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 D3400) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 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 takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP), can focus continuously while recording movies, has an external mic jack and is slightly less expensive ($299.99 vs $484.84).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 1,338 ISO), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks a built-in HDR feature and lacks built-in panoramas.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$471 (body only)
$419 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • 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

  • Good color depth: 24.3 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$400 (body only)
$389 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much 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
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $389.00 vs $299.99

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$318 - $699 (body only)
$367 - $449 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: $318.00 vs $299.99
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 505 g

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$574 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
1 year newer
$485 (body only)
$494 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lower noise at high ISO: 1,338 ISO vs 1,131 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5300 and D3200

  • Good color depth: 24 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$420 (body only)
$479 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 9 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5200 and D3200

  • Good color depth: 24.2 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • 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 better image quality (81.0 vs 68.0), has significantly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV), can focus continuously while recording movies and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 7 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$723 (body only)
$799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the 70D and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
4 years older
$1,999 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)

  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 67.0 vs 81.0
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the D300 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 3"

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1
3 years newer
$1,897 (body only)
$2,066 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-1 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the K-1 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 113 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly thicker: 3.4" vs 3"
  • Significantly heavier: 1,010 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the K-1 and D3200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (137×110×86 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,896.95 vs $299.99

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$790 (body only)
$793 18-135mm 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)

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

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)
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 505 g

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$1,480 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,658 - $1,997 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,925 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 94.0 vs 81.0
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D610 and D3200

  • Good dynamic range: 14.4 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$799 (body only)
$1,172 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 81.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the 7D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $799.00 vs $299.99

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is much less noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 479 ISO), has much better image quality (81.0 vs 65.0), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has much more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits) and has much wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 12 EV).

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$450 - $498 (body only)
$579 - $598 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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.1 bits vs 24.1 bits

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5
3 years newer
$369 - $497 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 J5 (vs the D3200)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 4 fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 1 J5 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 479 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 65.0 vs 81.0

common strengths of the 1 J5 and D3200

  • Excellent dynamic range: 12 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $369.00 vs $299.99

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$447 (body only)
$365 - $379 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Much lighter: 210 g vs 505 g

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the A5000 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,089 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 79.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 24.1 bits

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 large (140×103×137 mm)), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), records movies in 24p, has an external mic jack and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

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%), is older (march 2012 vs february 2016) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
2 years newer
$498 - $697

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the D3200)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • No 24p support
  • Significantly larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Popularity: 367 vs 440
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
3 years newer
$215 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and D3200

  • Very long battery life: 600 shots vs 540 shots
  • Popularity: 464 vs 440
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
2 years newer
$238

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)

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

common strengths of the L840 and D3200

  • Very long battery life: 590 shots vs 540 shots
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second