Nikon D3200 Camera Review – An Exceptional Entry-Level DSLR


The D3200 is more than capable of taking photos in any lighting condition with desirable results. Unlike a point-and-shoot taking photos with high ISO, the D3200 is able to produce useable low-light hand held snapshots.

Auto f/3.5, 1/15. ISO 1100 handheld:

nikon d3200 Auto f/3.5, 1/15. ISO 1100 handheld

Using a tripod we can take a look at the quality the D3200 produces taking long shutter photos. One negative comment about the D3200, a mode that should exist but doesn’t, is ‘exposure bracketing’. It takes two or more photos in different exposures automatically that at a later time can be combined together to create an HDR image. You can do this manually, but you have to touch the camera potentially wrecking the original composition and alignment of the images.

Manual f/19, 30”,ISO 100, 18-55mm 18mm:nikon d3200 Manual f/19, 30”,ISO 100, 18-55mm 18mm

Manual f/10, 30”, ISO 100, 18-55mm 55mm:

nikon d3200 Manual f/10, 30”, ISO 100, 18-55mm 55mm

Some of the details are a full kilometer away at 100% crop:

nikon d3200 zoom crop

f/4.5, 4″, ISO 100, 24mm:

nikon d3200 f/4.5, 4", ISO 100, 24mm

Manual f/3.5, 30″ ISO 1600, 18mm:

nikon d3200 Manual f/3.5, 30" ISO 1600, 18mm


  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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