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 D3400) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the EOS Rebel T5)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 18 MP), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 500 ms), can focus continuously while recording movies and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, is older (march 2012 vs march 2016) and is less popular.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$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

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

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$326 (body only)
$397 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)

  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D3400 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $325.99 vs $358.00

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$350 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • 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 EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$295 - $549 (body only)
$338 - $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: $294.63 vs $358.00

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$359 (body only)

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

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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$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 lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much lower true resolution: 18 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $358.00

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it is much less noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 696 ISO), has much better image quality (81.0 vs 64.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has much more color depth (24.1 bits vs 21.8 bits) and has much wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV).

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.62x), it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (400 ms vs 300 ms), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$1,580 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 926 ISO vs 1,131 ISO

common strengths of the 70D and D3200

  • Extremely good image quality: 68.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.5 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 13.2 EV

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
4 years older
$1,799 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
  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the D300 and D3200

  • Extremely good image quality: 67.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent dynamic range: 12 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$2,568 (body only)
$1,499 18-200mm 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
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 81.0

common strengths of the 60D and D3200

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Nikon D2Xs

Nikon D2Xs
5 years older
$3,999 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D2Xs (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the D2Xs (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 489 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 59.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the D2Xs and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
6 years older
$1,700 18-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 583 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 64.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.3 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the D200 and D3200

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×113×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
3 years older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • 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 50D (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 696 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 63.0 vs 81.0
  • Worse color depth: 21.8 bits vs 24.1 bits

common strengths of the 50D and D3200

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.4 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 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 significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 14 MP), records movies in 24p, has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1000 ms) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
4 years newer
$1,098 (body only)
$1,498 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 540 shots

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$450 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.5" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more shutter lag: 670 ms vs 276 ms
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the NEX-5 and D3200

  • Incredible startup delay: 1000 ms vs 400 ms
  • Inexpensive: $449.95 vs $358.00

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, much larger viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.08x), has an external mic jack and has a slightly longer battery life (540 shots vs 330 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and is older (march 2012 vs january 2017).

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
  • Popularity: 258 vs 216

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the D3200)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 540 shots

common strengths of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and D3200

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror