DxOMark just finished testing the Nikon D3200 and the results are in.
DxOMark, in case you don't know, does scientific tests of digital cameras and gives scores based on the results of those tests. It's a good way to know which cameras are better, but it is science and art is not science.
The key points of DxOMark's results for the D3200 are:
- Excellent dynamic range
- Exceptional high color depth
- Competes well against full-frame cameras (e.g. the overall score is exactly the same as the Canon 5D Mark III)
- 9th best digital camera and second best digital camera with an APS-C sized sensor (one point lower than the Pentak K-5)
- Only thing that held back the score was performance at high ISO, which was good but not great
- Ranks ever-so-slightly higher than the Sony NEX-7, which uses the exact same sensor and costs almost twice as much
What all of this means is that D3200 is the absolute best digital camera that one can buy for the price. It delivers great results--similar to the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D3--but for a fraction of the cost.