Nikon D3200 vs D5100: how do they compare

Nikon D3200 unveiled

Yesterday we shared video comparison of two leading Nikon DSLRs, the Nikon D3200 vs D3100, and discussed some of the key differences between these two entry-level DSLRs in the Nikon range. Given the Nikon D3200’s impressive specs we thought we would take this idea step further – quite literally – and compare the D3200 to another popular camera a little bit higher in the manufacturer’s line-up with a Nikon D3200 vs D5100 comparison.

Nikon D3200 vs D3100: how do they compare

Nikon D3200 review

Announced in April, the Nikon D3200 became the latest addition to Nikon’s DSLR range after refreshing the top end of its line-up at the start of the year with the Nikon D800 and Nikon D4. Bolstering the manufacturer’s beginner range, the Nikon D3200 was launched not to replace the ever-popular Nikon D3100; rather, it will sit along side the D3100 as a more premium option. Which begs the question… when you make a comparison of the Nikon D3200 vs D3100, which is the better camera for your money?

We review the Nikon WU1a wireless mobile adapter

NIkon WU1a wireless adapter tested

Lost amid all the excitement and megapixels of the Nikon D3200 launch was the Nikon WU1a wireless mobile adapter announced by Nikon on the same day.

The Nikon WU1a Wireless mobile adapter is a new addition to Nikon’s SLR accessory range and can be used with the D3200 (see our Nikon D3200 review), the first camera to be compatible.

This small device enables photographers to wirelessly connect their camera to take shots and preview the framing on an Android enabled device.
 Sounds cool, right? Our testing team was able to get their hands on one and put it to the test.

Nikon D3200 review

Nikon D3200 review

By all accounts, Nikon had a great year in 2011, topping both the DSLR and compact camera charts. The former came via the Nikon D3100, the company’s entry-level offering with a 14.2 million pixel sensor, which is a great way in for those looking to get serious about their photography.

After launching two new models at the very top of its lineup already this year, Nikon has now refreshed its beginner offering with the D3200, although interestingly not by replacing the D3100, but by introducing the new camera to sit alongside it.

Video: Nikon D3200 Guide Mode explained

Nikon D3200 unveiled

Announced just a couple weeks ago, the Nikon D3200 has already been hailed as the ultimate beginners camera, thanks to its 24.2-megapixel resolution and range of features.

Chief among these features is the Nikon D3200’s Guide Mode, which might not be an entirely new feature, but Nikon has been keen to point out the improvements made to both the interface and navigation over previous versions.

In the video inside, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, takes a look at how the Nikon D3200 Guide Mode works and the benefits it provides through its step by step camera settings for those new to photography.

Is the Nikon D3200 the ultimate beginners’ camera?

Nikon D3200 front view

The Nikon D3100 has been one of the best selling DSLRs of recent times for a good reason. For a start, it sits at the bottom of Nikon’s DSLR lineup, so it is relatively affordable and yet and offers a gateway to the company’s extensive camera system with a huge number of lenses and accessories.

In addition, it has a sturdy little body with a relatively modest selection of controls, so those who are relatively new to photography aren’t overwhelmed by the prospect of learning how to use it.

And most importantly, it is capable of delivering high quality images that reward the photographer who has made the jump from a compact camera to an SLR.

Nikon unveils 24.2-megapixel D3200

Nikon D3200 unveiled

Nikon has added yet another DSLR to its range of entry-level cameras, introducing the Nikon D3200.

The new DSLR, which Nikon says will not replace the Nikon D3100, 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.