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 T3i)

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 slightly better image quality (81.0 vs 65.0), has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits), has slightly 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, is older (march, 2012 vs october, 2012) and slightly lower boost light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$439 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D3200)

  • Lower 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
$430 - $450 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
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 724 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $429.95 vs $309.00

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$497 (body only)
$597 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a flip-out screen

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 T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older
$499 - $550 (body only)
$549 - $630 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly 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: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Popularity: 72,177,326 vs 100,775,111

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$360 - $385 (body only)
$429 - $499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better boost ISO: 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

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

  • Good image quality: 80.0 vs 81.0
  • Minimal startup delay: 500 ms vs 400 ms
  • Many lenses available: 205 lenses vs 205 lenses

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$599 - $699 (body only)
$597 - $700 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Much worse image quality: 61.0 vs 81.0
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the T5i and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • 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 22.2 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV) and takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP).

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.71x), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 7 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$699 - $899 (body only)
$959 - $1,182 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 540 shots
  • 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: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $699.00 vs $309.00
  • Popularity: 40,359,022 vs 100,775,111

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$999 (body only)
$1,129 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much less shutter lag: 75 ms vs 276 ms

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

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $999.00 vs $309.00
  • Popularity: 67,500,622 vs 100,775,111

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,099 - $1,978 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the 7D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $999.00 vs $309.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
4 years older
$1,700 (body only)
$3,000 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.52x
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly worse image quality: 67.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the D300 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 205 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
similar age
$3,099 - $3,399 (body only)
$3,699 - $3,999 24-105mm lens

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

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.52x
  • Has in-camera HDR

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

  • Less dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 156 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Professional size 152x116x76 mm vs Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and D3200

  • Popularity: 40,586,045 vs 100,775,111

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), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 20.1 MP), has significantly less startup delay (400 ms vs 2200 ms) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), 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)

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

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

  • Much fewer lenses available: 21 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

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 A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$298 - $600 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)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 21 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • 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

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$448 (body only)
$598 - $600 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 21 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 540 shots

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

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300
9 months newer
$399 - $520 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the NX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 36 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the NX300 and D3200

  • Good dynamic range: 12.7 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.6 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • 24p support

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 47.0), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 461k 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) and records movies in 24p.

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 lacks a built in HDR feature.

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
1 year newer
$320 - $397

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the P600 and D3200

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$195 - $246

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the L830 and D3200

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 921k dots
  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 540 shots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
5 months newer
$349 - $399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Much smaller sensor: 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
  • Much worse image quality: 47.0 vs 81.0
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and D3200

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • RAW support