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Nikon 3200 Digital Camera

16MP 6x CCD 4x Feb 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on six expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Ephotozine, T3.com and Cameras.co.uk the average expert rating of this Nikon digital camera is 70 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 30 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Nikon camera is 85 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Nikon 3200 reviewers who bought it wrote that it was able to produce good images. "chellilarkin" mentioned on Amazon “It's seriously worth it because the quality of photo is excellent”. "gimbo1" wrote in their review of the Nikon 3200 “They give me enough charge to take plenty of photos or videos” . "gimbo1" also said “Picture quality is great on both photos and videos”.

Three customers said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. J. Chippindale gave it a rating of 5 stars and said “The image quality of 3.2 megapixels is more than adequate”. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote in their Nikon 3200 review “Digital camera, 3,200,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.6 in - Color, - Integrated”. Pcmag.com wrote “Secure Digital, Maximum Resolution”.

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Easy to Use

A few Nikon 3200 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. One buyer wrote “For anyone who has never used a digital camera, this is a fairly simple one to use straight out of the box.” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. One purchaser wrote on Amazon “It seemed easy to use and, being Nikon, neither of us expected problems with it” in their review. One reviewer said “So simple to use and now have stored hundreds of excellent pics”.

One Nikon 3200 reviewer who bought the product concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. One reviewer wrote “I have found what Im comfortable with and taken pictures I'm more than satisfied with, just, I don't think I'm using it to it's full potential”.

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Good Size

A few people said in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Thirteen years ago one reviewer said “I dont think you'd be disappointed with this camera if you're looking for mid-range compact” in their review of the Nikon 3200. One reviewer also wrote “*I wanted something small and compact to travel with”. One buyer mentioned on Amazon “It's compact size means it's light to carry” in their review of the Nikon 3200.

Several Nikon 3200 reviewers who bought the Nikon 3200 thought it was thin. Four years ago expert website Ephotozine said in their Nikon 3200 review “Its slim body and low price make it an ideal camera for the casual user who likes to take pictures w”.

One person who bought the Nikon 3200 thought it was a good body shape. Thirteen years ago "nancyb21" wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Manages to pull it off with a better feeling body compared to similar Fuji cameras which feel like kids toys”.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was lightweight. Steves-Digicams.com wrote “The Coolpix 3200 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 3.2 megapixel effective image resolution”.

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Good Product Quality

Some Nikon 3200 reviewers who purchased the product thought it was good quality. Thirteen years ago one buyer mentioned in their review of the Nikon 3200 “The picture quality is very good for a 3 megapixel camera”. One buyer also mentioned “When I bought my 3200, I was looking for a quality camera that was good value for money”. One buyer also wrote “The 3200 still worked out cheaper than the 3100!If all you want is a quality digital camera for hassle-free, point & shoot photography, both the 3100”.

Good Video Capture

Five Nikon 3200 reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was good for video recording. One purchaser wrote in their review “The 3mp is plenty for most people's needs, unless you want to make poster-sized prints; it has video recording with audio which most at this size”. One buyer said in their Nikon 3200 review on Amazon “Movie playback is good” and scored it 5 stars. Eleven years ago C. Sheppard mentioned “Has a fairly good quality video setting (15 frames per second) with sound” in their Nikon 3200 review and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Nikon compact cameras have good ratings on average and across all cameras Nikon is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Nice Design

Several people agreed that the Nikon 3200 was good looking. Thirteen years ago one buyer rated the product 4 stars and mentioned in their review of the Nikon 3200 on Amazon “What it boils down too is a very nice looking, small, function rich camera for point”. J. Chippindale scored it 5 stars and said “Small is Beautiful and Powerful”. J. Chippindale also wrote “The camera is very stylish and will fit in the pocket quite easily so there is never an excuse not to have your camera with you”.

Good Battery Life

Several Nikon 3200 reviewers who purchased it said that it had a good battery life. One buyer mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “However, when I bought the 3200 (not from Amazon), I actually got a good deal on a battery charger kit -” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Eleven years ago one reviewer said “One gripe is the battery life, Nikon really should include battery”. C. Sheppard said on Amazon “I would recommend 2500mAH rechargable batteries though as this improves both the life” in their review.

Good Quality Lens

A number of customers who reviewed it said that it had a good zoom. Ian Thompson said on Amazon thirteen years ago “The zoom is fast and the flash works when needed”. One Nikon 3200 owner wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens.

One Nikon 3200 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned “No memory card or rechargeable batteries in the box; few manual controls; slow shot-to-shot time with flash; no diopter adjustment; slow autofocus in dim light” in their review and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

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Good Support

Three people agreed that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Thirteen years ago one purchaser wrote “It's best to read the manual (which for a manual is quite good reading)! There are loads of picture modes” and rated the Nikon 3200 5 stars. One reviewer said in their review “The quick start guide and handbook are very well written”. J. Chippindale wrote “And an easy to follow manual”.

Robust

One Nikon 3200 owner who bought the Nikon 3200 reckoned that it was reliable. One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Cnet.com said in their review thirteen years ago “Decent image quality; autofocus-assist lamp; simple operation; solid macro capabilities”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer mentioned that it had a good screen.

Good Flash

One person who purchased it thought it had a good flash.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Rollei Powerflex 240 HD[plb_1879236_price], or the Olympus VR-350[plb_1835931_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Rollei PowerFlex 800[plb_1950271_price], the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price].

If you would prefer a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-W570[plb_2128686_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon 3200 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the 3200 also have a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Lexibook DJ024[plb_1833399_price], or the GE C1033[plb_1772798_price].

