Nikon D3200 Raises the Entry Level Even Higher


The Nikon D3200 is the follow-up to the popular entry-level camera, the D3100. This new model builds from a solid foundation and adds quite the increase in technology and overall imaging capabilities. Now featuring a 24.2 megapixel DX-sized imaging sensor, this expansion of 10MP provides greater detail, resolution and image quality for larger printing possibilities. Among other upgrades are an increased continuous shooting rate of 4 frames per second and Wi-Fi capabilities when paired with the optional WU-1a module. In addition to the standard Nikon D3200 black body, a red finish is also available.

Wi-Fi Capabilities

A seldom-seen trait in DSLRs, the D3200 is capable of remotely sending images without the use of a computer. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is required for this and will allow you to send your images or videos directly to your smart phone or tablet. This wireless adapter also allows you to control your camera remotely from your smart phone or tablet, helping you to take photos from a distance with highly functional control. Once you have recorded and received your images on your auxiliary device, you can instantly publish your images to social media sites, YouTube or for use in MMS or emails.

24.2MP DX CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 3 Image Processor

One of the most dramatic differences between the D3100 and the D3200 is the increase in resolution of the new model. This jump in resolution provides greater depth and detail, plus the capability to make larger prints of your images. In order to properly handle the larger files, Nikon has also integrated the EXPEED 3 image processor for faster, more efficient operation. Together, the heightened resolution and processing power give plenty of support for full HD 1080p movie recording, greater low-light sensitivity, and overall better image quality.

Four Frame-per-Second Continuous Shooting

Another improvement in terms of speed, the D3200 has bumped up the continuous shooting rate by 1 frame per second to an impressive 4 fps. This will prove to be especially useful in fast-paced settings or low-light situations where shooting several frames at once improves the chances of a perfectly sharp resulting image.

Improved Full HD 1080p Video

While the original D3100 featured 1080p HD capabilities, the D3200 has improved on this and added additional frame rates and greater control over how you make movies. The new model has added the option to record at 30, 25 or 24fps in 1080 resolution as well as the ability to record at 60 or 50 fps in 720 format. Additionally, the D3200 supports full-time autofocus while filming and offers the ability to manually adjust your exposure settings, too. An external stereo microphone jack and conveniently located movie-record button are also incorporated into the design for greater recording possibilities and functionality.

Low Light Sensitivity and Sharp Focus

Taking from its predecessor, the D3200 makes use of the same 11-point autofocus system and low-light sensitivity up to ISO 12800 in extended mode. The 11-point AF system allows quick, precise focusing by blanketing the image field with focus points, helping to ensure the best focus position for sharp images. The ability to photograph up to ISO 12800 gives you tremendously more options for photographing late into the day without the need of a flash or support system.

Automatic Features

Part of the reason many shy away from using DSLRs in favor of smaller cameras is because there generally is substantially more legwork to do in order to simply record imagery. However, with the D3200 there are a number of intelligent functions that help to expedite the process and strive to help you make the best images possible. To start at the beginning, there is a Guide Mode for introducing key camera functions and assist you in familiarizing yourself with the camera. This is dramatically more useful than a written user’s guide and functions similarly to someone giving you a hands-on lesson with the camera. Once acquainted, there is a 420-pixel RGB sensor that enhances the accuracy of auto functions ranging from exposure metering to autofocus. This sensor also supports face detection for determining proper exposures and focus in specific regard to your subject’s faces. Scene Auto Selector and 6 different Scene Modes work to help you properly align your camera’s settings based on your shooting conditions. By selecting the scene yourself or letting the camera determine the settings, you will be able to form a proper exposure quickly and easily with no guesswork or wasted time.

18-55mm f/3.5-5.5 Kit Lens Option

The D3200 is also available in kit form, bundled with the highly functional 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens. This lens gives you a wide variety of angles of view, ranging from wide-angle perspectives to a short portrait-length lens. It is specifically designed for us on DX-format sensors; features Vibration Reduction technology for producing the sharpest images possible, even at longer lengths; and has the AF-S Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet auto focusing that is still highly accurate.

The D3200 continues to be a strong foundation in the Nikon DSLR line-up; it provides a stable and highly adequate stepping stone that even encroaches on higher-end models. The ability to record full HD video, shoot still images at 24.2MP, and wirelessly output images represents the sum of formidable technology that’s highly useful, thanks to friendly packaging. The range of automatic features makes this camera highly appealing for hobbyists or those new to DSLRs, while the quality of technologies makes this an appealing camera even for semi-professional users.

Effective Pixels 24.2MP
Image Size (Pixels) 6016 x 4000
Image Sensor 23.2 x 15.4mm CMOS sensor
Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame Coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.8x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Focusing screen  Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
Flash Sync Speed X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Frame Advance Rate Up to 4 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster,
Self-Timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures
Metering TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Methods Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted metering; Spot metering
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 68°F/20°C) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV; Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Focus Modes Single-servo AF; continuous-servo AF; auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); predictive focus tracking; manual focus
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in./0.5 to 3 m) 
Detection Range -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Focus Point Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Flash Guide Number Approx. 39/12, 43/13 with manual flash (ft/m, ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Flash Control TTL: 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 metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Modes Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
White Balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning
Live View Lens Servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F); Manual focus (MF)
Live View AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Live View Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
LCD Monitor 3" TFT LCD
LCD Resolution 921,000-dot (VGA)
LCD Viewing Angle 160 degrees
LCD Coverage Approx. 100%
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30p/25p/24 High/Normal; 1280 x 720 @ 60p/50p High/Normal; 640 x 424 @ 30p/25p High/Normal
Photo File Format NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed; 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  
Movie Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering Method Matrix
Frame Size (Pixels) and Frame Rate 1,920 × 1,080, 30p (progressive)/25p/24p, High/Normal; 1,280 × 720, 60p/50p, High/Normal; 640 × 424, 30p/25p, High/Normal; Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
D-Movie File Format MOV
Audio Recording Format Linear PCM
Audio Recording Device Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Video Compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
ISO Sensitivity ISO 200 to 6400; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)
Light Meters Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame; Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Interface Hi-Speed USB; NTSC, PAL video output; Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter) audio input
Supported Languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Power Source One EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
AC Adapter EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)
Tripod Socket 1/4"-20 (ISO 1222)
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
File System DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Operating Environment Temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C); Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)
Dimensions Approx. 5.0 × 3.8 × 3.1" (125 × 96 × 76.5mm)
Weight Approx.  1 lb (455 g) (camera body only)

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hi I need to know if this camera has infaread, I have purchased a infaread remote that is compatible with this camera but do I need to buy an adapter to make it work or is this just a function I need to turn on? 

Yes, the D3200 in compatible with Infrared remotes, the most popular being the Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Infrared Remote Control. Page 31 of the user manual will describe how to set the camera to allow use of the remote. If need be, here is a link to the manual:

I would like to know if this camera would suit my needs as an investigator taking pictures from 300 yards or more and it zoom in relatively close enogh to get face recognition. I also need to be able to shoot pictures at night with out flash. Infrared

The D3200 camera is a good all around model however it does not necessarily meet the criteria you have listed as needed for your application. 

To first comment on shooting subjects at 300 yards.  There is not a lens in the photo industry that would really achieve this.  To give you an example:  Professional NFL Photographers who have the advantage of shooting on the sidelines at football games are using some of Canon and Nikon’s largest and strongest telephoto lenses (requires tripod and are not hand-holdable) to capture the best shots you see of the players by themselves, either in play or just snapshots.  These lenses are between 400mm and 600mm in focal length, and the shooters are anywhere within 30-100 yards at the furthest point, with the better shots taken on the closer end.  The lenses being used are of the most powerful lenses available for DSLRs. When you talk about wanting to shoot at 300 yards, you’d need to likely involve a scope of some sort.

As far as infrared work goes, DSLRs are not set up for this type of capture, some can be modified for that application.  There are some camcorder options which have had that feature which may be something you could work in for your purposes. 

