As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D3200 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Nikon D3200's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3300 and the D3400) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the EOS Rebel T5)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 18 MP), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 500 ms), can focus continuously while recording movies and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, is older (march 2012 vs march 2016) and is less popular.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$403 (body only)
$397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3300 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$317 - $649 (body only)
$376 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $317.48 vs $289.00

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$315 (body only)
$349 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1200 shots vs 540 shots
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the D3400 (vs the D3200)

  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D3400 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $314.99 vs $289.00

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$458 (body only)
$534 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more focus points: 39 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5200 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$349 (body only)
$399 - $420 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much lower true resolution: 18 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $349.00 vs $289.00

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$350 (body only)
$649 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D5100 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has much better image quality (81.0 vs 70.0), has much more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has much wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 12.2 EV), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 2,340 ISO), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed and has much more startup delay (400 ms vs 300 ms).

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$794 - $899 (body only)
$1,392 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 813 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 81.0

common strengths of the 60D and D3200

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$1,198 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,900 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D610 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,925 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 94.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 25.1 bits vs 24.1 bits

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
3 months newer
$1,049 - $1,299 (body only)
$1,599 - $1,699 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.52x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 6D and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 24.1 bits

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
4 years older
$1,299 (body only)
$1,499 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 679 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D300 and D3200

  • Extremely good image quality: 67.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent dynamic range: 12 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,379 - $1,797 (body only)
$1,956 - $2,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D750 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 93.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.8 bits vs 24.1 bits

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
2 years older
$1,291 (body only)
$1,899 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300S (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the D300S (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 787 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Heavier: 938 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D300S and D3200

  • Extremely good image quality: 70.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.5 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Excellent dynamic range: 12.2 EV vs 13.2 EV

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital), can focus continuously while recording movies, much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses), has a much longer battery life (540 shots vs 350 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs hybrid detection).

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
4 years newer
$1,398 (body only)
$1,498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 540 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$445 - $548 (body only)
$479 - $648 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 540 shots

common strengths of the A6000 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
2 years newer
$1,000 - $1,598 (body only)
$1,410 - $1,798 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 540 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the 7 II and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • 24p support