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The Nikon D3200

The highest performance among entry-class, the brand new Nikon D3200 is a dream come true for entry users. This compact lightweight camera utilizes the newly developed Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image-processing engine that deliver 24.2 megapixels high image quality and ISO sensitivity range from ISO100 to 6400.

Now, shooting pictures has never been easier. Its enhanced Guide mode can lead you through the process of set-up and shooting various scenarios. There are also six scene modes to assist you so your pictures will always be perfect.

Nikon 24 Megapixels DSLR camera D3200 black kit (18-55mm lens) features

  • Image Quality
  • Easy Operation
  • Ease of Use
  • D-Movie
  • Expended creativity

Image Quality

  • Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor realizes beautiful reproduction of human skin, gradation of sky and background blur

Featuring 24.2 effective megapixels, the D3200 employs a Nikon-developed DX-format CMOS image sensor. It achieves high-resolution rendering and rich tonal gradation that smoothly reproduces human skin texture and gradation of sky. Also, utilizing the large sensor of a D-SLR, high-quality still images and movies can be taken with beautiful background blur. The high pixel count of the D3200 is also effective when images are printed. Even when taken still images are trimmed and enlarged, high-resolution image quality is realized with the least degradation.

With 24.2-megapixel resolution, detailed parts can be reproduced clearly, high image quality is delivered even when the trimmed image is printed out in a large size.






  • Image-processing engine EXPEED 3 – the same as that used by the Nikon D4 FX-format flagship camera – is employed

Wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 6400 is provided. Superior high-sensitivity performance is offered even with high pixel count. The range can be increased up to Hi 1 (ISO 12800 equivalent). Even at high ISO setting, sharp images are delivered with minimized noise while maintaining resolution. Setting high ISO sensitivity enables you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture pictures without worrying about image degradation caused by camera shake even when shooting at night or in dark interiors, or when shooting a moving subject such as children or pets. Furthermore, this superior high-sensitivity performance is effective for D-Movie and you can shoot beautiful movies without large-scale lighting equipment even in low-light conditions.

NIKON D3200   NIKON D3200   NIKON D3200
ISO 6400   ISO 3200   ISO 1600
  • Identifies the situation of the subject precisely for reliable auto control – Scene Recognition System

Utilizing a 420-pixel RGB sensor, the camera detects brightness and colors finely, and identifies the situation of the subject accurately before shooting. The results are reflected in autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash control and auto white balance for accurate auto control. Moreover, the D3200 detects human faces utilizing the Face Detection System, and applies the information to autofocus, auto exposure, auto white balance and playback zoom of face.balance






  • Identifies the light source precisely – auto white

The D3200 analyzes color and brightness information of the scene utilizing the light source identification function of Scene Recognition System and detects the light source precisely by referencing the in-camera database for auto white balance. In this way, it can determine the ideal white balance even with difficult light sources.

  • Reproduces brightness as you see it – Active D-Lighting

It is difficult to reproduce the brightness of subjects as it appears in such scenes as a dark room including outside scenery seen through a window, high-contrast scenes such as at the seaside under strong sunlight, and backlit situations. The D3200 employs Active D-Lighting that preserves details in both highlights and shadowy areas in such situations, maintaining moderate contrast. You can reproduce brightness as you see it in both bright and dark situations.

  • Double countermeasures to reduce image-degrading dust – Image Sensor Cleaning function and Airflow Control System

With D-SLRs, it sometimes occurs that dust becomes attached to the OLPF (optical low-pass filter) located in front of the image sensor when exchanging lenses, and is photographed in taken images. To prevent dust from degrading images, the D3200 employs the Image Sensor Cleaning function and Airflow Control System. These double measures effectively reduce the possibility of dust being photographed in the frame, ensuring beautiful images.

Image Sensor Cleaning function:

Vibrations at multiple different resonant frequencies are used to reduce dust on the low-pass filter. This function is automatically activated each time the camera is turned on and off. It can also be activated from the menu.

Airflow Control System:

This controls the flow of air using small ducts near the lens mount, preventing internal dust from sticking to the low-pass filter in front of the image sensor.


NIKKOR is Nikon's lens brand that is highly praised by countless photo enthusiasts and professionals. NIKKOR has always led the way by incorporating Nikon's original technologies. With its superior optical quality and an extensive lineup, NIKKOR maximizes the high image quality of the D3200's 24.2 effective megapixels, thus delivering excellent imaging performance for both stills and movies.