If you would like recommendations on scopes that could be used with DSLR cameras for this purpose, we ask that you submit an email to and our agents there could see if there any options within what we carry that would allow you to capture images of faces from 300 yards. 

What are the best settings to be set in D3200 ., for shooting video in the snowy places like Switzerland,Norway?

Not so much a setting, but if you are shooting around snow on sunny days, a circular polarizer can be invaluable.  It will block out glare from non-metallic surfaces, such as snow.  It will also add some contrast.  As for settings, that will really depend on the available light when you are shooting, and the aesthetic you are going for.  Auto exposure can be difficult when working near the snow.  I would suggest shooting manual as much as possible.  You can take a shot before you get started, and checking the histogram to make sure the snow isn’t too blown out, or that you are exposed correctly for you subject and not just the snow.  Other than that, just play.  The more you experiment with your camera, the more you will get to know it, and how to use it to get the results you are looking for. 

Is this camera capable of being used with a Gemini MC Auto Zoom/C-Macro 1:4.5 f=80-205mm lense? If not whats it is limted to?

The Nikon D3200 has the Nikon F-mount.  Depending on the mount of the lens, you may or may not be able to use it on the D3200 with an adapter.  What mount is your lens, or what camera did you previously use it on?

When can i buy "Body Only"?

Unfortunately, as Nikon USA does not offer a body only option for the D3200, B&H does not have a body only option available.

Can the D3200 and the D5100 use my infrared remote ML-L3 or do I need something newer.  Also if this remote can be used, is pointed at the camera front or rear or both.

Thanks, Richard

The ML-L3 is comp0atible with both the D3200 and D5100.  Both cameras have the sensor/receiver in the front, so the remote would need to be in the line of sight of the camera’s IR sensor/receiver in the front.

How do I turn the IR mode on , in the D3200? I can only find Remote duration settings - which is set at 1, 1min , yet the remote still wont work.

As indicated on page 33 in the Nikon D3200 DSLR Instruction Manual, you must select either the 2s Delayed Remote Mode or the Quick-Response Remote Mode by pressing the Drive mode button above the Delete Image button on the rear of the camera (item number 18 shown on page 2). It also states to note that if no operations are perfromed for about a minute after a remote control mode is selected, the camera will automatically return to single frame, continuous or quiet shutter-release mode.

I am having the hardest time deciding between the Nikon D3200 or the Canon Eos Rebel T3i. This will be my first DSLR camera. I don't intend to use the video, just the camera. I want to take clear, vibrant, and detailed photos that I can print and enlarge if wanted. I intend to photograph my daughter and probably nature scenes as well. I know I need something that I can take quick continuos pictures as it's hard to keep her still. My mother in law has the Canon T2i and loves it and two features that I like on hers is the ability to bracket (each photo she takes has it under, mid, and over exposures to capture the right one) I don't believe the Nikon does that, but not sure how important it is, especially for a beginner. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

I have an D70 (from 2004) with

18-70 (kit lens)

35 - 1.8

70-300 (FX lens - brought for optical quality for a safari tour)

Given the age of the D70 I have been considering upgrading - even though I am not taking that many pictures. So far I was considering the D800 - however the cost vs. the small number of pictures made me put that on hold. However now I am woundering if anupgrade to D3200 would be worth it - any advice ?


The imaging sensor in the D3200 is far superior to the D70's and I feel you would definitely see the improved image quality and camera performance. The D800 is quite a jump and if you are not shooting professionally, not worth the expense in my opinion.

The image sensor is one thing but the image processing in the D3200 is far ahead of that in the D70. It is faster and capable of better low light sensitivity which never a bright spot with the D70. Plus, the video capability of the D3200 with 1080p at 30 fps gives it great versatility for a one-camera solution on the road.


I was thinking the same thing. WIth 24.2 Megapixels the D3200 is very impressive

can anybody please say anything about when this product will be available?

I can't wait longer......


