As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D3200 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and super zooms. The Nikon D3200's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the Rebel T5i) and Nikon (such as the D3300 and the D5200)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), 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 and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, is older (march 2012 vs january 2014), doesn't have a built-in focus motor and is slightly more expensive ($549.95 vs $399.00).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $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
  • Larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and D3200

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$473 (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

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3300 and D3200

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$600 (body only)
$567 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly more focus points: 39 vs 11
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D5200 and D3200

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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

common strengths of the T5i and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$309 (body only)
$395 - $397 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)

  • Significantly 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

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D3100 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • 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 none), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP), lets you preview your photos on the screen, can focus continuously while recording movies and is newer (march 2012 vs august 2010).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.65x), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 6.3 fps).

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
3 years newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D3200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 11
  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D3200)

  • Lower true resolution: 20.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D500 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,399.00 vs $549.95

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
2 years newer
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (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
  • Significantly thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D810 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
3 years older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the D3200)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 6.3 fps vs 4 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 822 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the 50D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $531.59 vs $549.95

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Heavier: 755 g vs 505 g

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: $554.94 vs $549.95

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
3 months newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 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)
  • Inexpensive: $999.00 vs $549.95
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 505 g

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
6 years older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D200 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Very inexpensive: $332.24 vs $549.95
  • Built-in flashes

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), has an external mic jack, has a slightly longer battery life (540 shots vs 360 shots) 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%), is older (march 2012 vs february 2016) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
2 years newer
$458 - $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 lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 540 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 540 shots
  • Inexpensive: $458.00 vs $549.95
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
3 years newer
$242 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Longer battery life: 600 shots vs 540 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (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 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