Nikon D3200 Entry Level SLR Camera with 24MP Sensor and Full 1080p HD Movie

| April 19, 2012

Nikon D3200 SLR camera front side view

Nikon has today announced the entry level Nikon D3200 DX format SLR camera, an update to the popular Nikon D3100. The Nikon D3200 features an impressive 24MP CMOS sensor, incorporates new EXPEED 3 image processing based on technology developed for the Nikon flagship D4 SLR, offers an updated 3-inch 921K dot LCD monitor, and provides the ability to record full HD movies with selectable frame rates up to 30 fps. Although the D3200 features a built-in microphone, the camera includes a jack for using an optional microphone to record even better quality sound.

Additional headline features of the Nikon D3200 SLR camera include; Nikon’s 3D Colour Matrix Metering II provides enhanced exposure accuracy, 11-point AF system, built-in flash, up to 4 frames per second continuous shooting, and a useful in camera “Guide Mode” to assist novice users to learn how to get better pictures.

Nikon has also announced an optional WU-1a accessory for the Nikon D3200 SLR that will allow you to send images wirelessly to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

The Nikon D3200 outfit with the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom lens is scheduled to be available in late April 2012 at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $749.95.

The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is scheduled to be available in late May 2012 at an MSRP of $69.95.

Nikon D3200 SLR camera back view

Nikon D3200 SLR Camera: Major Features

• 24.2 MP DX Format Sensor: the Nikon D3200’s CMOS sensor delivers plenty of resolution for producing poster sized prints or for cropping creatively while still maintaining sharp image detail

• EXPEED 3 Image Processing System: based on technology developed for Nikon’s flagship Nikon D4 SLR, EXPEED 3 image processing provides for fast responsive camera performance including up to 4 frames per second continuous shooting

• 1080p HD Movie Recording: with the Nikon D3200 SLR camera you can record full 1080p HD video at selectable frame rates (24p, 30p). Video can also be recorded at 60 frames per second in 720p HD movie mode

• 3D Colour Matrix Metering II provides enhanced exposure metering accuracy

• 11-point Auto Focus System with AF tracking

• Up to 4 frames per second continuous shooting

• Improved 3-inch LCD display with high 921K dot resolution and wide viewing angle

• 100 – 6400 ISO sensitivity range and Auto ISO

• Expanded ISO settings up to 12,800 ISO

• User friendly Guide mode to help novice users improve their skills

• Auto Scene modes for point and shoot simplicity or manual override exposure modes (P,S,A,M) for creative control

• AF only with newer AF-S Nikkor type lenses (manual focus possible with older non AF-S Nikkor lenses)

• Built-in auto pop-up flash and hot shoe for dedicated external flash

• New optional  Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

• Available in kit format with the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR standard zoom lens

• Li-Ion battery and charger supplied

Nikon D3200 SLR kit top view

Nikon D3200 SLR Camera: Press Release

Mississauga, ON, April 19, 2012 – Today, imaging leader Nikon Canada Inc. introduced the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3200 HD-SLR, a camera designed for the photography enthusiast ready to step up to a digital SLR or for the busy family memory-keeper with an active lifestyle who demands a camera that can keep pace. From low-light to fast action, whether indoors or outside, the D3200 delivers the amazing image quality for which Nikon is known.

Whether new to photography or upgrading from a point-and-shoot, the D3200 features Nikon’s acclaimed instructive Guide Mode to help unleash the photographer in everyone. From candid action shots to flattering staged portraits, the Nikon D3200 provides the power to capture every moment easily with stellar image quality and in stunning Full HD (1080p) video.

Nikon D3200 SLR with built-in flash raised

Ready to tag along on any outing, the Nikon D3200’s compact and lightweight body makes it easy to pack for a short day trip or long haul. A host of advanced features, including a super high resolution 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD (1080p) video recording with full-time autofocus (AF) and 4 frames-per-second (fps) high-speed continuous shooting mode, prepares the D3200 for challenging lighting conditions and fast-paced action.

Nikon D3200 users will also be able to take advantage of the new WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. When connected to the camera, this optional adapter can wirelessly send images to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, preview an image before shooting and control the camera from a remote location.

Nikon D3200 with optional Nikon WU-1a adapter

“Moving from a compact digital camera to a digital SLR or HD SLR can be an intimidating experience for anyone,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “The Nikon D3200 eases and simplifies that transition by combining easy-to-use functionality, superior image quality and effortless connectivity for a camera that answers the call for a capable, entry-level HD-SLR that can keep up with the whole family.”

Stunning Images to Last a Lifetime
The new D3200 delivers outstanding image quality no matter the user’s skill level by leveraging Nikon’s renowned technologies. The new 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor allows for incredibly sharp images with stunning detail and minimal noise, while Nikon’s EXPEED 3™ Image Processing engine helps to create clear, lifelike images and videos with vivid colours and smooth tonal gradations.

