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 Rebel T3i 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 67.0), has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots) and takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.2 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 and slightly lower boost light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$597 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more startup delay: 2000 ms vs 400 ms

common strengths of the D3300 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Good color depth: 24.3 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.2 MP vs 24.2 MP
arrow Compare the D3300 vs the D3200

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older
$499 - $774 (body only)
$200 - $729 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 81.0
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the T3i and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $199.95 vs $329.00
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs the Nikon D3200

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$597 (body only)
$697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Many more focus points: 39 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5200 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 84.0 vs 81.0
  • Good color depth: 24.2 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.2 MP
arrow Compare the D5200 vs the D3200

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$352 - $415 (body only)
$495 - $797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24.2 MP

common strengths of the D5100 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 80.0 vs 81.0
  • Minimal startup delay: 500 ms vs 400 ms
  • Many lenses available: 205 lenses vs 205 lenses
arrow Compare the D5100 vs the D3200

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$599 - $700 (body only)
$499 - $550 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
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 724 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 480 g vs 505 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs the Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$278 (body only)
$380 - $427 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 67.0 vs 81.0
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the D3100 and D3200

  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Many lenses available: 205 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies
arrow Compare the D3100 vs the D3200

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 slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.2 MP vs 17.9 MP) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.50x vs 0.71x), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 7 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$699 - $700 (body only)
$450 - $1,199 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • 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
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the 60D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 505 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs the Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$1,099 (body only)
$200 - $1,249 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

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

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

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs the Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$999 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,099 - $1,545 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Much less shutter lag: 131 ms vs 276 ms
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.50x

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the 7D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size 148x111x74 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
  • Inexpensive: $999.00 vs $329.00
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs the Nikon D3200

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
4 years older
$1,700 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.50x

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the D300 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 205 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size 147x114x74 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 3"
arrow Compare the D300 vs the D3200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
similar age
$3,399 (body only)
$3,990 - $3,999 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 41 vs 1
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.50x

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the D3200)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 156 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Larger: Professional size 152x116x76 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and D3200

  • Inexpensive: $249.95 vs $329.00
  • Thin: 3" vs 3"
  • Popularity: 37,976,082 vs 69,249,260
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs the Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
3 months newer
$1,899 (body only)
$1,899 - $2,499 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.50x
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 156 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Heavier: 770 g vs 505 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 6D and D3200

  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x111x71 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 505 g
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 3"
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 6D vs the Nikon D3200

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 230k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.2 MP vs 20.1 MP), has significantly less startup delay (400 ms vs 2200 ms) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
1 year newer

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

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

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

  • Much fewer lenses available: 21 lenses vs 205 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
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha ILC-3000 vs the Nikon D3200

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$598 (body only)
$748 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Many more focus points: 179 vs 11
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 21 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the A6000 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 13.2 EV
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha A6000 vs the Nikon D3200

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300
9 months newer
$488 - $749 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the NX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 36 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the NX300 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 76.0 vs 81.0
  • Good dynamic range: 12.7 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.6 bits vs 24.1 bits
arrow Compare the Samsung NX300 vs the Nikon D3200

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has much better image quality (81.0 vs 47.0), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 461k dots), is slightly smaller (prosumer size 125x96x76 mm vs professional size 130x93x103 mm), takes much higher resolution photos (24.2 MP vs 9.7 MP) and slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 10 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
5 months newer
$399 - $400

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
  • Much worse image quality: 47.0 vs 81.0
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 179 ISO vs 1,131 ISO

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and D3200

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • RAW support
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs the Nikon D3200

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
1 year newer
$420 - $427

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.2 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P600 and D3200

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
arrow Compare the Coolpix P600 vs the D3200

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
10 months newer
$390 - $418

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.3x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.9 MP vs 24.2 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and D3200

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs the Nikon D3200