The new DSLR, which Nikon says will not replace the Nikon D3100 (read Nikon D3100: tips for using your digital camera), but rather sit above it in the range, boasts 24.2-megapixel resolution – the second highest pixel count introduced this year behind the Nikon D800 (see our Nikon D800 review).
Another key selling point of the D3200 is that it uses Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processor, which is also housed in the high-end D800 and Nikon D4 (read our Nikon D4 review).
Other features of the Nikon D3200 include full HD (1080p) video recording, which users can play back on HD TVs using the D3200’s easy-access movie record button. HD recording is available at 24, 25 and 30fps, while 50 and 60fps can be recorded in 720p HD.
The D3200 also features a built-in microphone, as well as an input for an external microphone.
The new camera’s sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 up to ISO 6400, and is expandable up to Hi1 – the equivalent of ISO 12800.
It also boasts 11 autofocus points provided by the Multi CAM 1000 autofocus sensor for phase detection focusing when shooting through the optical viewfinder (read How to use a viewfinder: free cheat sheet). A contrast detection system is also available when using Live View.
The Nikon D3200 also offers a variety of editing functions, with creative effect options such as Miniature, Selective Colour, Colour Sketch and Filter Effects – to add a warm or soft filter. You can also resize your images, give them a quick retouch, or straighten them directly on the camera.
Nikon also claims to have improved the D3200’s Guide Mode, an in-camera photography guide that has been popular on previous entry-level DSLRs in its range.
Other key features of the Nikon D3200 include continuous autofocus (AF) when you shoot D-movies. Full-time servo AF (AF-F) and subject-tracking AF maintain the focus when you shoot moving subjects. Face-priority AF is available for filming events where you want to relax and let the camera focus on faces.
The new camera also offers a large 7.5cm (3 inch) high-resolution (921k-dot) LCD monitor (read our Nikon Tip: how to set your Graphic LCD display).
The Nikon D3200 price tag will be £559.99 / €667.00 body only, or £649.99 / €775.00 with the 18-55mm VR from its release date in mid-May 2012.