updated 07:25 pm EDT, Wed March 28, 2012
Nikon D3200 may make networking its feature
A rumor late on Wednesday had Nikon trying some uncharacteristic features for the long-in-development sequel to its entry-level D3100. Pegged as the D3200 by Nikon Rumors, the camera would jump from 14.2 megapixels to 24 megapixels, giving the DSLR a sensor whose density would only be challenged by the 36-megapixel D800. It may also be one of the first DSLRs with built-in networking, as it should have Wi-Fi with "very interesting new features."
Performance would be modest afterwards. It would continue to have 11 autofocusing points, although the maximum sensitivity in regular shooting would jump from ISO 3,200 to 6,400; the high mode would stay at 12,800. Video would be improved, likely inheriting features from the D4 and D800, although the camera would still have a peak four frames per second in continuous still shots.
A launch could be imminent for the D3200, possibly having it public as soon as April. What it would cost has been left out, although it may see a price hike above the $549 D3100 given Japanese economic worries. It might be joined by an already leaked 18-300mm f3.5-5.6 long-zoom lens, a 16-85mm f4 lens for high-end standard zoom shooting, and a 28mm f1.8 intended for full-frame cameras like the D800 and D4.