Shooting for the masses
Nikon’s D3200 ($700) is the newest member of the company’s entry-level DSLR lineup. Following in the footsteps of the popular D3100, the shooter boasts a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (a 33% step up from its predecessor), an ISO range maximum of 6400 (with the ability to extend to 12800 in boost mode), as well as 1080p video recording, with real-time autofocusing, at up to 30 frames per second. For the budding Scorsese, the D3200 includes a microphone input jack to allow for the use of wireless and shotgun microphones.
The D3200′s 921k dot LCD is another huge improvement, but the most exciting upgrades revolve around new Wi-Fi capabilities. Using a wireless plug-in adapter, the D3200 can seamlessly upload pictures to your smartphone, computer, or the web. The adapter can also convert your hulking Android phone into a remote trigger from up to 50 feet away (iOS compatibility is coming this fall). But if you’re new to the camera game and a bit intimidated by all of the tech under the hood, don’t worry. Nikon has carried over its amateur-friendly Guide mode from the D3100 to help even the least experienced shooter get confident behind the glass.
Buy Now: $700 (Available May)