Hello Edip -

We have no firm ETA for this new camera at this time.  You will be updated via e-mail as we receive shipping reliable information from Nikon.

I am very interested in this camera for my wife.  We will be in NYC in June.  I need pricing information.  Also, are all of her lenses compatible  (digital and semi automatic)?

Please send pricing


The Kits are listed on our site along with current availability and pricing.

Nikon D3200

AF-S lens are required for auto focusing.  Older AF-D and AIS lens will have limited operation requiring manual focus and metering.

Hi, just wondering when you expect to get these out? I'm in Australia and therefore have to pay in full - only in a rush as I want to get one for my girl's bday.

If I pay and find it earlier somewhere else, can I cancel my preorder for a full refund?

Ive seen them as being in stock on amazon from a few different shops - but none ship to aus.

Unfortunately, due to restrictions from Nikon, we are prohibited from accepting orders for cameras and accessories for international shipping.  Nikon items can only be shipped within the USA or purchased in our NYC Superstore in New York.  The Nikon D3200 cannot be purchased online for shipment to Australia.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

I have the some question.

Please. My mother in law is coming to Brazil. She can bring me.

Oh boy...a Nikon D3200 !!!

Now what should I do??

I have just decided to buy a D5100, when I come to New York later this year, but what to do now??

What is better...the D3200..or the D5100?

Or maybe there will even come a D5200 also - when?

I see the price is almost the same if I buy either the D3200 or the D5100, so now I dont know what to buy..

What is your opinion???

Hi Kurt,

Personally I'd hold out for the 3200.  It has 24.2 mega pixles while the D5100, which I own olny has 16.2 mega pixels.  Also  walkig around with a red Nikon DSLR. SWEET!  Good luck and please post when you decide.  I'm thinking of getting the D3200.

It was an easier decision when there was only the Nikon D3100 and the D5100. But D3200 does add very desirable features to the mix. It’s small size, list of features and great price I venture to say is a competitive response to the coming of compact system camera’s. (AKA mirrorless camera's)

The D5200, while "only" 16MP, still delivers image quality to rival the upper level D7000. It also has the articulated screen, built-in HDR and continuous video AF.

The D3200, a DX format camera, has 24.2MP sensor, (which will be great for those who need to aggressively crop a image yet still have quality large prints) 4FPS, 100-6400 ISO, and 1080P HD video. Video comes with full-time autofocus,  60FPS slow motion, manual exposure, stereo audio, and in a big plus at this price point, a 3.5mm external mic input.  It has an improved screen specification of 921K plus Auto Orientation vs. the D3100's 230K. Wireless image transmission is now possible with the WU-1A Transmitter so it will be more smartphone–like in its ability to share.  The D3200 also has dedicated buttons Live View, Movie Record. The Guide Mode has added choices and infrared remote control both front and rear is now available.

The D3200 does not have in camera focus motor, or Auto Exposure Bracketing.

I would say that for the little extra money, the D3200 is the one over the D3100 easily. If you need the articulated screen and HDR, consider the D5100. (a D5200 has not been announced) Otherwise, the D3200 in my mind is the one to go for.

I am looking at this for my wife where she can also use my lens for D40X.

Can you use all the DX lens I bought for D40X such as DX 55-200, DX 10-24mm, DX SWM ED Aspherical, and Sigma 50-500mm?

All lenses that are fully compatible with the Nikon D40x DSLR camera would also be fully compatible with the Nikon D3200 DSLR camera.


I am the proud owner of a Nikon D7000 and love it! My daughter is getting very interested in photography and I am thinking about getting her an entry level DSLR. To save costs on glass I was wondering if my lenses I got for the NIkon D7000 would work on the new D3200 too. I know that at least one of my lenses wouldn't work on the D3000/D3100 because the camera didn't have a motor for the autofocus function. So I am curious to see if the improved D3200 can deal with my lenses. Thanks!


