Yes I do realize other people asked this question before mostly about android tablets. I am not looking to macgyver something that limits 80% of the camera functionality and most answers focus on that.

I just want to see myself while filming on a small mounted monitor that has decent resolution and latency. Is this available? When I connect my camera with HDMI to a TV any recording is disabled and you can only watch which makes me think camera monitors work the same way?

Also if not how do I make sure next DSLR I buy has that feature?

Thank you.

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Is Nikon D3200 compatible with external monitor?

Not while recording using Nikon's, Adobe's, or any other applications that use Nikon's SDK.

Not even while using applications, such as digiCamControl, that allow controlling Nikon D3x00 series cameras via tethering but don't give a Live View image on an external monitor.

Also if not how do I make sure next DSLR I buy has that feature?

Don't purchase a Nikon D3x00 series camera.

What you are looking for is the ability to do tethered shooting with external Live View support. Nikon's D3x00 series of cameras don't offer that level of functionality.

  • @AAMon You'd do well to survey the market when setting expectations. 400-500 of any country's dollars gets any manufacturer's bottom-of-the-barrel body, which will have been engineered for cost and isn't going to be packed with features.
    – Blrfl
    Feb 5, 2018 at 12:24
  • @Blrfl That's true to a point, but at least some other makers do allow tethering and using off camera monitors with even the entry level models. Canon certainly does.
    – Michael C
    Feb 5, 2018 at 17:42
  • This is just another example where a feature with virtually no added cost is removed from a lower price-point model for price differentiation (making people who can make pay more, pay more). I didn't buy this model it was a gift now I'll have to resell it lose a few hundred bucks and buy another camera that's going to be identical (I don't use advanced settings) because of this one thing.
    – AA Mon
    Feb 5, 2018 at 20:25

Yes, you can monitor LIVE! Go to your camera menu, select [SETTINGS][HDMI]{Device Control] set of [OFF]. Works like a Champ!


I have a D3200. I just commented about installing and testing Digicam Control on my Windows 10 laptop. I've also just installed and tested qDslrDashboard with my Android. Both of these options work like a champ with the D3200. No issues. Image as clear as a bell.

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