Playback, Editing And
Overview: The Nikon D3200 18-55mm VR Kit includes the Nikon
digital SLR camera body and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6G VR Image
Stabilization Zoom Lens. The kit also includes a EN-EL14 rechargeable Lithium
Ion battery pack and a battery charger.
LCD Monitor: The Nikon D3200 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor
featuring approximately 921,000 dots and adjustable brightness (-3 to +3). The large 3-inch LCD monitor has large fonts with easy-to-view menus. The monitor
shooting information such as shutter speed, aperture, and number of exposures
remaining as well as the settings currently applied. You can choose from a
classic information display or a graphic display.
Live View: The camera features Live View, which
allows you to frame your photographs in the monitor instead of the viewfinder.
When the Live View switch is rotated, the mirror is raised and the view through
the lens will be displayed in the monitor. The subject will no longer be visible
in the viewfinder. The Live View display will show up to 12 items, including
shooting, focus, and AF-area modes, along with other status indicators. You can
opt to hide many of the indicators, or overlay a framing grid in the monitor.
Optical Viewfinder: The D3200 uses a fixed
eye-level penta-mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with a built-in diopter
adjustment to set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without
glasses). The viewfinder's coverage
area is approximately 95% horizontal and vertical. During self-timer or remote control
operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may
enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To
prevent this, you can use the supplied eyepiece cap to cover the eyepiece.
Image Sensor: The D3200 features a 23.2mm x 15.4mm DX-format CMOS
image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 24.7 million pixels and
an effective pixel count of approximately 24.2 million.
EXPEED 3: For fast operation and creative in-camera effects,
the D3200 is equipped with the EXPEED 3 image processor. This is the same
processor used in Nikon's flagship D4 DSLR.
Dust Reduction System: The image sensor is equipped with a low-pass
filter to remove dust or dirt on the sensor. You can set the camera to clean the
image sensor automatically at startup, or at shut down, or both. It can also be
set to turn the auto cleaning function off.
Recording Media: The camera records
images on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards up to 2 GB in size, SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB,
and SDXC cards up to 64 GB. No SD cards
are included with the camera. The camera has no internal memory.
Still Image Formats: The D3200
records still images in JPEG and NEF (RAW) formats. You can choose from the
following Image Quality and Image Size settings:
|Available Image Sizes
||6016 x 4000
||Raw 12-bit data from the
image sensor is saved
directly to the memory card in compressed Nikon Electronic Format (NEF).
Settings such as white balance and contrast can be adjusted in the
camera or on a
computer after shooting.
|NEF (Raw) + JPEG Fine
||6016 x 4000
||Two images are recorded,
one NEF image and one fine-quality JPEG image.
6016 x 4000
M: 4512 x 3000
S: 3008 x 2000
|Fine image quality,
suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.
|Normal image quality,
suited to most applications
|Basic image quality,
suitable for pictures that will be distributed by e-mail or used in
Movie Recording: The D3200 records movies in High Definition
in 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition in 3:2. Movies are recorded in MOV
file format, with H.264/MPEG-4 advanced video coding, and Linear PCM audio,
recorded by the built-in monaural microphone or optional external stereo mic. The maximum clip length is 20
minutes or 4 GB in size. Movies can be recorded in
the following frame sizes and rates:
|Frame Size (pixels)
||Frame Rate (frames per second)
|1920 x 1080
||30p (29.97 fps)
|25p (for PAL displays)
|24p (23.976 fps)
|1280 x 720
||60p (59.94 fps)
|640 x 424 (3:2)
||30p (29.97 fps)
Focus Modes: You can choose from the
following autofocus and manual focus modes:
- Auto-servo AF (AF-A): Camera automatically selects single-servo
autofocus if subject is stationary, and continuous-servo autofocus if
subject is moving.
- Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): For stationary subjects.
Focus locks when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
- Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): For moving subjects.
Camera focuses continuously while shutter release button is pressed halfway.
- Manual (M): Manual focus is available for lenses that do not
support autofocus (non-AF Nikkor lenses) or when autofocus does not produce
the desired results.
AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the
camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light
automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button
is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'-8" to 9'-10".
