Nikon D3200 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Nikon D3200? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Nikon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the D3200 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Nikon D3200 below.
In any case, the D3200 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was officially introduced on April 19th, 2012, which means that, as of today, the camera is 3819 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Nikon D3300 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Nikon's reference manual for the D3200
The camera's reference manual is 230 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the D3200 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Nikon D3200 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Nikon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Nikon D3200 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Nikon D3200
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your D3200 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Nikon D3200 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Nikon D3200 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the D3200.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the D3200?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Nikon equipped the D3200 with the EXPEED 3 image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the D3200?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Nikon D3200?
Nikon mentions a shutter rating of 100 000 actuations for the D3200. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the D3200 over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my D3200?
Nikon embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your D3200 has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Does the Nikon D3200 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The D3200's flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.
Does the Nikon D3200 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the D3200 use?
Is there a vertical grip available for the D3200?
Nikon does not offer an optional battery grip, but third party suppliers do (see here on ebay).
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Nikon D3200.
|Camera Model||Nikon D3200|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Nikon F mount lenses|
|Launch Date||April 2012|
|Launch Price||USD 599|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||23.2 x 15.4 mm|
|Sensor Area||357 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||27.8 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||24.1 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||6 016 x 4 000 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||3.85 μm|
|Pixel Density||6.74 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 6 400 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 - 12 800 ISO|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 3|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||81|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||24.1|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||13.2|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||1131|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||95%|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||921k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||4 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||EN-EL14 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||540 shots per charge|
125 x 96 x 77 mm
(4.9 x 3.8 x 3.0 in)
|Camera Weight||505 g (17.8 oz)|
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