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Nikon D3200: Popular camera gets sequel

Over the past year, we’ve tested a lot of mirrorless system cameras. But we haven’t completely forgotten the more traditionally built cameras with movable mirror and optical viewfinder. The D3200 is an interesting newcomer in that genre from Nikon. This is, so to speak, an advanced entry-level camera with a very high resolution of 24 megapixels. In addition, the camera has received a long-awaited small accessory in the form of the small Wi-Fi device WU-1a.

The sensor is thus 24 megapixels, a substantial increase from the 14 that the previous model, the D3100, had. Many will probably worry about noise, but the D3200 behaves at least as well as its older sibling, in fact better overall. At low sensitivity, image quality is very good, with more dynamic range than its predecessor and enormous detail. In low light, the result is excellent, you can safely run at iso 3200 and if you are prepared to scale the images a bit, you can go all the way to iso 12800.

Nikon D3200

Smooth camera
The D3200 is a reasonably flexible camera to work with. If you are a beginner, you can learn a lot via the guide mode which explains how to use the camera settings. The grip is comfortable if your hands are not too big, buttons and controls are in the right place and are clear enough for you to wear gloves. The only external thing we were annoyed about was the slightly cold green color tone of the LCD screen, it means that the pictures don’t look exactly like when you show them on the computer.

The D3200 starts fairly quickly and you rarely have to wait for anything in the camera. The burst is four frames per second which is perfectly fine and you can shoot a bit over 20 bursts before the buffer runs out which is impressive.

Nikon D3200

Detailed video image
The video quality is better than with the D3100, with, among other things, less jello effect and a more detailed image both when panning and when holding the camera still. The autofocus during video is anything but fast, but better than before. The built-in microphone is mono, but you have an input for a separate stereo microphone, an accessory that is highly recommended.

The Nikon D3200 is a bit more expensive than its older sibling the D3100, but in our eyes gives more for the money. The image quality is magnificently good, the camera feels fast and lively to use. It’s just as easy and helpful for beginners as the D3100 and also has a nice and cheap wifi unit.

Nikon D3200
Manufacturer: Nikon, www.nikon.se
Resolution: 24.2 megapixels.
Sensor size: Aps-c (16×24 mm).
Movie feature: 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second in mpeg-4.
Lens mount: Nikon F.
Screen: 3 inches (921,000 pixels).
Serial shooting: 4 frames/second.
Built-in flash/microphone input: Yes Yes.
Memory: Sd.
In/outputs: Usb, off-out, microphone, hdmi.
Measure: 12.5 x 9.6 x 7.7 centimeters.
Battery capacity: 540 images.
Weight: 505 grams with battery and memory card, but without lens.
Award: SEK 4,500 (SEK 5,000 with 18-55/3.5-5.6 VR).

Plus: Good picture quality. Uncomplicated handling. Nice features.
Minus: The screen often shows the wrong color tone.
Grade: (8 out of 10)

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