Nikon D3200 Digital Camera Reference Manual

Experienced photographers optimize their camera settings for the scene they’re shooting. With the D3200, optimizing your camera settings is as easy as turning a dial. Choose from six common Scene Modes like Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Close up and more, for flawless results even in demanding circumstances. When using Live View, Scene Auto Selector automatically sets the D3200 for the most suitable Scene Mode for the situation. A highly accurate 420-pixel RGB sensor powers Nikon’s Scene Recognition System, which compares scene data against an extensive database to optimize the shot accordingly.


Getting to Know the Camera
Camera Menus
First Steps

Basic Photography

Battery Level and Card Capacity
“Point-and-Shoot” Photography (Auto and Auto (flash off) Modes)

Guide Mode

The Guide

More on Photography (All Modes)

Release Mode
Self-Timer and Remote Control Modes
Image Quality and Size
Using the Built-in Flash
ISO Sensitivity

P, S, A, and M Modes

Shutter Speed and Aperture
Preserving Detail in Highlights and Shadows
White Balance
Picture Controls

Live View

Framing Photographs in the Monitor

Recording and Viewing Movies

Recording Movies
Viewing Movies
Editing Movies

Playback and Deletion

Full-Frame Playback
Thumbnail Playback
Calendar Playback
Taking a Closer Look: Playback Zoom
Protecting Photographs from Deletion
Deleting Photographs
Slide Shows


Connecting to a Computer
Printing Photographs
Viewing Photographs on TV

Menu Guide

The Playback Menu: Managing Images
The Shooting Menu: Shooting Options
The Setup Menu: Camera Setup
The Retouch Menu: Creating Retouched Copies
Recent Settings

Technical Notes

Compatible Lenses
Optional Flash Units (Speedlights)
Other Accessories
Caring for the Camera
Caring for the Camera and Battery: Cautions
Available Settings
Memory Card Capacity
Error Messages

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