Nikon D3200 Camera Review – An Exceptional Entry-Level DSLR


nikon d3200 dslr camera plastic cover

The left side of the camera houses a large soft plastic cover that protects the ports. The ports include a mic-in jack for external microphones, as well as USB and A/V connectors. The USB port comes with a tiny complaint; we wish Nikon had used a more universal port like microUSB. You can also purchase the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for wirelessly downloading photos and videos to your device of choice. Next is the mini-HDMI port, much more recommended for playback than using the included AV cables. Finally the accessory terminal can accept a cable remote, or the GP-1 GPS unit.

nikon d3200 dslr camera sd card slot

The memory card slot cover card feels nice and secured. You can easily switch the SD card out even when the camera is mounted to a tripod. The D3200 is compatible with SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards.

nikon d3200 dslr camera bottom

Let’s check out that bottom. The EN-EL14 battery compartment is constructed very sturdily. The battery is rated at 7.4V 1030mAh, and with a fresh battery the D3200 can take 540 photos on a single charge. Using ‘Live View’ and taking long exposure shots made that number drop drastically; but in the right conditions 540 seems very realistic of a number.

nikon d3200 dslr camera LCD screen

The back of the D3200 has a fixed 3” LCD screen with a pixel density of 921k. The colours look a little muddy on the screen. On a bright day with reflection the screen can be next to impossible to read. It’s not a terrible screen, but compared to the Canon T4i or any Samsung camera with an AMOLED screen, it just doesn’t hold up to the competition. The good news is when transferring photos we were pleasantly surprised how bright and vivid they look on the computer.

nikon d3200 dslr camera back


  1. Great post and photos. I couldn’t decide whether to opt for the D3200 or
    the D5100. See my musings here. Be interested if eveyone agrees with my
    verdict! Cheers James

  2. While the Nikon D3200 is the newest entry level DSLR from Nikon, overall I think the D3100 is still the better entry level DSLR camera. While there more pixels on the D3200, they are half the size of the pixels on the D3100. \

    • @Menshealth99 Honestly I never really got the chance to play with the D3100 too much, I like some of the newer features of the D3200 over the D3100. Pixel size aside both cameras are practically the same. and you are guaranteed decent shots even as a novice photographer. I will have to compare the two cameras one day for a head to head breakdown.
      Thanks foe the reply

    • yeah..we should have just one but big pixel, right?

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