Nikon’s new $700 D3200: 24-megapixel dSLR with optional WiFi

Nikon’s new $700 D3200: 24-megapixel dSLR with optional WiFi

Summary: Nikon updates its entry-level digital SLR with 24-megapixel resolution, 30fps 1080p video, and a new optional WiFi adapter.

TOPICS: Hardware

(Nikon D3200 image courtesy of Nikon.)

(Nikon D3200 and WU-1 images courtesy of Nikon.)

We've been seeing a lot of action among high-end digital SLRs lately (with announcements for the Nikon D4 and D800 as well as the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 1D C already this year).  But entry-level offerings have been scarce, with their market slowly but surely being eroded by interchangeable lens compact cameras (like the Olympus OM-D among a slew of others) and full-featured high-end compacts (such as the Canon PowerShot G1 X).  In fact, Sony is the only camera maker to have announced entry-level dSLRs in the last year (with the Nikon D5100 announced just about a year ago and my most-recommended entry-level dSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i, having been announced in February of last year).

So, today's announcement of the Nikon D3200 is ready to take the entry-level market up a notch. Perhaps most notably, Nikon ramped up resolution from the 14.2-megapixel sensor of its predecessor the D3100, to 24.2 megapixels, while still ratcheting up continuous shooting speed to 4 fps at full resolution (from 3fps in the 3100). The other big news is the optional WiFi connectivity. In addition to compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless SD cards, the D3200 also accepts Nikon's new WU-1 Wireless Mobile Adapter ($59.95), which attaches to the cameras USB port and can send images to other devices via WiFi, as well as allowing you to preview images and control the camera remotely.

Other key improvements include:

  • Full 1080p HD video recordingat 24-, 25-, and 30fps
  • Full autofocus and manual exposure controls while shooting video
  • Stereo microphone input jack
  • 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD
  • New red body-color option

The Nikon D3200 will ship with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for $699.95 in late April.

Topic: Hardware

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  • Does it still lack a focus motor?

    • auto-focus

      Would assume it to be in-the-lens auto-focus. Works great. I like my Nikon D5000.
  • Wi-Fi

    Wi-Fi should have been integrated or should plug into an internal compartment. Users will accidently break the doors off the cameras. At least eye-fi plugs into the SD card slot.

    Cameras should be black :-) That is a very ugly red.
  • Nice product

    Wi-Fi camera control could be most interesting. Wi-Fi image transfer of 24MP images is a bit of an issue as far as practicality is concerned. Yet you may send an image through a hotspot. The best of this unit is it is still a small camera that has enough body to it that you don't have to worry about blurrr because your heart took a beat. What was not discussed is the remote microphone option so that one doesn't hear a lense motor of the shooter taking a breath or two while clicking off a short video. The red is ugly enough to distinguish grabbing this camera from say the D5000 you might have in your bag.
  • No HDR!

    Very interesting and I like the red, but I was hoping for HDR capabilities. I guess they didn't put that in because it's "entry level." I agree that it'd be nice to have the WiFi option done in a fashion that protects it more. It does seem to be fairly likely to get broken.
  • Just got me one!

    I was looking for a new inexpensive camera to take shots for my clients, after reading about the nikon d3200 on i had to get me one along with the wifi adapter! This post just re assured me i made a sound investment! Can't Wait.

    - Excited man!
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