Nikon has added a new entry-level digital SLR, the D3200, which will complement its line of DX-format cameras. The D3200 will be released mid-May, retailing from £560 alongside its predecessor the D3100.
The D3200 is the first social DSLR to be released by Nikon when used with a new accessory, worth £55, the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. The small device, which connects to the camera, allows users to wirelessly transfer their images to an Android smartphone using a dedicated app. Users can also preview the live view screen and trigger the shutter from their phones. Nikon plans to release a similar app for iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad this autumn.
The D3200 features a new 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and offers a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 6400, extendable to ISO 12,800 in Hi-1 mode. It uses the same Expeed 3 image processing engine as in the D4 and D800 cameras, and features an 11-point autofocus system.
The new camera also offers full-HD video recording capabilities, at frame rates of 24, 25 and 30p in 1920x1080. While the D3200 body offers a mono microphone, it features an external stereo mic jack.
First introduced in the D3100, the Guide mode is also present in the D3200, helping the camera's users, which Nikon says will be families, familiarise themselves with the DSLR's controls.
With this camera, Nikon hopes to position itself as the leading DSLR manufacturer in 2012, six months after its Thailand factories were hit by devastating floods. Now, Nikon says that its production lines are back up - with the D3200 manufactured alongside other lines of DSLRs in Thailand. "We're back to normal," says Jeremy Gilbert of Nikon UK.
For more details on the D3200, visit www.nikon.co.uk.
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