The D3200 at a glance

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Pop-up flash

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.

Fn but­ton

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.

Hot­shoe

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.

Left-hand but­tons

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.

Four-way pad

The four-way pad, with an OK but­ton at its cen­tre, makes for easy menu nav­i­ga­tion.

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