AF-Area Modes: The D3200 offers a choice of four focus areas that
together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the
focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected
focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the
following AF-area modes:
- Single Point: You select the focus area manually and the camera
focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only. The selection can be
made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.
- Dynamic Area: In AF-A and AF-C modes, user selects
focus point manually but camera will focus based on information from
surrounding focus points if subject briefly leaves the selected point. In
AF-S focus mode, you select the focus point manually.
- Auto Area: Camera automatically detects subject and selects focus
- 3D-Tracking (11 points): In AF-A and AF-C focus modes, you select
the focus point using the multi-selector. If subject moves after camera has
focused, camera uses 3D tracking to select new focus point and keep focus
locked on original subject while shutter release pressed halfway. If subject
leaves viewfinder, you will need to remove finger from shutter release
button and recompose photo with subject in the selected focus point.
Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after
focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in one of
the focus points in the final composition.
Release Modes: The camera
can take pictures one at a time, or continuously as long as the shutter release
button is pressed. You can also take photos using the self-timer or with an
optional remote control. The camera allows you to choose from the following
- Single Frame: The camera takes one photograph each time the
shutter release button is pressed
- Continuous: The camera records photographs up to 4
frames per second while the shutter release button is held down.
- Self-timer: This mode can be used to reduce camera shake or for
self-portraits. The shutter is released about 2, 5, 10, or 20 seconds after
shutter-release button is pressed depending on setting.
- Delayed Remote: Shutter is released 2 seconds after the
shutter release button on the optional
ML-L3 remote is pressed.
- Quick-response Remote: Shutter is released when the
shutter release button on the optional
ML-L3 remote is pressed.
- Quiet Shutter Release: The camera takes a single
photograph, as in Single Frame mode, except that the camera makes no shutter
sound when shooting or beep when focusing.
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: The D3200's 3D
Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast,
size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and
camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard
database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. The result delivers
instantly and precisely determined exposures for each scene, even in challenging
lighting conditions. It is active when using type G or D lenses.
Metering: You can choose from the following Metering Modes
to determine how the camera sets exposure:
- Matrix: Produces natural results in most situations.
Camera uses 420-pixel RGB sensor to meter a wide area of the frame and set
exposure according to tone distribution, color, composition, and with
type G or D lenses, range information. (See 3D Color Matrix Metering II
above). With other CPU lenses, the camera uses color matrix metering II,
which does not include 3D range information.
- Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns
greatest weight to center area.
- Spot: The camera meters exposure in active focus point only. This
ensures that the subject will be correctly exposed, even when background is
much brighter or darker.
Mode Dial on the top of the camera offers a choice of shooting modes:
- Guide Mode: The Guide Mode gives you access to a
variety of frequently-used and useful functions. In the Guide Mode, you can
shoot photos, view and/or delete pictures, or change camera settings.
- Auto Modes:
- Auto: The camera handles exposure,
shutter-speed, ISO sensitivity and White balance so you can just point and
- Auto (Flash Off): Captures scenes using only
available lighting. Ideal for museums, weddings or any situation where a
flash is prohibited or inappropriate.
- P, S, A, and M Modes:
- Programmed Auto: Choose from one of the
automatically selected shutter speed/aperture combinations and allows
control over exposure compensation, metering and other features.
- Shutter-Priority Auto: You determine the
shutter speed to freeze or blur motion, while the camera decides the ideal
- Aperture-Priority Auto: Simply select the
aperture to control the depth-of-field and the camera determines the ideal
- Manual: Choose both the shutter speed and
the aperture on your own. You can refer to the electronic analog exposure
display of the camera for help with appropriate exposures.
- Scene Modes:
- Portrait: Keeps your main subject in sharp
focus with a soft background for more pleasing portraits.
- Landscape: Ideal for beautiful scenery with
great perspectives and optimized greens and blues.
- Child: Delivers fresh, natural skin tones
for stunning shots of children. Clothing also vividly rendered.
- Sports: Freezes fast-moving subjects
- Close Up: Find beauty in small details by
focusing sharply on a small area with a softly blurred background. Ideal for
flowers and coins or other small treasures.
- Night Portrait: Capture your main subject
in low light while retaining a natural looking background exposure.
Scene Auto Selector: When in Live View in Auto or Auto Flash Off
modes, the camera will automatically analyze the subject and select the
appropriate shooting mode when autofocus is enabled. Modes that can be
selected include: portrait, landscape, close up, and night portrait (see
AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame,
it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the
AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure
and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your
shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock
- AE/AF Lock: both focus and exposure lock while the AE/AF lock
button is pressed
- AE Lock: exposure locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed
while the focus is unaffected
- AF Lock: focus locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while
the exposure is unaffected align
- AE Lock Hold: exposure locks when the AE/AF lock button is
pressed and remains locked until the button is pressed again
AF-On: the AE/AF button initiates autofocus while the
shutter-release button cannot be used to focus
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value
suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the
exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under
different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure
modes, you can choose one of the following white balance options:
- Auto: The white balance is automatically adjusted to suit the
- Incandescent: This is used under incandescent lighting
- Fluorescent: This is used for 7 types of fluorescent
- Direct Sunlight: This is for use with subjects that are under
- Flash: This is for use with built-in Speedlight or optional Nikon
Speedlights are used.
- Cloudy: This is used when taking pictures under overcast skies.
- Shade: This is used under sunny skies when subject is in shade.
- Preset: A white object is used as reference to set white balance
under unusual lighting conditions.
Note: In addition to the the basic White Balance options, the
camera features Color Temperature settings for specific types of
lighting. You can choose from Sodium-vapor lamps, Incandescent/Warm-white
fluorescent, White fluorescent, Cool-white fluorescent, Day white
fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Daylight Fluorescent, Shade, and
high temp Mercury-vapor lamps.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent
of film speed. When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically
increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by
inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 6400. Using the
ISO button and main command dial, you can manually select from ISO settings 100
to 6400, with incremental steps of 1EV. You can also choose HI 1 (ISO
even higher sensitivity.
Active D-Lighting: Nikon's Active D-Lighting can
correct exposure issues due to difficult lighting conditions instantly and
automatically while you shoot. Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights
and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.
Built-in Flash/Optional Speedlights: The camera comes with a
convenient built-in pop-up flash, and an accessory shoe for adding an optional
Speedlight for more creative flash photography. Nikon Speedlights offer
intelligent through-the-lens (i-TTL) flash control and bounce flash capability
for a more natural lighting effect without strong shadows. Some Speedlights give
you wireless multiple-flash operation through the Nikon Creative Lighting
System. The D3200 offers the following flash sync
modes depending upon the shooting mode selected:
Off: flash does not fire even when lighting is
poor or subject is backlit
- Auto: When lighting is poor or the subject is back lit, flash
pops up automatically when shutter-release button is pressed
- Red-eye Reduction: reduces the red-eye effect sometimes
caused by flash
- Slow Sync: flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as
30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim
- Slow Sync with Red-eye Reduction: combines red-eye
reduction with slow sync
- Rear-curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter
closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects
- Fill Flash: flash will fire whenever a picture is taken
Accessory Shoe: The camera's integrates accessory shoe located above
the viewfinder allows you to connect optional SB-series Speedlights. The shoe is
equipped with a safety lock for flash units with a locking pin, such as the
SB-400. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and can
be used with CLS-compatible flash units.
Histogram: The D3200 features the ability to view a histogram on the LCD
monitor screen. A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the
image. Separate histograms of the red, green, and blue channels are also
available for viewing.
Picture Controls: When the camera is set to one of the P,
S, A, or M
modes, you can choose from the following Picture Control options:
- Standard: Standard processing for balanced
results--recommended for most situations.
- Neutral: Minimal processing for natural results. Choose
for photos that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
- Vivid: Pictures are enhanced for a vivid photoprint
effect. Choose for photographs that emphasize primary colors.
- Monochrome: takes photos in black and white
- Portrait: lowers contrast while lending natural texture
and rounded feel
- Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes
Optional GPS: The optional GP-1 GPS unit (sold separately) can be
connected to the camera's accessory terminal to allow information on the
camera's current position to be recorded when photographs are taken.
Optional Wi-Fi: With the optional
WU-1a wireless mobile adapter (sold separately), you can automatically send
images to your smartphone or tablet, or use your smartphone as a remote shutter
release. The D3200 supports two-way communication between the camera and other
smart devices running the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility.
Compatible Lenses: The D3200 is equipped with the standard
Nikon F bayonet mount. It is compatible with the
following types of optional lenses:
- AF-S or AF-I NIKKOR: all functions supported
- Type G or D AF NIKKOR (w/o built-in autofocus motor): All
functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
- Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and
some shooting modes.
- Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D
Color Matrix Metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
- AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D
Color Matrix Metering II.
- Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in Manual mode, but
exposure meter does not function.
18-55mm Lens: This package includes
an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. The lens
includes a 52mm snap-on front lens cap (LC-52) and a slip-on rear lens cap.
3X Optical Zoom: The compact 3x zoom lens has a
broad 18-55mm focal range for use in a variety of situations. When mounted to
the camera the lens' picture angle is equivalent to approximately 1.5x the focal
length of 35mm format (27-82.5mm). Close focusing distance to 0.9 feet (10.8")
throughout the entire zoom range is possible. Separate zoom and focusing rings
ensure responsive operation.
Silent Wave Motor (SWM): Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
ensures fast, quiet auto focus operation. Auto Focus-Silent Wave (AF-S) is a
type of focusing motor used in a number of AF-Nikkor lenses; the AF-S motor is very fast
and quiet. AF-S lenses also have an A-M mode selector which allows the user to
switch from automatic to manual focus with almost no lag time.
Vibration Reduction (VR): Vibration Reduction (VR) minimizes image
blur caused by camera shake, enabling sharper pictures, hand-held, at shutter
speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible.
Focus Mode Switch: Focus mode switch enables quick switching
between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus).
Super Integrated Coating (SIC): High-performance Nikon Super
Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color reproduction, while substantially
reducing ghosting and flare.
Lens Element: A Hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types
of lens aberration.
Diaphragm: A rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus
elements appear more natural.
- Type of Lens: G-type AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR lens with built-in CPU
- Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
- Filter Diameter: 52mm
- Focal Length Range: 18mm to 55mm
- Maximum Aperture: f/3.5 (wide) -
- Minimum Aperture: f/22 (wide) - f/32
- Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9 feet (10.8")
- Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical lens
- Picture Angle: 76° to 28° 50'
- Focal Length Scale: 18, 24, 35, 45, 55mm
Playback, Editing And Printing
Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while this feature is set to
"On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was
taken, including Landscape, Portrait (rotated clockwise) or Portrait (rotated
Rotate Tall: Portrait photos are displayed in
tall orientation during playback. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if
Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera
displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken. You can choose
how long photographs are displayed in the monitor after shooting. If Image
Review is turned off, pictures can only be displayed by pressing the playback
Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you
can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.
Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, or
72 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image
quickly. You can also choose a calendar playback, sorted by date.
Slide Show: This features plays photographs back in an
automatic slide show manner. You can set the frame interval (2, 3, 5, or 10
seconds) and the transition type (zoom/fade, cube, or none).
Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail
playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 38x for
large images, up to 28x for medium images, and up to 19x for small images. Once
the image is enlarged, you can pan around the image on the LCD monitor using the multi
In-Camera Image Editing with Retouching Menu: These
options can be used to create, trimmed, resized, or retouch existing copies of
the photographs in the memory card. You can choose from the following options:
D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark
or backlit subjects.
Red-eye Correction: Correct "red-eye" caused by
Image Trimming: Create cropped copies of existing
photos. You can change the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 4:3, 5:4, 1:1, or 16:9.
Each copy is saved as a separate file.
Monochrome: Copy pictures in the Black and White,
Sepia and Cyanotype colors.
Filter Effects: Create copies with color filter
effects. You can choose from one of the following: Skylight, Warm Tone
Filter, Red/green/blue Intensifier, Cross Screen, and Soft.
- Color Balance: You can create a copy with modified
color balance using the multi-selector to increase the amount of amber,
magenta, green, or blue.
Image Overlay: Combine two RAW photographs to create a
single picture saved separately.
