Nikon D3200.


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Jun 30, 2013
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Ive just recently purchased a Nikon D3200. Its my first Dslr in about 4 years. I used to have a canon 350D then I diwngraded to a bridge camera (long story) So now I have decided to get back into Dslr photography. Is there any other D3200 owners on here who has a little more experiance than me and perhaps you could tell me a bit about the camera? You know pros and cons and that?
Better to shoot and test the pros and cons yourself ;)

No internal AF motor. Will not meter with older glass. Not exceptional low light performance.

Budget friendly, shoulder friendly, it says Nikon on it :lol:

I'm sure there are more qualified minds. My brother has one, I like it
Thanks I can't wait to get out and start doing some real photography again
I bought a D3200 as an entry level camera, and it's been serving me well as I work my way through the basics. I've had some issues, but I'm not sure if it's me or the camera. I keep telling myself it's me, I've only had the camera since November 2012 and started from nothing.

Jared Polin (Fro Knows Photo) has a number of very good videos on the D3200. You might consider checking them out.

- D3200 Review

There are a bunch more on his YouTube Channel. Watching those will give you the pros and cons of the camera. I don't have a D3200, so I can't comment myself. I hope the videos are of some use to you!
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Study the user's manual that's a PDF file on the software disc, so you know what features and functions your camera has available for your use.
I'm using one at the minute and IMO it's a good choice to start off and teach yourself the basics. My biggest problem is my hands are too big for it.
Other than that you will be able to get some very good results with it considering its and entry level body. 24mp is pretty handy should you need to crop any photos, a lot of detail can still be retained in the remainder of your image. I found the menu to be fairly easy to navigate and the big screen is a nice feature.
I would assign the function button to iso, so you can just press it and turn the rear dial to change the setting without having to take the camera away from your eye while shooting/composing.

Only other thing is the placement of the AF/AE-L button, if you shoot with your left eye your thumb can get in the way while pressing it.
All in all it's a good little camera and I'm positive you will be pleased with the images it is capable of putting out. Best of luck with it and I hope you find it to be a useful machine for your needs :)
My biggest problem is my hands are too big for it.
Yep. The D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200 are meant to be smaller, 'compact' DSLRs, which is why they don't have an auto focus motor and auto focus screw-drive.

Nikon developed their compact entry-level DSLR cameras so their smaller size would appeal to women DSLR camera buyers.
Nikon developed their compact entry-level DSLR cameras so their smaller size would appeal to women DSLR camera buyers.

Agreed, my girlfriend finds it the perfect size for her. It's size could be either be, a good or not so good point depending on the way you look at it. When you remove the lense you can fit it into a jacket pocket and the lense in the other.....or it fits into a handbag with the lense still on and is light enough to hardly notice it's there.

no it wasn't my handbag, I forgot mine that day :D
My hands fit fine... my wife is always telling me i have dainty hands lol. Thanks for all the help here, its been very informative!

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