PUSH­ING THE LIM­ITS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Wait… en­try-level DSLRs are not sup­posed to have 24.2 megapix­els? So what is a DX-for­mat CMOS im­age sen­sor with twice as many pix­els as reg­u­lar DSLRs do­ing in the new Nikon D3200. Well, the D3200 seems part of Nikon’s de­signs to push the lim­its for cam­eras. First the 36MP D800, and now this. DE­SIGN The D3200 is an ul­tra light­weight DSLR. Weigh­ing just 505 gm with the bat­tery and mem­ory card, this can be very handy for am­a­teurs. How­ever, pro­fes­sion­als might find it a bit too light, es­pe­cially while us­ing the zoom lenses. There is a viewfinder as well as a three­inch LCD mon­i­tor, which you can use for live view and for shoot­ing HD videos. The menu but­ton is at the left of the LCD and is cov­ers al­most ev­ery­thing you want to do with the cam­era. But we would have liked one touch ac­cess to the ISO and White Bal­ance—which you now have to se­lect af­ter click­ing the Info but­ton. We loved the fact that the LCD dis­play changes ori­en­ta­tion as you flip the cam­era around. How­ever, we did not like the red body op­tion, which has a very pla­s­ticky fin­ish. The black body, of course, re­tains the tra­di­tional feel of a DSLR. PER­FOR­MANCE The new DX-for­mat CMOS im­age sen­sor com­pletely negates noise, cer­tainly in the full frames. You can crop out any part of the frame to make a high-res­o­lu­tion pic­ture on its own. You will see noise only at the last zoom in and that is quite ok. This is also a very fast cam­era, thanks to the EXPEED 3 im­age-pro­cess­ing engine. It will lock on to mov­ing sub­jects with ease and keeps the fo­cus. You see this even while shoot­ing Full HD videos as the cam­era is al­most al­ways in fo­cus. It is hard to miss the sharp­ness of the im­age, what­ever the light you are shoot­ing in. As in most new cam­eras, there is a Record but­ton near the trig­ger to ini­ti­ate video record­ing. EASE OF USE There is a guide mode where the cam­era will tell you what to do and how. Though not rec­om­mended if you are shoot­ing in a hurry, this can be a real boon for be­gin­ners. There is also a re­touch menu where you can give ef­fects to pic­tures al­ready saved. We liked the red-eye cor­rec­tion and im­age over­lay op­tion, which are usu­ally not found in cam­eras.

NIKON D3200

Price:

` 37,950

(with AF-S DX 18-55mm lens)

Specs:

24.2 MP CMOS sen­sor; 1.5x lens fo­cal length; 1/4,000 to 30 s; f5.3 to f36; ISO 6400; Full HD; SDHC & SDXC, Live view.

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