Overheating Problem with my New Nikon D3200

I just figured out what my overheating problem is with my Nikon D3200. I have been searching online and appreciate the input from those here on 365 that have the same or similar camera. I am using live view and it overheats soon after I start using it and uses the battery life a lot faster and in some cases where the camera is used longer, the screen actually says it is changing to view finder. So, my camera will go back to the store and I will purchase another camera after I do some intense researching. I cannot use the view finder at all so that will not be an option for me.

I am so disappointed as I love my new camera. I am sure I will find something equally as good to use. Here is a link to the site about this problem:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52778633
posted July 25th, 2014  
Maybe it's just a lemon and you should try one more? I have a D5100 and have never had any of these issues. Not sure what a price difference is but I would recommend it. Must be so disheartening do have this happen.
posted July 25th, 2014  
I'm glad you have got to the bottom of it Darlene, very frustrating though. Best of luck with the next camera.
This is a lovely shot of a very pretty flower, great focus and dof!
posted July 25th, 2014  
@lesip I wish I could say that it is a lemon but after much research found the site above and what others have to say about this problem. I cannot afford a more expensive camera unless I get just maybe one lens. I am glad I have found out now after hours of checking online. I am disappointed in my Sony too. Only a little over 2 years old with all the underlying scratches on its screen. I just want to let others know too. And hope to hear feedback like from you. Thank you so much, Leslie. Do you use the view finder or the screen? They say about buying a more expensive Nikon DSLR as they are made better. Really? I kind of figured that was a given after this and now your comments. Also say that the sensor is what heats up and better to use the view finder in DSLR's.
posted July 25th, 2014  
Beautiful shot, Darlene. The white flowers look so pretty against the blue sky. I'm sorry you are having trouble with your new camera. I hope you can find one you really like.
posted July 25th, 2014  
Oh bummer. This is super pretty.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@dianeburns I am glad I got to the bottom of it too, Diane. Very frustrating. Not sure if I will get another Nikon or not right now. Do you use the view finder or the screen for your photos? Thank you so much for your comments.
posted July 25th, 2014  
How disappointing for you! It takes great pictures though. This is a beautiful compositiontoo which is all you!
posted July 25th, 2014  
@mittens Thank you so much, Marilyn. I tried so hard to get the entire blue sky but it was so windy and I was surprised that this Nikon handled it so well. This camera is a big problem and others should know as well. I hope I find one that works as it should.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@grammyn Thank you, Katy. You are so sweet. I love the photos it takes, so much clearer than what my Sony takes. I will do more research and see what I come up with as I do need to replace my Sony.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@amandal Big huge bummer. Cannot believe that now my research says buy a more expensive Nikon and I kind of figured that would be something said along the way. Checked out the D5100 and they have a good buy on Amazon.com. Now to research that one. Love the photos this camera takes. Have no idea how you are able to only use the view finder but I did back in the day too or a tripod and looked through it. Thank you, it takes great photos even in the wind as this was a super windy day.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@darsphotos I use the view finder when I take my shots, I don't even know how to use the screen! lol
posted July 25th, 2014  
Beautiful
posted July 25th, 2014  
@darsphotos Good luck with all of your research and hope that you find what you are looking for. I wouldn't mind an upgrade. One day...
posted July 25th, 2014  
@dianeburns Thank you so much for getting back to me and letting me know, Diane. I really appreciate it. I used the view finder in years past but since the screen can be used for photos and videos with newer cameras, phones, etc. I have always used that. I have problems with my eyes (severe dry eyes) and wear glasses to see as I have terrible vision. I am looking at the D5100 as someone uses it on 365 and asked her about view finder versus using the screen. Doing my research to find out if it overheats as well. Just talked with my husband and never noticed that he used the view finder when using my Sony, that I am replacing, in the sun. He has not used my Nikon.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@amandal Thank you so much, my friend. I am looking at the D5100 and they have a great package deal on Amazon.com. Waiting to hear back from someone here on 365 about view finder versus screen usage on that camera. Would you use the screen? Did you use it on your old camera as I always used it on my Sony, never used the view finder.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@kerristephens Thank you so much, Kerri.
