Sat 23-Jun-12 12:03 AM | edited Sat 23-Jun-12 07:54 AM by jpFoto
The answer is a resounding, "YES!"
I've had mine for just shy of two months now and have made it a point to use it almost exclusively during that time since I intend to take it and use it as my only camera on a trip to Europe this summer. I wanted to get to know the camera, and the more I use it the more I like it. It's small in size compared to what I have been used to, but it is not small in capabilities. Unlike some users, I find the size and ergomonics very pleasing, whereas some find the size too small for their hands. Most importantly, I am absolutely amazed every time that I download my photos. The IQ and color depth are phenomenal.
I guess that my comments would be:
1. Although I think that the kit lens, the 18-55, is a great lens and very sharp, I have spent a lot of money on a Nikkor 10-24 and a 24-120 F:4 which will be the lenses for my trip, so this may be apples and oranges if you are only buying the kit lens, but once again, the 18-55 is a terrific lens for the price and you will not be disappointed with the results
2. Nikon did dumb down the camera a bit so that you can't use auto bracketing. I don't do HDR so this was not a negative for me and since I know how to bracket without an automatic feature, it wouldn't matter anyway. If you are into automatic HDR then this may not be the camera for you. They also have limited RAW to 12 bit compressed, but once again, that is not really a big deal. How many of your shots do you really need to post process as 14 bit uncompressed?
The long and short.
I commend Nikon for putting a really high resolution camera within the reach of entry level players.
The D3200 can do just about anything if not more than some of the prosumer and pro bodies can do. But as we all know, it's not the bow and arrow, but rather the archer. Put this one into the hands of even the most mediocre archer and you are going to see some terrific results. Hopefully, that will happen to me this summer.
Edit: Here is a sample taken with the Nikkor 10-24 at 10mm; ISO 200; 1/800; f:3.5: