FINAL THOUGHTS AND CONCLUSION
Overall we had a good time with the D3200. It’s a fast snappy fun camera with a few pet peeves like no auto exposure bracketing and the convoluted menu – things that even cheaper DSLRs and point-and-shoots do better. Of course we can’t forget the mono-microphone’s poor sound quality.
When it comes down to quality and performance however, for the price this camera does it all…in spades. The high 24-megapixel count complements the big sensor size perfectly. The encompassing build quality of the Nikon D3200 is exceptional and grips nicely. The ‘guide mode’ is hands-down one of the best features for novice users. Compared to the D3100, the D3200 is one hell of an upgrade.
If you are looking for something with a vari-angle screen consider the Canon Rebel 4Ti, or the newer Nikon D5200. The D5200 currently costs more, but extra features including a 39-point wide-area AF system compared to the 11-point AF of the D3200 (5fps shooting at a slightly larger/heavier body).
The Nikon D3200 isn’t the most inexpensive entry level DSLR on the market. It has a few caveats here and there but the positives far outweigh the negatives. The complete offering is certainly well worth the asking price of $600 CAD for novices, so if you want to start off your photography experience with a bang, it’s tough to recommend anything other than the Nikon D3200.