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Nikon Coolpix 3200
Nikon Coolpix 3200

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Nikon Coolpix 3200

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix 3200 is a good choice for beginner photographers looking for a simple, compact camera. Released in conjunction with the 2-megapixel Nikon 2200, the Coolpix 3200 is compact enough to be taken anywhere. The 3200 has 15 preset scene modes (including sunset, beach, and museum) that take the guesswork out of taking great pictures, and a movie mode with sound that lets users take short, high quality video clips.


  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG format only
  • ISO range 50 - 200
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: COOLPIX 3200
  • UPC: 00018208255184
  • Release Date: Mar 04, 2004

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Nikon Coolpix 3200 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 3200 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Extremely disappointed (Katie — 12/11/2007)

My camera just died on me...It's been a long time coming were blurry...stupid blur warning was always as my children were decorating the christmas tree...all the buttons stopped working and so each picture turned out basically..this year I won't have pictures of my girls decorating the tree... :( I won't ever buy a nikon was never a good camera....

  • 4.0 out of 5
There are cameras better now (Dave W — 09/12/2007)

It has been a good camera

This was a replacement for the 3100 that my wife stuffed in the Scottish mud face first. It has worked like a champ since new tho has always seemed to be a battery eater.

Xmas is coming and my wife will most likely be getting a new camera - probably in the 6 to 10 meg range

  • 4.0 out of 5
nikon coolpix 3200 (tim g 3/11/07 — 03/13/2007)

I think this is a great little camera, picture quality is great, 3mgps <does the common shooter really need more?> I've enlarged to 8x10 with excellent results especially from macro shots. feels great in the hand unlike newer models, in fact it feels like a camera not a deck of cards. Buttons are well placed and menu is fairly straight forward.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It was a great camera, back then... but it's TIME for an upgrade (Dean M — 01/14/2007)

Ok, well about three years ago when I bought this (at $350!!!), it was a great camera. All sorts of features, great quality... however, that was three years ago. You see, one really annoying thing about this camera is that any picture without the flash (even in well-lit situations) is blurry. A new camera would not have this problem so much... plus now 3.2 megapixels is small. So, if you're planning on buying one now, I'd say forget about it, go for something new and updated, that's going to give you the modern features you need.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Quit working after a bit of rain (Sandra — 12/28/2006)

It was a nice camera, but battery door broke in warranty sent it in for repair and they took a few months to repair it. Loved the performance but, always had to recharge my batteries. My daughter took a picture in the rain and it quit working . Then the lens kept opening and closing on it's own never worked since.
Knowing I paid $350 for this camera I am mad and it sucks. Looking to buy a Samsung like my son.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Rotten Camera (Frederick — 11/04/2006)

The image quality is very poor in terms of sharpness, color/saturation/contrast and noise. The images are riddled with incredible amounts of JPEG compression, and are extensively blurred, as well. Also, the menu system is hard to navigate. Lastly, every mode on the camera is fully automatic.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon 3200 (Moe — 10/17/2006)

Nikon is easy to use with great results. Moved to the 3200 after the 2200. Same great size and simplicity, with slightly improved quality of photos. The addition of audio capability to the video clip is a big bonus.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worked fine for a while and then quite. (William R. Deck — 09/12/2006)

This is a poorly designed digital camera. With very lite use - it quit. The cost of repair was more than a new one would cost. Manufacturer stated that it was my fault. I've worked with Canon and Sony with much harsher handling. They out lasted the technology. Find another brand.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing macro photography (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As a first attempt digital camera user, I found that for a price considerably lower than so many on the market, this camera was very well suited to my needs. My primary use of it being for artistic photography, I found that this camera's macro capability far exceeded that of your average $300-$400 camera. I've had amazing results and very few issues.

  • 1.0 out of 5
real junk stay away (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I only used this camera about 10 times, I never got (ONE) good photo from it,now 13 months later it stopped working!I guess Nikon ain't what it used to be. after using kodak,HP and cannon cameras,This thing was real JUNK! Don't waist your money. The settings and menu are a joke.

  • 4.0 out of 5
LCD screen is cracked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

OK so normally this camera is awesome and i love it because it's compact and its fallen straight to the ground and nothings ever happened to it. but i accidently sit on it and the LCD screen cracks? come on.. but besides that it's a good camera especially for a teenager like me. But now im wondering how much it's going to cost and how i can get help of getting it fixed. i read somewhere above that it will cost 100 dollars. and im ok with that because when my parents bought the camera it was 350 dollars. But besides that good camera nice pictures. perfect for someone who just needs a camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Change a new battery-energizer but (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

owned a 3200 camera . very seldom use.after sometime i change to a new alkaline battery discover not working.on/of button is not functioning.any suggestion

