The D3200 was launched in 2012, and still has a lot to off er
Released (year): 2012 Price new: £560/$699 Price used: £150/$180
The D3200 packs plenty of useful features into its compact frame. Designed primarily as a camera for ‘beginners’, one of its standout attractions is an interactive ‘Guide’ mode. Along with intelligent scene analysis and fully automatic shooting, this makes it ideal for sharing with non-enthusiast photographers.
Also suitable as a back-up camera for more advanced photographers, it boasts a 24.2Mp CMOS image sensor coupled with an EXPEED 3 processor; a sensitivity range of ISO100-6400 (ISO12,800 expanded); a high-res 920K pixel rear screen; and reasonably brisk 4fps continuous shooting. For video, there’s full 1080p capture on tap, and a socket for attaching an external microphone.
All in all, the little D3200 is well specified and able to capture great images. However, bear in mind that up-market features – like the ability to drive autofocus on lenses that don’t have internal motors – are absent, and you can’t configure the pop-up flash to act as a wireless commander for remote off-camera flashguns.