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Nikon D3200 Kit

24-megapixel DSLR w/18-55mm DX VR lens (Black)

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Our take on the Nikon D3200 Kit

It's here. And it's been waiting to show you a few things. It's the 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3200, a sophisticated high-concept camera that's taking the idea of "entry-level" and turning it on its ear. From the moment you first feel it in your hands, compact yet responsive, you know the Nikon engineers have been at work, perfecting the shooting experience.

The Nikon D3200 digital SLR

The Nikon D3200 DSLR is easy to carry and control.

Can you come out and play?

It's here. And it's been waiting to show you a few things. It's the 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3200, a sophisticated high-concept camera that's taking the idea of "entry-level" and turning it on its ear. From the moment you first feel it in your hands, compact yet responsive, you know the Nikon engineers have been at work, perfecting the shooting experience.

You'll always remember your first

The D3200 was built to be someone's first DSLR. Maybe yours. It certainly welcomes you to the fold of serious photographers, with an intelligent, context-sensitive guide mode that, quite simply, teaches you the fine points of using the camera while you shoot. It's like you bought a fine camera and a master class in the bargain.

Deep thought pays off

But this is no dumbed-down, middle-of-the-road feature set you're dealing with. The DX-sized, 24.2-megapixel sensor, in combination with the EXPEED 3 image processor, serves to give you crisp, detailed shots that are suffused with accurate, artifact-free color, even in low light. Push your shots to high sensitivities without fear of noise and grain dominating the picture. Support your efforts in subdued light with the intelligent on-board flash. Someone's been thinking this through.

Nikon D3200 facing front with flash deployed

The 'D3200's built-in flash gives you extra light support where you need it.

Born to ramble

This camera comes with an extremely capable, vibration-reduction 18-55mm zoom lens, that will take you all the way from nicely wide for your shot of a cliffside-by-the-sea Irish castle, to the close-up look of awe on your daughter's face as she watches the sun dip below the Atlantic Ocean's crescent. Renowned Nikon optical craftsmanship ensures that your images are crisp and free from color fringing.


You're more than set for applause-worthy HD video. This camera will give you resolutions of up to 1080p at 30 frames per second, and with that high-density sensor doing the capturing, those pictures will be sharp and clear. There's an external stereo microphone input so you can make your audio sound as good as your video looks with a variety of optional mics. One button touch will start your video rolling.

And it's well-connected, too

With an optional WU-1a wireless adapter, the 'D3200 becomes network-capable, and it can link images to smartphones and tablets. Or use your smartphone to remotely capture images with your 'D3200. Apps for both iOS® and Android™ devices are anticipated in 2012.

For some solid lessons on how to best use the Nikon D3200, check out the Nikon Digitutor D3200 tutorial.

Product Highlights:

  • high-density, 24.2-megapixel effective recording gives you sharp, lush images and great low-light performance
  • DX-format CMOS image sensor (23.2 x 15.4 mm) for superior low-noise
  • add wireless file transfer to smartphones and tablets with the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (vibration reduction) lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
  • Guide Mode teaches you to use the camera step-by-step
  • high-def movie mode shoots up to 1080/30p with dedicated record button and full-time autofocus
  • high-resolution 921K-dot 3" color LCD screen with live view for composing shots on-screen in real-time
  • optical SLR viewfinder (with diopter adjustment)
  • Integrated Dust Reduction System to keep image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • Nikon's latest EXPEED 3 image processing engine for more responsive shooting and higher-accuracy photos
  • fast 11-point 3D-tracking autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing
  • Active D-Lighting mode for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • intelligent pop-up flash and flash exposure compensation
  • in-camera image editing functions, including: red-eye correction, distortion control, image overlay, monochrome settings, filter effects, NEF (RAW) processing, miniature effect (tilt-shift), color outline, straightening, and perspective control
  • warranty: 1 year camera body, 5 years lens
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses: all autofocus and metering functions supported
  • AF Nikkor lenses (type G or D) not equipped with an autofocus motor: all functions supported except autofocus
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 4 frames per second at full resolution
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-12,800
  • program auto, scene modes, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • flash sync at up to 1/200 second
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic), RAW (NEF), and RAW+JPEG (Fine)
  • JPEG options : 6,016 x 4,000; 4,512 x 3,000; 3,008 x 2,000
  • movie mode: up to 1080p (1920 x 1080 resolution at 30 frames per second with mono sound and full-time autofocus)
  • accepts optional SD/SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output (type C connector, cable not included)
  • A/V output
  • accessory terminal (accepts optional Nikon MC-DC2 remote shutter release cord and GP-1 GPS unit)
  • stereo mini-jack (3.5mm) audio input
  • 4-15/16"W x 3-13/16"H x 5-3/4"D (with lens attached)
  • weight (body only): 16 oz.
  • supplied lens weight: 9.3 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • 18-55mm vibration reduction Nikon lens
  • rechargeable EN-EL14 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • USB cable
  • rubber eyecup
  • eyepiece cap and accessory shoe cover
  • audio/video cable
  • adjustable camera strap
  • body cap
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