  • 1.0 out of 5
Just a big pain! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just put battery's in last night, in fact about 20 hours ago (regular duracell AA) and all I have done is transfer pic's to the computer and take about 10-15 pic's...THAT's ALL....and the miserable battery's are DEAD again. Same deal at xmas house party....borrowed battery's from my hostess (friends) and this is the second time I've borrowed battery's from them in a social setting. I HATE THIS CAMERA! My daughter has a less expensive Fuji that she bought with her own money and its GREAT..she cannot understand what "my problem" with this camera is. The menu's I do not find all that easy to use and the response time is also the pits.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Look elsewhere (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Read the other reviews and you'll get a good idea of what this camera offers. I regret buying it...The time between shots, loud clicking sound while capturing video, far less than 3 megapixel quality pictures, and more make my point. And to top it off, I too have joined those who have owned this camera and had it break once the warranty has expired. It will not read battery levels correctly, saying "battery exhausted" upon insertion of new batteries (and different types). It is capable of good pictures, but it's clear when the camera only pulls closer to 2 megapixels. Yuck.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Died just when the warranty expired (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Zoom lens and auto focus died just when the warranty was expiring. It was a Christmas present for my daughter. I love my Nikon D70 but I'll never buy one of their cheaper cameras again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Died within a year of purchase (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the Coolpix 3200 for my 15 year old daughter, and it worked well for about 10 months, then wouldn't focus properly, and the zoom lens feature quit entirely. Now I either have to buy her a new camera or find the sales slip and spend time getting a warranty repair. I'd stay from this model.

  • 1.0 out of 5
broke on the day the warranty expired (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I will never buy nikon again. It had a one year limited warranty. The camera stopped working the day after.

I am so disgusted.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blurry pictures - then camera breaks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have not been satisfied with this camera. Very blurry pictures, uses batteries quickly and in less than one year the back viewfinder broke for no apparent reason. Not abused in any way. Would not purchase another one. No more Nikon. I bought the name, but the camera was lame.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Stay Away!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Coolpix 3200 took average picTures. A little blurry. The worst was after 9 months and light use the camera stopped working. After speaking with a condescending service rep we sent it in to Nikon for repair. They were going to charge $100 for fix a broken lcd and said we must have broken it. We're staying ways from Nikon products after this one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Annoying Rattle.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Reasonable pics though too liable to blur. The real problem however is that the camera has developed an intermittent rattle in the focusing mechanism. As luck would have it this only occurs on the MPEG setting - and registers like a hammer drill on the sound recording! A brief scan on the net revealed several other owners have reporting the same problem. Nikon appear to have seriously dented their reputation for reliability with this entry into the budget end of the market - buyer beware!

  • 2.0 out of 5
mediocre pictures, buggy electronics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the Nikon Coolpix because of the Nikon name. The pictures, however, are mediocre at best, and the camera has turned out to be unreliable as well. Abnormally high degreee of blurring (yes, I DO have a steady hand!), less than crisp, and less than saturated images. The big bummer is that a few days after the warranty expired, the electronics blew out—- and the camera cannot recognize or use any batteries. This includes brand new Duracells, and the freshly charged Nikon rechargeables. I don't know what that's going to cost me to have the chips and/or circuits replaced, but I am really disappointed in this weak and sloppy Nikon effort.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Fun&Performance-to-Cost Ratio (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Would I overstate if told I fell in love for this beauty? Tons of fun and performance for the price. I even let it drop and bounce from shoulder level and got it back unscratched. And what to say about the Panorama Maker supplied as part of its software applications suite? It's REALLY dazzling. Very good performance for low light, too, and if you want better than that for the same price, then you should first know a bit of the physics behind lenses and CCD detector arrays. In other words, I know I could get better, but hardly for such price. Of course, I'd appreciate a faster shooting rate, this being the only drawback that I should consider really worthy of immediate improvement, but I guess this depends on the power supply, so if want faster response time with current day technology, than you'd need a heavier camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Takes good quality pictures but does not focus on the central point that well. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Overall I have been very impressed by this camera. It takes good pics and it's movie mode is pretty good considering the size of the camera.
The one thing I do quite abit of though is take macro shots of small plants and this is where the camera lets me down. If I position the plant so it is shown in the middle of the monitor and then use autofocus, it will normally focus on whats behind it, even if the plant is in the macro range. Putting that aside, the camera is OK for now

  • 1.0 out of 5
shop hound (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

my camera, went on 4 outings, each time, it failed and had to be sent to nikon for warranty,after the third time , I was told I had to "buy" their refurb, The first time I took this out sand got into the lens mechanism, and again I was told to buy a refurb ffor $140.00. camera can't stand any weather what so ever and now apparently pocket lint either!, don't buy! much too fragile a unit, big disappointments on the horizon with these models

