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 D5200) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T5 and the Rebel T5i)

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 significantly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 21.9 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.3 EV), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 18 MP) and is slightly smaller (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)).

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, has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 39) and is older (march 2012 vs march 2013).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$279 (body only)
$369 - $397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

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

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 T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$289 (body only)
$360 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $288.89 vs $249.00

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$325 (body only)
$399 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • 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
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$404 - $649 (body only)
$495 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 61.0 vs 81.0
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,131 ISO

common strengths of the T5i and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$365 (body only)
$509 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
1 year newer
$409 - $497 (body only)
$497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much less shutter lag: 200 ms vs 276 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5300 and D3200

  • Good color depth: 24 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Focus continuously recording movies

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 none), has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 12 EV), can focus continuously while recording movies and slightly more lenses available (230 lenses vs 171 lenses).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 2,925 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
$750 - $899 (body only)
$860 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Much less shutter lag: 75 ms vs 276 ms
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Significantly worse image quality: 68.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.5 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the 70D and D3200

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$678 (body only)
$980 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 540 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • 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

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,585 - $1,997 (body only)
$2,109 - $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
  • Much 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

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$1,199 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,499 - $1,897 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,925 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Significantly better image quality: 94.0 vs 81.0
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D610 and D3200

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $1,199.00 vs $249.00

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
4 years older
$1,999 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.52x
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 67.0 vs 81.0

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)
  • 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 is slightly smaller (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs professional size (130×93×103 mm)), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), records movies in 24p, has an external mic jack and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

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%), much smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 1.39x) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
2 years newer
$501 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • 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)
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Popularity: 16,528 vs 24,782
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
2 years newer
$169 - $209

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the L840 and D3200

  • Great battery life: 590 shots vs 540 shots
  • Inexpensive: $169.00 vs $249.00
  • Popularity: 13,607 vs 24,782

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
2 years newer
$185

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)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the L340 and D3200

  • Great battery life: 960 shots vs 540 shots
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3"
  • Inexpensive: $184.95 vs $249.00

Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610
2 years newer
$340 - $399

Significant advantages of the P610 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P610 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the P610 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Inexpensive: $339.99 vs $249.00
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
1 year newer
$388 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 1.39x vs 0.52x
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and D3200

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Large viewfinder size: 1.39x vs 0.52x
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these

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), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 2200 ms), can focus continuously while recording movies and has an external mic jack.

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 lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
1 year newer

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

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

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

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

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 81.0
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Good dynamic range: 12.8 EV vs 13.2 EV

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$287 (body only)
$398 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the A5000 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 79.0 vs 81.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 24.1 bits

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$448 (body only)
$598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the A6000 and D3200

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror