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 has slightly better image quality (81.0 vs 67.0), has slightly more color depth (24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots) 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 and lacks a built in HDR feature.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$397 (body only)
$429 - $497 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
$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)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 724 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 63.0 vs 81.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $429.95 vs $301.99

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
7 months newer
$480 - $547 (body only)
$499 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D3200)

  • Higher 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
  • Good dynamic range: 13.9 EV vs 13.2 EV

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$349 - $449 (body only)
$409 - $490 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the D3200)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • 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

  • Many lenses available: 205 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older
$499 - $648 (body only)
$549 - $620 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: 54,767,971 vs 67,059,597

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$240 - $341 (body only)
$385 - $410 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly worse image quality: 67.0 vs 81.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 13.2 EV

common strengths of the D3100 and D3200

  • Minimal startup delay: 400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Many lenses available: 205 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies

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 significantly wider dynamic range (13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV) and takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP).

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

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$699 - $1,000 (body only)
$949 - $1,299 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 $301.99
  • Popularity: 34,874,931 vs 67,059,597

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$899 - $999 (body only)
$1,069 - $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: $899.00 vs $301.99
  • Popularity: 56,643,052 vs 67,059,597

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$999 - $1,041 (body only)
$1,099 - $1,562 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Shoots significantly 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 $301.99
  • 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 (body only)
$3,849 24-70mm 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: 36,786,201 vs 67,059,597

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
3 years older
$3,882 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,303 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.52x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the D3200)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much lower true resolution: 12.1 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the D700 and D3200

  • Each has a built-in flash

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 doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%), lacks a built in HDR feature and lacks a built in panoramas.

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 A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$548 (body only)
$675 - $698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D3200)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Many more focus points: 179 vs 11

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

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$435 - $448 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
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

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

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size 125x96x76 mm vs professional size 130x93x103 mm), takes much higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), records movies in 24p and has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 2000 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 10 fps), 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)

  • 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 P600 and D3200

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

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
10 months newer
$418

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more startup delay: 2000 ms vs 400 ms
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.9 MP vs 24.1 MP

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and D3200

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