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Bettie Fountain


I'm a beginner and just purchased a Nikon D3200 24 MP DSLR can anyone give me a opinion on this camera.

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12/21/2014 3:31:06 AM

Usman M. Bajwa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/11/2006
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  Here is a review, that may be helpful to you.


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12/21/2014 8:57:31 PM

Ed Lauderdale
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/12/2007
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  Bettie, before I buy any camera equipment I go to
www.dpreview, com. They have complete, indepth reviews of most major brands of cameras and lens. They should have a review of the 3200 that will give you all the pros and cons.

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12/22/2014 6:57:17 AM

Mary  L. Olson   Remember, it is the photographer who makes the image, not the camera. Almost any current camera is light years ahead of those used by the great photographers we all celebrate. The key is how the camera works for you -- is it comfortable, are the features useful? Will you be shooting from a tripod most of the time or handholding? Do you shoot a lot in low light, and does the camera handle it well? How about fast action shots?

You will get better information from using your camera than you will from any review, unless you are a total gearhead and have to know every performance metric. Since you have already bought the camera, give it a workout. If you love it, it's a great camera for you. If you don't send it back and get the camera with the specs that match your needs.

Happy image making!

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12/22/2014 8:40:23 AM

Mary  L. Olson   Oh, and do read the manual. Every boring word. You will thank me for this advice at some point. :-)

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12/22/2014 8:42:14 AM

Ed Lauderdale
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  Bettie, Mary hit the nail on the head!!!

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12/23/2014 4:23:26 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  I wouldn't doubt the camera is good because Nikon makes good stuff. I would however recommend to anybody who may come to this question, if you haven't bought a camera yet and are thinking about it, look for opinions first before you buy.
Might be some little things about some other models or brands that you might find useful. Or there might be some add-ons that one model has that are so useful and a cheaper model will get you to the same place.

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12/28/2014 10:16:20 AM

Jeff Robinson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/17/2002
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  My 2 cents/theory/opinion on buying a camera has always been this - Buy an affordable camera and learn the fundamentals of photography first. This will pay huge dividends. Take a course and look at others work and read a lot.... Spending time/money to understand composition, light, aperture, shutter speed etc. far outweighs what camera you purchase. Most folks buy the most camera they can afford and some folks buy a really high-end expensive camera costing thousands because they feel it will give them results of those pros that they admire. Often people are really disappointed when their images are not quite what they were expecting and quickly blame the camera. One main reason that their images are not spectacular is because they are shooting in "auto" mode and not using the features that the camera has to allow them to take those eye-catching images. Aperture and shutter speed are really important features - I really think that once someone understands the principals of what makes a good photograph figuring out what camera to buy for their needs will become obvious to them. And since we are talking cameras here is one more of my theories... The lenses you eventually buy will become your main tools and you will change/upgrade the camera body as technology changes and your budget allows. You keep the lenses and the camera body really becomes the accessory. The lenses you will keep and use for years to come while the camera body will most likely be changed. BP is a great community and people are generally very helpful - If you see someone that has the same camera as you that is getting amazing results study their work or drop them a BP Mail and see if they are willing to help! All the best in your photography!!

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12/29/2014 4:09:42 PM

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