D3200 – Nikon could have made the perfect $699 HDSLR, but…

April 26th, 2012

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…, but they didn’t. Read on to find out why.

As far as I know this was the first year stills image company Nikon actually had a booth at the the NAB video exhibition. They presented their D800 clean-hdmi-out HDSLR and later into the show also announced their new entry level Nikon D3200 HDSLR.
The camera comes with an APS-C sized sensor, 1080p movie recording at 24/25/30p, manual audio controls (not during recording), but no headphone jack and no clean hdmi-out at 1080p.

Why? I received a straight answer from another Nikon representative: “Because then there wouldn’t be a reason to buy the D800”

It looks like Nikon just missed the jackpot, again and everybody will continue to buy HDSLRs from Canon who seems to observe more closely and can set a high pricepoint as there’s little competition.

As Steve Jobs used to say “If you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will,”, and seeing all the new cameras coming out recently I think Nikon better shape up their strategy soon.

The Nikon D3200 comes equipped with a 18-55mm Nikkor lens.
You can pre-order this camera at B&H. LINK

The new subforum for the Nikon D3200 can be found in our HDSLR forums, select it from the list:

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Travis Huskey
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March 2nd, 2013

I just watched the video. You are right, as long as you are in live view mode, it is 1080p, but once you hit the record button on the camera, it does switch to 720p. That’s not a problem for me since I can split the signal with my Haugpaugge PVR 2, sending the output to a monitor + record the video/audio on my computer.

Travis Huskey
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March 2nd, 2013

I just bought an HDMI cable for my Nikon D3200 and live view instantly outputted in 1080p. The camera had the settings on the bottom of it’s screen, but the tv I was connected to has what I consider clean output. What is your definition of clean output?

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