The Nikon D3200 is a no-nonsense , 'traditional style' entry-level DSLR that is a solid performer on all levels. It doesn't offer much in terms of innovative features but comes with the highest pixel-count in its class and good image quality across the ISO range. Just consider getting some high quality Nikkor glass with it to make the most out of its high pixel-count.
Meanwhile, the camera's fast overall speed makes it a pleasure to use and a great performer for street photography or youth sports. In short, we love this little camera and think it's another excellent addition to Nikon's already highly regarded entry-level DSLR line. The Nikon D3200 is an easy Dave's Pick!
Features missing that you could expect from a mid-range model include a bigger brighter optical viewfinder, faster continuous shooting, auto exposure bracketing, an optical depth-of-field preview, live histogram and a focusing motor to drive older non-AF-S lenses. Not everyone who wants an inexpensive DSLR needs those kinds of features though, and Nikon has a track record of accurately predicting what customers want. The D3200 will undoubtedly build on the success enjoyed by it's predecessors and not just because of it's headline-grabbing resolution. Like the D3100 before it, it remains an excellent choice for discerning beginners with a little more to spend and throughly deserving of a Cameralabs Highly recommended award.
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The Nikon D3200's bigger sensor and other improvements have also somewhat inevitably pushed the price up - ?559.99 / ?667.00 body only is a lot of money for an entry-level product, so take a look at the still available and much cheaper D3100 model if price is a real issue. Otherwise we can highly recommend the new Nikon D3200 as a great camera for beginners who want a little more oomph from their DLSR, and who are prepared to spend a little extra to get it.
The Nikon D5200 is a solid performer that delivers excellent image quality and impressive high ISO performance along with an articulated screen and a control interface appropriate for users stepping up to a DSLR.
The Nikon D5200 is a lot of camera for the money, and though it's aimed at advanced beginners in terms of image quality and capabilities, it's not too far removed from DSLRs geared for more serious photographers. Thanks to its 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 processor -- which seems to be the same sensor-processor combo packed into the bigger, better, newer D7100 -- the D5200 offers more resolution in a mid-level camera than Nikon's ever offered before.
The D5200 is a solid upgrade to Nikon's upper entry level model and a real advance in a number of key areas. Its AF and metering systems were previously only available on the next model up the range - the D7000 and it has a brand new 24 Megapixel sensor that defies expectations where noise performance is concerned, delivering superior results to its main competitor, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D.
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The new Nikon D5200 may not reinvent the wheel in any way, but it is undoubtedly a great all-round DSLR that's well-suited to a lot of different users and experience levels, exactly what a mass-market camera should be, and judged on that criteria, the Nikon D5200 is once again a very worthy winner of our Highly Recommended award.