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Nikon D3200 unboxing

What looks set to be the ultimate beginner's DSLR just landed on our desk. Only one thing for it – show that box no mercy

Stepping up to DSLR from a compact is hard to do, when you don’t have a Nikon baby-steps camera by your side. The D3100 has long been a firm favourite with us at Stuff thanks to its awesome Guide mode, great quality 14.2MP stills and fast 11-point autofocus – and it’s still hanging on to our Top Ten DSLRs by the skin of its teeth. So what’s new in the D3200?

Build-wise the D3200 is pretty similar to its predecessor, made from a fairly sturdy plastic and with a few minor adjustments to the shutter button placement, grip and the addition of a Live View button to replace the D3100’s switch.

This baby DSLR comes with an 18-55mm lens when you pay £650 for the package – body only it’s £600. But this is no amateur cam, under the hood of this classic-looking DSLR is a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, an Expeed 3 processor and Nikon’s 11-point autofocus system. Plus there’s ISO up to 6400 and 1080p HD video to boot.

The 3in 921k-dot screen is another improvement over the D3100 and should let you learn which settings you’re changing and view those high detail images easily and accurately.

On the right hand side of the D3200’s rear-view display, there’s room for your SD card but hidden on the left hand side you’ve also got a 3.5mm microphone jack (handy when shooting video), a mini HDMI port, a USB/AV slot and proprietary GPS/Wi-Fi dongle slot.

Nikon throws in a battery charger, USB cable, AV cable, plastic cover for the viewfinder and a big ol’ Nikon strap too. Happy shooting!

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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