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1. The hot-shoe will accept Nikon i-TTL Speedlights or a stereo microphone. 2. Images are saved on SD, SDHC or SDXC cards; the camera accepts Eye-Fi cards, as well. 3. The accessory terminal accepts an optional remote control or GPS unit.

Nikon D3200

Estimated Street Price: $699 (with 18-55mm VR zoom)

Nikon is at it again. When the D3100 entry-level model came out, it had more megapixels (16.2) than any Nikon DSLR but the $8,000 flagship 24.5-megapixel pro model. Now comes the D3200, with 24.2 megapixels on its DX (APS-C)-format CMOS sensor—currently, the most in an entry-level DSLR, and right there with Sony's A77 and A65 for most in any APS-C DSLR. You also can shoot 13.5- and 6-megapixel JPEGs if you don't need all that resolution (and the accompanying huge image files); NEF (RAW) files can be shot only at 24.2 megapixels.
Nikon's EXPEED 3 processing engine (same as that used in the pro D4) provides the power to deliver excellent image quality and the speed to allow for 4 fps shooting at 24 megapixels. Normal ISO range is 100-6400, expandable to 12,800.

Image quality aside, the D3200 is a good entry-level DSLR, compact, lightweight, durable and very easy to use. An on-screen Guide Mode helps newcomers learn as they shoot, and there are enough features to keep experienced photographers happy.

The D3200 can do 1080 full HD video at 30 and 24 fps, as well as 720 HD at 60 fps. There's a built-in mono microphone and a jack for an optional stereo mic. Contrast-based full-time Servo AF tracks moving subjects, and Face Detection AF focuses on faces in a scene.

Like all Nikon entry-level DSLRs, the D3200 can use pretty much all Nikon F-mount lenses, but autofocuses only with those that contain an AF motor (the body doesn't have an AF motor), the AF-S and AF-I lenses.

STANDOUT FEATURE: Feature: 24-megapixel resolution, the most in an entry-level DSLR.


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