Technologies that only Nikon can offer:

1) Nikon's original Vibration Reduction (VR) even compensates blur in the viewfinder image for comfortable handheld shooting

When shooting in dark locations, it is necessary for the camera to open the shutter for an extended period of time to receive sufficient light. This may result in a blurred image caused by camera shake. Nikon built the VR function into the lens to reduce the effects of camera shake. Different from a blur-reduction function built into the camera body, this ensures a stable viewfinder image during shooting for comfortable shooting. The VR function is effective for sports and dusk or night scenes where image blur may be caused with handheld shooting.
Note: Vibration Reduction function is only available with VR lenses.

NIKON D3200   NIKON D3200
with VR   without VR

2) AF-S lenses with built-in SWM (Silent Wave Motor) ensure quiet autofocus operation

Nikon's original SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for AF drive is an autofocus motor that converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to drive optics for autofocus. AF-S lenses that incorporate the SWM achieve quiet AF operation.

3) Nano Crystal Coat provides clear images with minimal ghost or flare

This is an antireflective coating that originated from Nikon's work in semiconductor manufacturing technology. Ghost effects caused by red light, which were incredibly difficult to prevent with previous systems, and ghost and flare effects caused by light entering the lens diagonally are effectively reduced.

4) ED glass effectively minimizes chromatic aberration at high magnification

Nikon-developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass minimizes prism-caused color dispersion. For lenses using normal optical glass, the longer the focal length, the more difficult it is to correct the chromatic aberration that causes color fringing. Nikon's ED glass effectively compensates for this kind of chromatic aberration.

5) Aspherical lens for effective distortion correction

This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces to correct certain types of lens aberration. These elements are particularly useful for correcting the distortion in wide-angle lenses.

Easy Operations

  • Easier-to-use Guide Mode that shows you exactly how to take great pictures

The D3200 employs Guide Mode that enables you to take pictures and movies the way you want, even if you are a first-time user of a D-SLR. By just following the guides displayed in the monitor, a variety of image expression is realized easily, such as "Soften background" to emphasize the subject, "Capture reds in sunsets", or "Take bright/dark photos".























  • Shooting using viewfinder

Optical viewfinder shooting is convenient in high-speed continuous shooting or when tracking a moving subject. The D3200 features approx. 95% frame coverage and approx. 0.8x magnification. The clear and easy-to-see viewfinder supports comfortable shooting with minimal time lag.

  • 11-point AF system

NIKON D3200The D3200 incorporates a high-speed and highly accurate 11-point AF system. A cross-type sensor covers the most frequently used center area to deliver superior subject-acquisition and focusing performance. With Scene Recognition System, the D3200 shows enhanced subject identification and composition change detection. In Auto-area AF mode, the D3200 achieves focus at the appropriate focus point by detecting background, foreground and subject. In 3D-tracking (11 points) mode*, the focus point automatically changes to track the subject even if it moves or composition is changed while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. Also, the camera employs superimposed indicators for bright and easy-to-see viewfinder information. Focus points are displayed clearly. *In AF-A or AF-C mode.

  • Superior durability, accuracy and operability – highly reliable shutter

The D3200's shutter unit is tested for 100,000 cycles with the shutter actually loaded to prove its high durability. The release mode button/Self-timer button/Remote control button on the camera back enables selection of release modes from Single frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Delayed Remote (2 s), Quick-response remote and Quiet shutter release. The Quiet shutter release mode is convenient when you want to shoot with reduced shutter-release sound for occasions such as a school play or when taking pictures of wildlife, insects, or a sleeping child. It also contributes to high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 4 fps*.
*Manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values.


Approx. 4 fps high-speed continuous shooting ensures you don't miss the moment.


Selectable AF-area modes in viewfinder shooting:

1) NIKON D3200Single-point AF

Ideal for stationary subjects. You can focus on the subject selecting one of the 11 focus points according to your composition. This mode is convenient when you want to focus on a desired point when shooting flowers or portraits.

2) NIKON D3200Dynamic-area AF

Suitable for capturing an erratically moving subject. Select one of the 11 focus points. In AF-A or AF-C mode, if the subject briefly leaves the selected focus point, the camera will focus based on information from the surrounding points.

3) NIKON D3200Auto-area AF

The D3200 detects the subject using information from all 11 focus points and automatically focuses on it. This mode is recommended for shooting when you want to capture decisive moments reliably such as for snapshots.

4) NIKON D32003D-tracking (11 points)

The D3200 focuses on a subject using a selected focus point. In AF-A or AF-C mode, once focusing is achieved with the selected focus point, the focus point automatically changes to track the subject even if it moves or composition is changed while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. This is convenient when composition is a priority.

