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Image quality

Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor realizes beautiful reproduction of human skin, gradation of sky and background blur

Featuring 24.2 effective megapixels, the D3200 employs a Nikon-developed DX-format CMOS image sensor. It achieves high-resolution rendering and rich tonal gradation that smoothly reproduces human skin texture and gradation of sky. Also, utilizing the large sensor of a D-SLR, high-quality still images and movies can be taken with beautiful background blur. The high pixel count of the D3200 is also effective when images are printed. Even when taken still images are trimmed and enlarged, high-resolution image quality is realized with the least degradation.

With 24.2-megapixel resolution, detailed parts can be reproduced clearly.

With 24.2 megapixels, high image quality is delivered even when the trimmed image is printed out in a large size.

Image-processing engine EXPEED 3 – the same as that used by the Nikon D4 FX-format flagship camera – is employed

To process 24.2-megapixel data at high speed, an image-processing engine EXPEED 3, the same as that used by the Nikon D4, that is optimized for D-SLRs is incorporated. EXPEED 3 realizes faithful reproduction of human skin, expanded dynamic range and improved color rendering in Active D-Lighting. With its high-performance noise-reduction function, rich gradation with less noise is achieved even at a high sensitivity range, for both still images and movies.
Also, with high-speed readout from the image sensor integrated with superior image-processing capability, Full HD D-Movie at 1,920 x 1,080/30p is supported.

Wide sensitivity range up to ISO 6400 – effective for shooting in dark situations and for moving subjects

Wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 6400 is provided. Superior high-sensitivity performance is offered even with high pixel count. The range can be increased up to Hi 1 (ISO 12800 equivalent). Even at high ISO setting, sharp images are delivered with minimized noise while maintaining resolution. Setting high ISO sensitivity enables you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture pictures without worrying about image degradation caused by camera shake even when shooting at night or in dark interiors, or when shooting a moving subject such as children or pets. Furthermore, this superior high-sensitivity performance is effective for D-Movie and you can shoot beautiful movies without large-scale lighting equipment even in low-light conditions.

ISO 6400
ISO 3200
ISO 1600

Identifies the situation of the subject precisely for reliable auto control – Scene Recognition System

Utilizing a 420-pixel RGB sensor, the camera detects brightness and colors finely, and identifies the situation of the subject accurately before shooting. The results are reflected in autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash control and auto white balance for accurate auto control. Moreover, the D3200 detects human faces utilizing the Face Detection System, and applies the information to autofocus, auto exposure, auto white balance and playback zoom of face.

Identifies the light source precisely – auto white balance

The D3200 analyzes color and brightness information of the scene utilizing the light source identification function of Scene Recognition System and detects the light source precisely by referencing the in-camera database for auto white balance. In this way, it can determine the ideal white balance even with difficult light sources.

Reproduces brightness as you see it – Active D-Lighting

It is difficult to reproduce the brightness of subjects as it appears in such scenes as a dark room including outside scenery seen through a window, high-contrast scenes such as at the seaside under strong sunlight, and backlit situations. The D3200 employs Active D-Lighting that preserves details in both highlights and shadowy areas in such situations, maintaining moderate contrast. You can reproduce brightness as you see it in both bright and dark situations.

Active D-Lighting (ON)
Active D-Lighting (OFF)

Double countermeasures to reduce image-degrading dust – Image Sensor Cleaning function and Airflow Control System

With D-SLRs, it sometimes occurs that dust becomes attached to the OLPF (optical low-pass filter) located in front of the image sensor when exchanging lenses, and is photographed in taken images. To prevent dust from degrading images, the D3200 employs the Image Sensor Cleaning function and Airflow Control System. These double measures effectively reduce the possibility of dust being photographed in the frame, ensuring beautiful images.

Image Sensor Cleaning function

Vibrations at multiple different resonant frequencies are used to reduce dust on the low-pass filter. This function is automatically activated each time the camera is turned on and off. It can also be activated from the menu.

Airflow Control System

This controls the flow of air using small ducts near the lens mount, preventing internal dust from sticking to the low-pass filter in front of the image sensor.

NIKKOR

NIKKOR is Nikon's lens brand that is highly praised by countless photo enthusiasts and professionals. NIKKOR has always led the way by incorporating Nikon's original technologies. With its superior optical quality and an extensive lineup, NIKKOR maximizes the high image quality of the D3200's 24.2 effective megapixels, thus delivering excellent imaging performance for both stills and movies.

Technologies that only Nikon can offer

-Nikon's original Vibration Reduction (VR) even compensates blur in the viewfinder image for comfortable handheld shooting
When shooting in dark locations, it is necessary for the camera to open the shutter for an extended period of time to receive sufficient light. This may result in a blurred image caused by camera shake. Nikon built the VR function into the lens to reduce the effects of camera shake. Different from a blur-reduction function built into the camera body, this ensures a stable viewfinder image during shooting for comfortable shooting. The VR function is effective for sports and dusk or night scenes where image blur may be caused with handheld shooting.

Note: Vibration Reduction function is only available with VR lenses.

With VR
Without VR

-AF-S lenses with built-in SWM (Silent Wave Motor) ensure quiet autofocus operation
Nikon's original SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for AF drive is an autofocus motor that converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to drive optics for autofocus. AF-S lenses that incorporate the SWM achieve quiet AF operation.

-Nano Crystal Coat provides clear images with minimal ghost or flare
This is an antireflective coating that originated from Nikon's work in semiconductor manufacturing technology. Ghost effects caused by red light, which were incredibly difficult to prevent with previous systems, and ghost and flare effects caused by light entering the lens diagonally are effectively reduced.

-ED glass effectively minimizes chromatic aberration at high magnification
Nikon-developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass minimizes prism-caused color dispersion. For lenses using normal optical glass, the longer the focal length, the more difficult it is to correct the chromatic aberration that causes color fringing. Nikon's ED glass effectively compensates for this kind of chromatic aberration.

-Aspherical lens for effective distortion correction
This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces to correct certain types of lens aberration. These elements are particularly useful for correcting the distortion in wide-angle lenses.