Nikon D3200 Key facts
Image sensor and processing
At its launch, the D3200 had the highest pixel count of any DX-format Nikon, but it’s since been matched by all of the D-SLRs in this group. It is the only one that retains an optical low-pass filter. The image processor is also a generation older.
The Multi-Cam 1000 phase-detection autofocus module is ubiquitous in Nikon D3XXX-series cameras. It has 11 AF points with one cross-type point at the centre (able to resolve detail in horizontal and vertical planes). The spread of AF points across the frame is pretty far-reaching.
With a maximum burst rate of four frames per second, the D3200 has the slowest continuous drive rate in the group. On the plus side, the buffer can hold up to 18 shots when shooting in RAW mode, whereas the D3300’s maximum capacity is just 11 shots.
All the D-SLRs in this group use Nikon’s 3D Colour Matrix II metering system. In the D3200, as with the D3300, the metering module has a relatively low pixel count of 420 pixels. It’s much higher in the D5300 and D5500, whereas the J5 uses its image sensor for metering.
Weighing in at 505g, the D3200 weighs almost twice as much as the dinky little Nikon 1 J5, and it’s also a little heavier than the D3300 and the D5500. Overall, the body feels solid and well built, with high-quality switches, buttons and other controls throughout.
Need to know
As with other D3XXX-and D5XXX-series cameras, the D3200 has no autofocus motor. This makes autofocus impossible when using Nikon’s older ‘AF’ rather than ‘AF-S’ lenses, and when using lenses from independent manufacturers that require autofocus to be driven from the camera.