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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Nikon D3200

11:29 AM By Franz , , , ,

I've published some test shots and as promised, I've included here my reasoning behind me getting the camera.

If you are interested in the camera, Digital Photography Review has some amazingly indepth camera reviews.

These specs below are simply copied and pasted from that site but I will reference them so I thought I'd copy them over.

Nikon D3200 specification highlights

24MP CMOS sensor
ISO 100-6400 (plus ISO 12,800-equivalent Hi1 setting)
Expeed 3 processing
3.0", 920k dot screen
Full HD 1080p30 video (with 25p and 24p options)
Microphone socket
Twin IR remote receivers
4 frame-per-second continuous shooting

You have to remember that this is one of Nikon's latest releases and as such, it comes with their latest processor, the Expeed 3.

The 24 MP CMOS sensor(probably designed by Sony) captures a wide spectrum of colors and shades. The Canon 5D Mark III falls just short at 22.3 MP and the Canon 7D(which also has a cropped sensor) at 18 MP. These really do seem like small differences but the extra detail does show and  the ability to crop as you wish as well as blow up the images to giant sizes for prints if you wished is nice.

One feature makes it particularly good for me is the microphone socket if I ever wanna use the video mode on it for serious work in cinematography.

However, you don't have to study too much about megapixels to know that the added detail deteriorates noise performance. For me, the camera's images are not usable above 1,600 ISO. This is far more than what I am used to working with and so, it doesn't really bother me. DP Review has some great noise comparison tools here:

Unlike Canon's 600D and new 650D that are around the same price, the D3200 does not have a rotating screen which does make for more comfortable shooting in some situations. But then again, that's not something I really care about.

In short, the D3200 gets you the best images of any camera at this price range and all the way up the Canon ladder until the 7D in my opinion. What it does lose in is noise performance at the higher ISOs as well as continuous shooting speeds. Though 4 frames per second to me seems like plenty for most applications.

All of my photography on the site has been taken with this camera.

An extremely important thing you gotta watch if you are considering to buy the D3200:
The camera doesn't have the best audio input. My solution is a Rode videomic pro and a Fiio e07K. This has the advantage of also giving me the ability to monitor audio.