As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D3200 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Nikon D3200's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3300 and the D3400) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T5 and the EOS Rebel T6)

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 slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 18 MP), can focus continuously while recording movies and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.55x), has much more shutter lag (276 ms vs 208 ms), has a slightly shorter battery life (540 shots vs 850 shots), is older (march 2012 vs january 2014) and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$402 (body only)
$299 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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$455 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

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$326 (body only)
$440 - $497 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
$300 (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

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 years older
$1,179 18-55mm lens

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)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D90 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$305 - $649 (body only)
$354 - $449 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: $304.99 vs $358.00

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has much better image quality (81.0 vs 68.0), has much more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.2 bits), has much wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP) and has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 700 ms).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 2,956 ISO), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,359k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.65x) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,410 - $1,797 (body only)
$1,999 - $2,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D3200)

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

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
$1,549 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,497 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)

  • 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 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$2,572 (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)

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$949 18-55mm 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

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,195 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 854 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 81.0

common strengths of the 7D and D3200

  • Excellent dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.2 EV
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

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

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), has an external mic jack, much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses), has a significantly longer battery life (540 shots vs 400 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs hybrid detection).

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$444 - $498 (body only)
$500 - $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
  • 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 A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
2 years newer
$448 (body only)
$509 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly more focus points: 179 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 540 shots

common strengths of the A5100 and D3200

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies