Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The New Nikon D3200

Announced on April 19th and now beginning to show up in online stores, the Nikon D3200 is the latest entry level DSLR to be released by Nikon. Like the D3100 before it, the D3200 represents quite a nice improvement over the last generation model it replaces (at least at first look on the specification sheet).

The D3200 packs a 24.2MP sensor into an entry level body and also adds wireless shutter release capabilities. I will admit to being partially susceptible to the more is better when it comes to a sensor's megapixel count, but more so the wireless remote option makes this an even more compelling option - the one I am most excited to see on an entry level body. With the wireless remote option, the last thing I would like to see offered on an entry level body would be exposure bracketing. Perhaps the D3200's replacement will offer this option and perhaps not, as too many features would likely pull people away from buying the more expensive mid-level option.

I am sure the 24 megapixel sensor is going to bring an endless supply of banter about what someone really needs as far as resolution or it will lead to more noise or it is ridiculous for some other reason, but everyone has an opinion. And like it or not, pixel count is easily marketed and will sell cameras. Plus, for those of us who do not have the luxury of affording full frame body's or high end APS-C body's a 24 megapixel entry level brings many benefits. I for one am looking forward to seeing how it performs in the typical magazine tests, especially in the noise department and how it stacks up against my current wish list favorite: Nikon's D5100.

What also is of great interest with this release is what it will mean for the mid-level and advanced consumer level DSLR offerings from Nikon. Traditionally the mid-level and advanced models share a higher resolution sensor than the entry level and the biggest difference between the top two is the feature set. Will the replacements for the D7000 and D5100 sport 30+ megapixel sensors and keep the traditional pattern? Or will we see a D7100 and D5200 sport the same 24.2 megapixel sensor and the main differences in the lineup will be reduced to the features and possibly the noise control? Time will tell...

One thing is for sure, it is hard to imaging a better time than now to be into digital photography, with the quality of equipment available for all skill levels at attainable prices.



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