Nikon D3200 targets DSLR newcomers with smartphone control

Nikon has outed its latest digital camera, the D3200, a 24.2-megapixel consumer model targeting new DSLR buyers with its speedy low-light performance and Full HD video. Offering a DX-format CMOS, Nikon's EXPEED 3 image processor for up to 4fps continuous shooting, and 1080p HD, the D3200 also support's Nikons' new WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter which turns a smartphone or tablet into a remote control, with image previews and remote shutter release.

An ISO range of 100 to 6400 is possible, along with a high of ISO 12,800 for extreme low-light shots, and there's 11 point autofocus. New photographers can take advantage of the D3200's Guide Mode, walking them through selecting a shooting mode, tweaking settings and getting the best of their shots; there's also six Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-Up or Night Portrait.

Video is filmed with full focus and a choice of manual or automatic exposure control. Connectivity includes an HDMI output and a stereo microphone input, while the display is a 3-inch, 921k dot LCD panel. Basically, you're getting more megapixels and broader ISO support than the Nikon D3100.

The Nikon D3200 will go on sale in late April, priced at $699.95 in either black or red, as a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens. The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter will arrive in late May, priced at $59.95, along with the Android control app at the same time. Nikon says a version for iPhone and iPad is expected in fall 2012.