Nikon D3200

It’s the least ex­pen­sive cam­era in the group but also the old­est, and this en­try-level model is start­ing to show its age

NPhoto - - Test Team -

DX-FOR­MAT SLR Nikon D3200 £250, $425 (body only) www.nikon.com

No­body makes it eas­ier for ab­so­lute be­gin­ners to get into dig­i­tal SLR pho­tog­ra­phy than Nikon. Orig­i­nally an­nounced back in April 2012, the D3200 fea­tures the ubiq­ui­tous ‘full auto’ shoot­ing mode, a good smat­ter­ing of scene modes, and all of the more ad­vanced PASM shoot­ing modes. A key el­e­ment to the cam­era’s suc­cess is that it also in­cludes a ‘Guide’ shoot­ing mode, which acts as a built-in, in­ter­ac­tive tu­to­rial on pho­tog­ra­phy tech­niques and cam­era set­tings.

The lay­out of con­trol di­als and but­tons is rel­a­tively sim­ple, in keep­ing with the cam­era’s tar­get mar­ket. Even so, there are suf­fi­cient di­rect-ac­cess but­tons for a va­ri­ety of im­por­tant shoot­ing set­tings, as well as a cus­tomis­able Fn but­ton. Un­like on the D5200 and D5300, there’s no pivot fa­cil­ity for the LCD screen, but the ben­e­fit of this is the ex­tra row of left-hand but­tons down the rear of the cam­era, for ad­di­tional shoot­ing and play­back con­trols.

Per­for­mance

We were im­pressed by the D3200’s per­for­mance when it was first launched, but it’s since been some­what eclipsed by newer cam­eras like the D3300 and the more up­mar­ket D5300. Com­pared with th­ese, the D3200’s im­age qual­ity can be a lit­tle lack­ing in clar­ity, es­pe­cially in terms of mid-tone con­trast and colour ren­di­tion, while me­ter­ing tends to­wards slight over­ex­po­sure in bright, sunny con­di­tions.

Ma­trix me­ter­ing for this sunny shot has re­sulted in the im­age be­ing too bright

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