Nikon's D3200 DSLR has 24.2 megapixels. This model is geared towards casual photography enthusiasts with advanced specifications and performance.

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The auto focus doesn't work

The auto focus on the camera is broken. When the lens is switched onto Auto, the camera doesn't take pictures at all, and on manual it needs to be focused manually (obviously). I'm not sure if it's a setting that I can fix or if there is something wrong with the camera itself.

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After reading this I took the lens at the end and "tweaked"it back and forth, BOOM then autofocus started working. Must have been jammed or something! Thanks for the post

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The camera will only focus when I put the dial on GUIDE. Any other button on the dial will not focus even though it will take pictures.

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The problem might be with the camera body, the lens, or the interface between the two.

In case it's the latter, the following might be a quick fix:

Detach / reattach the lens: turn off the camera, depress the lens release button and rotate the lens clockwise until it detaches. Then reattach the lens by inserting it and rotating counter-clockwise until it locks. You may repeat this a few times.

Turn the camera on and check if the problem persists.

If so, you can try cleaning the contacts that connect the lens to the camera body: detach the lens completely, and look at the rear flange of the lens to locate the contacts. Wipe the contacts carefully with a pencil eraser. Be careful to avoid debris getting into the rear of the lens. Then look at the lens flange on the camera body to locate the lens contacts' counterparts, and wipe these with the pencil eraser as well. Again, be careful not to get any debris inside the camera. Reattach the lens, turn the camera on and check if the problem persists.

If the above did not solve the problem, you'd have to figure out if the problem is with the camera or the lens. The easiest way to do this is to try a different lens. If you don't have one, see if you can borrow one from a fellow Nikon owner. The lens does not have to be identical to the lens that came with your camera, any recent Nikon AF-S type lens will do. If autofocus works with the other lens, the the problem is almost certainly with your lens.

In case the lens is a cheap kit lens like the AF-S DX 18-55, it is likely not worth the trouble to repair, since such a lens can be bought new for about 100 bucks - or you might take the opportunity to upgrade to a better quality lens.

If autofocus does not work even with a different lens, there's no easy fix - the problem is almost certainly with the camera body. There are (as far as I know) no menu settings that inhibit autofocus from working correctly. However, consider the following: If you're using LiveView (that is, you use the camera's LCD display rather than the optical viewfinder for composing your shots) autofocus will always be slower and less precise compared to using the viewfinder, and depending on conditions the camera might not be able to focus correctly.

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You forgot to mention the back button focus - if you are using it then the shutter release button will not automatically focus. Try to take a photo with the back button focus.

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Ok so I fumbled around with my camera for like an hour -_- only to find that the switch on the lense one for A and one for M was the problem. I had it on M for manual when it should have been on A for auto. My auto focus now works wonderfully.

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I had the same issue and was able to fix it by slightly and gently turning the focus while in auto focus. It's like something was gummed up inside or it wasn't quite right on with the gears, but after I turned it slightly it would jump into focus. Now it works fine, without my assistance. For how long is yet to be determined...

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For days I had tried all the solutions mentioned in the comments. I held the button down half way to start the auto focus and then used my hand to force turn the lens back and forth and suddenly the auto focus feature started working again! I have had no issues since. Previously I had reformatted the memory card and defaulted all the setting in the camera.

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I had the same problem and it turned out that I had set the AE button to AF on. I did not know that this negated the half press focus function of the shutter button. Have switched back to default mode since the autofocus function is much quicker and crisper that way.

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I had almost given up and then I found your post!! It worked perfectly! Thank you SO MUCH!!!

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Had the same problem, my pictures were blurry because the lens could not rotate automatically, instead it produced some sound meaning something was not working well.I removed the lens and fitted it back and switched the lens to A mode. After that its now working perfectly. Thanks.Make sure you comment after facing a challenge, you will help a brother somewhere and make the universe better.

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similar difficulty. my d3200 already has that nasty 'metering error, send to nikon' message, but was using it on manual with no problems.

then bought a new vr/af/dx lens and suddenly had all the features of that lens the with the knob on manual setting,

BUT, only after drilling down into the setup menu. one of the metering settings was set to auto aperture. i set it to 'manual' and was shocked when the lens started auto focusing, vibration reduction and got some excellent images.

twiddling the ISO auto, minimum shutter speed and other options also allowed improvements. it seems there's more to this error than just a simple mechanical issue

this camera has the old/original software version, but i don't want to upgrade until i figure out what actually is causing the metering error.

if anyone gets hold of a repair manual for these, PLEASE share it!

nikon does release lens repair manuals, but who need them, they are a real nightmare to fix!

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Same problem with failure to focus - solved by ensuring switch on lens was set at A not M - simply really !

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I had the same problem last Sunday ( Sept 24, 2017) I had Nikon D5300 and the AF-P 18-55 lens suddenly stopped auto focusing. I have tried several methods as suggested above but t was still not working. I have tried a different lens and the auto focus is perfect. Hence, I am now confirmed that there is some issue with the lens. When I am changing the setting to manual the shutter is firing but still there is focus issues.

I am still struggling . Someone plese help?

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Exact same problem with my Nikon d5300 with afp 18-55mm kit lens! It wouldnt autofocus. I cant even use manual focus. Anybody found a fix?

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Did u get any solution?

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I am facing same issue since last week, if u both get any solution, plz let me know.

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I was having this issue for MONTHS with the standard lens and a new lens. I finally reset the shooting menu and it magically worked. I feel dumb for not trying it sooner, but I’m very happy now.

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How did you reset the shooting menu?

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Same here. After tinkering for a while I realized I had messed with the settings while on M mode and focused on the background. Then i inadvertently switched back to A mode and the pictures wouldn't focus on the foreground because i needed to go back to M mode to switch focus to the foreground. Hope this helps.

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I am having a similar problem. In live video mode when switching the setting to AF-F on my Nikon D3200 it acts like the AF-S setting is supposed to, only focusing when I half press the shutter. It focuses on its own right when I turn the setting on but then stays in that fixed range until I half press the shutter. How do I get it to work correctly and autofocus on its own? Any suggestions?

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Update: mine will autofocus itself sometimes and never when I try to focus it on something up close like my hand 6 inches away

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