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 D3400 and the D3300) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the EOS Rebel T6i)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has much better image quality (81.0 vs 67.0), has much more color depth (24.1 bits vs 23.5 bits), has much wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.3 EV), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots) and takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 1,333 ISO), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.55x), lacks a built-in HDR feature and has much more shutter lag (276 ms vs 173 ms).

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$390 (body only)
$369 - $397 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: $369.00 vs $269.00
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 505 g

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$405 (body only)
$349 - $397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3300 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.3 bits vs 24.1 bits

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$335 - $699 (body only)
$370 - $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

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $334.64 vs $269.00
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 505 g

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$420 (body only)
$563 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • More dynamic range: 13.6 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Worse color depth: 23.5 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 80.0 vs 81.0
  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D5100 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,183 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$640 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 67.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.5 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the D3100 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
2 years newer
$759 - $797 (body only)
$1,047 - $1,097 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D3200)

  • More dynamic range: 14.6 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D3200)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Heavier: 675 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D7200 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,333 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 87.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.5 bits vs 24.1 bits

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 70.0), has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP), can focus continuously while recording movies and is newer (march 2012 vs august 2010).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 2,340 ISO), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,359k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.65x) and it's body is not weather sealed.

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$699 (body only)
$1,256 75-300mm 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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 813 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • 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

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $698.99 vs $269.00

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,370 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,956 - $1,997 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)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D750 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 93.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.8 bits vs 24.1 bits

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
3 years newer
$1,649 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D3200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D3200)

  • Heavier: 860 g vs 505 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D500 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Light weight: 860 g vs 505 g

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
3 months newer
$1,071 - $1,199 (body only)
$1,599 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.52x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 6D and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 24.1 bits

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
2 years older
$1,286 (body only)
$1,899 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300S (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D300S (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 787 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Worse image quality: 70.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.5 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the D300S and D3200

  • Good dynamic range: 12.2 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
4 years older
$1,299 (body only)
$1,499 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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 679 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • 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

  • Good dynamic range: 12 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 12 MP), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 2000 ms), can focus continuously while recording movies and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,228k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.77x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), much lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 409,600 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$400 - $448 (body only)
$470 - $498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 540 shots

common strengths of the A6000 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha 7S II

Sony Alpha 7S II
3 years newer
$1,800 - $2,398 (body only)
$2,498 35mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7S II (vs the D3200)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.77x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the 7S II (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much lower true resolution: 12 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 540 shots

common strengths of the 7S II and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Many lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 540 shots

Fujifilm X-A3

Fujifilm X-A3
4 years newer
$443 (body only)
$549 16-50mm lens

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a touch screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

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

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much more startup delay: 2000 ms vs 400 ms
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

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

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), 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), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (540 shots vs 960 shots) and is older (march 2012 vs february 2015).

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320
1 year newer
$149

Significant advantages of the L320 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the L320 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the L320 and D3200

  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3"
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 505 g
  • Inexpensive: $149.00 vs $269.00

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
2 years newer
$200

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)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the L340 and D3200

  • Very long battery life: 960 shots vs 540 shots
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3"
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 505 g

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
3 years newer
$199 - $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)

  • No 24p support
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and D3200

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Very long battery life: 600 shots vs 540 shots
  • Inexpensive: $199.00 vs $269.00