An official announcement from Nikon has confirmed the launch of the D3200 DSLR.

The D3200 is a lightweight camera that allows users to capture videos in Full HD 1080p with auto-focus. Its key features include a high-resolution 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and the ability to shoot four frames per second (fps). Nikon has also announced the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adaptor which can transmit images, wirelessly, to smartphones and tablets.

Nikon D3200: Image Quality

The Nikon D3200 features a 24.2 megapixel DX-format Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) sensor which promises sharper images with less noise. The camera is equipped with the latest processing engine from Nikon, the Expeed 3 chip, that is found in more high-end Nikon products like the D800 and the D4 and is a step up from the Expeed 2 chip seen in the Nikon D3100. Additionally, it allows for noise reduction and Full HD video recording.

The camera's ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 6,400 and can be expanded to 12,800 for low-light situations, which concurs with speculation from an earlier IBTimes UK report.

Nikon D3200: Video Quality

The Nikon D3200 can record high quality video at 1080p resolution at either 24fps or 30fps. Users can share photos and videos with friends and families, either online or through HDTVs.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200: Screen

The Nikon D3200 sports a 3in high resolution 921,000-dot LCD screen which is pretty standard for most camera at this price point.

Nikon D3200: Controls

The controls, are not very different from those of its predecessor, the Nikon D3100. This means that frequently used functions like Live View get a dedicated button. Moreover, the new camera features a dedicated video Record button which helps users capture videos easily without scrolling through the menu to access the recording mode.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200: Battery

The Nikon D3200 runs on the same EN-EL14 battery as featured in the D3100. The battery offers 550 shots per charge acccording to the manufacturer.

Nikon D3200: Connectivity

The Nikon D3200 sports the WU-1a wireless mobile adaptor which can connect to mobile devices based on the Android OS and wirelessly transfer images. The iOS-compatible version of the adapter is scheduled for a release in the autumn.

Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a
WU-1a can be connected with Android devices wirelessly to transfer images. Nikon

Nikon D3200: In-camera Editing

Nikon provides several options for users to retouch and edit photographs even when they are still on the camera. One such feature is the option to straighten wonky horizons and others include the ability to crop and add filters.

Nikon D3200: Guide Mode

The D3200 carries an enhanced and upgraded Guide Mode, especially for those who are new to DSLR photography and promises you will get the right result every time.

Nikon D3200: Price/Availability

The camera will be available from late April in the US, with a probable retail price of approximately $700 and will be available in two colours - black and red. The optional WU-la Wireless Mobile Adapter will be available for purchase sometime in late May with for a retail price of $59.95.

The UK release is expected to be sometime in mid-May, with a retail price of £560 for the camera body only and £650 including an 18-55mm kit lens.