24 Megapixels for Entry-Level Nikon SLR

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Highlights of Nikon’s just-announced D3200 include a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, faster Expeed 3 image processor, 1080p HD video shooting and the option to connect wirelessly to tablet devices.

The D3200 uses a DX sensor (1.5x image field factor compared to Nikon’s FX sensor) that has a native ISO range of 100-6400, with an additional boost mode to take it to 12,800. The camera can shoot bursts of up to four frames per second.

The D3200 incorporates Nikon’s Scene Recognition System and 3D Colour Matrix Metering II systems, along with an 11-point autofocus system.

Intended for first-time SLR users, the D3200 includes a Guide Mode — onboard instructions on basic camera and video operations as well as creative techniques. In addition, the camera includes six scene modes, which adjust the camera for specific kinds of situations (landscape, sports, portrait, etc.).

The video capabilities of the D3200 include 1080p HD video capture at either 30 or 24 fps. Like the D3100, the new camera also incorporates full-time autofocus during video recording. A port will accept an optional external stereo microphone. The camera includes a dedicated video record button.

The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter allows you to wirelessly tether to a tablet or smartphone and preview images, control the camera and download images to the tablet. The adapter will initially work with Android devices, with Apple iOS support scheduled for the fall.

The Nikon D3200 will be sold with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6G VR lens for image stabilization lens for $749.95. The camera body will be available in black or red.

The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter should be available in late May, for $69.95.

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