Nikon has today announced the successor to the D3100 in the shape of the D3200. The new model takes over as the entry-level DSLR within the Nikon range, although a cursory glance at the headline specs reveal a camera that looks to be anything but basic.
The D3200 is built around a new 24.2MP CMOS sensor and Nikon’s latest generation of EXPEED 3 image processor – the very same engine found inside the flagship D4. This combination enables the D3200 to offer a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 6400 (expandable to 12,800) alongside a maximum continuous shooting speed of 4fps.
Other highlights include a 3in, 921k-dot LCD monitor and the ability to record 1080p Full HD movies at a choice of 30, 25 or 25fps with full-time autofocus. Sound is captured in mono via a single microphone on the front of the camera, however the addition of an external microphone jack allows you to hook up a stereo microphone – including Nikon’s own ME-1 (£100) – for more professional audio.
In addition to the regular quartet of Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority and Manual exposure modes, the D3200 also offers a range of fully automatic Scene modes and an Automatic mode for straight up point-and-shoot shooting. It’s possible to record images as lossless Raw image files or as compressed JPEGs with a range of resolution and aspect settings available.
Autofocus is taken care of via Nikon’s own Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module, which offers a total of 11 AF points including one centrally located cross-type sensor. Metering is handled via a 420-pixel RGB sensor using Nikon’s 3D Colour Matrix Metering II module.
In keeping with its entry-level positioning the D3200 will continue to offer the Guide Mode that was found on its predecessor. This has been revised and improved for the D3200 and will continue to help those new to DSLRs by showing how they can capture the best possible image in any given situation - from capturing sharp images of fast-moving subjects to snappy portraits with a classically defocused background.
Also new for the D3200 is the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. This optical extra plugs directly into the D3200 (currently the only compatible DSLR within Nikon’s range) and allows for the direct transfer of image files to Android tablets and phones. Apple fans needn’t worry though as an iOS version is planned for later in the year. In addition to file transfer the WUI-1a will also allow you to remotely control the D3200 via your Android smart device.
The D3200 will be available from the middle of May priced at £559.99 body only, or £649.99 with a 18-55mm VR kit zoom.
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