The Nikon D3200 performs impressively in low-light, affording the ability to shoot with confidence even during night games or school plays. With a native ISO range that extends from ISO 100 to 6400, the D3200 can also be expanded to a high ISO 12,800 for extreme low-light situations to produce previously impossible photos.

Additionally, Nikon’s Scene Recognition System works in tandem with the 3D Colour Matrix Metering II to recognize factors such as colour and brightness for balanced exposures, accurate AF, faithful white balance and beautiful flash photos.

Effortless Operation
Novice HD-SLR photographers and those looking to expand their repertoire of shooting techniques will appreciate the Nikon D3200’s Guide Mode, which provides step-by-step photo instructions for capturing amazing images. Easily accessible through the Mode Dial found on top of the camera body, the Guide Mode walks beginning users through the process of setting-up, shooting, viewing and deleting images.

Due to its ability to engage users to find out what kind of creative photo technique they would like to learn, the Guide Mode has been widely acclaimed for building confidence and giving users tools to create amazing images.

As more people discover the benefits of replacing their camcorder with an HD-SLR, Guide Mode also steers users to the best video settings to create home movies with blockbuster flair. For those with a more advanced skill level, Guide Mode features helpful Assist Images that serve as a visual reference to inspire users and illustrate the desired result, while guiding them through easy-to-follow techniques.

Further taking the guesswork out of photography, the D3200 also includes six Scene Modes. Photographers can set the Mode Dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-Up or Night Portrait, and the D3200 will automatically adjust camera settings for an optimal result in a variety of conditions.

Nikon D3200 front view

Beautiful Home Movies in Full HD
When images alone can’t tell the whole story, the Nikon D3200 offers the full HD experience of high quality 1080p video. Users can create memorable, cinematic quality videos at 24 or 30 fps, and easily share HD content online with friends and family or on their own HDTV via the HDMI output.

Continuing down the path that its predecessor the Nikon D3100 began, the D3200 implements full-time AF during video recording to help capture crisp video even during the most action-packed situations. To boost the production value of any home video, the camera offers manual or automatic exposure control, and an input to attach an external stereo microphone such as the compact ME-1 Stereo Microphone. Furthermore, the D3200 offers other HD-SLR advantages including the ability to create a shallow depth of field, superb low-light video performance and NIKKOR lens versatility.

Capturing videos on the D3200 is simple, even when in Live View. With a dedicated video record button and easy access to the Live View switch, users can capture video clips before the moment is gone. Additionally, videos play with astonishing detail and clarity on the D3200’s 3-inch, high-resolution 921,000-dot LCD screen.

A Camera to Keep Pace with an Energetic Existence An active lifestyle requires a capable camera that is ready at a moment’s notice, and the Nikon D3200 packs powerful technology to tackle just about any challenge. Delivering up to 4 fps in high-speed continuous shooting mode, the D3200 helps ensure that important, spontaneous easy-to-miss memories are captured, from a baby’s first smile to a game-winning grand slam.

The D3200’s advanced 11-point AF system allows the user to find and keep focus while maintaining a clear view of that subject. This focusing system is ideal for capturing tricky subjects like a dancer mid-leap during a big recital or a dive for a line drive at centre field.

The Nikon D3200’s power is amplified when combined with the versatility of Nikon’s legendary NIKKOR optics and powerful accessories. Compatible with Nikon’s dedicated DX-format lenses and more than 50 FX-format lenses as well as Nikon’s Speedlight system, the Nikon D3200 puts creativity at the user’s fingertips.

Nikon WU-1a adapter for Nikon D3200 SLR

The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for D3200 allows the connected user to easily share photos taken with the camera to an AndroidÔ platform-based smartphone or tablet, so friends and family can enjoy the moment almost as quickly as it happens.* Android platform users are able to wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device, preview the image before shooting photos, and even remotely control the camera from up to 14.9 metres. An application for use with an Android platform smartphone (2.3 series) or tablet (3.x series) is expected for release in May 2012.

** An application for the iPhone® and iPad® mobile digital devices is expected for release in Fall 2012.***

Price and Availability
The Nikon D3200 outfit with the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in late April 2012 at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $749.95. It is available in black and red.

The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in late May 2012 at an MSRP of $69.95.

Exclusive Canadian Warranty
Nikon Canada offers a two-year warranty for the D3200 purchased from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer. Additionally, Nikon Canada offers a five-year warranty for all NIKKOR lenses purchased from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer. Consumer’s investment is protected by Nikon Canada’s warranties with in-Canada service.