All cameras under the D7000 use Nikon's smaller camera build which does not have room for a built-in autofocus motor to be placed inside the camera.  As such, the Nikon D3200 does not have a built-in autofocus motor, and requires the lens to have its own autofocus motor, such as the Nikon AF-S Silent Wave Motor, or Sigma's HSM Hypersonic motor, etc.  As the D7000 has its own motor and use both lenses with and without built-in motors, you will have to ensure the lens you let your daughter use have a built-in autofocus motor; otherwise, she will simply have to manually focus the lens on her camera.  Metering and flash distance is still transferred to the camera, and the Autofocus Confirmation Light in the viewfinder will still light when she is properly in focus if the lens has computer contacts, even if it does not have a built-in motor for focusing.

Is this camera made in China or Japan?

Country of origin information is not available yet.

My guess would be Thailand.

guess you can't read

Hello Joe -

We will not be able to confirm Country of Origin details until the cameras are actually shipped to us.

Nikon's Pro-sumer cameras and lenses tend to be made outside of Japan.  I'm sure this is to keep manufacturing costs down so they can keep the prices low enough for the Pro-sumer market.  My guess would also be that the 3200 will probably come out of Thailand.  As B&H stated, however, we won't know for certain till the camera ships.

Does the D3200 have manual control in video mode?  I know the D3100 didn't, even though you could lock exposure.  Even when you manually plugged in shutter speed, ISO, or aperture settings, the camera would simply override the settings.  Any word on if they updated this camera to allow for manual control?


According to Nikon USA'a web site: "With a touch of a button, the D3200 starts recording Full HD 1080p video with full-time autofocus, manual exposure control and stereo sound".

Does this camera have Infrared Remote Control shutter release?  I haven't found any since the D60.


The D3200 is compatible with both the Vello and Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared) which also works with; D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D70S, D80, D90, D3000, D5000, Coolpix P6000, N65, N75, Coolpix 8400, 8800, Pronea S, Nuvis S & Lite Touch Zoom

The Vello Infrared Remote Control is a compact and easy-to-use remote switch with a 15' (5 m) range for Nikon digital cameras that support infrared triggering. All you have to do to make it work is to set your camera (in the menu) to accept remote triggering, then aim the remote at the infrared (IR) sensor on your camera.

The IR-N1 enables you to capture images without touching the camera, thus reducing image blurring and allowing you to concentrate on other things, i.e. interacting with your baby to capture a once-in-a lifetime expression or a fleeting moment.

D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D80, D90, D3000, D3200, D5000, D5100 & D7000
Nikon 1 Mirrorless:
J1, V1
8400, 8800, P6000, P7000, P7100
F55, F65, F75, N65 and N75

Thank you Chuck, I appreciate the info you provided about the Infrared control.

What is the cost of this camera and do you just do the body.

If you have a D70S, does the lens fit both models?


The kits are listed on our web site. At this time, Nikon is not shipping body only.

Your lens will fit, but only AF-S lens with auto focus. AF + AF-D will not.

Do you think that, at some point, Nikon will sell the body only? I notice that they're already selling the body only in Germany.

No, I do not.  Nikon USA does not offer their entry-level DSLR cameras to dealers/retailers in a Body-Only option, as since it is the most basic entry-level DSLR camera, Nikon targets the camera to users new to the DSLR system.  New users  would not already have lenses for the camera and would need the basic kit lens with the camera.  The intermediate or upgrade line, the D5100, would be offered body only.  The Nikon D40, D40x, D3000, and D3100 (all previous entry-level generations of the D3200) have never been offered body only new directly by Nikon.  Only the camera options above the entry-level position are offered in body only configurations.

Body only Nikon 3200 are being offered here in Canada

I am a semi retired professional looking to upgrade from a D-200.  Do you feel this camera would fit my needs?  What is the cost of a camera body alone?

Thank you,

Dennis O'Brien


The body is not sold separately as far as we know. I've been using the D5000 and the image quality of Nikon's entry level cameras is in my opinion professional grade. These bodies are small and light but are not built to the same standards as your D200. I would caution against heavy usage that may involve banging the camera around. I do not believe these cameras were designed to accommodate this type of handling.

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