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 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 is slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 793 ISO), has significantly better image quality (81.0 vs 65.0), has significantly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV) and takes significantly 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 is older (march 2012 vs october 2012).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$294 (body only)
$400 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly 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
$399 (body only)
$324 - $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: $323.95 vs $249.00

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$324 (body only)
$400 - $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
  • 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 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
$470 - $649 (body only)
$549 - $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
  • Much 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
$500 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

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older
$687 (body only)
$599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Much 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: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

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), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.6 EV) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$756 - $999 (body only)
$839 - $1,099 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
$669 (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
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

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
$1,560 - $1,997 (body only)
$2,108 - $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 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 cross-type focus points: 15 vs 1

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)
  • Inexpensive: $1,999.00 vs $249.00

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
3 years newer
$5,999 (body only)

Significant advantages of the EOS-1D X Mark II (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.52x
  • Shoots much faster: 16 fps vs 4 fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS-1D X Mark II (vs the D3200)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.3 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the EOS-1D X Mark II and D3200

  • None found

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$1,111 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,561 - $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: $1,111.00 vs $249.00

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)

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

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

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • 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 A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$498 (body only)
$593 - $648 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

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

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

  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 13.2 EV

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$241 (body only)
$431 - $448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • 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

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 39.0), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs large (128×93×114 mm)), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), records movies in 24p and has much more color depth (24.1 bits vs 19.2 bits).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and is older (march 2012 vs february 2015).

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
2 years newer
$597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the D3200)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • 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

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Popularity: 14,389 vs 31,488

Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610
2 years newer
$290 - $427

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)

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

common strengths of the P610 and D3200

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Inexpensive: $289.95 vs $249.00

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
2 years newer
$159 - $197

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)

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

common strengths of the L840 and D3200

  • Great battery life: 590 shots vs 540 shots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Inexpensive: $159.00 vs $249.00

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)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • 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

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
2 years newer
$389 - $449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Much worse image quality: 39.0 vs 81.0
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 127 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the SX60 HS and D3200

  • You can plug a microphone into both of these
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Support external flash