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 D5100) 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 slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 21.9 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.3 EV), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 18 MP) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

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, lacks built-in panoramas and has slightly fewer cross-type focus points (1 vs 9).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$465 (body only)
$379 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

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

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

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$318 - $699 (body only)
$373 - $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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$325 (body only)
$355 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Worse color depth: 21.9 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $325.00 vs $299.99

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$400 (body only)
$379 - $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
  • Inexpensive: $379.00 vs $299.99
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 505 g

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$459 (body only)
$419 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 is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 2,956 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 doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 6.5 fps).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$723 - $799 (body only)
$829 - $899 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

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

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)
  • Light weight: 925 g vs 505 g

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$799 (body only)
$1,190 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

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$780 (body only)
$1,255 75-300mm 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 D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,471 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,126 - $2,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 93.0 vs 81.0
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D750 and D3200

  • Good dynamic range: 14.5 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
2 years newer
$2,199 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,900 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,979 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 96.0 vs 81.0
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 880 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D810 and D3200

  • Good dynamic range: 14.8 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 880 g vs 505 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has much better image quality (81.0 vs 79.0), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has much more color depth (24.1 bits vs 23.8 bits) and has much wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 13 EV).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 1,347 ISO), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$470 - $548 (body only)
$579 - $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

  • 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

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 has a much longer battery life (540 shots vs 200 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), 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
$499 - $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)

  • Significantly larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second
  • Popularity: 643 vs 549

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
10 months newer
$380

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the D3200)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 540 shots
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the P520 and D3200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×84×102 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 505 g
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second