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon 3200 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most cameras of this spec and age have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 1600 x 1200, 2272 x 1704 and 3264 x 2448 and 4608 x 2592. The still image resolution of all cameras of this spec and age ranges from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Nikon 3200 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by compact cameras that are a similar age to the 3200. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Nikon camera. In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the 3200 the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Nikon 3200 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Nikon digital camera supports a WAV audio formats supported, which is the most commonly supported audio formats supported supported by comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the 3200.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 80, the Nikon 3200 has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst compact cameras of this age. The smallest ISO sensitivity (min) of compact cameras that are a similar age to the 3200 is 10 and the biggest is 200.

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16 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon 3200 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years do have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video[plb_1829794_price], or the GE C1233[plb_1772801_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the 3200, the Nikon 3200 does not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI[plb_1543754_price], or the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS[plb_1658031_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon 3200 does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not support Full HD video.

Alternative cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Across all the compact cameras that have been around for more than two years the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.8". With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Nikon 3200 has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst cameras of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the HP s300[plb_1533752_price], the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price], or the Canon PowerShot ELPH 220 HS[plb_987590_price].

If this digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to consider the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] (3"), the Panasonic DMC-SZ8[plb_2232116_price] (3"), or the Nikon Coolpix P310[plb_2119209_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Nikon 3200 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which also support wi-Fi to this camera and we think the ST200[pl_378406_price], the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] all from Samsung is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Nikon 3200 is not 3D. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the 3200 are also not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Panasonic DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon 3200 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price], the Samsung EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon 3200 is not waterproof. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the 3200 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The Nikon 3200 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst compact cameras of this age. The average digital zoom of cameras of this age and spec is 11x, and the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the PowerShot A3200 IS[pl_1463972_price], or the 115 HS[pl_1526810_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Samsung 200F[plb_2071998_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Nikon 3200 has a greater number of shooting modes than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on compact cameras that are a comparable age to the 3200. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The slowest camera shutter speeds of compact cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 0.12s to 250s. At only 4 seconds, the Nikon 3200 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the 3200.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the 3200 is 450,000 pixels. The Nikon 3200 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the 3200.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon 3200 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This Nikon digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that are a similar age to the 3200. The image formats supported "EXIF" is also supported by this camera.

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Only Has One White Balance

The Nikon 3200 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently found white balance is Auto, but this white balance is not found on this Nikon camera. The white balances Underwater are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

The Nikon 3200 has a fairly large minimum aperture number (3.5) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the 3200 the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 6.9.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of compact cameras that have been available for more than two years is 0.039m. The Nikon 3200 has a quite large closest focusing distance (0.05 meters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the 3200.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon 3200

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Nikon released the 3200.

Average Megapixel

The Nikon 3200 has a fairly average megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the 3200.

There are a number of other 16MP digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the 6100[pl_1110079_price], or the 610[pl_1714212_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the DMC-TZ35[pl_1974789_price] (16.1MP), or the Lumix DMC-FZ60[pl_2384424_price] (16.1MP) both from Panasonic or the Nikon D810[plb_2077436_price] (16.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 6 times zoom factor, the Nikon 3200 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Alternative 6x optical zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon 3300[plb_1378452_price].

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the S3500[pl_2119299_price] (7x), or the Coolpix S3400[pl_2072942_price] (7x) both from Nikon or the Leica C (Typ 112)[plb_2025175_price] (7.1x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The Nikon 3200 has a relatively average weight (128 grams) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the 3200.

There are a number of other 128g cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon 3300[plb_1378452_price].

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix L19[plb_1637108_price] (130g).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

Expert Reviews

(10)
6 February 2013

The S3200 is likely to appeal to the casual user who likes to take pictures when out with friends and upload them to Facebook. Pictures have decent colour reproduction but lack detail when viewed...

6 February 2013

The S3200 is likely to appeal to the casual user who likes to take pictures when out with friends and upload them to Facebook. Pictures have decent colour reproduction but lack detail when viewed...

The 3.2-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 3200, announced in January 2004, is popular among photographers new to the digital format. With its 1/2.7-inch CCD, the Coolpix 3200 is aimed at entry level... Read more…

7 October 2004

Spec: Digital camera, 3,200,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.6 in - Color, - Integrated
Good: Decent image quality; autofocus-assist lamp; simple operation; solid... Read more…

8 September 2004

The Nikon Coolpix 3200 is an entry-level compact digital camera thats easy to use, with an emphasis on scene select modes fo Specs: Included Memory: On Board, Media Format: Secure Digital,... Read more…

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User Reviews

(16)
Reviewed 20 December 2014 by Richard Green
(Verified Purchase)

Great camera.

Reviewed 30 September 2007 by Professional Photo Taker "Taker"

This is my second Coolpix camera and will be my last!!!!! For what you pay, it just doesn't deliver and is only good for several years and then a major, expensive problem pops up. I can't... Read more…

Reviewed 17 October 2006 by C. Sheppard

I have had my Nikon Coolpix3200 for about 2 years now and overall I am happy with it's performance. Given it is a fairly cheap camera I have got some great shots with it. I like its portability... Read more…

Reviewed 9 April 2006

Had my Coolpix 3200 for nearly a year now, no problems at all.
So simple to use and now have stored hundreds of excellent pics.
One gripe is the battery life, Nikon really should include... Read more…

Reviewed 16 January 2006

I bought a Nikon Coolpix 3200 in August of 2004 because my friend had one and it seemed easy to use and, being Nikon, neither of us expected problems with it. However, within a month the camera... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers S3200Blue
Barcodes 00018208263424, 00018208927128, 00018208927142, 00018208927166
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