high-quality still images and movies can be taken with beautiful background blur. The high pixel count of the D3200 is also effective when images are printed. Even when taken still images are trimmed and enlarged, high-resolution image quality is realized with the least degradation.
To process 24.2-megapixel data at
high speed, an image-processing engine EXPEED 3, the same as that used
by the Nikon D4, that is optimized for D-SLRs is incorporated. EXPEED 3
realizes faithful reproduction of human skin, expanded dynamic range and
improved color rendering in Active D-Lighting. With its
high-performance noise-reduction function, rich gradation with less
noise is achieved even at a high sensitivity range, for both still
images and movies.
Also, with high-speed readout from the image sensor integrated with superior image-processing capability, Full HD D-Movie at 1,920 x 1,080/30p is supported.
Wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 6400 is provided. Superior high-sensitivity performance is offered even with high pixel count. The range can be increased up to Hi 1 (ISO 12800 equivalent). Even at high ISO setting, sharp images are delivered with minimized noise while maintaining resolution. Setting high ISO sensitivity enables you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture pictures without worrying about image degradation caused by camera shake even when shooting at night or in dark interiors, or when shooting a moving subject such as children or pets. Furthermore, this superior high-sensitivity performance is effective for D-Movie and you can shoot beautiful movies without large-scale lighting equipment even in low-light conditions.
Utilizing a 420-pixel RGB sensor, the camera detects brightness and colors finely, and identifies the situation of the subject accurately before shooting. The results are reflected in autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash control and auto white balance for accurate auto control. Moreover, the D3200 detects human faces utilizing the Face Detection System, and applies the information to autofocus, auto exposure, auto white balance and playback zoom of face.
The D3200 analyzes color and brightness information of the scene utilizing the light source identification function of Scene Recognition System and detects the light source precisely by referencing the in-camera database for auto white balance. In this way, it can determine the ideal white balance even with difficult light sources.
It is difficult to reproduce the brightness of subjects as it appears in such scenes as a dark room including outside scenery seen through a window, high-contrast scenes such as at the seaside under strong sunlight, and backlit situations. The D3200 employs Active D-Lighting that preserves details in both highlights and shadowy areas in such situations, maintaining moderate contrast. You can reproduce brightness as you see it in both bright and dark situations.
With D-SLRs, it sometimes occurs that dust becomes attached to the OLPF (optical low-pass filter) located in front of the image sensor when exchanging lenses, and is photographed in taken images. To prevent dust from degrading images, the D3200 employs the Image Sensor Cleaning function and Airflow Control System. These double measures effectively reduce the possibility of dust being photographed in the frame, ensuring beautiful images.
Vibrations at multiple different resonant frequencies are used to reduce dust on the low-pass filter. This function is automatically activated each time the camera is turned on and off. It can also be activated from the menu.
This controls the flow of air using small ducts near the lens mount, preventing internal dust from sticking to the low-pass filter in front of the image sensor.
NIKKOR is Nikon's lens brand that is highly praised by countless photo enthusiasts and professionals. NIKKOR has always led the way by incorporating Nikon's original technologies. With its superior optical quality and an extensive lineup, NIKKOR maximizes the high image quality of the D3200's 24.2 effective megapixels, thus delivering excellent imaging performance for both stills and movies.
-Nikon's original Vibration Reduction (VR) even compensates blur in the viewfinder image for comfortable handheld shooting
When shooting in dark locations, it is necessary for the camera to open the shutter for an extended period of time to receive sufficient light. This may result in a blurred image caused by camera shake. Nikon built the VR function into the lens to reduce the effects of camera shake. Different from a blur-reduction function built into the camera body, this ensures a stable viewfinder image during shooting for comfortable shooting. The VR function is effective for sports and dusk or night scenes where image blur may be caused with handheld shooting.
Note: Vibration Reduction function is only available with VR lenses.
-AF-S lenses with built-in SWM (Silent Wave Motor) ensure quiet autofocus operation
Nikon's original SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for AF drive is an autofocus motor that converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to drive optics for autofocus. AF-S lenses that incorporate the SWM achieve quiet AF operation.
