Customizing Your Nikon D3200 DSLR

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Most people like to make things their own by adding something a little special to it. For an iPhone perhaps it is a special case, the same for a tablet, but can you customize a camera, such as the Nikon D3200? You sure can and here’s how.

Start with the Settings

The Nikon D3200 has a custom settings feature that allows you tailor your camera to your liking. For example, you can reassign your buttons to do different things depending on how you want to use your camera. You can also disable warning and status noises and even use advanced features to better control shutter speed, your flash and aperture.

There are other customizable options as well. You can change the brightness on your display monitor; select from two styles of viewing on your screen, classic and graphic; you can add an option to add text to your photos;  and allow your camera to automatically record your camera’s orientation, horizontal or vertical.

When it comes to your photos, you can customize options to add a date to all or some of your photos and you can also create custom image storage folders.

Give it a Special Home

Aside from customizing your modes and settings, you will want to personalize the way you tote around your camera by purchasing a case that says you all over it.  There are a wide variety cases on the market to suit your needs. For example, if you plan on using your camera case for more than just your camera, you can opt to buy a case that can hold both your camera and your tablet or a case for your camera, as well as accessories, including lenses.

You will also want to buy a sturdy strap for your camera that is comfortable for you. Nikon for example, offers several straps, in different colors and styles.

Accessorize

What’s great about the Nikon D3200, which was reviewed by the New York Times, is that it is made to be upgraded and added onto. For example you can purchase specialty eyepieces, including a correction eyepiece that allows both near and farsighted photographers to look through the camera’s finder and see an image perfectly without wearing eyeglasses.

You can also purchase a tripod if you have a shaky hand, a remote control for your camera, various flashes, microphones and lenses, including a 55-200 mm lens for about $250. And if you are using your camera to shoot video, you can opt to buy a LED movie light that provides a continuous light source. Remember to search for coupons and deals for any accessory you wish to purchase.