As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D3200 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and super zooms. The Nikon D3200's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3300 and the D5200) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T5 and the Rebel T5i)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (81.0 vs 65.0), has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 18 MP) and has slightly less startup delay (400 ms vs 1500 ms).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks a built-in HDR feature and is older (march 2012 vs october 2012).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$439 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3300 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Good color depth: 24.3 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.2 MP vs 24.1 MP

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$312 (body only)
$360 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

  • Much worse image quality: 63.0 vs 81.0
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 724 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $312.09 vs $289.00

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$405 - $497 (body only)
$479 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5200 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 84.0 vs 81.0
  • Good color depth: 24.2 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Good dynamic range: 13.9 EV vs 13.2 EV

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$495 - $649 (body only)
$581 - $649 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Much worse image quality: 61.0 vs 81.0
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the T5i and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Kiss X5

Canon Kiss X5
1 year older
$1,299 (body only)

Significant advantages of the X5 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X5 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 81.0
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the X5 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$368 (body only)
$640 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • 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

  • Good image quality: 80.0 vs 81.0
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.6 EV), can focus continuously while recording movies, slightly more lenses available (230 lenses vs 171 lenses), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs professional size (141×113×82 mm)) and is slightly less expensive ($289.00 vs $1,174.00).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 2,956 ISO), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$799 - $999 (body only)
$919 - $1,099 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Much less shutter lag: 75 ms vs 276 ms
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Significantly worse image quality: 68.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.5 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the 70D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $798.99 vs $289.00

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$818 (body only)
$960 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 540 shots
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the 60D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $818.00 vs $289.00

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$1,174 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,649 - $1,997 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,980 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 94.0 vs 81.0
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 760 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D610 and D3200

  • Inexpensive: $1,174.00 vs $289.00
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 505 g
  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,585 - $1,997 (body only)
$2,125 - $2,697 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Better image quality: 93.0 vs 81.0
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Larger: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Heavier: 750 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D750 and D3200

  • Light weight: 750 g vs 505 g
  • Inexpensive: $1,584.99 vs $289.00
  • Popularity: 59,515 vs 44,504

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 2200 ms), can focus continuously while recording movies and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%), lacks a built-in HDR feature and lacks built-in panoramas.

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$279 (body only)
$350 - $448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the A5000 and D3200

  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much more startup delay: 2200 ms vs 400 ms

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Good dynamic range: 12.8 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 24.1 bits

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$548 (body only)
$698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the A6000 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 13.2 EV

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs professional size (130×93×103 mm)), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), records movies in 24p, has an external mic jack and has a much longer battery life (540 shots vs 330 shots).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 10 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
2 years newer
$597 - $1,350

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Popularity: 16,544 vs 44,504
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610
2 years newer
$374 - $427

Significant advantages of the Coolpix P610 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix P610 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Coolpix P610 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Popularity: 14,177 vs 44,504
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
2 years newer
$218 - $227

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the L840 and D3200

  • Very long battery life: 590 shots vs 540 shots
  • Inexpensive: $218.00 vs $289.00
  • Popularity: 18,592 vs 44,504

Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530
1 year newer
$199 - $297

Significant advantages of the P530 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the P530 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 540 shots

common strengths of the P530 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Inexpensive: $199.00 vs $289.00
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
1 year newer
$300 - $398

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 1.39x vs 0.52x
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 540 shots

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and D3200

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these
  • Support external flash

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
1 year newer
$250

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the P600 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Inexpensive: $249.95 vs $289.00
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second