Nikon D3200 What You Need to Know for Best Performance

The D3200’s original MSRP was US: with 18-55mm VR - $699.95, UK: with 18-55mm VR – £649.99, UK: with 18-55mm VR – €699

Used D3200 cameras fall into a price range of $150 to $200. The difference will be due to condition and accessories included.

The Nikon D3200 uses a Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger.

The battery can not be charged via USB. This means a battery charger will be necessary. There are third party battery chargers available.

The Nikon D3200 is compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) memory cards.

That means compatible D3200 SD cards can have a maximum storage capacity of up to 2TB. The camera has UHS-I enabled, which means compatible SD cards can have sustained write speeds of at least 30 MB/s.

If you need a card, my recommendation is to get a 128GB SD card with UHS-I. For a memory card that would also be usable in a camera capable of recording high frame rate 4k, get a card that is rated V30. If that is not a concern, any card with a Class 10 speed rating will be fast enough for most uses.

The D3200 is compatible with Nikon F mount lenses. This opens up a wide range of lens possibilities. A full range of lenses exists including circular fisheye, ultra wide angle, perspective control, macro, telephoto, mirror, bellows, and all kinds of zooms.

There is a list of the best Nikon D3200 lenses that covers lenses for all different types of photography.

The camera has an APS-C “crop” sensor that has been designed to use DX lenses. These lenses are smaller and less expensive than FX lenses, which are designed to be used on full frame cameras.

The D3200 can also use full frame, ‘FX’, lenses. However, the downside to these lenses is that they tend to be larger, heavier, and more expensive than DX lenses.

  • Active D-Lighting
  • 4.0 fps continuous shooting
  • Auto Active D-Lighting System
  • Custom Setting Options
  • Red eye correction

The D3200 has an APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sized sensor. This is paired with the Expeed 3 image processor.

The Nikon D3200 can record video at 1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps) in MPEG-4, H.264. $.Page.Params.videography_notes The fixed screen on the D3200 can make shooting video difficult.

The lack of a fully articulated LCD screen is a big drawback for video use.

There is no port for a external microphone.

The D3200 does not have built in wireless. The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is needed to for a wifi connection.

The D3200 does not have built-in GPS.

The GP-1 is needed to enable GPS capability. This will store location data in the exif data of photos.

Manufacturer Nikon
Model D3200
MSRP US: with 18-55mm VR - $699.95, UK: with 18-55mm VR – £649.99, UK: with 18-55mm VR – €699
Body type Compact DSLR
Max resolution 6016 x 4000
Other resolutions 4512 x 3000, 3008 x 2000
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24.2 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (12800 with boost)
Boosted ISO (minimum) None
Boosted ISO (maximum) 12800.0
White balance presets 12.0
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Image stabilization notes None
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Autofocus ['Contrast Detect (sensor)', 'Phase Detect', 'Multi-area', 'Selective single-point', 'Tracking', 'Single', 'Continuous', 'Face Detection', 'Live View']
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 11.0
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3"
Screen dots 921000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD with 160° viewing angle
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.8× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
Continuous drive 4.0 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes ['Multi', 'Center-weighted', 'Spot AF-area']
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing None
WB Bracketing No
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes 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
Modes None
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Microphone port 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode
Headphone port Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Remote control Yes (Optional)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 540.0
Weight (inc. batteries) 505 g (1.11 lb / 17.81 oz)
Dimensions 125 x 96 x 77 mm (4.92 x 3.78 x 3.03")
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording None
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1