We finally got a loaner D3200 from Nikon USA. While this camera is clearly aimed at the novice DSLR users the 24MP sensor is interesting also as a backup camera for users invested into the Nikon system. As we understand the 24MP sensor seems to be a lot like the sensor used in the Sony NEX-7. Like with the Sony NEX-7 only top lenses (e.g. Leica or Zeiss M-Mount lenses) can exploit what this sensor can deliver. You also better stay at lower ISO values to appreciate the full resolution. Many users will never see what the sensor can deliver because to no surprise the cheap kit lens is not really up to it. That does not mean they cannot get nice pictures from the D3200.
We started using the D3200 with a sharp Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Micro lens and our 24-120mm f/4 VR zoom. While the 24-120mm f/4 VR zoom is not as sharp as the Leica and Zeiss lenses we used on the NEX-7 we like the results. Given the range of effective 36-180mm at maximum f/4 this would be a very powerful and not too big/heavy travel combo.
Note: The 24-120mm f/4 VR zoom costs about twice as much as the D3200 camera kit. But as a second backup body it would not matter if we own the 24-120mm f/4 VR zoom anyway (we do).
Some of the images we took today.
You can view more images in higher resolution from our Nikon D3200 Field Test Gallery.
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