Nikon D3200 Key facts

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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.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

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.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

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.

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