Just a few short years ago, I was rocking my Nikon D50 alongside my more expensive bodies for both personal and professional work, and no one was the wiser. That camera was small, light, and did all the basics reasonably well, without too much fiddling. Unfortunately, Nikon neutered that line in many ways when it introduced the D40/D60 cameras (predecessors of the modern day D3xxx/D5xxx cams); most important though, they took away the top LCD, they introduced compression to RAW output, and removed the motor needed for AF-D lenses.
Still, this line is most photographers’ introduction to the Nikon brand, and for the most part, these cameras are great bodies to get to know photography on. Which explains why I recommended the D3200 to my wife as her first DSLR. If you are on the lookout for a starter cam, no doubt, the D3200 is a great buy and a very capable guide.