The D3200 at a glance
The built-in, pop-up flash has a power rating of Gn 12 (metres, ISO100) and is handy for adding fill-in lighting.
Focus assist lamp
Whereas competing Canon D-SLRs tend to use an annoying bright flicker from their pop-up flash, the D3200 has a built-in AF assist lamp, as do all other cameras in this group.
You can customise this button for quick access to image quality settings, ISO, white balance or Active D-Lighting (on or off).
Shooting mode dial
There’s a good range of shooting modes, including the beginner-friendly, interactive ‘Guide’ mode.
As with all Nikon D-SLRs, a hotshoe enables TTL flash metering with dedicated flashguns.
Shutter button area
Around the shutter button are additional buttons for movie start/stop, on-screen info and exposure compensation.
Unlike on the D5200 and D5300, there’s a strip of lefthand buttons for access to menu options, plus playback and zoom in either Live View or image review.
Drive mode button
Plentiful drive modes include a ‘Quiet’ option, where the reflex mirror remains up until you release the shutter button.
The four-way pad, with an OK button at its centre, makes for easy menu navigation.