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.
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.
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.
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.