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 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 much more color depth (24.1 bits vs 21.9 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.3 EV), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots) and takes much 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 has slightly fewer cross-type focus points (1 vs 9).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$431 (body only)
$390 - $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)
$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 $389.00
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 505 g

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 $389.00

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$250 (body only)
$459 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 D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$607 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 Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$429 - $649 (body only)
$520 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Much worse image quality: 61.0 vs 81.0

common strengths of the T5i and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 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 better image quality (81.0 vs 68.0), has significantly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.2 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it 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), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$615 - $899 (body only)
$850 - $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
$500 (body only)
$1,349 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)

  • 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)
  • Very inexpensive: $500.00 vs $389.00

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,499 - $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 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 $389.00
  • Light weight: 860 g vs 505 g

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 $389.00

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$800 (body only)
$1,199 18-135mm 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
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

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: $800.01 vs $389.00

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 slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 179).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$548 (body only)
$626 - $648 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • 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
  • Excellent 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
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,068 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 78.0 vs 81.0
  • Good color depth: 23.7 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 a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%), has a slightly shorter battery life (540 shots vs 960 shots) and is older (march 2012 vs february 2016).

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
2 years newer
$155 - $177

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)

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

common strengths of the L340 and D3200

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 960 shots vs 540 shots
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3"

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
2 years newer
$499 - $597

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)

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

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Popularity: 8,107 vs 8,479
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
3 years newer
$199 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and D3200

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 600 shots vs 540 shots
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 505 g