Full feature list
Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with 24 effective Megapixels
Featuring 24.2 effective megapixels, the D3200’s large image sensor faithfully reproduces the texture and brightness of subjects. It is also possible to emphasise subjects by beautifully blurring the background. With the high pixel count of 24.2 Megapixels, satisfactory resolution can be achieved even when trimmed images are printed.
11-point AF system
The D3200 incorporates a high-speed and highly accurate 11-point AF system. A cross-type sensor covers the most frequently used centre area to deliver superior subject-acquisition and focusing performance. With Scene Recognition System, the D3200 shows enhanced subject identification and composition change detection. In Auto-area AF mode, the D3200 achieves focus at the appropriate focus point by detecting background, foreground and subject. In 3D-tracking (11 points) mode, the focus point automatically changes to track the subject even if it moves or composition is changed while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. Also, the camera employs superimposed indicators for brightness and easy-to-see viewfinder information. Focus points are displayed clearly.
Easier-to-use Guide Mode that shows you exactly how to take great pictures
The D3200 employs Guide Mode that enables you to take pictures and movies the way you want, even if you are a first-time user of a DSLR. By following the guides displayed in the monitor, you can select from a variety of effects, such as “Soften background” to emphasize the subject, “Capture reds in sunsets”, or “Take bright/dark photos”. The D3200 has a compact and lightweight body that can be carried and handled easily. Safe handling is further enhanced with expanded finger rests on the front and rear. Because the camera can be held stably, sharp pictures with minimised blur can be captured. The refined layout of buttons and dials ensures comfortable operation.
Superior durability, accuracy and operability – highly reliable shutter
The D3200’s shutter unit is tested for 100,000 cycles. The Release Mode button/Self-timer button/Remote control button on the camera back enables selection of release modes from Single frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Delayed Remote (2 s), Quick-response remote and Quiet shutter release. The Quiet shutter release mode is convenient when you want to shoot with reduced shutter-release sound. It also contributes to high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 4 fps.
Selectable AF-area modes in viewfinder shooting
Ideal for stationary subjects. You can focus on the subject selecting one of the 11 focus points according to your composition. This mode is convenient when you want to focus on a desired point when shooting flowers or portraits.
Suitable for capturing fast moving subjects. Select one of the 11 focus points. In AF-A or AF-C mode, if the subject briefly leaves the selected focus point, the camera will focus based on information from the surrounding points.
The D3200 detects the subject using information from all 11 focus points and automatically focuses on it. This mode is recommended for shooting when you want to capture decisive moments reliably such as for snapshots.
3D-tracking (11 points)
The D3200 focuses on a subject using a selected focus point. In AF-A or AF-C mode, once the camera has set a selected focus point, the focus point automatically changes to track the subject even if it moves or composition is changed while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. This is convenient when composition is a priority.
Comfortable live view shooting using a large LCD monitor
Live view shooting using an LCD monitor feels more like shooting with a compact digital camera. This is convenient when it is difficult to use the viewfinder to take high-angle or low-angle shots, or when you want to determine composition using approximate 100% frame coverage in landscape or portrait photography. You can shoot while confirming your subject with the large, easy-to-view, 7.5-cm (3-in.) VGA (approx. 921k-dot), LCD monitor. The desired AF area can be selected by moving a focus point with the multi selector. For close-up shooting of flowers and other small subjects using a tripod, you can magnify images up to approx. 9.4 times to check the exact focus.
Three focus modes – selectable according to your subject
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Suitable for a stationary subject such as landscapes, architecture or flowers.
Full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Convenient for shooting a moving subject which is usually difficult to focus on, such as a child or pet. Available in both live view mode and movie recording. Camera focuses continuously as the subject moves.
Manual focus (MF)
Manual focusing. Suitable for a subject for which autofocus is difficult, such as an animal in a cage or a person in the shade with the sun in the background.
Four AF-area modes – automatically focus on someone’s face or a moving subject
Ideal for focusing on someone’s face such as for a commemorative photo.
Suitable for handheld shooting. AF area can be moved to a desired point within the frame.
Convenient for shooting with pin-point focus for a designated position such as for a close-up of a flower. Using a tripod is recommended for more precise focusing.
After focusing is activated, AF area tracks the subject. Ideal for capturing a moving subject such as a child or pet.
Adding creativity in-camera after shooting – Retouch menu
The D3200 comes equipped with various in-camera image-editing functions. These in-camera functions let you retouch images easily. There are a variety of options such as Selective colour that creates a black-and-white image except for the colour(s) you want to emphasize, Miniature effect for a diorama-like image, or Color sketch for a sketch-style image. In each case, a duplicate image is created, leaving the original securely intact.
