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 has slightly better image quality (81.0 vs 63.0), has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 21.9 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.3 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, has slightly fewer focus points (11 vs 39) and is older (march 2012 vs march 2013).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$299 (body only)
$429 - $547 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher 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)

  • None found

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 24.1 MP

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$274 (body only)
$340 - $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: $274.00 vs $316.90

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$393 (body only)
$449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly 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 24.1 MP

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$429 - $649 (body only)
$520 - $649 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has in-camera HDR

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
  • Significantly 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
$300 (body only)
$540 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has in-camera HDR

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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
1 year newer
$597 (body only)
$495 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly less shutter lag: 200 ms vs 276 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5300 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 83.0 vs 81.0
  • Good color depth: 24 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP

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 slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 6.5 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$830 - $999 (body only)
$975 - $1,099 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has a touch screen
  • Weather sealed

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

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$745 (body only)
$1,262 50mm 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)

  • 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: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $745.00 vs $316.90

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,628 - $1,997 (body only)
$2,479 - $2,497 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly better image quality: 93.0 vs 81.0

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D750 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 505 g

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
  • More focus points: 51 vs 11

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)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 3"

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$1,266 - $1,497 (body only)
$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
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D610 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,265.69 vs $316.90

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$845 (body only)
$1,269 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.52x
  • Significantly more cross-type focus points: 19 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

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

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)
  • Inexpensive: $845.00 vs $316.90

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 digital), 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
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

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

  • Much more startup delay: 2200 ms vs 400 ms
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and D3200

  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 81.0
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Good dynamic range: 12.8 EV vs 13.2 EV

Sony Alpha A6000

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

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

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

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 81.0
  • Good color depth: 24.1 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 takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), records movies in 24p, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has an external mic jack and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

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 slightly shorter battery life (540 shots vs 960 shots) and is older (march 2012 vs february 2016).

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
2 years newer
$514 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • 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)
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the P900 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Popularity: 12,649 vs 16,388
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
2 years newer
$139

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
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 505 g

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
3 years newer
$257 - $297

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)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and D3200

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 600 shots vs 540 shots
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 505 g