posted July 25th, 2014  
I find I prefer the view finder now, but missed the screen at first. Advantages to both I suppose and probably best to have both options available if you had a choice. Sometimes the screen can be so glarey, but using the viewfinder can be annoying in glasses, sunglasses, etc. and you get the camera greasy. I'd opt for both.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@darsphotos Good luck with it all!
posted July 25th, 2014  
@darsphotos I mostly use the view finder because i believe you can keep the camera steadier against your face with your elbows tucked into your body. Most of my selfies and when the camera is on a tripod I will use the screen. I do have a slight scratch on the screen so I recently bought a package of screen savers ( real cheap) should have done it when I bought the camera. You don't even know it's on. I have had no issues with the camera heating up and the battery lasts for hundreds of shots. It's very rare that I drain the battery during my photo outings. Mine is 21/2 years old and I got it at costco . New models have come out since I bought mine so the price has really dropped. Hope this helps.
posted July 25th, 2014  
I don't know what live view is but on research I can understand it. I know if my video camera is running out of battery I shut the screen away. Maybe just buy another battery and replace it when the first one is low? This photo is awfully good of the flowers - looks all crinkly!
posted July 25th, 2014  
I'm so sad the Nikon won't work for you, but you have to find the right camera to fit your needs.
posted July 25th, 2014  
Lovely shot; hope you find a satisfactory solution.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@amandal Thank you so much for all of your comments, Amanda. I never transitioned from the screen with my Sony. I always use it though my husband has used my Sony and just mentioned that he uses the viewfinder on sunny days because of glare. No wonder my screen had smudges on it. I wear glasses and have such terrible vision in both eyes so want to be able to use only the screen. This camera has both but unfortunately one cannot use the screen on a regular basis. It has all settings in the screen and even heated up just going through those. Just found an overheat problem with the Canon t3i as I continue researching.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@dianeburns Thank you, Diane.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@lesip This is all so interesting, Leslie as I have never asked how people take photos until now. Thank you so much for getting back to me. I sure understand what you mean about being steady while shooting photos and now know why your geese in the air are so clear. A great idea to get screen savers as they are not much money. I have not seen the battery lasting on the D3200 but it does longer on the D5100. I checked on Amazon and can get a D5100 package with filters, a bag, screen protectors, both lenses I have with the D3200 for $700. Not bad at all so put that on my wish list to go back to. I need to do further research as I need to find a camera that I can use the screen only for my photos. I never thought I could afford a DSLR especially one like yours but you are right, they have come down a lot in price. I have found far too many problems with my new camera heating up, even learning the settings and having the problem myself that I will return it and get a refund. I love the photos that I can capture and hope I can use the view finder a bit for things that fly but with glasses on full time sure makes that hard. I have learned so much and thank you a bunch. You have been a huge help.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@maggiemae Live view is looking at the screen. I have taken video with my Sony camera at my son's jazz Band performances on tripod or on the back of the seat in front of me or just holding my Sony. It does not heat up at all like this Nikon does. I have only had to use a second battery twice while shooting with my Sony in 2 1/2 years. I love the quality of photos that this Nikon takes especially since it was super windy and they came out still and more detailed than with my Sony. I am returning this Nikon and may get the D5100 instead. I have some more research to do, Maggiemae. Thank you so much for your comments and input. Much appreciated.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@taffy I am sad about this Nikon too, Taffy. I love the photos it takes. I am looking at the D5100 now to see if it has any heat up issues. Suddenly a Canon issue popped up in researching it so looking at both. Do you take photos with the view finder only? I have never even thought to ask. Guess as more people switch from cameras like mine or other cameras and are used to or need to use the screen will expect to use it as well as me as there are plenty complaining and wondering what is up.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@princessm Thank you so much, Decima. I will figure it out. So nice to have the input from others here and to be able to check online as well.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@darsphotos I only use the viewfinder -- or mostly. I find live view helpful if I'm shooting from a lower angle and need to hold it away from my eye, but I find the viewfinder to be so much easier to use and better no matter what the lighting. You might want to try using it more (except not when shooting straight into the sun!!!) and see if it grows on you.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@taffy I had no idea that so many use only the viewfinder or mainly the viewfinder. You wear glasses too, right? So it is ok with glasses on? I have not used a view finder in so long but will try using it. Will probably return this camera meantime. Really appreciate your input. I just read more about this camera and the person that started the above link and he ended with having read the manual and having a hangover from point and shoots. My eyes are not young and not healthy so this is a huge issue for me. Thanks again for your input.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@darsphotos i have awful vision...but on my camera and I suspect on yours, you should see a little lever thing that lets you adjust how you see through the viewfinder so that you can take off your glasses, or leave as is and use with your glasses. I tend to rely on auto-focus even if I have other things in manual, except for macro shots where I am better off doing my own focusing even though it's a bit of a hassle as I'm never really sure something is in focus.
