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 D5100) 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 significantly 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 significantly fewer cross-type focus points (1 vs 9).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$447 (body only)
$394 - $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
  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$318 - $649 (body only)
$380 - $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: $318.00 vs $378.19
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 505 g

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$325 (body only)
$379 - $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 $378.19

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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$421 - $649 (body only)
$540 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Many more cross-type focus points: 9 vs 1
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots

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

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$378 (body only)
$428 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 11.6 EV), can focus continuously while recording movies and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,620k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,280,000 ISO).

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
4 years newer
$3,292 - $3,299 (body only)
$4,049 24-70mm lens

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.52x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots

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

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly heavier: 890 g vs 505 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and D3200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Light weight: 890 g vs 505 g
  • Thin: 3" vs 3"

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 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
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps

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 $378.19

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,492 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,997 - $2,085 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)

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
3 years newer
$5,999 - $6,497 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 3,280,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger: Large (160×159×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much thicker: 3.6" vs 3"

common strengths of the D5 and D3200

  • None found

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$929 (body only)
$1,252 18-55mm 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 $378.19

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), can focus continuously while recording movies, has an external mic jack and much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 58 lenses).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 1,347 ISO), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$450 - $548 (body only)
$582 - $698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • 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
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 24.1 bits

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$400 (body only)
$365 - $379 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • More noise at high ISO: 1,089 ISO vs 1,131 ISO

common strengths of the A5000 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,089 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Good image quality: 79.0 vs 81.0
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 24.1 bits

Fujifilm X-A3

Fujifilm X-A3
4 years newer
$498 (body only)
$579 - $599 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-A3 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much smaller: Mid size (117×67×40 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the X-A3 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 540 shots

common strengths of the X-A3 and D3200

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • 24p support
  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 540 shots

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)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 1,068 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,068 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • 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 has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), 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 and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

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 significantly shorter battery life (540 shots vs 960 shots) and is older (march 2012 vs march 2015).

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
2 years newer
$120 - $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)

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

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

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second
  • Popularity: 745 vs 726