What's in the Box:

  • D3200 Camera body (black) with body cap and accessory shoe cover installed
  • Viewfinder eyepiece cover
  • EN-EL14 (7.4 V/1030 mAh/7.7 Wh) Lithium Ion battery pack with plastic terminal cap
  • MH-24 battery charger (8.4 V/0.9 A)
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens with front (52mm) and rear lens caps installed
  • 24" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and a proprietary connector on the other end)
  • 5' AV cable (with 2 RCA plugs--composite video and mono audio--on one end and a proprietary connector on the other end)
  • Nikon ViewNX2 Software CD-ROM
  • Nikon Reference Manual CD-ROM
  • User Manual (English)
  • User Manual (Spanish)
  • Nikon Warranty Programs sheet
  • Nikon School info sheet

Nikon D3200 Kit Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(39 Reviews)


ED from New Mexico on 9/22/2015

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very happy with it.

Pros: easy to set up and use.



Tommy R. Va. from Virginia on 1/26/2015

Got this Gem for Christmas. Not even close to my CANON 40D. I wanted a camera that I could take movie clips with. Well it does that somewhat only problem is it will not auto focus all the time (most of the time) in any mode a hit and miss thing. After talking with NIKON service center in New York Long Island for an hour and trying 3 different AF-S G LENES and all different settings no luck. They said send it back to them for repair. Wife got this here in Virginia at a well known store, they were no help. Still waiting for an answer from NIKON.

Pros: Price, lite, easy to use

Cons: Auto focus will not work all the time. In for repair at NIKON in New York after 2 weeks

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Anonymous from Washington on 1/2/2015

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Nice camera



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Anonymous from Midlothian,VA on 12/25/2014

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Easy to use got it before Christmas




carlosh from New York on 11/19/2014

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Great camera, awesome pics and very easy to use



Very Dissapointed

Strider from Quad Cities, IL on 11/11/2014

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Sadly this camera was really good for everything except what I needed it for. I bought it specifically for night photography and painting with light. I spent over $100 on the wireless remote and extra battery so I could have my extended photo shoots outside of the city. Here is where it fails, miserably. When taking a night photo with the shutter open for any amount of time over 30 seconds it will take the camera 3-5 minutes to process the photo. This is just not right. My Canon Rebel T3i would take 1-2 seconds and then you could preview and take another photo. I contacted Crutchfield Tech Support and they said all cameras are different and this may be normal for this model. I searched high and low on the internet and found nothing in regards to my problem. So that left me with 2 malfunctioning cameras in less than 4 months from Crutchfield. I don't feel it was Crutchfield's problem, as the cameras were unopened and new. Bad luck I guess.

Pros: Shoots good photos in Auto mode. Crutchfield Support Team always stands behind there products.

Cons: Takes 3-5 minutes for the camera to process a night time image. I'm out $100 per lens filters, extra Nikon battery, camera bag, wireless remote, etc. for a camera that I have no choice but to send back.

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phil from New York on 11/3/2014

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great camera from great store(Crutchfield). very fair price. super clear images.very happy with camera and Crutchfield

Pros: picture quality,ease of use

Cons: none

great product

Dragonrider from Blairs va on 11/2/2014

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I had talked with a lot of people and read a massive amount of reviews before purchasing this kit. So far it has lived up to all that was said. Love the options and ease of use. I switched over from my old SLR to this for the overall options and ease of use. We have taken ALOT of pictures and so far they have been nothing but great. The VR lens is a must.

Pros: Ease of use and great out of the box.

