19/04/2012 17:32 | By Nik Taylor, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Nikon D3200 - new entry-level DSLR - announced

Nikon's new beginner-friendly camera comes with a mighty 24-megapixel sensor.

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Nikon has announced an updated version of its entry-level DSLR camera. The D3200 takes over from the D3100 and brings with it a number of improvements.

Perhaps most notable is the sensor's huge resolution - 24.2 megapixels. That's a big step up from the 14.1 megapixel sensor on the D3100.

Also updated is the camera's processor, with the D3200 running on Nikon's new EXPEED 3. ISO speeds have been boosted up to 6400.

The D3200's beginner-friendly credentials are boosted by a new version of Nikon's Guide Mode, which offers step-by-step pointers on the best settings for the type of picture you want to take.

Nikon's new D3200 is set for launch in May this year (© Nikon)

On top of that is what Nikon calls a 'Scene Recognition System' which analyses the picture you're planning to take and adjusts the focus, exposure and white balance accordingly.

The D3200 can also shoot Full HD 1080p video at either 24 frames per second (fps) or 30 fps. A mini HDMI output enables playback on an HDTV and there's a microphone input so you can override the camera's built-in microphone, should you fancy.

Among the camera's other notable features is an 11-point autofocus system, and Nikon's Active D-Lighting feature which automatically adjusts the lighting when shooting dark or bright scenes.

The Nikon D3200 goes on sale in May, priced at £559.99 (body-only) or £649.99 (with 18-55mm VR lens).