First look at the Nikon D3200


We sent Fiona Keating along to the launch of Nikon's new entry-level DSLR - the D3200 for a first look at the brand's latest offering. Read the full spec and original news story here

The D3200 feels snug and comfortable in the hand. Weighing 505g it’s fairly light compared to other similar cameras on the market. It’s also a good compact size, measuring 125 x 99 x 76.5mm, so attractive for first-time users to the DSLR range as you can easily fit this in your bag and whip it out to take holiday snaps or family events.

The red version of the camera is very attractive, and Nikon say they have listened to feedback that this colour is the most popular and have supplied this although the release date for this version is unconfirmed.

As soon as we get our hands on a D3200 to put it through its paces, we’ll be testing the much touted 24.2 megapixel count to see the results of cropping and zooming images and how much of a loss there is in terms of sharpness.

Performance in poor lighting conditions is an area that Nikon prides itself on. With the D3200, you can increase the sensor’s sensitivity to ISO 6,400, and we’re yet to see if the claim of an equivalent ISO 12,800 is far-fetched – if at all. Nevertheless, this is good news for early adopters wanting to create an atmospheric feel in their images rather than bleach the whole image out with glaring flash.

It remains to be seen whether this new addition to the Nikon range will encourage new users to climb aboard the DSLR bandwagon or what effect this will have on sales of the D3100. Nikon have stated the D3200 is not a replacement for the D3100, but it’s a tough market and whether they can co-exist side by side makes for an interesting battleground.

A more in-depth review will be with you as soon as we get our hands on one...

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