Cons: I would like to see at least 1 lens filter included in the kit, or at least a small memory card.

great product

mario from medford ny on 11/1/2014

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thank you crutchfield my nikon takes great pictures

Pros: its easy to work takes great pictures

Cons: i have nothing bad to say

So far great camera

David H from Dundee, IL on 9/23/2014

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Had it for a few weeks now. So far seems like a great camera. The "auto" mode makes it easy to move from a point and shoot to an SLR. Quality of the pics is great. Did a fair amount of research prior to purchase and got everything I wanted (and will likely want for some time) in a nice package for a nice price. As usual Crutchfield was awesome and the best place to buy electronics. Would buy again.

Pros: Easy to use. Good looking. Nice value. Great pics.


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Dom B from New Jersey on 9/13/2014

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A really powerful camera, with all of the functionality that almost anyone could reasonably expect to need in a DSLR. Easy to use, very intuitive controls, solidly built - I would recommend this camera to anyone wanting to make the jump from Point & Shoot cameras to another level of picture taking.

Pros: Lightweight, easy to use, picture taking menus to satisfy every level of photographer. Picture quality is super, camera is lightning fast, with almost no shutter lag.

Cons: Not a thing.

Love the Nikon D3200

CCT from Chesapeake, VA on 9/11/2014

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I bought the Nikon D3200 as my first DSLR and love it. I'm still learning about the features but so far it's amazing. The optional WiFi adaptor works great, was easy to set up and quickly loads photos to my Android Smartphone. Haven't tried the WiFi remote feature on it yet. I called Crutchfield for help with the set up of the focus feature, which was bit of a challenge, but doing it in brighter light solved the problem. The tech support was excellent; he walked me through the process. Photos of a hummingbird, stopped in action, are beyond words. I love it! I look forward to trying the video and other features. What a great camera for the price. I chose the Nikor 70-300mm lens for more zoom and it works great as companion to the 18-55mm that comes with the package. I highly recommend this camera.

Pros: Great tech support. Easy to focus. Excellent picture quality. WiFi capability. Great Price.

Cons: Don't know of any.

Great camera for the price

Jorie from Boonton NJ on 8/16/2014

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Previous cameras have been Canons but preferred the Nikon when shopping around this time. Thought I would be using the manual settings more but found the options in the auto settings have worked well to provide the effects I am looking for. I photograph a lot of wildlife. Nice size & weight.

Pros: Great quality for an affordable price

Cons: Haven't really discovered any yet.

Nikpn D 3200

Old Retired guy from Central Texas on 6/23/2014

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I started in photography a very long time ago, 110 film, Polaroid, 35mm manual, Chinnon 35mm auto,Nikon 35mm SLR, D60 Nikon,Now the Nikno D3200, What an advance. You have to try to take a bad picture. This camera is really a dream. Yes I could have purchased a more expensive one but could not justify the benefits for the price difference. Ie D3300, D5200, D5300 or better body. I have taken a lot of pictures with it learning how it works. I am impressed with the quality of the photos.

Pros: Can't be beat for the price.

Cons: Will not auto focus the older style lenses. They work but you must focus them.

cant beat it for the price

cory from wichita, ks on 5/26/2014

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Picked this camera up for less than $500. Amazing picture quality and features for this price!!

Pros: High megapixel count. Easy to use

Cons: Its red

Great Camera

MacAttack from Lansing, MI on 4/28/2014

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This is a great camera more beginners and intermediate photographer. At first it was a little difficult to work through the settings but the more I use it the easier it gets. Image quality is really good, shutter speed has a slight lag but that is something I need to get used to. I am used to my point and shoot. I had a lot of fun getting used to this camera over a long vacation. It's perfect for travel.

Pros: Small and light DSLR, takes great pictures, many features available.


I love this camera!

Pam S from Berkeley, CA on 3/24/2014

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I have wanted a DSLR for some time. Have been using a point and shoot since selling my 35mm film camera years ago. While I plan to take some classes to better understand the nuances of the camera and expand my "beginner" skills, I have found the camera and its booklet very helpful. The camera is light, easy to use and takes crisp, quality pics.

Pros: Everything I said above - It's a Nikon - which speaks for itself.

Cons: None that I can think of.....

Great camera!

Nerok from Virginia on 3/5/2014

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Excellent camera for the price. Great for beginner/intermediate photographers.

Pros: Great features

Cons: None

Life in the eye of a Nikon D3200

Natasha from Piqua, Ohio on 2/3/2014

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So far, this has been the absolute BEST SLR camera to use! It is very user-friendly and easy to manipulate. The control settings are easy to navigate and the picture quality is optimal in every aspect. This camera also offers a 3D setting along with an increased number of selective focus fields for a more accurate photo. The color is outstanding and very stylish. All-around, this is a fabulous piece of equipment and a great addition to any photographer's collection!


