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24MP Nikon D3200 announced

2012 is a big year for Nikon as they try bounce back from catastrophic flooding that transpired over at their Thailand-based factory. As a proof that things are shaping up quite nicely, the Japanese-owned company has recently announced their latest creation, the Nikon D3200.

Following the success of its predecessor, the D3100, the new DSLR doesn’t stray too far from its award-winning predecessor in terms of design and usability.

It seems as though that the much celebrated D3100 is finally passing its torch to an equally capable, if not better camera, the D3200. Nikon used most of the features that made the D3100 popular for photo enthusiast and applied new technology that translates to faster and better performing D3200. The first noticeable improvement is the addition of the 24-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.2 million pixels. The new CMOS image sensor paired with the EXPEED 3, the same processor used for high-end Nikon D-SLR’s, allows the D3200 to shoot quality stills with lesser noise and vivid colors.

Not only is the D3200 capable of capturing detailed stills, it is also capable of recording stunning HD video clips with 1920 x 1080 resolution with variety focuses that users can utilize to suit the desired movie result. Another feature of the D-SLR is giving its users the ability to edit the clips using the camera. In addition, users also have an option to save the movie frames as JPEG. And unlike its predecessor, Users are no longer limited to the camera’s built-in MIC as the D3200 now has support for an external microphone. This also translates to a better sound quality in the movies that users shoots.

Though adept photographers may not have a use for this, photography beginners like me may learn a trick or two from the refined Guide Mode of the D3200. Following the same principle that made its predecessor such a hit, Nikon has added some minor improvements to this NOOB-friendly and very informative camera feature. The Guide Mode is displayed in the D3200’s 3” TFT LCD screen. The 912k dot screen is big improvement from the D3100’s 230k dot screen.

With the advent of Wireless enabled point-and-shoot cameras, Nikon doesn’t want its latest creation to be left behind in the tech race. This is why they are offering the WU-1A wireless adapter (sold separately) as an accessory to the D3200 in order for it to wirelessly communicate to smart devices like smartphones and tablets through a downloaded app.

Note: The Android version of this app is rumored to be available in May and iOS should follow in the next months.
One of the advantages of having this wireless adapter is that users can turn their smart devices into a remote control to capture stills while being distant (not too far of course) to the camera. The view through the lens is also displayed on the smart device for a more accurate shot. Images captured using this method can also be viewed on the smart device but I am not sure though if there’s an option to save it on the smart device.

With all the said features, the D3200 is certainly a great entry level camera. We are excited to our hands on one of this and write a more comprehensive review about it. The feature-packed D-SLR will come with a Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens and is set to hit shelves late April to mid-May which will cost around Php30,000. We’ll keep you posted for an official release date, pricing and availability.

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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  6. Avatar for aerock aerock says:

    kelan po ba exact release date nito? saka how much will be thet price? kc sa us around 30k eh.

  7. Avatar for marctist marctist says:

    Mga Sir tanong ko lang po kung meron na ba nyan dito sa pinas? salamat po

  8. Avatar for marctist marctist says:

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  9. Avatar for Raoul Alcantara Raoul Alcantara says:

    Price please….

  10. Avatar for diemhang diemhang says:

    full frame camera ba to?

  11. Avatar for iamnikonuser iamnikonuser says:

    @fleeb, i don’t think pareho to ng sensor sa NEX7. In the psat, usually Sony sensors ang gamit ng Nikon DSLR’s. Pero this time eh Nikon-produced etong sa D3200 (info from Nikon’s website). This is probably the reason why they’re able to have more control in the Megapixel count.

  12. Avatar for leeto leeto says:

    Di ko talaga mainitidihan ung mga bitter na yan. Maganda na ang ang specs ng cam at a very reasonable price, rereklamo pa. Ano kaya ang IQ nyo mga bitter?

  13. Avatar for jowy jowy says:

    Bakit ba masyado kayong bitter sa Megapixel. Ano ngayon kung mataas edi i adjust niyo nalang sa mas mababang MP

  14. Avatar for iamnikonuser iamnikonuser says:

    para sa mga sir na bitter wag tayo magconcentrate sa megapixel ng DSLR na to. iresearch po natin na mas close sa D5100 ang IQ nito and the hi-res LCD screen na WALA sa D3100. I was planning to buy D5100 pero mukhang eto na ang upgrade path ko. tama si Deidre, kung ayaw nyo then don’t get it, you’ll get the D5100 for the same price or get the now cheaper D3100 or D3000. we are not printing billboards pero para sa mga tamang kamay eh napakagandang buffer for cropping ang 24mpx

  15. Avatar for Deidre Deidre says:

    Ang bitter ng iba. If you have money, then buy it. You get what you pay for. Wag na paka bitter.

  16. Avatar for el toro bumingo el toro bumingo says:

    Overkill ba yung megapixels? :)

  17. Avatar for snores snores says:

    Masyado naman kasi publicized itong d3200. Di naman kailangan ng ordinary consumer ang 24mpixels dahil di naman tayo lahat gagawa ng billboards. Yung nikon d3100 ko sapat na sapat sa pictures kaya hype na lang itong megapixel race na ito. Ngayon I am using NEX 5 pero pantay lang nya D3100 image quality, minsan much better pa nga.

    • Avatar for Fleeb Fleeb says:

      It is weird that Nikon stuck with 12mp cameras for a long time while Canon increments the resolution of its sensors per generation and then Nikon’s sudden jump to 24mp sensor is an overkill? But yes, I get the point that sensor resolution is not a good indicator of sensor quality. That is why even with Nokia’s Pureview, the resulting down sampled image is still noisy despite the sufficiency of available light. I have to check DxOMark for benchmarks.

      BTW, it is rumored that the NEX 7 sensor and the D3200 sensor are the same ones.

    • Avatar for ZAYNE ZAYNE says:

      And who told you that consumers are the one to buy this think of semi-professional amatures and professional photographers as well ordianry consumers can just get another camera like say a 12-16mp camera

  18. Avatar for bern bern says:

    Cheaper than d5100 and with WIFI adapter. My question is which is better this one or d5100?

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