As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D3200 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, super zooms and mirrorless. The Nikon D3200's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D5100 and the D3400) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the Rebel T2i)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 500 ms), can focus continuously while recording movies, has an external mic jack and is slightly less expensive ($399.00 vs $1,526.43).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,037k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has much more shutter lag (276 ms vs 200 ms) and is older (march 2012 vs october 2013).

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$1,526 55-200mm lens

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

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$298 - $550 (body only)
$343 - $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
  • Shoots slower: 3 fps vs 4 fps

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $289.00 vs $399.00

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$320 (body only)
$397 - $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)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D3400 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $319.95 vs $399.00

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$479 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Shoots faster: 5 fps vs 4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3300 and D3200

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 24.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
1 year newer
$394 (body only)
$470 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D5300 and D3200

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

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
2 years older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the D3200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much thinner: 2.4" vs 3"
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the T2i and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), can focus continuously while recording movies, slightly more lenses available (230 lenses vs 171 lenses), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs professional size (141×113×82 mm)) and is significantly less expensive ($399.00 vs $1,755.29).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), much smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 6 fps) and has much more startup delay (400 ms vs 300 ms).

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
3 months newer
$999 - $1,022 (body only)
$1,412 - $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)

  • Lower true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Larger: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

common strengths of the 6D and D3200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $999.00 vs $399.00
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 505 g

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$1,016 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,834 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Shoots much faster: 6 fps vs 4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D610 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Very inexpensive: $1,015.89 vs $399.00
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 505 g

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,349 - $1,397 (body only)
$1,719 - $1,897 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Shoots much faster: 6.5 fps vs 4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the D750 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $1,349.00 vs $399.00
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 505 g

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
3 months older
$1,799 - $1,999 (body only)
$3,515 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the D3200)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much heavier: 1,000 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D800 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $1,799.00 vs $399.00
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
2 years older
$1,755 (body only)
$2,299 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300S (vs the D3200)

  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 4 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the D300S (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Much heavier: 938 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D300S and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,755.29 vs $399.00
  • Built-in flashes

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), much larger viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.08x), has an external mic jack and has a significantly longer battery life (540 shots vs 350 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 11 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and is older (march 2012 vs february 2016).

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
3 years newer
$339 - $427

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 540 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and D3200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Light weight: 565 g vs 505 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$376

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.8 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-FZ100 and D3200

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×81×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 3"
  • Light weight: 539 g vs 505 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
3 months newer
$481

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Shoots faster: 12 fps vs 4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and D3200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 540 shots vs 540 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), records movies in 24p and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 60 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
2 years newer
$348 (body only)
$400 - $448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the A5100 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $348.00 vs $399.00

Nikon 1 V3

Nikon 1 V3
1 year newer
$750 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 V3 (vs the D3200)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 4 fps
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 1 V3 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No 24p support
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the 1 V3 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $749.95 vs $399.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

Pentax Q10

Pentax Q10
5 months newer
$450 (body only)

Significant advantages of the Q10 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Q10 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 7 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No 24p support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the Q10 and D3200

  • Inexpensive: $450.00 vs $399.00
  • Each has a built-in flash