Cons: There are no cons. This is a fantastic piece of equipment. A great investment, indeed!

the camera that fits like a glove

Steve-o from chesapeake , VA on 1/14/2014

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The Nikon D3200 camera was purchased a christmas gift for the whole family to use. Being said, teenagers and adults will be using this. Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the camera controls and the display fuctions. Camera setting can be set and adjusted in just about any configuration you can come up with. If adustments arent for you, the unit supports several preset creative settings that can make anybody take very professsional looking pictures. It is money well spent and a good value when you buy a camera and your family is "waiting their turn" to use and explore all the fun ideas and setting this camera has to offer. Hats off to Nikon on development and marketing a camera for such a wide group, new to photography and experts users as well. The new catch phrase I hear so much of now, " hey, look how good my pictures came out "!

Pros: ease of use, light and travels well. endless upgrades.

Cons: none

Julie C. from Wheelersburg on 1/3/2014

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Love my camera so much I purchase 2 more as gifts!



Nikon D3200 - Love this camera!

PatrickO from East Greenwich, RI on 12/16/2013

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I bought this camera after doing extensive research and had narrowed things down to the D3200 and the Canon Rebel T3i. I think that both cameras are great but the D3200 was a better value. My prior photography experience consisted of iPhones disposable 35mm cameras but the Nikon D3200 had me immediately taking professional photos. With 24 Megapixels, I was able to crop and zoom my bad photos into good ones. I would recommend buying vibration resistant (VR) lenses only for blur-free photos.

Pros: - 24 MP images allow for editing bad photos into good ones. - East of use - Beautiful photos, even without a flash in low-light settings.

Cons: Bulkier than a compact digital camera.

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Anonymous from denver, CO on 10/29/2013

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just use it! let see



Smooth and Sexy

Greg R from Rome, NY on 9/18/2013

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This camera is easy to use and looks great. The sleek design makes it easier to use than film SLR's. It will never completely take the place of my F2.

Pros: Design and easy of use.

Cons: Too many features and options. There can be too much of a good thing.

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john h from charlottesville,va on 8/12/2013

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just started using -so far great

Pros: easy to use with beautiful picture quality

Cons: red color


Dee P from valdez, alaska on 8/5/2013

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This camera is easy to use and it shipped very fast. the packing was great. Overall very pleased with product

Pros: Ease of use, very cool, and it came very fast

Cons: none

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EJ from Hawaii on 7/14/2013

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Excellent camera! Low end model camera that produces high end pictures. Great for beginners and experienced photographers as well. Would highly recommend this camera for anyone! Also comes at a great price.



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Anonymous from lemont, pa on 6/20/2013

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The picture quality is absolutely incredible especially when you consider that it is a "lower end" SLR!



D3200 Nikon Camera

Phillip from Martinsville, Va on 6/15/2013

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Since I am an Amateur/Hobbyist I didn't need a Pro quality Camera. That said, this a real easy camera to use and and to set up to take great pictures. The pictures if set up right and use correct lens You can take pIctures even Pros would be hard pressed to do better.

Pros: Easy set up controls through menus

Cons: I have one quible but someone with better eye sight might no have an issue. The cross-hairs for the focus point are so light and fine I have difficulty seeing them. They were much darker on a D3000 I previously had. two other minor issues again people with better eyesight might not have issue with. The diopter adjustment is harder to set. than on the 3000 and the diopter correction lens fro Nikon doesn't have an eye cup attached.

Great Camera

Donna B from West Chester, OH on 6/1/2013

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Great camera!!! Anxious to get a great lens to go with it... there will be no stopping me!!!

Pros: Most features are self explanatory, and still learning more.

Cons: Haven't found any yet...

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FranklinD from Lockport, NY on 5/19/2013

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As a former film SLR devotee, I've found that the Nikon D3200 has exceeded my expectations in all respects. It is my first DSLR having used smaller digital point and shoot cameras. The D3200 can do it all and do it well. Exposures are right on, autofocus is accurate and color reproduction is great.

Pros: Accurate and fast autofocus. Great color reproduction. Right on exposures. Ability to choose from various exposure modes from auto to complete manual.

Cons: None detected.

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David S from Glen Allen, VA on 3/7/2013

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WOW! What a great camera and picture quality. Easy to get started and use with basic functions. Looks like all the features are there for advanced photography.