  • Comfortable live view shooting using a large LCD monitor

NIKON D3200Live view shooting using an LCD monitor feels more like shooting with a compact digital camera. This is convenient when it is difficult to use the viewfinder to take high-angle or low-angle shots, or when you want to determine composition using approx. 100% frame coverage in landscape or portrait photography. You can shoot while confirming your subject with the large, easy-to-view, 7.5-cm (3-in.) VGA (approx. 921k-dot), LCD monitor. The desired AF area can be selected by moving a focus point with the multi selector. For close-up shooting of flowers and other small subjects using a tripod, you can magnify images up to approx. 9.4 times to check the exact focus.

  • Three focus modes – selectable according to your subject

1) Single-servo AF (AF-S)

Suitable for a stationary subject such as landscapes, architecture or flowers.

2) Full-time-servo AF (AF-F)

Convenient for shooting a moving subject which is usually difficult to focus on, such as a child or pet. Available in both live view mode and movie recording. Camera focuses continuously as the subject moves.

3) Manual focus (MF)

Manual focusing. Suitable for a subject for which autofocus is difficult, such as an animal in a cage or a person in the shade with the sun in the background.

Four AF-area modes – automatically focus on someone's face or a moving subject:

1) Face-priority AF

Ideal for focusing on someone's face such as for a commemorative photo.

2) Wide-area AF

Suitable for handheld shooting such as for a landscape. AF area can be moved to a desired point within the frame.

3) Normal-area AF

Convenient for shooting with pin-point focus for a designated position such as for a close-up of a flower. Using a tripod is recommended for more precise focusing.

4) Subject-tracking AF

After focusing is activated, AF area tracks the subject. Ideal for capturing a moving subject such as a child or pet.


  • Recommended combination of focus mode and AF-area mode
Single-servo AF and normal-area AF
Suitable for a stationary subject
Full-time-servo AF and subject-tracking AF
Suitable for a moving subject
  • Scene Mode chooses the most appropriate setting according to shooting scenes

When a shooting scene is decided, rotate the mode dial to the relevant scene mode. The camera automatically selects the most appropriate setting, ensuring beautiful pictures.

Scene Mode options employed in the D3200:
1) Portrait, 2) Landscape, 3) Child, Sports, 4) Close up, 5) Night portrait

Portrait Landscape
Child Sport
Close up Night Portrait
  • Selects the optimal scene mode automatically – Scene Auto Selector (only available in live view shooting)

During live view shooting with the mode dial set to Auto or Auto (flash off), Scene Auto Selector* automatically activates the most suitable scene mode according to the shooting scene or subject. The icon of the selected mode such as Landscape and Portrait is displayed at the top left of the monitor.
*When using AF.




Selected when the camera identifies situations not covered by Portrait, Landscape, Close up or Night portrait mode, or for scenes suited to Auto or Auto (flash off)

  • Help function – One-touch access to in-camera assistance

If you don't understand a function while viewing menu items, just press the help button. This assistance makes it easy for even first-time D-SLR users to operate the D3200 while learning functions.

Ease of Use

  • Simple and slim styling with reliable holding and superior operability

A compact and lightweight design is employed to ensure comfortable carrying and holding. The indented area of the grip on the front and thumb rest space on the back have been widened as much as possible to achieve reliable holding. Because the camera is held securely, sharp pictures with minimal camera shake can be captured. The D3200 also has a refined layout of buttons and dials. The mode dial is moderately inclined for natural operation, while button layout around the shutter-release button ensures comfortable operation. You have a choice of two colors – black and red.









  • Info display – selectable according to the body color

Various kinds of shooting information can be shown in the information display. For the display design, you can choose from two options – Classic or Graphic. Furthermore, the background color of the display can be selected from blue, black or orange (Classic) or white, black or brown (Graphic) according to the body color.

Pressing the information edit button when shooting information is displayed gives you direct access to the menu of the setting you would like to adjust.

  • Long-life battery due to energy-saving design – EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

NIKON D3200The D3200's efficient energy-saving design allows you to shoot approx. 540 shots per charge* with the EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.
*Based on CIPA Standards.


  • Extensive playback functions selectable according to your applications

NIKON D3200The D3200 gives you a variety of playback display options that take advantage of the large 7.5-cm (3-in.) monitor. The number of images displayed at one time can be selected from 1, 4, 9 and 72, and calendar display arranges images in chronological order. Playback zoom of face function is also available that is convenient when checking the focus of a subject accurately.

  • Images taken with the D3200 can easily be transmitted to smart devices wirelessly [NEW]

When the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is connected to the D3200, it is possible to transmit images to a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet PC wirelessly. Beautiful images that only D-SLRs can capture are now available for SNS or email. Moreover, a remote shooting function that enables shutter release from a distant place is employed. You can take shots from a wide shooting angle, while confirming an image to be taken, with a smart device as a live view display. Android OS smart devices are supported.
Note: To use this function, it is necessary to install Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility in a smart device.

Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility [NEW]
Required when using a smart device by connecting the D3200 with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. Compatible OSs: Android 2.3 series (smartphone); Android 3.x series (tablet)
Note: Can be downloaded from the Google Play Store (free).











  • Embeds location information on an image – GP-1 GPS Unit (optional)

NIKON D3200The D3200 is compatible with GP-1 GPS Unit that is able to embed location information on an image. Latitude, longitude and altitude of a shooting location are recorded as Exif data. Images with location information can be displayed on a GeoTag workspace of ViewNX 2 (supplied with the D3200). What's more, Nikon's image sharing and storage website my Picturetown, online image sharing services and commercially available digital mapping software are all there to enhance your photographic enjoyment.


  • Records movies more beautifully and easily with a D-SLR – Full HD D-Movie

NIKON D3200The D3200 offers Full HD movie recording at 1,920 x 1,080/30p. You can shoot beautiful movies utilizing 24.2 effective megapixels. It is possible to record movies with expanded image expression utilizing beautiful blur that only D-SLRs can offer, a variety of perspectives with a wide interchangeable lens lineup, and superior high-sensitivity performance. When subject-tracking AF is used, even a moving subject is kept focused. The movie-record button is located next to the shutter-release button to enable instant movie recording start. You can record movies as if using a video camcorder. With the D3200, manual setting for movie recording is possible (only when exposure mode is set to M). You can set shutter speed and ISO sensitivity before starting recording*. Furthermore, a flicker reduction function is employed to enable you to select flicker frequency (50Hz/60Hz) or choose automatic.

How to improve your D-Movie expression:

1) Use a tripod in movie recording

In movie shooting, panning (tracking a subject's movement horizontally) and tilting (tracking vertically) will result in beautiful images. For smooth panning and tilting, use of a tripod is recommended because image blur caused by camera shake is likely to occur in handheld shooting.

2) Controlling the background blur

Recent D-SLR cameras enable movie recording that emphasizes the background blur effect. With the D3200, you can control the degree of blur by changing the aperture (f-number) before recording.
Note: Aperture values cannot be changed during recording. Set aperture before starting live view.

3) Wide NIKKOR lens lineup

One of the great advantages of D-SLRs is that you can enjoy diversified movie expression by changing lenses. Use a telephoto zoom lens to capture distant children at an athletic meeting, trains or airplanes, a wide-angle zoom lens for shooting landscapes, a standard zoom lens or micro lens for a baby or pets, or a fisheye lens when you want to creatively deform architecture. Using a variety of interchangeable NIKKOR lenses will make your movie recording much more enjoyable.

4) Utilize Picture Control

With six types of Picture Control incorporated in the D3200, you can freely manage the colors and mood of your images by choosing an option of monochrome, vivid, etc. as you do for still images.
Optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone compatible
In addition to monaural recording with the built-in microphone, the D3200 lets you record stereo sound with the optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone. Using the ME-1 Stereo Microphone also reduces noise caused by lens vibration being recorded during autofocus shooting. Furthermore, you can select the sensitivity setting from auto or manual for either the built-in microphone or the ME-1 Stereo Microphone. In manual setting, you can choose the sensitivity level from 20 steps.

In-camera movie editing functions:

You can edit your movie easily without a PC. It is possible to delete unwanted parts by choosing the start or end point in single frame units, and save a selected frame as a JPEG image with the same image size as that of the selected movie frame.

Expended Creativity

  • Adding creativity in-camera after shooting – Retouch menu

The D3200 comes equipped with various in-camera image-editing functions. These in-camera functions let you retouch images easily. There are a variety of options such as Selective color that creates a black-and-white image except for the color(s) you want to emphasize, Miniature effect for a diorama-like image, or Color sketch for a sketch-style image. In each case, a duplicate image is created, leaving the original securely intact.

Selective Colour

All colors other than the color(s) you want to emphasize are recorded in black and white. Up to three colors are selectable and the color range can be adjusted.





Miniature effect

Distant subjects appear as if they are miniature scale models. The position of the focus point remains sharp while the peripheral area is defocused.





Color sketch

Sketch-style images can be created.






Corrects inclination of the image within a range of ±5° (in approx. 0.25° steps).






The desired part of the image can be trimmed and enlarged.





