Nikon Announces the D3200 HDSLR and 28mm f/1.8 Lens

Nikon officially unveiled the D3200 today. The new HDSLR — which is the successor to the D3100 — was announced last night alongside the WU-1a wireless transmitter and the Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G full-frame lens; and talk about bang for your buck. The D3200 offers a 24.2 megapixel DX-Format CMOS sensor, 4fps continuous shooting, 100-6400 ISO range expandable to 12,800, 11-point autofocus and the ability to shoot full 1080p video at up to 30fps.

Most importantly, however, it comes in red! Of course the color shouldn’t matter, but in a photography world dominated by black and (sometimes) silver it seems that making their entrance-level DSLR look “cooler” is a smart move on Nikon’s part — even if it doesn’t add any functionality.

The camera will be available to enthusiasts and photographers alike later this month at an MSRP of $699.95 when paired with Nikons AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.

And if you were wanting to snatch up the WU-1a wireless transmitter or 28mm f/1.8G lens around the same time, those will be available in May and will be priced at $59.95 and $699.95, respectively. Keep in mind, though, that as of right now the wireless transmitter will only work with the D3200 on Android devices — iOS support is coming later on this year.

  • will hall

    between this and the flagship models, canon better have something up its sleeve or it’s in serious danger of being left behind

  • Jared Monkman

    I don’t like the direction that Nikon has headed with their newest cameras..  I think there’s a point where the sensor is just too jam-packed with pixels.  @4 mega pixels on a cropped sensor is just silly

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  • Slash_Cynic

    Canon will do just fine. Nikon is desperate so they’re banking on megapixels.

  • keirinrcr

    Pentax releases dSLR bodies in colors other than Black. PetaPixel shits in Pentax’s pants.

    Nikon releases a dSLR body in colors other than Black. PetaPixel shits in its pants.

  • Dolores Soltys

    Well you all can pound on the sand I JUST LOVE NIKON :)

  • Pauljmoleiro

    I think Pentax get’s short changed from almost all the photos sites i go to, I had a pentax k-x and sold it to get a T3i and to be honest the K-x kind of takes better photos. This K-x video was shit but the 12mp photos printed large looked a little better then the 18mp T3i prints, in my opinion the T3i requiers more work in post to look as good.

  • HFXphoto

    Pentax has been producing top notch cameras all along. Yes, Canon has better video. But Pentax routinely outmatch them in almost every other category when comparing cameras.

  • Anon

    Never trust a Lannister

  • wot

    You claim Nikon are banking on mega MP…. but reviewing the scores  coming through from DxOmark and various other sites, Nikon’s ultra megapixels are still beating canon hands down in terms of quality. Even noise control of all those pixels is superior in the Nikon cameras….. how is Nikon desperate again?

  • ROC

    Did you say the same thing when Canon released one camera after camera with higher pixelrate than almost all of Nikons Cameras? The EOS7D, EOS60D is two examples. Then “everybody” were praising Canon but now that Nikon releases cameras with more pixels Nikon is criticised just for doing the same thing as Canon has done the last two to three years or so.

  • Dave

     At first I thought the same thing, but the feedback coming from D800 36mp sensor, the owners, pros and testing (DXO labs) say it is an incredible camera. With a cropped sensor at 24mp, the D3200 is likely that it will perform well too. I understand that most photography doesn’t benefit from that many pixels, but there are some advantages, such as large format prints (this one probably captures a 16X24 in native res) and more crop options, if you needed to. And for a few hundred dollars, why not?

  • Dave

     Actually they are banking on quality as they have always done:

    14 point difference is a chasm, and the Canon leaks light.

  • Dave

     It’s actually 13.3X20″ natively

  • Subroto Mukerji

    Anybody got anything to say on how to take better pictures? More sharpness or contrast or all that stuff DOES NOT necessarily translate into BETTER PICTURES–i.e., a picture that mesmerizes you, makes you look at it slack-jawed, holding your breath at the lighting, composition, emotional impact, subject matter treatment, tonal gradation, angle of view, the sheer impact of it. No amount of technical wizardry can ever equal to even ONE fantastic shot. THAT shot can ONLY be taken by a good photographer, even if he’s only got a little Sony compact, an iPhone 4, or even a long-discontinued, 6MP Nikon D40. Why, even a Kodak Baby Brownie loaded with 127 roll film would suffice. No tool can ever be a substitute for an artist’s skill and vision.

  • BardParker

    Someone buys a nice camera, and people say he/she is a photographer.

    Someone buys a Steinway piano, and people say he/she owns a piano.

  • Slash_Cynic

    Most real photographers could care less about DxO scores.

    I guess you haven’t seen this:

  • Dave

     @Slash_Cynic  Most artificial photographers will poo poo a lab test when they realize the camera they are trying to brag about is being walked on by its competitor. Just sayin….