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 D5100 and the D5200) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i 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 slightly better image quality (81.0 vs 67.0), has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots) and takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.2 MP vs 18 MP).

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, slightly lower boost light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older
$499 - $749 (body only)
$550 - $600 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Much 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 T3i and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $439.95 vs $496.95
  • Popularity: 77 545 237 vs 70 941 927
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs the Nikon D3200

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$437 - $520 (body only)
$528 - $696 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24.2 MP

common strengths of the D5100 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 80.0 vs 81.0
  • Minimal startup delay: 500 ms vs 400 ms
  • Many lenses available: 205 lenses vs 205 lenses
arrow Compare the D5100 vs the D3200

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$647 (body only)
$650 - $747 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Many more focus points: 39 vs 11

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
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.1 MP vs 24.2 MP
arrow Compare the D5200 vs the D3200

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Has in-camera HDR

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 24.2 MP
arrow Compare the D3300 vs the D3200

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$392 - $427 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 67.0 vs 81.0
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the D3100 and D3200

  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Many lenses available: 205 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies
arrow Compare the D3100 vs the D3200

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$599 - $681 (body only)
$549 - $823 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a built-in focus motor

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

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 480 g vs 505 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs the Nikon D3200

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 slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.2 MP vs 20 MP) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.50x vs 0.70x), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 6 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$699 - $871 (body only)
$999 - $1,150 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the 60D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 505 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs the Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$1,099 - $1,231 (body only)
$1,249 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

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

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

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs the Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$1,299 (body only)
$1,599 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly less shutter lag: 131 ms vs 276 ms
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.50x

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the 7D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size 148x111x74 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
  • Inexpensive: $1,169.95 vs $496.95
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs the Nikon D3200

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
4 years older
$1,700 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Many more focus points: 51 vs 11
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.50x

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the D300 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 205 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size 147x114x74 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
  • Inexpensive: $1,699.99 vs $496.95
arrow Compare the D300 vs the D3200

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
similar age
$1,600 - $1,613 (body only)
$1,999 - $2,150 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D600 (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 0.50x

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 152 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Significantly heavier: 850 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D600 and D3200

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.2 MP vs 24.2 MP
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size 141x113x82 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
arrow Compare the D600 vs the D3200

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
3 months older
$2,797 (body only)
$3,890 - $5,190 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,853 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 95.0 vs 81.0
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.50x

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 152 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Large 146x123x82 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
  • Significantly heavier: 1,000 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D800 and D3200

  • Capture very high resolution images: 36.2 MP vs 24.2 MP
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Each has a built-in flash
arrow Compare the D800 vs the D3200

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 230k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.2 MP vs 20 MP), has significantly less startup delay (400 ms vs 2200 ms) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

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%
  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None

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

  • Much fewer lenses available: 21 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much more startup delay: 2200 ms vs 400 ms

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 81.0
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Good dynamic range: 12.8 EV vs 13.2 EV
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha ILC-3000 vs the Nikon D3200

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300
9 months newer
$500 (body only)
$614 - $690 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the NX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 36 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the NX300 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 76.0 vs 81.0
  • Good dynamic range: 12.7 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.6 bits vs 24.1 bits
arrow Compare the Samsung NX300 vs the Nikon D3200

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has much better image quality (81.0 vs 47.0), is slightly smaller (prosumer size 125x96x76 mm vs professional size 130x93x103 mm), takes much higher resolution photos (24.2 MP vs 9.7 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and records movies in 24p.

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 significantly less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
5 months newer
$399 - $400

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
  • Much worse image quality: 47.0 vs 81.0
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.2 MP

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and D3200

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • RAW support
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs the Nikon D3200

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
10 months newer
$323 - $376

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.2 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P520 and D3200

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
arrow Compare the Coolpix P520 vs the D3200

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
10 months newer
$398 - $400

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.3x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.9 MP vs 24.2 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and D3200

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs the Nikon D3200

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
1 year newer
$447

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.2 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P600 and D3200

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Coolpix P600 vs the D3200