Resize: You can create a small copy of a
recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file. You can choose from
the following sizes: 1920 x 1280, 1280 x 856, 960 x 640, 640 x 424, and 320
NEF (RAW) Processing: Create JPEG-format copies of
NEF (RAW) photographs.
Quick Retouch: Create retouched copies in which contrast
and saturation have been
Straighten: You can create a straightened copy of an image.
You can rotate the image clockwise or counterclockwise up to five degrees in
increments of 0.25 degrees.
Distortion Control: Create copies with reduced peripheral
distortion (barrel distortion or pin-cushion distortion).
- Fisheye: You can create a copy that appears to have
been taken with a fisheye lens. You can increase or reduce the effect using
- Color Outline: You can create an outline copy of a photograph to
use as a base for painting.
- Color Sketch: Create a copy of a photograph that
resembles a sketch made with colored pencils.
- Perspective Control: Copies can be created that reduce
the effects of perspective taken from the base of a tall object.
- Miniature Effect: You can create a copy that appears to be a
photo of a diorama. Works best with photos taken from a high vantage point.
Selective Color: Create a copy in which only selected
hues appear in color.
Edit Movie: You can trim footage to create edited copies of
movies or save selected frames as JPEG stills.
Side-by-Side Comparison: Compare a retouched copy to the
source image by displaying them side-by-side.
Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to
protect important images from accidental erasure.
PictBridge Printing Capability: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer.
PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
brand. The supplied USB cable is required for connecting the camera to the
DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a
digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that
Exif Version 2.3: The D3200 conforms to Exif (Exchangeable
Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) Version 2.3, a standard in which
information stored with photographs is used for optimal color reproduction when
images are output on Exif-compliant printers.
USB/AV Connection: The Nikon D3200 utilizes a single
connector for interfacing the camera with your computer via USB or with your
standard definition TV. This proprietary jack is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. A
UC-E6 USB cable is supplied for connecting the camera to your computer. Also,
EG-CP14 audio/video cable is supplied for connecting the D3200 to your TV. You
can select between NTSC or PAL video playback.
HDMI: For playing back High Definition movies and high
resolution still images on an HDTV, you can connect the camera via an
optional HDMI cable. A Type C mini-HDMI cable is required (such as
119HDMICAM). The HDMI output resolution can be set to Auto, 480p, 576p,
720p, or 1080i.
Microphone Input: A 3.5mm stereo mini-jack microphone input
lets you connect an optional external microphone, such as the
ME-1 Stereo Microphone.
Accessory Terminal: The camera's proprietary Accessory
Terminal can be used to connect one of the following optional devices:
- GP-1 GPS Receiver: The GP-1 can supply time and location information
(latitude, longitude, altitude) to the camera, which can be recorded into the
- MC-DC2 Remote Control: The
MC-DC2 wired remote control lets you control the shutter-release button
function of the D3200. It features a 41" cord.
Li-ion Battery Pack: The D3200 comes with a long lasting rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
(EN-EL14), with the capacity of approximately 540 shots per charge (when
measured using the 18-55mm VR lens).
Quick Charger: The camera also comes with a Battery Charger (MH-24)
to the charge the supplied Li-ion battery pack. The MH-24 will charge the EN-EL14
battery pack in approximately 90 minutes.
Auto Off Timers: This feature allows you to choose how long
the monitor and exposure meters remain on when no operations are performed to
prevent battery drain. You can choose from the following four selections:
||Auto Meter Off
||Make separate adjustments to each of
the three timers.
Optional AC Adapter: The optional EH-5A AC adapter and
optional EP-5A power connector are recommended for extended playback.
ViewNX 2 CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
contains Nikon Transfer 2, View NX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to
copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such
other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in
pictures as they are transferred. View NX 2 is used to view pictures after
transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring
and making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file
Supported Operating Systems: The supplied software can be used with
computers running the following operating systems:
- Windows 7* Service Pack 1 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise,
- Windows Vista* Service Pack 2 (32-bit Home Basic, Home
Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate)
- Windows XP Service Pack 3
(32-bit Home Edition, Professional)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X (versions 10.5.8, 10.6.8, 10.7.2)
* ViewNX 2 may run as a 32-bit application in 64-bit editions of Windows
7 and Windows Vista