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 D3400 and the D3300) 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 a slightly 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 700 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 and is older (march 2012 vs january 2014).

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$405 (body only)
$367 - $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: $366.93 vs $289.00

Nikon D3300

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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$420 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: $419.99 vs $289.00

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$350 (body only)
$649 18-55mm lens

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 D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$463 (body only)
$534 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

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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$449 - $649 (body only)
$537 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

common strengths of the T5i and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

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 70.0), has much more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has much wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 12.2 EV), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,131 ISO vs 2,303 ISO), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 7 fps).

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$790 (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 D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,370 - $1,797 (body only)
$1,956 - $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 D4s

Nikon D4s
1 year newer
$4,995 - $5,999 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D4s (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x
  • Much longer battery life: 3020 shots vs 540 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D4s (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 16.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Much larger: Large (160×157×91 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D4s and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,965 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 89.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.7 bits vs 24.1 bits

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
3 years older
$106 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.52x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly heavier: 1,074 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D700 and D3200

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 2,303 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 80.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.5 bits vs 24.1 bits

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
2 years older
$1,291 (body only)
$1,899 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300S (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D300S (vs the D3200)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 787 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Heavier: 938 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D300S and D3200

  • Extremely good image quality: 70.0 vs 81.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.5 bits vs 24.1 bits
  • Excellent dynamic range: 12.2 EV vs 13.2 EV

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
4 years older
$1,299 (body only)
$1,499 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 a significantly 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 much less startup delay (400 ms vs 2200 ms) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it slightly 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 screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$435 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the A5000 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 540 shots
  • Inexpensive: $435.00 vs $289.00

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
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)

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

  • Much more startup delay: 2200 ms vs 400 ms
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and D3200

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Incredible shutter lag: 279 ms vs 276 ms
  • Very long battery life: 480 shots vs 540 shots

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$440 - $498 (body only)
$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
  • Focus continuously recording movies

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 an external mic jack, has a much longer battery life (540 shots vs 340 shots) and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), 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 and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
3 years newer
$339 - $447

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the D3200)

  • No 24p support
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and D3200

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

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
2 years newer
$339 - $479

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the D3200)

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

common strengths of the SX60 HS and D3200

  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these