Nikon D3200 SLR camera side view

Nikon D3200 SLR: Specifications

TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens MountNikon F bayonet mount
Picture AngleEffective picture angle 1.5x (Approx.) conversion factor (Nikon DX format)
Effective Pixels24.2 million
Sensor Size23.2mm x 15.4mm
Image Sensor FormatDX
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Pixels24.7 million
Dust-reduction systemImage sensor cleaning
Image Area (pixels)DX-format:
(L) 6,016 × 4,000
(M) 4,512 × 3,000
(S) 3,008 × 2,000
File Format Still ImagesCompressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture ControlLandscape
Selected Picture Control can be modified
Storage MediaSD
Card Slot1 Secure Digital (SD)
ViewfinderEye-level Pentamirror Single-Lens Reflex viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage95% horizontal
Viewfinder Magnification0.78x
Viewfinder Eyepoint18mm (-1.0m⁻¹)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment1.7 to +0.5m⁻¹
Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex MirrorQuick-return type
Lens ApertureInstant-return type
Lens Compatibility at a GlanceAF-S Lens Required for Autofocus
Compatible LensesAF-NIKKOR for F3AF not supportedAF-S, AF-I: All functions supportedAI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Colour Matrix Metering IIElectronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or fasterIX NIKKOR lenses can not be usedNon-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not functionOther AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D colour matrix metering IIType G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocusType D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
Shutter typeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed1/4000 to 30 sec.
Fastest Shutter Speed1/4000sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed30sec.
Flash Sync SpeedUp to
Shutter Release ModesContinuous
Delayed remote
Quick Response
Remote Mode
Quiet shutter-release
Self-timer mode
Single-frame [S] mode
Frame Advance RateUp to 4 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 sec or faster, and other settings at default values)
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution4 frames per second
Self-timer2, 5, 10, 20 sec.
Exposure Metering SystemTTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering MethodCentre-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm circle in centre of frame
Matrix: 3D colour matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); colour matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Spot: Meters 3.5mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centre on selected focus point
Metering Range0 to 20 EV (Matrix or centre-weighted metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F)2 to 20 EV (Spot metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens at 20°C/68°F)
Exposure Meter CouplingCPU
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority Auto (A)
Auto (flash off)
Manual (M)
Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Scene ModesAutoAuto [Flash Off]Child
Night Portrait
Exposure Compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3EV
Exposure LockLuminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Mirror Lock UpYes (for image sensor cleaning)
ISO SensitivityISO 100 – 6400, Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity100
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity6400
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)
Auto ISO sensitivity control available
High ISO Noise ReductionLow
Active D-LightingOn
Single-point AF ModeYes
Dynamic AF ModeNumber of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF ModeYes
Autofocus SystemNikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
Detection Range-1 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Lens ServoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus PointCan be selected from 11 focus points
Focus LockFocus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L buttonFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
Focus ModesAuto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)Continuous-servo (AF-C)Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie onlyFull-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View onlyManual (M) with electronic rangefinderNormal area available in Live View and D-Movie onlyPredictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject statusSingle-servo AF (AF-S)Wide area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points11
Autofocus Sensitivity-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Built-in FlashYes
X-Sync Speed1/200
Flash ControlTTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted
Flash Sync ModesFront-curtain sync (normal)Rear-curtain syncRed-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-910, SB-900, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged
Accessory ShoeYes
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)CLS Supported
Flash Sync TerminalSync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (available separately)
White BalanceAuto
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset Manual
Live View ShootingYes
Live View Lens servoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF)
Live View AF-area modeFace-priority AF
Wide-area AF
Normal-area AF
Subject-tracking AF
Live View AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected
Live View Scene Auto SelectorAuto mode
Auto (flash off) mode
Movie MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Maximum recording time20 min.
Movie File FormatMOV
Movie Video CompressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie Audio recording formatLinear PCM
MovieHD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps
VGA 640×424 / 30 fps
VGA 640×424 / 25 fps
Movie AudioBuilt-in microphone, monaural
Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Monitor Size3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution921,000 Dots
Monitor TypeWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Monitor Angle of View160 degree wide-viewing angle
Playback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Playback with Zoom
In-Camera Image EditingColour Balance
Colour Outline
Colour Sketch
Distortion Control
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Selective Colour
InterfaceAccessory Terminal: Remote Cord: MC-DC2 (available separately); GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
Audio input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
HDMI Output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Hi-speed USB
Video output: NTSC, PAL
Wi-Fi FunctionalityEye-Fi Compatible
GPSGP-1 GPS unit
Recent SettingsYes
Supported LanguagesArabic
Brazilian Portuguese
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time SettingsYes
World Time SettingYes
Battery / BatteriesEN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)540
AC AdapterEH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)
Battery ChargerMH-24 Quick Charger
Tripod Socket1/4 in.
Approx. Dimensions5.0 in. (125mm) x 3.8 in. (96mm) x 3.1 in. (76.5mm)
Approx. Weight16oz. / 455g
Operating Environment0–40 °C (+32–104 °F)
Supplied AccessoriesAF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens
EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
MH-24 Quick Charger
EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable
UC-E6 USB Cable
DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
AN-DC3 Camera Strap
DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
BF-1B Body Cap
BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
NikonView NX CD-ROM

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