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 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 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), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 18 MP) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

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
$447 (body only)
$375 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

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

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
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$328 - $649 (body only)
$343 - $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: $328.00 vs $299.99
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 505 g

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$325 (body only)
$350 - $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 $299.99

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$377 - $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
  • Inexpensive: $377.00 vs $299.99
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 505 g

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

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$378 (body only)
$441 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 9 vs 1

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

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 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP) and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it is slightly 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, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 6.5 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$929 (body only)
$1,168 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)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • 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: $929.40 vs $299.99

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,530 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,221 - $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
  • Significantly 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

  • 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)

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$723 - $799 (body only)
$868 - $899 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

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)

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
6 years older
$1,799 (body only)
$1,000 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 smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly worse image quality: 64.0 vs 81.0
  • No live view

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)
  • Inexpensive: $999.99 vs $299.99

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$849 (body only)
$1,119 18-200mm 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
  • Less dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.2 EV

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)
  • Very inexpensive: $849.00 vs $299.99

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
similar age
$1,650 24-85mm lens

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
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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 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 an external mic jack and has a significantly longer battery life (540 shots vs 360 shots).

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
$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)
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Popularity: 626 vs 717
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
3 years newer
$215 - $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)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • No 24p support
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP

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
  • Popularity: 623 vs 717

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
2 years newer
$212 - $249

Significant advantages of the SX530 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SX530 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 540 shots
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the SX530 HS and D3200

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Light weight: 442 g vs 505 g