This is not a detailed Nikon Coolpix
3200 Review - many other resources on the web offer this).
My purpose is to give a quick assessment of the Coolpix 3200
and how digicams are beneficial and detrimental.
The Nikon Coolpix 3200 has been
a great digicam. While I did not think it would be a great
tool for photography as I am used to my Nikon FE2, I found
that everyone needs a small and simple camera to use for everyday
pictures. The Coolpix 3200 is an entry level camera and is
limited in pixels captured; however, I have found the quality
to be more than adequate for casual use.
The reasons that I come up with
for using the CoolPix over my FE2 boil down to a simple debate
over film vs. digital. It is wonderful being able to get home
and have the pictures immediately ready on my computer as
opposed to having to wait to process film and scan. Even on
days where I take the FE2 out I usually also carry the Coolpix
3200 and use it in tandem.
Another reason to grab the digicam
is for size, weight, and ease of use. There is not much to
think about as far as operation - it is mostly point and shoot
for most situations. Being light and small means that I actually
use it to capture images in some situations where I would
hesitate to get out the SLR; it tends to attract too much
attention at times.
My main complaint with the Nikon
Coolpix 3200 is with the speed of operation. Depending on
what mode you are shooting in, there can be some very long
and frustrating delays between pressing the shutter and actually
taking the picture. Also, the camera takes a long time to
clear the memory buffer before it allows another image. This
is not always the case, but when shooting at the highest resolution
you do sometimes run into this problem. Capturing action shots
is almost out of the question because of the slow operation.
In fact, simply getting a good portrait shot can be challenging
if you are trying to catch a fleeting expression. More often
than not, you will miss it with this camera.
These shortcomings aside, it has
been a blast to use and has opened my eyes to the quality
possible with digital. The resolution of the sensor in this
camera is much lower than the offerings of SLR digitals cameras,
yet I would almost compare quality to my scanned slides in
some situations. I am afraid that with resolution and color
rendition getting better and better in digital, it could very
well be the end for film users. I will continue to stick with
film until I am able to pay for a digital SLR. The good news
is that waiting will only bring better cameras for lower cost!
Digicam's has a much more in-depth Nikon
Coolpix 3200 Review.