When it comes to the features of the Nikon D3200, the 24.2MP CMOS sensor can certainly steal the spotlight. The Nikon D3100 features a sensor with an effective resolution of 14.2MP, hence this is a big upgrade, allowing you to shoot at a resolution of 6,016 x 4,000 pixels. The camera uses a DX format APS-C sensor that measures 23.2 x 15.4 mm and features a crop factor of 1.5x. Nikon has also used their new EXPEED 3 image processing engine on this camera as compared to the EXPEED 2 image processor found on the Nikon D3100.
Connectivity options located on the left of the body
Nikon has added a high ISO range on this camera with the maximum sensitivity found here being ISO 6400. Alternatively, you can set the ISO up to 12,800 as well, by using Hi 1 setting on the camera. This can help you capture images well in environments with low light, without the fear of having a vast amount of image grain in the shots captured. Another highlighted feature of this camera is the Guide mode. This feature was first found on the Nikon D3000 and later on the D3100. Nikon has added a dedicated option for Guide mode on the mode dial allowing you to quickly access this option. This feature can be really beneficial for those stepping up to DSLR cameras as it explains how to capture different scenes easily. Besides the text and image representation of the shot you would like to capture, Nikon has also added the option for quickly accessing the desired option from the different settings by merely tapping the OK button.
As mentioned earlier, this feature can be ideal for those who are stepping up from a compact point and shoot camera and the explanations offered are more than feasible to get you started off. However, over time, this option may become redundant as you get better in capturing images using semi manual or full manual shooting modes. But till then, this option can be useful as it covers most of the needed environments and shooting conditions.
Slotted in the entry-level segment of cameras, this model comes equipped with a variety of scene modes that can be easily accessed via the mode dial itself. This becomes convenient for first time DSLR users, allowing them to capture images easily without much difficulty. The camera offers semi-manual and manual shooting modes, such as PASM allowing one to adjust the settings such as aperture priority, shutter priority and any other settings they please, to help them capture the perfect shot.
Mode on the dial for accessing the Guide feature
The interface of the camera is easy to use and one would not have much difficulty navigating through the different settings. The camera also features a LiveView mode allowing you to preview the content you wish to capture on the screen itself, instead of only using the viewfinder to preview content.
The viewfinder found on this camera is of the pentamirror type and this is believed to be not as great as the pentaprism viewfinders that are found on most of the higher end DSLR cameras available in the market. The viewfinder offers 95 percent coverage and this is not as impressive as you cannot get the whole coverage of the scene, while previewing scenes. However, other entry level DSLR cameras available in the market offer the same coverage and it is only the high-end models that offer 100 percent coverage. So no points can be cut from this camera for offering 95 percent coverage.
Memory card slot found at the side of the Nidon D3200
Another neat feature of the Nikon D3200 is that this camera can record videos in Full HD at 1080p at 30fps. This capability of the camera in terms of video recording is on par with other DSLR cameras available in the market. The camera can capture images in JPEG as well as in NEF, which is Nikon’s format for RAW files. Overall, the Nikon D3200, brings a lot to the table when it comes to features and based on these attributes alone it is an option that is definitely worth considering.