Nikon D3200 Key facts

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Im­age sen­sor

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.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

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.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

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.

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