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Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera

Nikon D3200 SLR camera front side view

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April 19th, 2012: Nikon has today announced the entry level Nikon D3200 DX format SLR camera, an update to the popular Nikon D3100. The Nikon D3200 features a high resolution 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 1080p HD movies with selectable frame rates up to 30 fps.

Although the D3200 features a built-in microphone, the camera also provides a jack for attaching an optional microphone allowing users 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 (same as D3100), 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.

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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 Digital 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

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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

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Nikon D3200 SLR Camera: Specifications

Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Picture Angle
Effective picture angle 1.5x (Approx.) conversion factor (Nikon DX format)
Effective Pixels
24.2 million
Sensor Size
23.2mm x 15.4mm
Image Sensor Format
Image Sensor Type
Total Pixels
24.7 million
Dust-reduction system
Image 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 Images
Compressed 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 Control
Landscape Monochrome Neutral Portrait Selected Picture Control can be modified Standard Vivid
Storage Media
Card Slot
1 Secure Digital (SD)
Eye-level Pentamirror Single-Lens Reflex viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
95% horizontal
Viewfinder Magnification
Viewfinder Eyepoint
18mm (-1.0m?¹)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
1.7 to +0.5m?¹
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type
Lens Aperture
Instant-return type
Lens Compatibility at a Glance
AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus
Compatible Lenses
AF-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 type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed
1/4000 to 30 sec.
Fastest Shutter Speed
Slowest Shutter Speed
Flash Sync Speed
Up to
Shutter Release Modes
Continuous Delayed remote Quick Response Remote Mode Quiet shutter-release Self-timer mode Single-frame [S] mode
Frame Advance Rate
Up 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 resolution
4 frames per second
2, 5, 10, 20 sec.
Exposure Metering System
TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method
Centre-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 Range
0 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 Coupling
Exposure Modes
Aperture-Priority Auto (A) Auto Auto (flash off) Manual (M) Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P) Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Scene Modes
AutoAuto [Flash Off]Child Close-up Landscape Night Portrait Portrait Sports
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3EV
Exposure Lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Mirror Lock Up
Yes (for image sensor cleaning)
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100 – 6400, Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent) Auto ISO sensitivity control available
High ISO Noise Reduction
Low Normal High
Active D-Lighting
On Off
Single-point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode
Number of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode
Autofocus System
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
Detection Range
-1 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Lens Servo
Autofocus (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 Point
Can be selected from 11 focus points
Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L buttonFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
Focus Modes
Auto 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/Points
Autofocus Sensitivity
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Built-in Flash
X-Sync Speed
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
Flash Sync Modes
Front-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 indicator
Lights 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 Shoe
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
CLS Supported
Flash Sync Terminal
Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (available separately)
White Balance
Auto Cloudy Direct Sunlight Flash Fluorescent (7 types) Incandescent Preset Manual Shade
Live View Shooting
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
Live View Scene Auto Selector
Auto mode Auto (flash off) mode
Movie Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Maximum recording time
20 min.
Movie File Format
Movie Video Compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie Audio recording format
Linear PCM
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps VGA 640x424 / 30 fps VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Movie Audio
Built-in microphone, monaural Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Monitor Size
3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution
921,000 Dots
Monitor Type
Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Monitor Angle of View
160 degree wide-viewing angle
Playback Functions
Auto Image Rotation Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) Highlights Histogram Display Image Comment Movie Playback Playback with Zoom Slideshow
In-Camera Image Editing
Colour Balance Colour Outline Colour Sketch D-Lighting Distortion Control Filter Effects Fisheye Image Overlay Miniature Effect Monochrome NEF (RAW) Processing Perspective Control Quick retouch Red-Eye Correction Resize Selective Colour Straighten Trim
Accessory 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 Functionality
Eye-Fi Compatible
GP-1 GPS unit
Recent Settings
Supported Languages
Arabic Brazilian Portuguese Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) Czech Danish Dutch English Finnish French German Greek Hindi Hungarian Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Norwegian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings
World Time Setting
Battery / Batteries
EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)
AC Adapter
EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)
Battery Charger
MH-24 Quick Charger
Tripod Socket
1/4 in.
Approx. Dimensions
5.0 in. (125mm) x 3.8 in. (96mm) x 3.1 in. (76.5mm)
Approx. Weight
16oz. / 455g
Operating Environment
0–40 °C (+32–104 °F)
Supplied Accessories
AF-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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