As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D3200 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Nikon D3200's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3300 and the D5200) 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 better image quality (81.0 vs 63.0), 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) and takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 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, lacks built-in panoramas and is older (march 2012 vs march 2016).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$431 (body only)
$400 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • 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
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.2 MP vs 24.1 MP

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$325 - $749 (body only)
$390 - $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: $325.00 vs $393.39
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 505 g

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$368 (body only)
$449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

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

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

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$419 - $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
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 505 g
  • Inexpensive: $419.00 vs $393.39

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$325 (body only)
$380 - $399 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 $393.39

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

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.6 EV), can focus continuously while recording movies, focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none) and is slightly smaller (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs professional size (141×113×82 mm)).

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 2,359k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.65x) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,532 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,150 - $2,397 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly better image quality: 93.0 vs 81.0

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 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
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

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)
  • Inexpensive: $1,999.00 vs $393.39

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$615 - $899 (body only)
$869 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Weather sealed

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)

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$800 (body only)
$977 18-55mm 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)

  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 81.0
  • 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)
  • Inexpensive: $799.99 vs $393.39

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
3 years newer
$1,699 - $1,997 (body only)
$2,597 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D3200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D3200)

  • Larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 505 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D500 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,699.00 vs $393.39
  • Light weight: 860 g vs 505 g

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
similar age
$1,879 (body only)

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
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Heavier: 850 g vs 505 g
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D600 and D3200

  • Good dynamic range: 14.2 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

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 digital), can focus continuously while recording movies, has an external mic jack and much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it is significantly more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 1,347 ISO), slightly 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
$498 (body only)
$592 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 540 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

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
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 24.1 bits

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
1 year newer

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

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

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

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 1,068 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,068 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 81.0
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 24.1 bits