posted July 25th, 2014  
I am glad to know I am not the only one with terrible vision, not that I would wish it upon anyone else as I have been in glasses since I was 9 years old. Plus dealing with this severe dry eye problem so I do not always see the same. I will have to check out the thing you are talking about on this camera. I have been using auto focus on my shots. Wow, it is somewhat of a problem having vision issues and using our cameras. I want to take macro shots and some video to check that out too. Need to get a second SD card though. No wonder your small photo above shows you with your camera up to your eye with your glasses on. Thanks a bunch, Taffy. May still take this one back and may go for the D5100 as it has a great price on Amazon.com right now. I have a little over a week to figure out what I will do and to play a bit more with this camera.
posted July 25th, 2014  
Beautiful shot Darlene. Glad you figured out the problem
posted July 25th, 2014  
Darn it! You did not need another problem to deal with. Gorgeous shot anyway. Hope you find answers soon so you can get on with taking your pretty pics!!!
posted July 25th, 2014  
@bkbinthecity Thank you so very much, Brian. I hope to figure this one out so I have a camera to use all the time.
posted July 25th, 2014  
@wannabe You are so funny and sweet Catherine. Thank you so much. I am going to check out the D5100 at my sons work, Best Buy and see if I like it and see how much it is there on Saturday. I can buy it on Amazon.com for a great price with accessories and the two same lenses that I got with the D3200. Amazing that people consider the D3200 so low end in my online research. I love what it can do in taking photos. I am not sure I can ever get used to using the view finder with my neck and eye problems but will work with it tomorrow and see how it does and how I do as it is so similar to the D5100. I have more research to do and need to take this camera back so I am not stuck with it forever. Thank you again for much appreciated comments. Yeah, darn it.
posted July 25th, 2014  
Nice capture!
posted July 25th, 2014  
@elisasaeter Thank you so much, Elisabeth.
posted July 25th, 2014  
A lovely shot. Sorry to hear you've got problems with your new camera!
posted July 25th, 2014  
@carolmw Thank you so much, Carol. My camera is being returned. I have used it several times and even for photos it heats up so maybe a lemon on top of the overheat problems it has documented online. Will wait to get another camera and do some research. Back to my Sony after tomorrow.
posted July 25th, 2014  
It's too bad you're running into problems with your new camera. it sure takes a nice picture. I always envied the beautiful color taken with a Nikon, unfortunately I can't afford one. your picture is stunning and a big fav.
posted July 26th, 2014  
@bruni Bruni, at least I am finding out in time to return this camera and not have to deal with warranty work. I am very impressed with my photos. Amazing detail. I am going to wait, look around and take more time to get another camera. I can still use the screen on my Sony. Cameras are not cheap to buy. Thank you for the fav.
posted July 26th, 2014  
Darlene I will send you a short e-mail, ok!
posted July 26th, 2014  
@darsphotos Don't give up on your Nikon, as it's an excellent camera. I know you will be in good hands, with your dealer, it is something that can be sorted. good luck with your photography...
You can see how great photo's you can get with your Nikon, and it's a big fav.
posted July 26th, 2014  
@bruni I will look for your email in case you sent it to me, Bruni. Have not seen one yet but have not gone through all of my emails for today.
posted July 27th, 2014  
@dannydavies Danny, thank you for popping in and commenting on my Nikon problem. I returned my Nikon today and will wait on another purchase. It was overheating so fast after taking a few photos the day after posting this photo, so I think there was more to it than the problem I found that others had in my online search. I do not want to get into a mode where I am only dealing with warranty work. I love the photos this Nikon takes. Another camera will work as well I am sure. I had my Sony over my shoulder when I walked into the store today and showed it to the girl that helped me. She has the same problem with her Sony that she purchased about the same time that I did, about 2 1/2 years ago but a different model. It sure makes me more cautious about how I spend my money and any issues that I have with the purchase of a camera. Thank you so very much for the fav.
posted July 27th, 2014  
these are beautiful!! love the way you got the details and such a nice presentation! also thanks for the comments on my blog. you are so sweet to take the time!
posted July 27th, 2014  
@vickisfotos Thank you so much, Vicki. I got so lucky as it was so windy and they were blowing around. You are welcome. I really enjoy your blog and do not get the chance or remember to stop by. So glad you mention it on Facebook. Your photos are awesome. We have all learned a lot.
posted July 27th, 2014  
This is really lovely Darlene, I have been so slack at commenting, mostly just to tired or sometimes a lack of internet.
posted July 28th, 2014  
@leananiemand Thank you so much, Leana. No problem about commenting. I am not posting regularly and find myself commenting on Facebook instead and forgetting to come here to comment as well. It is a thrill to follow your journey even moreso on Facebook. Take care and happy trails.
posted July 28th, 2014  
Oh honey so sorry you have been having problems with your new baby. This is a beautiful shot, love it
posted July 28th, 2014  
Looks good to me.
posted July 28th, 2014  
@claireuk Thank you so very much, Claire. Returned it and will get another camera when I figure out which one has no problems and that I can use the screen to take photos versus using the eye piece on the camera.
posted July 28th, 2014  
@yorkie Thank you so much, Yorkie. I was happy with my photos, just not that it got so warm on the bottom holding it. Returned it and will get another camera in the future.
posted July 28th, 2014  
@claireuk Thank you so the fav, Claire.
posted July 29th, 2014  
@darsphotos I have many photo's (average) of FB. take a look at
http://facebook.com/HDannyDavies
posted July 29th, 2014  
Any further camera news? Did you take it back? Get a new something yet? Or what are you leaning toward?
posted July 29th, 2014  
@amandal Took my Nikon back on Saturday and was asked if I wanted another one but said no and got a reversal on my credit card. Talked to the girl a bit as I had my Sony over my shoulder and told her I bought this 2 1/2 years ago from them and showed her the problem. She has a Sony as well that she purchased about the same time but a different one (non movable screen), with the same problem but thought it was outside scratching and not under the screen scratching. She was sure surprised and not happy about it. Wow, wonder how many are out there with the same problem. Gonna wait on getting another camera and do more research about using the screen versus using the eye piece as I want to use the screen. I checked out the Canon T3i, but still want to check and see what I can find out about overheating issues. My Sony is lagging when it zooms to get a clear photo so hoping it will last till I decide on something else. I miss the Nikon as it really takes nice and clear photos.
posted July 29th, 2014  
@darsphotos What a hassle. Hope you get it resolved and resolved well soon. I do love my Nikon, but get what you are saying about it. Just never experienced the overheating and battery sucking issues. I was bothered by the having to look through the viewfinder at first, but just adapted. Mine was not take backable (got it on ebay from my cousin), but all in all, I was very happy with it. And yes, far superior photo quality, I found.
posted July 29th, 2014  
@amandal It is a hassle but better I had problems before my two week return was up and did not have to deal with warranty work. I have a feeling that this camera had some issues as it overheated after taking only a few photos too. I hope I find something that does not give me any problems ever. Once used to a camera like the Nikon DSLR you are kind of hooked on what DSLR's can do. It is not good that this one sucked the battery life so fast. I hope they send it back and do not restock it. I really do not have the eyes for a viewfinder or the want to use it plus it puts enough pressure on my non framed glasses that it bends them a bit. Another problem I have and expense that I have to take care of, getting new glasses and for me they are not cheap. I know that it would be cheaper to buy a camera on ebay and glad I did not do that knowing what I know now and not ever talking about using the view finder. Did you know that some of the more expensive Nikon's and I think Canon's let you use the screen or viewfinder? It figures that you have to pay more for what you want or need to use. Been watching what others do on 365 and use for their shots and been keeping track and exchanging a bit of info. It should be easy and not so difficult. Thanks for checking in and for all of you input. I really appreciate it and will keep you in the loop.
posted July 29th, 2014  
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