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Nikon D3200 Kit

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

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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.

very happy with it.

ED, New Mexico

What's in the Box:

  • D3200 Camera body (red) 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

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)

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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

Product Research

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 ]