Retouch options include: D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim (3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9 and 1:1), Monochrome (Black-and-white, Sepia and Cyanotype), Filter effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Red/Green/Blue intensifier, Cross screen and Soft), Colour balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize, Quick retouch, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Colour outline, Color sketch, Perspective control, Miniature effect, Selective color, Edit movie.
Imaging Toolbox – ViewNX 2
This simple and intuitive software helps you get the most out of your images and movies. ViewNX 2 provides importing and browsing capability while also incorporating image-editing functions such as Resize, Brightness, Crop, Straighten and NEF (RAW) image processing. High-definition and high-quality RAW processing is achieved by utilising the same processing algorithm as Capture NX 2 that faithfully reproduces Nikon image quality. Its movie-editing functions help you create your own original movies quickly and easily, and Nikon’s smart photo sharing and storage service, my Picturetown, works smoothly with ViewNX 2, allowing you to log in directly from the software for easy uploading without activating a browser.
Optional quick and simple image-editing software with intuitive operation – Capture NX 2
Capture NX 2 delivers superior operability and a variety of image-editing functions empowered by U Point® technology. Achieve a vast array of image-editing techniques easily by placing various types of Control Points on your image and adjusting the sliders. Selection Control Points enable you to apply numerous enhancements such as D-Lighting and brightness to a designated area at any level you desire.
Enables playback of still images and movies on High-Definition TV – HDMI supported
The D3200 supports HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) that allows you to play back still images and movies with High-Definition TV HDMI mini connector (Type C) is employed as the interface. Also, the D3200 is compatible with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electric Control) that enables remote operation of the camera using a TV remote control.
Transmits taken images from the camera to a computer wirelessly – Eye-Fi card (on the market) compatible
The D3200 can transmit taken image data (JPEG) from the D3200 to a computer wirelessly. You can also use online photo sharing and storage services such as “my Picturetown” and transmit images to a computer automatically.
Built-in flash and optional Speedlights
When you shoot in low-light, backlit or shaded conditions, the D3200 detects the situation of the subject, pops up the built-in flash automatically and shoots (Shooting mode must be set to Auto, Portrait, Child, Close up or Night portrait). An optimal amount of light for the scene realises naturally reproduced images.
Lets you enjoy shooting with flash easily – optional Speedlight
If light with the built-in flash is insufficient, it is recommended to use an optional Speedlight. Bounce flash operation, which bounces the flash light off the ceiling or a wall, is made possible with a Speedlight. It fills your shooting scenes with soft light, minimises unnatural shadows caused by direct flash light and produces a more natural-looking image.
Simple and slim styling with reliable holding and superior operability
A compact and lightweight design is employed to ensure comfortable carrying and holding. The indented area of the grip on the front and thumb rest space on the back have been widened as much as possible to achieve reliable holding. Because the camera is held securely, sharp pictures with minimal camera shake can be captured. The D3200 also has a refined layout of buttons and dials. The mode dial is moderately inclined for natural operation, while button layout around the shutter-release button ensures comfortable operation. You have a choice of two colors – black and red.
Long-life battery due to energy-saving design – EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
The D3200’s efficient energy-saving design allows you to shoot approx. 540 shots per charge with the EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.
Extensive playback functions selectable according to your applications
The D3200 gives you a variety of playback display options that take advantage of the large 7.5-cm (3-in.) monitor. The number of images displayed at one time can be selected from 1, 4, 9 and 72, and calendar display arranges images in chronological order. Playback zoom of face function is also available that is convenient when checking the focus of a subject accurately.
Images taken with the D3200 can easily be transmitted to smart devices wirelessly
When the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is connected to the D3200, it is possible to transmit images to a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet PC wirelessly. Beautiful images that only D-SLRs can capture are now available for SMS or email. Moreover, a remote shooting function that enables shutter release from a distant place is employed. You can take shots from a wide shooting angle, while confirming an image to be taken, with a smart device as a live view display. Android OS smart devices are supported. Note: To use this function, it is necessary to install Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility in a smart device.
Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility
Required when using a smart device by connecting the D3200 with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. Compatible OSs: Android 2.3 series (smartphone); Android 3.x series (tablet). Note: Can be downloaded from the Google Play Store (free).