  • 2.0 out of 5
Too sensitive to dust (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I liked the camera fine until the lens locked up at my daughter's 8th grade graduation. The camera dealer told me that only happens if it has been dropped, which it hadn't. I was told the warranty wouldn't cover it as it would be considered abuse. Took it to a carmera repair shop, they said it was caused by sand or grit getting into the lens mechanism. Hadn't taken it to the beach so was puzzled by that. Cost $150 to repair a $199 camera that was only 6 months old. Looking on the internet I find a lot of "refurbished" Coolpix for sale. Now I know why. Next time I will buy camera that has a protective lens cover.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Poor battery time resolved!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I struggled with this camera's only drawback (terrible battery time) until I purchased a CR-V3R rechargeable Li-ION battery on eBay. Now it seems to go forever on one charge, an astonishing difference!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Okay but too much noise... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

PROS: The shots in daylight are cool. Colors are vivid and the nikkor lens is sharp.
The preset modes cover everything this little camera can do. If you play with it you'll be able to do slightly "advanced" tricks... eg: use macro mode for closeup portraits and obtain some cool depth of field-like results or using "fireworks" preset mode instead of "night landscape" to force a lower ISO and so on...

CONS: (sorted by the most annoying)
1. flash recharge time is HUGE (10 - 15 sec). In the meantime preview is blank, camera dead
2. so called "night flash" is unfortunately bind with raising ISO to the max and about 3 sec of exposure. Result: moving subjects are out of the question, cannot get results without tripod, lot of image noise.
3. NOISE - not weird for an entry level point and shoot.. but it's a lot of it in every kind of night shot mode. Worst preset mode: night landscape (my opinion); best preset night mode: fireworks - lower ISO, maximum exposure time (about 4 sec)
4. Slow autofocus.. he he that's it.
5. Kinda clumsy design... when you press on the shutter release button you come with the batteries in your hand, due to the position of the "push" button that opens the battery compartment.
6. Movie recording: sound is out of sync due to the limitations of FPS (16 fps if I'm not mistaken). Zooming while recording is limited to digital.
7. Some menu commands are not retained as default after changing preset mode. eg: you have to switch to red eye reduction / night flash every time you change the preset.
8. Much more noise compared to CANON A75 in "macro", "movie" mode or "sports" when camera is always focusing. This is not a problem but while recording a movie with sound is, because the loudest sound recorded will always be the tiny focus mechanism.
and so on.. Oh god I'm saving for a digital rebel :D

  • 5.0 out of 5
All you could want (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As a first time digi-cam owner I found it's all I needed and want. With all the options it gets you the pictures you want in almost any situation you experience. I think it's an excellent buy and would recommend it for all snapshot photographers. The pros probably might expect more and they can spend a thousand dollars and not get much more.

  • 4.0 out of 5
easy to understand & use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It is very good economy camera especially for amateurs . Easy to operate.
Drawback is draining batteries rapidly. In scenes mode especially close-up mode lens is hurdle to flash while taking insects photos. Flash is readying very slow to next photo. It creates trouble to take small baby photos (slow flashing to next movement)

  • 4.0 out of 5
A lot of options! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is the first digital camera I bought. Although it eats up the battery quickly, it takes great pictures. The different settings are easy to use. Great for a first buy.

  • 2.0 out of 5
(anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera sucks!! It will not allow you to take pictures right after one another without going into the settings and setting it to take "rapid" pictures right after another. The flash takes about 10-15 seconds to recycle and while you are waiting around for it to recycle the bird you were taking a picture of has flown away or your kid has already walked by for graduation. I have a Kodak digital and it will take pictures right after one another no problem. The Nikon has too many setting for a general user and figuring them all out is confusing. The battery life is very short as well, even if you are using rechargeables you will constantly be recharging them. I am glad I got the extended warranty because I can take it back and trade it in for a different brand. I am getting another Kodak.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great first time buy but....... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I found the 3200 to be a fine entry level digi and had some excellent results from a recent holiday in the 3 Valleys in France. However, batteries don't last long at all and the camera has now developed a very loud constant clicking sound in movie mode....other than that, a really pleasing buy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera and poor battery performance (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought Nikon 3200 and its working great except its batteries which drain out quickly. This is my third camera and it has topped my list of preference over the other two. Make sure you buy the camera with the available retail warranty to have peace of mind.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome pictures and a ton of fantastic picture modes! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
It's amazing! The Nikon CoolPix 3200 has a ton of picture modes such as action shots, nightshots, and landscape! The pictures are great, it's easy to use, and it's not overexpensive - I love it!
  • 4.0 out of 5
Best picture yet! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This is the first digital camera I've owned. I will never go back to 35mm! The camera is a point and shoot camera. I've taken pictures of events and compared results with Canon and Casio digital cameras and the 3200 took better pictures! When you buy a digital camera you're buying the film too. Buy a digital camera with a trial period. If you don't like the pictures take it back and try another. The 3200 I bought did stop working after 300 pictures. I sent it back to Nikon and they fixed it under warranty. My next Nikon will have a X10 lens.
  • 5.0 out of 5
I love it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I bought one about 3 months ago and I use it all the time in my work. I love it and have had no problems with it at all. I am going to buy a battery recharger for it. That would be the only draw back. Its battery doesn't last long. Other then that it is wonderful. I love it.