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 D5100 and the D3300) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i 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 takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 18 MP), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1500 ms), can focus continuously while recording movies, has an external mic jack and is slightly smaller (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs professional size (130×100×78 mm)).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has much more shutter lag (276 ms vs 173 ms), has a slightly shorter battery life (540 shots vs 1110 shots) and is older (march 2012 vs january 2014).

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$1,556 55-200mm 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 D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$399 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 D7200

Nikon D7200
2 years newer
$729 - $1,181 (body only)
$1,021 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D3200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D3200)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 675 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D7200 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older
$708 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Thicker: 3.1" vs 3"

common strengths of the T3i and D3200

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
4 years newer
$318 (body only)
$398 - $447 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: $318.00 vs $399.00

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
1 year newer
$499 (body only)
$342 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: $341.63 vs $399.00

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D3200 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP), can focus continuously while recording movies, is newer (march 2012 vs august 2010) and is significantly smaller (prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs professional size (141×113×82 mm)).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,359k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.65x), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO) and it's body is not weather sealed.

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
3 months newer
$999 - $1,022 (body only)
$1,333 - $1,999 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.52x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the D3200)

  • Fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 770 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the 6D and D3200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $999.00 vs $399.00
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 505 g

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$2,360 100mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 540 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 755 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the 60D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 505 g

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
3 years newer
$1,429 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,144 - $2,497 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D3200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 11
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 1,640,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 505 g
  • Significantly thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D500 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,429.00 vs $399.00

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,660 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D3200)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the 7D and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $399.00

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$850 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,823 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D3200)

  • Much larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D610 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Very inexpensive: $849.99 vs $399.00
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 505 g

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
4 years older
$1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the D3200)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Much heavier: 925 g vs 505 g

common strengths of the D300 and D3200

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,799.00 vs $399.00

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 a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP), records movies in 24p and has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 2100 ms).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 60 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
6 months older
$415 (body only)
$738 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the D3200)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 4 fps
  • Much less shutter lag: 94 ms vs 276 ms

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more startup delay: 1400 ms vs 400 ms
  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the J1 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $373.51 vs $399.00

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5
3 years newer
$599 - $1,047 10-100mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 J5 (vs the D3200)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 4 fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 1 J5 (vs the D3200)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No 24p support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the 1 J5 and D3200

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $369.99 vs $399.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
9 months older
$606 (body only)
$378 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL3 (vs the D3200)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (110×64×37 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.5" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL3 (vs the D3200)

  • Much more startup delay: 2100 ms vs 400 ms
  • No 24p support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the E-PL3 and D3200

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $378.00 vs $399.00