Pros: Fantastic picture quality and low light, crisp results

Cons: Manual font too small and hard to read. Somewhat difficult to follow.

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Ismael from Arecibo PR on 1/1/2013

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Excellent item. As a gift it was really appreciated



Great camera

Susan from Charlottesville,VA on 12/31/2012

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This is my first DSL camera and I really love the fact that even for a beginner, it's so easy to use. The picture quality is excellent and far surpasses anything I've owned before. Also love the red case because it stands out and doesn't look like every other camera. Excellent purchase!

Pros: Ease of use and quality of photos

Cons: None

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JJ from Atlanta, GA on 12/26/2012

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GREAT camera...all the bells & whistles.

Pros: Easy to take pictures...

Cons: Takes time to learn about all the features...

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RobbinR from Upstate NY on 12/14/2012

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I've had a point and shoot Nikon. This definitely takes it up in class and features. I now need to read and learn to use all of its features. It doesn't cost anymore for Color! The RED is definitely a "Coolness Factor"!! It catches peoples eye!

Pros: Easy to use features.


Great 24 MP Camera for a Great Price

Mark-L from Sunnyvale, ca on 8/29/2012

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I've been a photography enthusiast for the past 22 years. My first camera, a hand-me-down from my father, was a fully manual 35mm SLR. I've been shooting digitally exclusively now for the past 12 years, however, this Nikon D3200 is my first digital SLR and I have owned it now for six weeks. I would recommend this camera to three main categories of users: (1) Photography enthusiasts who want more resolution, more settings, and more versatility (choosing different lenses, filters, and flashes, etc.) than a point-and-shoot, (2) Semi-pro photographers - while it is considered an entry-level DSLR, this camera, with the right accessories such as a bigger telephoto lens and a quality speedlight flash, has high enough resolution and the ability to make some or most of your setting manually that it is good enough to be used by a semi-professional photographer, and (3) I read a bunch of professional photographer forums before I bought this camera. It turns out that a good number of full-fledged pros are carrying the D3200 in their bags as a backup camera due to its 24 MP resolution and very reasonable price. Pros need to have a quality backup in case their main camera malfunctions. Also, this camera can shoot video at full 1080p resolution at either 24 fps (for a cinematic look) or at 30 fps (for a video camera look).

Pros: Great resolution, equally great price.

Cons: None so far.

Very Satisfied

DLB Tampa Bay from Tampa, FL on 8/27/2012

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Excellent camera for the value. Very easy to use and high quality images.

Pros: Great Camera

Cons: None Thus Far


KeithH from Covington, La on 6/1/2012

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I love this camera! I was lucky enough to get it while it was still in stock.. I think they had one left. Its very easy to use and has much more advanced features so anyone with any skill level can pick this camera up and use it. The picture quality is stunning. I usually shoot in RAW format and touch it up in Photoshop, but there isnt a new RAW convertor out for this camera yet so I shoot in high JPG. Still fabulous! It lets me use some of my older lens, but you have to read which ones will work with.

Pros: All good!

Cons: The RAW convertor would be great when they come out with it, but thats not Nikon's fault!


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi Optional
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-82.5mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter 52mm
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 23.2mm x 15.4mm CMOS
Megapixels 24.2
Image Stabilization With included lens
Highest Resolution 6016 x 4000
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 4-15/16
Height (inches) 3-13/16
Depth (inches) 5-3/4
Weight With Battery (ounces) 17.8
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Recording Features
Lens Features
Playback, Editing And Printing Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Overview: The Nikon D3200 18-55mm VR Kit includes the Nikon D3200 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 can display 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:

Quality Option
(Compression ratio)
Available Image Sizes Description
NEF (Raw) 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.
L: 6016 x 4000
M: 4512 x 3000
S: 3008 x 2000
Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.
JPEG Normal
Normal image quality, suited to most applications
JPEG Basic
Basic image quality, suitable for pictures that will be distributed by e-mail or used in web pages.

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 (16:9) 30p (29.97 fps)
25p (for PAL displays)
24p (23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (16:9) 60p (59.94 fps)
50p (PAL)
640 x 424 (3:2) 30p (29.97 fps)
25p (PAL)

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 point.
  • 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 Release Modes:

  • 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.

Shooting Modes: The 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 shoot.
    • 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.
    • Aperture-Priority Auto: Simply select the aperture to control the depth-of-field and the camera determines the ideal shutter speed.
    • 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 easily.
    • 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 descriptions below).

