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 D3300 and the D3400) 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 much better image quality (81.0 vs 63.0), has much more color depth (24.1 bits vs 21.9 bits), has much 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 is much more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 1,183 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 is older (march 2012 vs march 2016).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$405 (body only)
$399 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • 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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.3 bits vs 24.1 bits

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$390 (body only)
$349 - $397 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: $349.00 vs $299.00
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 505 g

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$318 - $699 (body only)
$358 - $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

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $318.00 vs $299.00
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 505 g

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$349 (body only)
$420 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 755 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 63.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 21.9 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $349.00 vs $299.00

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$399 (body only)
$574 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • More dynamic range: 13.6 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Worse color depth: 23.5 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 80.0 vs 81.0
  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D5100 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,183 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$430 (body only)
$520 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • More dynamic range: 13.9 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5200 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,284 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 84.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.2 bits vs 24.1 bits

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 66.0), has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.3 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5") and takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 10 MP).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 2,956 ISO), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (400 ms vs 200 ms) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,399 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,989 - $1,997 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)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D750 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 93.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.8 bits vs 24.1 bits

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$699 (body only)
$796 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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 813 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 24.1 bits

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: $698.99 vs $299.00

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
6 years older
$1,799 (body only)
$1,300 18-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 583 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly worse image quality: 64.0 vs 81.0

common strengths of the D200 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×113×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 3"

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), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs large (121×91×133 mm)), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), records movies in 24p and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and is older (march 2012 vs march 2015).

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
2 years newer
$162 - $171

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the D3200)

  • Much longer battery life: 960 shots vs 540 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the L340 and D3200

  • Very long battery life: 960 shots vs 540 shots
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3"
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 505 g

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
3 years newer
$349 - $447

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D3200)

  • No 24p support
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and D3200

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
2 years newer
$474 - $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)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SP-100 (vs the D3200)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SP-100 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • No 24p support
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the SP-100 and D3200

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror

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 20.1 MP), records movies in 24p and has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 2200 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), it's body is not weather sealed, 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
$447 - $448 (body only)
$498 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

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • 24p support

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1
1 year newer
$649 - $1,299 (body only)
$1,026 - $1,699 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T1 (vs the D3200)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the X-T1 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 540 shots
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the X-T1 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Incredible startup delay: 1000 ms vs 400 ms
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
4 years newer
$1,402 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,761 - $1,799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the D3200)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 540 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the X-T2 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$300 (body only)
$367 - $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

  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 540 shots

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 more startup delay: 2200 ms vs 400 ms
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • 24p support
  • Incredible shutter lag: 279 ms vs 276 ms