Nikon Coolpix 3200 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 3200

Full review posted 2/5/04

Introduction & Physical Views

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The Coolpix 3200 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 3.2 megapixel effective image resolution and a Nikkor 3x zoom lens. It's an easy-to-use mid-range model with superior image quality that will satisfy the needs of beginners to advanced amateurs.

Superb optical performance is delivered by a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with a focal range equivalent to 38-115mm in 35mm format). The Coolpix 3200's 3.2-megapixel imager provides ultrahigh definition and, combined with Nikon's advanced image processing technology, ensure images of remarkable color, contrast and clarity. Shooting is simplified by the general-use AUTO mode and supplemented by 10 different Scene modes, 6 Portrait modes, 5 Landscape modes, 3 Sports modes and 6 Night Portrait modes that allow you to capture great pictures in a variety of common situations.

The Coolpix 3200's compact and lightweight design makes it extremely portable and its ergonomic, easy-grip design ensures easy operation. Managing pictures has never been easier, thanks to features like one-button data transfer and a Small Picture function that configures photos specifically for e-mail and Internet applications. The camera comes equipped with all the accessories necessary to immediately start taking better digital photographs.

Coolpix 3200 Features at a Glance:

  • 3.2-megapixel effective CCD for images up to 2048x1536 pixels
  • Nikkor 3x optical zoom (38-115mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Macro focus with AF down to 1.6 inches
  • 1.6-inch TFT color monitor
  • Program AE and pre-programmed Scene, Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Portrait exposure modes
  • Single, Continuous, Multi-Shot 16 and QuickTime Movie modes
  • Automatic shutter speeds from 1/3000 sec. to 4 sec's
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • 256-segment Matrix exposure metering
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
  • Exif 2.2 and PictBridge compatible
  • SD memory card slot, no card included, 14.5MB internal memory
  • Plug-n-Play USB 1.1 connectivity, mass storage compliant
  • One-Touch upload for easy image transfers
  • Powered by two AA type or one CRV3 battery.

The Coolpix 3200 includes NikonView 6, a complete image editing and processing package, two AA Alkaline batteries, hand strap, video cable, and USB cable.

Physical Views

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The Coolpix 3200 compared to a standard CD disc.

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Coolpix 3200 Specifications

CCD 1/2.7-in. high-density CCD
3.2 million effective pixels
Image sizes 2,048 x 1,536
1,600 x 1,200
1,024 x 768
640 x 480
Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor; f = 5.8-17.4mm (equivalent to 38-115mm) F2.8-4.9 with macro; 7 elements in 6 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; glass-molded aspherical lens elements included
Digital Zoom 4x 0.2x step digital zoom
Autofocus Contrast-detect TTL AF
Focus range 12 in. to infinity in normal,
1.6 in. to infinity in Macro mode (wide angle)
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
frame coverage: approx. 82%
LCD monitor 1.6-in., 80,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with LED backlight
brightness (5 levels) adjustment, Auto gain-up at low-brightness,
frame coverage: approx. 97%
Auto OFF mode 30 sec.; can be set manually (1/5/30 min.)
Image Storage EXIF 2.2 compressed JPEG compliant with design rule for camera file system (DFC)
QuickTime Motion JPEG (Movie with audio)
Media Internal memory: approx 14.5MB;
SD memory card (not included)
Shooting modes AUTO
Scene (Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks, Copy, Back Light, Panorama assist)
Portrait (Portrait, Portrait Left, Portrait Right, Portrait Close-up, Portrait Couple, Portrait Figure)
Landscape (Landscape, Scenic view, Architecture, Group right, Group left)
Sports (Sports, Sports Spectator, Sports Composite)
Night Portrait (Night Portrait, Portrait Left, Portrait Right, Portrait Close-up, Portrait Couple, Portrait Figure)
Movie with sound (640x480/15fps, 320x240/15fps, 160x120/15fps)
Exposure metering 256-segment Matrix
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
4 sec. to 1/3000 sec.
Aperture Electronically controlled preset aperture
Range: 2 stops (f2.8, f5.6)
Exposure control Programmed Auto with exposure compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure range (W) EV +1.0 - +17.8, (T) EV +2.6 - +16.2
Best-shot Selector Camera takes up to 10 shots (at approx 2fps) and records the most detailed image of the 10 using anti-jitter logic which is effective for poor lighting, telephoto and macro shooting. Not available when the speedlight is on.
ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, Auto gain-up (Auto gain to ISO200 equivalent)
White balance 1) Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control
2) Manual or preset for Daylight/Incandescent/Fluorescent/ Cloudy/Speedlight)
Self-timer 10 sec. duration
Built-in Speedlight Shooting range approx (W) 1.3ft - 11.2ft
(T) 1.3ft - 6.6ft
Flash control Flash modes:
1) Auto Flash
2) Flash Cancel
3) Anytime Flash
4) Red-eye reduction by LED lamp
5) Slow Sync
Playback menu 1) 1 frame
2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments)
3) Slide show
4) Zoom playback (max 10x: 0.2 steps at 1x to 6x, 1 step at 6x to 10x, position selectable)
Protect attribute can be set for each image
Delete function Deletes all frames or selected frames
Interface USB (12Mbps, effective speed: approx 2Mbps), mass storage or PTP
Supported Platforms Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP
Mac OS 9.0-9.2 (only built-in USB ports supported)
Mac OS X (10.1.2 or later)
Video output NTSC or PAL (selectable)
I/O terminal Power input
Video output and Digital output terminal
Power requirements AA-size Alkaline x 2; AA-size Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (EN-MH1) x 2;
CR-V3 Lithium battery x 1; AA-Nickel-manganese battery x 2;
AA-size Nickel battery x 2; AA-size Lithium battery x 2;
DC input: AC adaptor
Battery life AA-size Alkaline batteries: approx 140 frames
Nikon EN-MH1 batteries: approx 350 frames
(Nikon test conditions: Standard temperatures (77°F), zoom adjusted with each shot, flash used with every other shot, image mode set to Normal (2048))
(W x H x D)
3.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 in. or 88 x 65 x 38mm
Weight Approx. 4.9 oz or 140g (without battery and SD memory card)
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer

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