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 settings.

  • 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 lighting conditions.
  • Incandescent: This is used under incandescent lighting situations.
  • Fluorescent: This is used for 7 types of fluorescent lighting (selectable).
  • Direct Sunlight: This is for use with subjects that are under direct sunlight.
  • 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 12800 equivalent) for 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 halfway.
  • 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 light
  • 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-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, and 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.

Lens Features

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) - f/5.6 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22 (wide) - f/32 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9 feet (10.8")
  • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical lens element)
  • Picture Angle: 76° to 28° 50'
  • Focal Length Scale: 18, 24, 35, 45, 55mm

Playback, Editing And Printing Functions

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 counter-clockwise).

Rotate Tall: Portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.

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 button.

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 selector.

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 flash.
  • 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 x 216.
  • NEF (RAW) Processing: Create JPEG-format copies of NEF (RAW) photographs.
  • Quick Retouch: Create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been
  • enhanced.
  • 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 the multi-selector.
  • 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 printer.

DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that support DPOF.

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, the 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 image file.
  • 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.

Battery Information

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:

Selection Playback/Menus Image Review Live View Auto Meter Off
Short 20 sec 4 sec 5 min 4 sec
Normal 1 min 4 sec 10 min 8 sec
Long 1 min 20 sec 20 min 1 min
Custom 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.

Supplied Software

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 format.

Supported Operating Systems: The supplied software can be used with computers running the following operating systems:

  • Windows:
    • Windows 7* Service Pack 1 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate)
    • 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

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Nikon D3200 - the right 1st DSLR

Written by Don, eAdministrator, Customer Care Center, on 1/3/2013 2:59:00 PM

As a novice, I was looking for the right "1st camera" to start my DSLR odyssey and was lucky to have to found the Nikon D3200.

While the step-by-step guide mode is very handy for a first timer, I already knew quite a bit about what I wanted to do. What was more handy was the "?" button. As a budding photog I've found I learn best by trying one or two features at a time, experiment with those for a number of shooting sessions, thus adding to my knowledge repertoire. Knowing (or refreshing my memory on) exactly what a feature does or doesn't do is as easy as pressing and holding the "?" button. No need to consult the manual or look it up online.

But this camera is definitely more than "entry-level." The 24.2-megapixel sensor is superior to many full frame sensors and definitely shows its hi-res worthiness when it came to cropping photos or just for taking shots where more detail is key — like in low light situations. It really saved me by giving me the detail I needed to make a good shot great when I needed a low-light lens but didn't have one.

I've handled a few full-frame cameras and this one is so much lighter — really handy with a long lens in a crowd when you need to move fast to catch that rock n' roll or sports action photo. And it's easy on the hands, arms, and neck when out on those long hikes for nature shots. Continuous shooting mode has been a real pleasure, too.

Battery life has been fantastic. I bought a spare but rarely find use for it in the field.

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We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy  Oct 18, 2015 ]  Staff
Not sure what lenses you have for the D80, but both cameras have DX format image sensors, so that is a good sign. From Nikon's website (lens compatibility for D3200): 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 [ D  Aug 23, 2014 ]
Yes. You can either look through the viewfinder like a traditional SLR or you can use the display like a phone or regular digital camera. I prefer the viewfinder, myself. [ WALLACE P  Aug 22, 2014 ]
Yes there is a button in the back, right side of the screen labeled LV. Press it and the LCD screen will show what you're pointing at like a point and shoot. :) [ CRISTINO  Aug 22, 2014 ]
Yes [ APRIL L  Aug 22, 2014 ]
with the D3200 you actually you have two options one That I use is through the viewfinder on back of the camera. You place one eye up to the eye cup push the shutter halfway down and you can view exactly how the shot will be plus other information the finish pushing shutter button down to tale picture. Or you can push the live view button and it will show up on the LCD screen on back of camera, similar to most Point & Shoot cameras [ Phillip M Jones  Aug 22, 2014 ]
Yes. That aspect is just like a "point and shoot" camera. [ Sib  Aug 22, 2014 ]
Yes. Normally you will compose your picture looking through the view finder, not the live view screen on the back of the D3200. The view finder will show you about 95% of what will be in the actual picture. [ ALBERT  Aug 22, 2014 ]
You should contact Nikon directly. There customer service department should be able to help. [ JOSEPH  Jan 25, 2015 ]