Retouch menus incorporated in the D3200
• D-Lighting • Red-eye correction • Trim (3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9 and 1:1) • Monochrome (Black-and-white, Sepia and Cyanotype) • Filter effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Red/Green/Blue intensifier, Cross screen and Soft) • Color balance • Image overlay • NEF (RAW) processing • Resize • Quick retouch • Straighten • Distortion control • Fisheye • Color outline • Color sketch • Perspective control • Miniature effect • Selective color • Edit movie

  • Exclusive Nikon software – expand your creativity

Your Imaging Toolbox – ViewNX 2 (supplied)

NIKON D3200This simple and intuitive software helps you get the most out of your images and movies. ViewNX 2 provides importing and browsing capability while also incorporating image-editing functions such as Resize, Brightness, Crop, Straighten and NEF (RAW) image processing. High-definition and high-quality RAW processing is achieved by utilizing the same processing algorithm as Capture NX 2 that faithfully reproduces Nikon image quality. Its movie-editing functions help you create your own original movies quickly and easily, and Nikon's smart photo sharing and storage service, my Picturetown, works smoothly with ViewNX 2, allowing you to log in directly from the software for easy uploading without activating a browser.

Quick and simple image-editing software with intuitive operation – Capture NX 2 (optional)

Capture NX 2 delivers superior operability and a variety of image-editing functions empowered by U Point® technology. Achieve a vast array of image-editing techniques easily by just placing various types of Control Points on your image and adjusting the sliders. Selection Control Points enable you to apply numerous enhancements such as D-Lighting and brightness to a designated area at any level you desire.







NIKON D3200Enables playback of still images and movies on High-Definition TV – HDMI supported

The D3200 supports HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) that allows you to play back still images and movies with High-Definition TV*1. HDMI mini connector (Type C) is employed as the interface. Also, the D3200 is compatible with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electric Control) that enables remote operation of the camera using a TV remote control*2.

*1Requires optional HDMI connection for playback.
*2Remote control of HDMI-CEC supported TV.

  • Transmits taken images from the camera to a computer wirelessly – Eye-Fi card (on the market) compatible

The D3200 can transmit taken image data (JPEG) from the D3200 to a computer wirelessly. You can also use online photo sharing and storage services such as "my Picturetown" and transmit images to a computer automatically.






Note: The D3200 can turn Eye-Fi cards on and off, but may not support other Eye-Fi functions. Direct any inquiries to the manufacturer. Eye-Fi cards are for use only in the country of purchase (As of December, 2011). Observe all local laws concerning the use of wireless devices.


Specificationsand features are for reference only and may be changed without notice by manufacturer.

Body Type Compact SLR
Camera Effective Pixels 24.7 MP
Screen Size 3 inches
Shutter Speed Range 1/4000 - 30 sec
ISO Range 100 - 12800 (w/ boost)
Lens Mount Nikon F mount
Image Sensor CMOS
Dimensions 125 x 96 x 77 mm (4.92 x 3.78 x 3.03 inches)
Maximum Resolution 6016 x 4000
Minimum Resolution 3008 x 2000
Aspect Ratio(s) (W:H) 3:02
Sensor Photo Detectors 24.2 MP
Sensor Size 24.7 MP
Processor Model Expeed 3
Colour Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Auto ISO Yes
White Balance Presets 12
Custom White Balance Yes (1)
Uncompressed Image Format RAW
Image Format(s) NEF (RAW): 12 bit, JPEG
JPEG Quality Levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Autofocus Features Contrast Detect (sensor), Phase Detect, Multi-area, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single,
  Continuous, Face Detection, Live View
Manual Focus Yes
Number of Focus Points 11
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Articulated Screen Tilting
Screen Dots 921,000
Screen Technology TFT LCD with 160 degrees viewing angle
Live View Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95 percent
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x
Aperture Priority Yes
Shutter Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Availability Yes
Scene Modes Availability Yes
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-Up, Night portrait
Built-in Flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash Range 12 m (at ISO 100)
External Flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
Flash X Sync Speed 1/200 sec
Drive Modes Single frame, Continuous, 2s Delayed remote, Quick-response remote, Quiet shutter release
Continuous Drive Yes (4 fps)
Self-timer Yes
Metering Modes Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
Video Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24 fps)
Video Minimum Resolution 424 (30, 25 fps)
Video Format(s) MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone(s) Yes (Stereo)
Speaker(s) Yes(Mono)
Compatible Memory Card(s) SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Types of Ports USB 2.0 (1), HDMI Mini (1)
Wireless Network Connectivity Yes (Optional)
Battery Description Battery Pack
Battery Model/Type Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery and charger
Battery Life 540 (CIPA)
Weight 505 g (incl. Batteries)
Orientation Sensor Yes
GPS Optional
GPS Notes GP-1