Easier-to-use Guide Mode that shows you exactly how to take great pictures
The D3200 employs Guide Mode that enables you to take pictures and movies the way you want, even if you are a first-time user of a D-SLR. By just following the guides displayed in the monitor, a variety of image expression is realized easily, such as "Soften background" to emphasize the subject, "Capture reds in sunsets", or "Take bright/dark photos".
Shooting using viewfinder
Optical viewfinder shooting is convenient in high-speed continuous shooting or when tracking a moving subject. The D3200 features approx. 95% frame coverage and approx. 0.8x magnification. The clear and easy-to-see viewfinder supports comfortable shooting with minimal time lag.
11-point AF system
The D3200 incorporates a high-speed and highly accurate 11-point AF system. A cross-type sensor covers the most frequently used center area to deliver superior subject-acquisition and focusing performance. With Scene Recognition System, the D3200 shows enhanced subject identification and composition change detection. In Auto-area AF mode, the D3200 achieves focus at the appropriate focus point by detecting background, foreground and subject. In 3D-tracking (11 points) mode*, the focus point automatically changes to track the subject even if it moves or composition is changed while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. Also, the camera employs superimposed indicators for bright and easy-to-see viewfinder information. Focus points are displayed clearly.
- *In AF-A or AF-C mode.
Superior durability, accuracy and operability – highly reliable shutter
The D3200's shutter unit is tested for 100,000 cycles with the shutter actually loaded to prove its high durability. The release mode button/Self-timer button/Remote control button on the camera back enables selection of release modes from Single frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Delayed Remote (2 s), Quick-response remote and Quiet shutter release. The Quiet shutter release mode is convenient when you want to shoot with reduced shutter-release sound for occasions such as a school play or when taking pictures of wildlife, insects, or a sleeping child. It also contributes to high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 4 fps*.
- *Manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values.
Selectable AF-area modes in viewfinder shooting
Ideal for stationary subjects. You can focus on the subject selecting one of the 11 focus points according to your composition. This mode is convenient when you want to focus on a desired point when shooting flowers or portraits.
Suitable for capturing an erratically moving subject. Select one of the 11 focus points. In AF-A or AF-C mode, if the subject briefly leaves the selected focus point, the camera will focus based on information from the surrounding points.
The D3200 detects the subject using information from all 11 focus points and automatically focuses on it. This mode is recommended for shooting when you want to capture decisive moments reliably such as for snapshots.
-3D-tracking (11 points)
The D3200 focuses on a subject using a selected focus point. In AF-A or AF-C mode, once focusing is achieved with the selected focus point, the focus point automatically changes to track the subject even if it moves or composition is changed while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. This is convenient when composition is a priority.
Comfortable live view shooting using a large LCD monitor
Live view shooting using an LCD monitor feels more like shooting with a compact digital camera. This is convenient when it is difficult to use the viewfinder to take high-angle or low-angle shots, or when you want to determine composition using approx. 100% frame coverage in landscape or portrait photography. You can shoot while confirming your subject with the large, easy-to-view, 7.5-cm (3-in.) VGA (approx. 921k-dot), LCD monitor. The desired AF area can be selected by moving a focus point with the multi selector. For close-up shooting of flowers and other small subjects using a tripod, you can magnify images up to approx. 9.4 times to check the exact focus.
Three focus modes – selectable according to your subject
-Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Suitable for a stationary subject such as landscapes, architecture or flowers.
-Full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Convenient for shooting a moving subject which is usually difficult to focus on, such as a child or pet. Available in both live view mode and movie recording. Camera focuses continuously as the subject moves.
-Manual focus (MF)
Manual focusing. Suitable for a subject for which autofocus is difficult, such as an animal in a cage or a person in the shade with the sun in the background.
Four AF-area modes – automatically focus on someone's face or a moving subject
Ideal for focusing on someone's face such as for a commemorative photo.
Suitable for handheld shooting such as for a landscape. AF area can be moved to a desired point within the frame.
Convenient for shooting with pin-point focus for a designated position such as for a close-up of a flower. Using a tripod is recommended for more precise focusing.
After focusing is activated, AF area tracks the subject. Ideal for capturing a moving subject such as a child or pet.
Recommended combination of focus mode and AF-area mode
Scene Mode chooses the most appropriate setting according to shooting scenes
When a shooting scene is decided, rotate the mode dial to the relevant scene mode. The camera automatically selects the most appropriate setting, ensuring beautiful pictures.
Scene Mode options employed in the D3200:
Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait
Selects the optimal scene mode automatically – Scene Auto Selector (only available in live view shooting)
During live view shooting with the mode dial set to Auto or Auto (flash off), Scene Auto Selector* automatically activates the most suitable scene mode according to the shooting scene or subject. The icon of the selected mode such as Landscape and Portrait is displayed at the top left of the monitor.
- *When using AF.
- Scene Modes automatically selected by Scene Auto Selector during live view
- *Selected when the camera identifies situations not covered by Portrait, Landscape, Close up or Night portrait mode, or for scenes suited to Auto or Auto (flash off)
Help function – One-touch access to in-camera assistance
If you don't understand a function while viewing menu items, just press the help button. This assistance makes it easy for even first-time D-SLR users to operate the D3200 while learning functions.