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Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Boasts Impressive 24-Megapixel Sensor
The follow-up to the D3100 increases the resolution, without sacrificing its renowned ease of use, and adds support for a new Wi-Fi adapter.
Nikon’s popular D3100 D-SLR is finally being put out to pasture. The newly announced D3200 looks a lot like the previous model on the outside, but a few key differences differentiate the two cameras.
The most obvious is the sensor—the D3200 packs a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, up from the 14 megapixels found in the D3100. Its Expeed 3 image processor supports shooting at 4 frames per second. You can opt to shoot at ISO 100 through 6400, with 12800 available as an expanded mode, and the 11-point autofocus system will help to keep your shots sharply in focus.
The camera retains the D3100′s Guide Mode, which walks novice shooters through camera settings in order to help them get the best shot possible. A large, 3-inch LCD, packed with 921k dots, adorns the rear of the camera. Live View is supported, as is 1080p30 and 1080p24 video recording with full-time autofocus. New to this model is a microphone input jack, so you are no longer limited to the camera’s internal microphone.
The company also announced a Wi-Fi add-on accessory for the D3200. The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter will sell for $59.95, and clips into the side of the camera to add wireless file transfer and shutter control. You can transfer files directly from the camera to your smartphone, and control the camera using your phone from up to 50 feet away. An Android app will be available in late May, with an iOS app set to follow in late autumn.
The D3200 will be bundled with Nikon’s AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. It is set to hit the streets in late April for $699.95. In addition to the standard black finish, the camera will also be available in red. Nikon also announced a new AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G lens. The optic is compatible with DX and FX cameras, and is currently the fastest 28mm lens in Nikon’s catalog. It will also sell for $699.95.
By Jim Fisher, PCMag