The Nikon D3200 is a great entry level camera that offers a mighty megapixels count of 24.2. For amateurs looking to upgrade to a DSLR from a compact Point & shoot this is a great option to start off. It offers video shooting at 1080p at 30 fps which is better than the D3100. It also has an external microphone jack that can be used to record audio better during a video shoot. It also has a 920,000 resolution LCD TFT screen which offers a better live view mode display than the older D3100. There are some other subtle advantages to the D3100 which a closer inspection will reveal including a software upgrade that offers a more intuitive graphical user interface for the amateur user. Overall the camera has everything that an amateur user would be looking for in a DSLR and more.
The D3200 has a better grip compared to the older 3100. The new model has a more pronounced and bulky grip that ensures that users will feel the camera secure in their hands than the earlier D3100. The rubberized coating at the point where the thumb would rest feels very good.
The infra-red sensor
The D3200 now has an infra-red sensor which is something that the D3100 badly needed. Anybody looking to go for a remote shutter release would desperately need the option to use a cable release or better still an infra-red shutter release option. This is critical when using long exposures using the bulb mode on the camera. Even a minimum amount of shake after you have pressed the shutter release will ruin the image. Even with vibration reduction technology built-into the camera or the lens, a steady camera is an imperative requirement for razor sharp images.
Live view switch
The live view switch has been evolved drastically and the fact that the camera has now got a more ergonomically designed live view switch makes it much better to use compared to the older D3100.
The D3200 is not exactly a camera that one would love to test out in the open and in the elements. It is not weathers sealed as you would imagine for an entry level camera and at this price point. Additionally the build quality it nothing dissimilar compared to the older D3100. Both the cameras are almost identical in terms of weight and dimensions. Even the body design is distinctively plasticy making it not as tough as the D7000 or some of the other semi-professional or the professional bodies from Nikon line up.
A phenomenal megapixels count withstanding the camera suffers from a noise problem. This is quite common for a camera that has been squeezed with too much of megapixels in a smaller APS-C sensor size. Unless of course you need to make a very small crop and then enlarge it large size, 24 megapixels is more than you would ever need. Too much megapixels means the light gathering capabilities of the individual sensors would be smaller and as such in low light noise will be inevitable.
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