We’ve been seeing a lot of action among high-end digital SLRs lately (with announcements for the Nikon D4 and D800 as well as the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 1D C already this year). But entry-level offerings have been scarce, with their market slowly but surely being eroded by interchangeable lens compact cameras (like the Olympus OM-D among a slew of others) and full-featured high-end compacts (such as the Canon PowerShot G1 X). In fact, Sony is the only camera maker to have announced entry-level dSLRs in the last year (with the Nikon D5100 announced just about a year ago and my most-recommended entry-level dSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i, having been announced in February of last year).
So, today’s announcement of the Nikon D3200 is ready to take the entry-level market up a notch. Perhaps most notably, Nikon ramped up resolution from the 14.2-megapixel sensor of its predecessor the D3100, to 24.2 megapixels, while still ratcheting up continuous shooting speed to 4 fps at full resolution (from 3fps in the 3100). The other big news is the optional WiFi connectivity. In addition to compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless SD cards, the D3200 also accepts Nikon’s new WU-1 Wireless Mobile Adapter ($59.95), which attaches to the cameras USB port and can send images to other devices via WiFi, as well as allowing you to preview images and control the camera remotely.
- Full 1080p HD video recordingat 24-, 25-, and 30fps
- Full autofocus and manual exposure controls while shooting video
- Stereo microphone input jack
- 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD
- New red body-color option
The Nikon D3200 will ship with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for $699.95 in late April.