Nikon D3200

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A few years ago when Aaron moved to the San Juan Islands in Washington, he knew right away that he wanted to pick up a camera that would help to capture the raw beauty that surrounded him.  After looking into all of the different options and a personal preference towards Nikon, he decided to go with the Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera Body (Black).


  • The camera is very easy to use, especially for beginners.  When Aaron first started using the camera, he left everything in auto mode and was able to take some very good photos.
  • The crop sensor allows you to make a lot of crop adjustments in post-processing without losing a lot of the quality.  This, when combined with a large lens, can really give you some incredible detail.
  • The body itself is fairly light and compact and can be easily thrown into a backpack, or even a large pocket when it does not have a lens attached.
  • Nikon is known for its quality and the amount of accessories and lenses available make the Nikon D3200 a great body to start and grow with.


  • Getting to some of the settings can be a bit convoluted.  For example, in order to change the white balance, you have to get into the menu system, whereas you can change all of the other options such as ISO, Aperture, and shutter speed using the dial and on body buttons.
  • The on-screen display is difficult to see in bright light.  
  • The hand grip is kind of small when compared to Aaron’s hands and doesn’t quite feel right.
  • There are some limitations with the body that can feel counter-intuitive once you become more familiar with the controls.

All in all, the Nikon D3200 is a great first camera and even when we go to upgrade the body to a more professional level, we will be keeping the D3200 as our backup camera.  If you’re looking to get your feet wet in the world of DSLR photography, you can’t go wrong with the Nikon family.

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