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Advait asked in Consumer ElectronicsCameras · 5 years ago

Query about Nikon D3200?


I tried shooting in manual mode but it gives very dark image. Everytime I switch to Aperture or Shutter Priority mode, the image shown becomes proper.

I tried same settings. That is, 1/60 F3.5 ISO 200 in both modes, but still manual mode shows dark images.

I can't compromise the shutter speed as it is needed while shooting videos. So what's the solution. It seems a common problem with Nikon DSLR.

Update 2:

First of all I do not blame the equipment. There are Canon users who always praise their Canon over Nikon. But I try to prove that Nikon is good, and it fulfills my requirements.

Those settings were just examples. I tried to at ISO 800. I know higher ISO will create distortion. The auto ISO was going up to 1600, which obviously creates distortion. There was no option to use extra lights over there. Also I said "it seems a problem with Nikon", I didn't mean it.

Update 3:

I have worked with it several before in both indoor and outdoor locations have dim lighting situations, but never faced such a problem. In manual mode, to get proper exposure always has to be shot at minimum ISO 800-1600. The exposure meter shows 0, still the question mark flashes which say lighting is poor.

4 Answers

  • 5 years ago

    When you use Manual mode, setting shutter and aperture and ISO are completely up to you to get a proper exposure, depending on the lighting conditions on your subject. You can't simply set some random combination of settings and hope to get a properly exposed photo, except by sheer good luck. You need to let your camera help you by either using one of the more automatic modes (P, S, or A), or by learning to use the light meter in your camera to tell you when you have proper exposure with your settings.

    Your problem is NOT a "common problem" with Nikon cameras. That's nonsense.

  • 5 years ago

    The D3200 represents the latest generation of Nikon's entry-level DSLR offering. The camera's headline feature is inevitably the new 24MP CMOS sensor which makes it equal to Sony's Alpha SLT-A65, A77 and NEX-7 in offering the highest pixel count we've yet seen at the APS-C sensor size, and in terms of output resolution, second only to the full-frame professional-grade D800 in Nikon's entire range. More significant than the bare fact of the D3200's pixel count though is that it is available in camera with a starting price of $699 (the same launch price as the D3100 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-C G3, for comparison). The D3200 may not exactly be revolutionary, but it doesn't have to be. It just has to be competitive.

    Pixel-count aside, the changes from the predecessor D3100 are subtle but, with 1080p30 video, a 920k dot LCD and the option to add an affordable Wi-Fi transmitter, there are clear benefits over the D3100's specification. As usual for Nikons at this level, the D3200 doesn't feature a built-in focus motor, and nor does it offer auto exposure bracketing. It also features a simplified version of the Active D-Lighting function that is now common across Nikon's DSLR range.

    Also missing, oddly, are live view in-camera filter effects. Since Olympus introduced its Art Filters to the E-30 back in 2008, processing filters have become increasingly common on most cameras. And, while they're not an essential feature by any means, they're nice to have, especially in a camera at this level. Given that such effects are available in both the higher-level Nikon D5100 and the Coolpix P7100, their absence in the D3200 is unexpected. There is an option to re-process JPEGs, though, and apply several effects including simulated 'miniature' (tilt/shift) and 'selective color'.

    Despite these omissions, the D3200 offers a compelling feature set for a camera in this class. We're especially pleased to see that you even have the option to trigger the shutter with an infrared remote - with the inclusion of sensors on the front and rear of the camera.

    The inexorable rise of the mirrorless camera has undoubtedly put particular pressure on the entry-level end of the large sensor market. The smaller body sizes of mirrorless cameras, combined with their more compact-camera-like operation has helped win over some people who would otherwise have bought a DSLR, as well as drawing people away from high-end compacts. However, entry-level DSLRs still have a lot to offer - not least 'true' continuous autofocus that no mirrorless camera has come close to matching (aside from Nikon's own 1 V1 and 1 J1, which feature smaller 'CX' sensors).

    Although its upgrades aren't necessarily the product of great leaps of ingenuity, the D3200 is a continuation of a carefully evolved - and tailored to suit its market - line of cameras, that has always offered good image quality and performance combined with well thought-out ease-of-use.

    Nikon D3200 specification highlights

    24MP CMOS sensor

    ISO 100-6400 (plus ISO 12,800-equivalent Hi1 setting)

    Expeed 3 processing

    3.0", 920k dot screen

    Full HD 1080p30 video (with 25p and 24p options)

    Microphone socket

    Twin IR remote receivers

    4 frame-per-second continuous shooting

    Guide mode

  • BriaR
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Ever heard the proverb "Only a bad workman blames his tools"? The problem ain't with the Nikon DSLR. The problem is with the person using it.

    You match exposure to available light and get the effect you want by balancing aperture, shutter speed and ISO. If you want to use certain exact exposure settings then you have to provide a light source strong enough.

    If you decide you are going to use 1/60 F3.5 ISO 200 and don't provide the correct amount of light to support it then your images/videos will be too dark or too light. That ain't the camera's fault - that's down to you!

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Yes, it is indeed a common problem with all dSLRs - the user.

    When you said you followed the exact settings in any of those priority modes with manual mode, did that include ISO? Did you check the lightmeter? Is it at zero?

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