As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D3200 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless, super zooms and travel zooms. The Nikon D3200's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the Rebel T3i) and Nikon (such as the D3400 and the D3100)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1500 ms) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.55x), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has much more shutter lag (276 ms vs 208 ms), is older (march 2012 vs october 2012) and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$258 - $549 (body only)
$361 - $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
  • Larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and D3200

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$309 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1200 shots vs 540 shots
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the D3400 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D3400 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

common strengths of the T3i and D3200

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D3100 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly more focus points: 39 vs 11
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D5200 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 years older
$499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.63x vs 0.52x
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

common strengths of the D90 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP), lets you preview your photos on the screen, can focus continuously while recording movies and is newer (march 2012 vs september 2009).

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 7 fps), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism) and has much more shutter lag (276 ms vs 131 ms).

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$949 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D610 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 505 g
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$1,099 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 4 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 505 g

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)
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$1,265 (body only)
$849 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 4 fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 20 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Heavier: 755 g vs 505 g

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
$323 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D200 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
2 years older
$1,755 (body only)
$2,299 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300S (vs the D3200)

  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 4 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D300S (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 938 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D300S and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
3 months newer
$999 - $1,020 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.52x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the D3200)

  • Lower true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Larger: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

common strengths of the 6D and D3200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 505 g

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 digital), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 16 MP), records movies in 24p, has an external mic jack and much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,230k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$365 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 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
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the A6000 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $365.00 vs $474.97

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1
similar age
$975 (body only)
$1,641 35mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-Pro1 (vs the D3200)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Smaller: Standard size (140×82×43 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the X-Pro1 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.24x vs 0.52x
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the X-Pro1 and D3200

  • None found

Sony NEX 7

Sony NEX-7
7 months older
$737 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX 7 (vs the D3200)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the NEX 7 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the NEX 7 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $736.89 vs $474.97

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
1 year newer
$1,099 (body only)
$2,099 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the D3200)

  • No 24p support
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the E-M1 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to super zoom competitors include: it takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), much larger viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.12x), has an external mic jack, has a much longer battery life (540 shots vs 350 shots) and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 12 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
3 years newer
$339 - $399

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 540 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and D3200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 540 shots
  • Light weight: 565 g vs 505 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
3 years newer
$382 - $398

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much shorter battery life: 380 shots vs 540 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and D3200

  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 540 shots
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each supports an external flash

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), has an external mic jack, has a much longer battery life (540 shots vs 250 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it is slightly larger (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs mid size (110×64×40 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, is older (march 2012 vs april 2017) and is thicker (3" vs 1.6").

Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

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5 years newer
$344 - $379

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX730 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX730 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 540 shots
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the PowerShot SX730 HS and D3200

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second