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1. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Thinking of getting Nikon Coolpix 3200. This camera seems to be very widely recommended. Its about £125 which is about my budget.

Anybody any ideas on this? I know i could get other 3mp digital cameras for cheaper than this but this is supposed to be a good one. Wouldn't really want to spend more than this but would like the best camera for the money.

Shall I get it or can anyone suggest any alternatives?

2. Posted by Airfix (Full Member 99 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi... I'm certainly no expert on photography, be it digital or otherwise, but my Dad has the Nikon Coolpix 775 which he bought a few years ago when they first came out, and it takes great pics... It's only a 2.1mp digi-cam and is availabe, now, used tho 'apparently' like new, from amazon for around £85 (I think he paid around £350 for it)...

If you like, you can send me your email address in a private message and I can mail you a few pics that he has taken with his cam for you to see before you decide...


3. Posted by Bretti (Inactive 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I have the Nikon coolpix 3700, which cost me about AUS$30 more then the 3200, and it has slightly better picture quality and can take video at 640x480 at 30fps. Also it is made of metal which is a huge advantage if you accidently drop it, and it is much smaller.

Only downfall with Nikon's are that they use proprietary batteries so you have to take you charger with you, also purchase a second battery when travelling.

I thoroughly recommend buying a Nikon, if you would like to see some pics, send me your email and I can send you a couple of photos.

Look at the reviews at


4. Posted by tea (Budding Member 16 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I worked in camera sales about a month ago, and although the 3200 looks good from the outside, and does all the stuff you say, there's better stuff out there...

As mentioned, the batteries, it takes AA's, and these are often eaten down within about a couple hours. The models previous to this have been awesome, but... Yeah, I worked for Jessops. And we had loads of spare time. I used to randomly print pictures, of things just from different cameras, so at least I could give the impartial advice to customers that I was supposed to. Again, the photographs came out very cold, very blue, and green, and also, when zooming (be it digitally or optically), there was alot of grain in the shots, even when printed only in 6 x 4 size.

Personally, I'd reccomend something else. Like the Olympus Mju 300 / 410. The 410 kit is awesome. Its a 4mpixeled camera, with carrying case, 64mb and 32mb card, as well as a mini tripod and remote controll (hey... it makes you look cool if nothing else!)

It's slightly more than you wanted to spend... its about £210. But, to be honest, if you're gunna travel with something, you want to get the best shots, right ? ... with the 3200, it's much harder to blow up any bigger than 6 x 4 size. The battery on them is awesome as well. Lithium Ion, which will last you a good 5 / 6 hours continual shoot, and replacement batteries (which are rechargable) will only set you back about £30. Wahey ! Also With the Olympus, the colours are so much more realistic and saturated. Much richer. You can also easily blow up to kind of 10 x 15 size. Definately worth the extra £80 or so.

Failing that, pop into my Jessops with me and I'll get you staff discount. :P

Good luck !