Nikon D3200 Key facts
When launched, at 24.2 megapixels the D3200 had the highest pixel count of any Nikon DX camera, and was second only to the D800 full-frame camera. However, it’s now essentially equalled by all other cameras in this test group.
Typical of Nikon’s entry-level cameras, the D3200 is fitted with a Multi-Cam 1000 autofocus module which has 11 AF points, including one cross-type point at the centre. Autofocus won’t work on lens/teleconverter combinations with maximum apertures greater than f/5.6.
The D3200 has a maximum burst rate of four frames per second, which is a decent turn of speed for this class of camera. The buffer has a generous capacity of up to 18 RAW files, although RAW files themselves are limited to 12-bit colour depth, without the larger but more useful option of 14-bit.
As with other recent Nikons, the D3200 contains a 3D Colour Matrix II metering sensor. However, it has a modest pixel count of 420 pixels, compared with 2016 pixels for the D5200, D5300 and D7100. Metering tends to drift to the bright side, especially under bright, direct sunlight.
As with most entry-level cameras from competing manufacturers, polycarbonate is the body material of choice. The D3200 feels reasonably robust, but not as rigid as the D3300. The latter is also a little lighter at 460g, compared with the D3200’s 505g.
Need to know
Like the D3300, D5200 and D5300, the D3200 has no internal autofocus motor. This makes autofocus impossible with lenses that lack a built-in autofocus actuator. As such, when choosing Nikon-made lenses, it’s generally best to stick with ‘AF-S’ models.