Nikon has traditionally been known for manufacturing low-megapixel bodies that offer amazing high ISO performances, but the tides may be changing. The Japanese company just released the 36-megapixel D800 in February, and the latest rumor going around is that Nikon will be announcing the D3200 with a 24-megapixel sensor in April.
The Nikon D3000 line is the company’s entry level series. Should this rumor be true, Nikon will be making high resolution cameras available to the masses, offering a 20+ megapixel camera in the sub $1,000 price range (the Nikon D3100 body sells for around $550 new). Other features that the Nikon D3200 is rumored to have are an 11-point autofocus system, a 4 frames-per-second burst rate, improved video functionality and Wi-Fi built into the body. The D3200 looks like it is going to be a very feature-packed camera.
The question now is whether or not this rumored 24-megapixel sensor will affect the overall image quality and high ISO performance of the D3200. I am certain that the camera’s high ISO performance will take a hit because of the pixel density of a 24-megapixel APS-C sized sensor, but Nikon always does a great job in finding the right balance between the two.
Would you buy an entry-level DSLR with these specs? How do you feel about the direction Nikon is going with their new cameras? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!