-Nano Crystal Coat provides clear images with minimal ghost or flare
This is an antireflective coating that originated from Nikon's work in semiconductor manufacturing technology. Ghost effects caused by red light, which were incredibly difficult to prevent with previous systems, and ghost and flare effects caused by light entering the lens diagonally are effectively reduced.
-ED glass effectively minimizes chromatic aberration at high magnification
Nikon-developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass minimizes prism-caused color dispersion. For lenses using normal optical glass, the longer the focal length, the more difficult it is to correct the chromatic aberration that causes color fringing. Nikon's ED glass effectively compensates for this kind of chromatic aberration.
-Aspherical lens for effective distortion correction
This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces to correct certain types of lens aberration. These elements are particularly useful for correcting the distortion in wide-angle lenses.
The D3200 employs Guide Mode that enables you to take pictures and movies the way you want, even if you are a first-time user of a D-SLR. By just following the guides displayed in the monitor, a variety of image expression is realized easily, such as "Soften background" to emphasize the subject, "Capture reds in sunsets", or "Take bright/dark photos".
Optical viewfinder shooting is convenient in high-speed continuous shooting or when tracking a moving subject. The D3200 features approx. 95% frame coverage and approx. 0.8x magnification. The clear and easy-to-see viewfinder supports comfortable shooting with minimal time lag.
The D3200 incorporates a high-speed and highly accurate 11-point AF system. A cross-type sensor covers the most frequently used center area to deliver superior subject-acquisition and focusing performance. With Scene Recognition System, the D3200 shows enhanced subject identification and composition change detection. In Auto-area AF mode, the D3200 achieves focus at the appropriate focus point by detecting background, foreground and subject. In 3D-tracking (11 points) mode*, the focus point automatically changes to track the subject even if it moves or composition is changed while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. Also, the camera employs superimposed indicators for bright and easy-to-see viewfinder information. Focus points are displayed clearly.
The D3200's shutter unit is tested for 100,000 cycles with the shutter actually loaded to prove its high durability. The release mode button/Self-timer button/Remote control button on the camera back enables selection of release modes from Single frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Delayed Remote (2 s), Quick-response remote and Quiet shutter release. The Quiet shutter release mode is convenient when you want to shoot with reduced shutter-release sound for occasions such as a school play or when taking pictures of wildlife, insects, or a sleeping child. It also contributes to high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 4 fps*.
Ideal for stationary subjects. You can focus on the subject selecting one of the 11 focus points according to your composition. This mode is convenient when you want to focus on a desired point when shooting flowers or portraits.
Suitable for capturing an erratically moving subject. Select one of the 11 focus points. In AF-A or AF-C mode, if the subject briefly leaves the selected focus point, the camera will focus based on information from the surrounding points.
The D3200 detects the subject using information from all 11 focus points and automatically focuses on it. This mode is recommended for shooting when you want to capture decisive moments reliably such as for snapshots.
-3D-tracking (11 points)
The D3200 focuses on a subject using a selected focus point. In AF-A or AF-C mode, once focusing is achieved with the selected focus point, the focus point automatically changes to track the subject even if it moves or composition is changed while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. This is convenient when composition is a priority.
Live view shooting using an LCD monitor feels more like shooting with a compact digital camera. This is convenient when it is difficult to use the viewfinder to take high-angle or low-angle shots, or when you want to determine composition using approx. 100% frame coverage in landscape or portrait photography. You can shoot while confirming your subject with the large, easy-to-view, 7.5-cm (3-in.) VGA (approx. 921k-dot), LCD monitor. The desired AF area can be selected by moving a focus point with the multi selector. For close-up shooting of flowers and other small subjects using a tripod, you can magnify images up to approx. 9.4 times to check the exact focus.
-Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Suitable for a stationary subject such as landscapes, architecture or flowers.
-Full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Convenient for shooting a moving subject which is usually difficult to focus on, such as a child or pet. Available in both live view mode and movie recording. Camera focuses continuously as the subject moves.
-Manual focus (MF)
Manual focusing. Suitable for a subject for which autofocus is difficult, such as an animal in a cage or a person in the shade with the sun in the background.
Ideal for focusing on someone's face such as for a commemorative photo.
Suitable for handheld shooting such as for a landscape. AF area can be moved to a desired point within the frame.
Convenient for shooting with pin-point focus for a designated position such as for a close-up of a flower. Using a tripod is recommended for more precise focusing.
After focusing is activated, AF area tracks the subject. Ideal for capturing a moving subject such as a child or pet.
When a shooting scene is decided, rotate the mode dial to the relevant scene mode. The camera automatically selects the most appropriate setting, ensuring beautiful pictures.
Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait
During live view shooting with the mode dial set to Auto or Auto (flash off), Scene Auto Selector* automatically activates the most suitable scene mode according to the shooting scene or subject. The icon of the selected mode such as Landscape and Portrait is displayed at the top left of the monitor.
If you don't understand a function while viewing menu items, just press the help button. This assistance makes it easy for even first-time D-SLR users to operate the D3200 while learning functions.
A compact and lightweight design is employed to ensure comfortable carrying and holding. The indented area of the grip on the front and thumb rest space on the back have been widened as much as possible to achieve reliable holding. Because the camera is held securely, sharp pictures with minimal camera shake can be captured. The D3200 also has a refined layout of buttons and dials. The mode dial is moderately inclined for natural operation, while button layout around the shutter-release button ensures comfortable operation. You have a choice of two colors – black and red.
Various kinds of shooting information can be shown in the information display. For the display design, you can choose from two options – Classic or Graphic. Furthermore, the background color of the display can be selected from blue, black or orange (Classic) or white, black or brown (Graphic) according to the body color.
Pressing the information edit button when shooting information is displayed gives you direct access to the menu of the setting you would like to adjust.
The D3200's efficient energy-saving design allows you to shoot approx. 540 shots per charge* with the EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.
The D3200 gives you a variety of playback display options that take advantage of the large 7.5-cm (3-in.) monitor. The number of images displayed at one time can be selected from 1, 4, 9 and 72, and calendar display arranges images in chronological order. Playback zoom of face function is also available that is convenient when checking the focus of a subject accurately.
When the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is connected to the D3200, it is possible to transmit images to a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet PC wirelessly. Beautiful images that only D-SLRs can capture are now available for SNS or email. Moreover, a remote shooting function that enables shutter release from a distant place is employed. You can take shots from a wide shooting angle, while confirming an image to be taken, with a smart device as a live view display. Android OS smart devices are supported.
Note: To use this function, it is necessary to install Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility in a smart device.
Required when using a smart device by connecting the D3200 with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. Compatible OSs: Android 2.3 series (smartphone); Android 3.x series (tablet)
Note: Can be downloaded from the Google Play Store (free).
The D3200 is compatible with GP-1 GPS Unit that is able to embed location information on an image. Latitude, longitude and altitude of a shooting location are recorded as Exif data. Images with location information can be displayed on a GeoTag workspace of ViewNX 2 (supplied with the D3200). What's more, Nikon's image sharing and storage website my Picturetown, online image sharing services and commercially available digital mapping software are all there to enhance your photographic enjoyment.
The D3200 offers Full HD movie recording at 1,920 x 1,080/30p. You can shoot beautiful movies utilizing 24.2 effective megapixels. It is possible to record movies with expanded image expression utilizing beautiful blur that only D-SLRs can offer, a variety of perspectives with a wide interchangeable lens lineup, and superior high-sensitivity performance. When subject-tracking AF is used, even a moving subject is kept focused. The movie-record button is located next to the shutter-release button to enable instant movie recording start. You can record movies as if using a video camcorder. With the D3200, manual setting for movie recording is possible (only when exposure mode is set to M). You can set shutter speed and ISO sensitivity before starting recording*. Furthermore, a flicker reduction function is employed to enable you to select flicker frequency (50Hz/60Hz) or choose automatic.
Note: Movies shown above were recorded with D-Movie and converted to Flash Video format. Actual D-Movie image quality may differ.
-Use a tripod in movie recording
In movie shooting, panning (tracking a subject's movement horizontally) and tilting (tracking vertically) will result in beautiful images. For smooth panning and tilting, use of a tripod is recommended because image blur caused by camera shake is likely to occur in handheld shooting.