Optional: Embeds location information on an image – GP-1 GPS Unit
The D3200 is compatible with GP-1 GPS Unit that is able to embed location information on an image. Latitude, longitude and altitude of a shooting location are recorded as Exif data. Images with location information can be displayed on a GeoTag workspace of ViewNX 2 (supplied with the D3200). What’s more, Nikon’s image sharing and storage website my Picturetown, online image sharing services and commercially available digital mapping software are all there to enhance your photographic enjoyment.
|Type of Camera
||Single-lens reflex digital camera.
||Nikon F mount (with AF contacts).
|Effective angle of view
||Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent); Nikon DX format).
||23.2 × 15.4 mm CMOS sensor.
||Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required).
|Image size (pixels)
||6,016 × 4,000 (Large); 4,512 × 3,000 (Medium); 3,008 × 2,000 (Small).
||NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed; JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats.
|Picture Control System
||Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified.
||SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards.
||DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge.
||Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder.
||Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical.
||Approx. 0.8 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1).
||18 mm (-1.0m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens).
||-1.7 – +0.5 m-1.
||Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen.
||Instant return, electronically controlled.
||Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses. Autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported), and AI-P lenses. Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M, but the camera exposure meter will not function. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
||Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter.
||1/4000 – 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control).
|Flash sync speed
||X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower.
||Single frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Delayed remote, Quick-response remote, Quiet shutter release.
|Frame advance rate
||Up to 4 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values).
||2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 – 9 exposures.
||TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor.
|Exposure Metering method
||Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame; Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point.
|Exposure Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
||Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 – 20 EV; Spot metering: 2 – 20 EV.
|Exposure meter coupling
||Auto modes (auto; auto (flash off)); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M).
||-5 – +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV.
||Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button.
|ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
||ISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available.
||Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 – 3 m/1 ft 8 in. – 9 ft 10 in.)
||-1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F).
|Focus – Lens servo
||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status; Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used.
||Can be selected from 11 focus points.
||Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points).
||Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button.
||Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait: Auto flash with auto pop-up; P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release.
||Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F).
||TTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering.
||Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off.
||-3 – +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV.
||Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output.
||ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock.
|Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
||Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with built-in flash and all CLS-compatible flash units.
||AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately).
||Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning.
|Live View – Lens servo
||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F); Manual focus (MF).
|Live View – AF-area mode
||Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF.
|Live View – Autofocus
||Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected).
|Automatic scene selection
||Available in auto and auto (flash off) modes.
|Movie – Metering
||TTL exposure metering using main image sensor.
|Movie – Metering Method
|Movie – Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
||1,920 × 1,080, 30 p (progressive)/25p/24p, (fine)high/normal; 1,280 × 720, 60p/50p, (fine)high/normal; 640 × 424, 30p/25p, (fine)high/normal; Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode. 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode. Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps.
|Movie – File Format
|Movie – Video compression
||H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding.
|Movie – Audio recording format
|Movie – Audio recording device
||Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable.
|Movie – Options
||Index marking, time-lapse photography.
|Movie – ISO sensitivity
||ISO 200 – 6400; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent).
||7.5-cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 160 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment.
||Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters).
|Interface – USB
|Interface – Video output
|Interface – HDMI output
||Type C mini-pin HDMI connector.
|Interface – Audio output
||Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter).
|Interface – Accessory terminal
||Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately); GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately).
||Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian.
|Power Source – Battery
||One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery.
|Power Source – AC adapter
||EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately).
||1/4 in. (ISO 1222).
|Dimensions (W x H x D)
||Approx. 125 × 96 × 76.5 mm (5.0 × 3.8 × 3.1 in.).
||Approx. 505 g (1 lb 1.8 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 455 g/1 lb (camera body only).
|Operating environment – Temperature
||0 – 40 °C (+32 – 104 °F).
|Operating environment – Humidity
||Less than 85% (no condensation).
||Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery operating at an ambient temperature of 20 °C (68 °F).
Classified as one of CNET’s ‘Best DSLRs under $1,000’
PhotoReview Editor’s Choice, 8.8/10 “Ideal for photographers who want to step up from a digicam to a camera that provides better image quality plus creative features to explore, it will suit family photographers and travelers alike.” Click here to read the full article.
“Boasting an impressive set and more megapixels than have ever been seen in this section…”
Camera Magazine – Consumer Digital SLR of the Year 2013
“Beyond its remarkable ‘APS-C’ format sensor, the D3200 is a dependable, no-nonsense D-SLR and, while it’s not quite as frills-laden as some models, it’s actually sufficiently well-equipped to have a broad appeal for the first timers the compact dimensions and choice of body colours is a good start here as well as the more experienced shooter. A few of the highlights are 4.0 fps continuous shooting, a 7.62 cm LCD monitor screen with a resolution of 921,600 pixels, a stereo microphone input, and provisions for connecting an optional Wi-Fl module.”
“There’s always a big learning curve when stepping up to DSLR, but the Nikon D3200 makes it as painless as possible with its guide mode.”