-Controlling the background blur
Recent D-SLR cameras enable movie recording that emphasizes the background blur effect. With the D3200, you can control the degree of blur by changing the aperture (f-number) before recording.
Note: Aperture values cannot be changed during recording. Set aperture before starting live view.
-Wide NIKKOR lens lineup
One of the great advantages of D-SLRs is that you can enjoy diversified movie expression by changing lenses. Use a telephoto zoom lens to capture distant children at an athletic meeting, trains or airplanes, a wide-angle zoom lens for shooting landscapes, a standard zoom lens or micro lens for a baby or pets, or a fisheye lens when you want to creatively deform architecture. Using a variety of interchangeable NIKKOR lenses will make your movie recording much more enjoyable.
-Utilize Picture Control
With six types of Picture Control incorporated in the D3200, you can freely manage the colors and mood of your images by choosing an option of monochrome, vivid, etc. as you do for still images.
In addition to monaural recording with the built-in microphone, the D3200 lets you record stereo sound with the optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone. Using the ME-1 Stereo Microphone also reduces noise caused by lens vibration being recorded during autofocus shooting. Furthermore, you can select the sensitivity setting from auto or manual for either the built-in microphone or the ME-1 Stereo Microphone. In manual setting, you can choose the sensitivity level from 20 steps.
You can edit your movie easily without a PC. It is possible to delete unwanted parts by choosing the start or end point in single frame units, and save a selected frame as a JPEG image with the same image size as that of the selected movie frame.
Frame size (pixels)
1,920 x 1,080
1,280 x 720
640 x 424
With D-SLRs, expression range is remarkably widened by changing lenses. You can enjoy a variety of expression that cannot be achieved with compact digital cameras. The extensive NIKKOR lens lineup includes bright, single-focal-length lenses that offer large and beautiful background blur, wide-angle zoom lenses that capture wide-spread landscapes, telephoto zoom lenses that let you get closer to distant subjects, fisheye lenses for creatively deformed images that only diagonal type fisheye lenses can offer, and micro lenses that are ideal for close-up shooting of flowers and other small subjects.
Note: AF-S or AF-I lens with a built-in motor is required to activate AF with the D3200.
5.5x compact and lightweight super-telephoto zoom lens that covers an angle of view equivalent to a focal length of up to 300 mm. Suitable for getting closer to distant subjects or capturing them in a natural way without distracting or disturbing them in situations such as sports and wildlife shooting. Vibration Reduction (VRII) offers an effective vibration reduction function for comfortable super-telephoto shooting.
This micro lens features a compact and light body that makes it suitable for carrying anywhere with the compact D3200. With a focal length close to that of a standard lens, you can easily enjoy close-up photography at up to 1:1 reproduction ratio (minimum focus distance is 0.163 m/0.53 ft*) utilizing high resolution and large, beautiful image blur. It also provides a particular nuance to portrait and landscape photography.
It enables you to carry out handheld shooting even in low-light situations such as indoors with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. Shooting utilizing beautiful blur is also available. Ideal in candid or landscape shooting for capturing subjects naturally.
2.4x ultra-wide-angle zoom lens covering 109° angle of view. Come closer to a subject to capture the scene with wide background and dynamically rendered subject. It is also available as a standard lens because it includes an angle of view suited for candid shooting, etc. Furthermore, close-up shooting is possible at the telephoto position. Optimal for situations such as interiors with limited space, architecture and landscapes, or when you want to emphasize perspective.
When you shoot in low-light, backlit or shaded conditions, the D3200 detects the situation of the subject, pops up the built-in flash automatically and fires*. An optimal amount of light for the scene realizes naturally reproduced images.
If light with the built-in flash is insufficient, it is recommended to use an optional Speedlight. Bounce flash operation, which bounces the flash light off the ceiling or a wall, is made possible with a Speedlight. It fills your shooting scenes with soft light, minimizes unnatural shadows caused by direct flash light and produces a more natural-looking image.
Compact and lightweight. The flash head (light-emitting s