Updated (October 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D5200


Nikon D3200



Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,284 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
Overall image quality
Great image quality
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.


Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$469 - $647 body only

$544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$487 - $649 body only

$579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

Nikon D3200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Lowest price More expensive
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Weight Slightly lighter
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$487 - $649 body only

$579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Overall image quality Much worse image quality


Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
276 ms vs 302 ms
Around 10% less delay when taking photos
125×96×77 mm vs 129×98×78 mm
Around 10% smaller
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
20% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
540 shots vs 500 shots
Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.52x vs 0.51x
Almost the same
Lowest price
$289.00 vs $378.00
The best price we've seen is $89 cheaper (more than 20% less)
3" vs 3.1"
Almost the same
505 g vs 555 g
Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D3200 does so at a lower frame rate
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
The D5200 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality
Better image quality
84.0 vs 81.0
Almost the same
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 13.2 EV
0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
The D5200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D320024.1 bits
              D520024.2 bits
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D320024.1 MP
              D520024 MP
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200276 ms
              D5200302 ms
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              Avatar for Karlos Karlos (8:16 PM, June 18, 2015)
              Hello Jon, Nikon D3200 and D5200 are two amazing DSLR cameras from same company "Nikon" but different series, so it's better to know the different between this two series before make any buying decision, i mean there is lot of reason that push Nikon to make a D3XXX series and D5XXX series. see this article: http://nikond3200news.blogspot(DOT)com/2014/06/nikon-d3200-is-it-best-dslr-camera-for-beginner.html [replace (DOT) with "."]
              for know the top different between D3XXX series and D5XXX series and also D7XXX).
              If you are beginner in DSLR technology be sure to pick the standard lens 18-55 mm its work great with any DSLR body, and good for learn photography.
              Akhil (4:53 PM, February 26, 2015)
              Hi ,
              I am planning to buy a camer, but confused what to buy Nikon D3200 or D5200 , please suggest.
              sergio (11:32 PM, December 12, 2014)
              cuz it doesnt depend of the MP my friend, its dependes more in the sensor, and other factors,like a bettter procesor, better focus, things like that make it different:)
              Jasmin (7:54 AM, August 23, 2014)
              I always suggest Nikon D3200 + standard lens 18-55 mm for beginners in photography with DSLR technology, see more details about this impressive camera in this article http://goo.gl/T6hqhm (contain comparison between Nikon D3200 and D5XXX series).
              Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (3:07 AM, August 04, 2014)
              Pentax K-30 still rocks........
              Look it up here :)
              Avatar for trinidad trinidad (7:21 AM, July 29, 2014)
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              Omar (11:42 PM, June 29, 2014)
              What is the different between entry level cameras and professional cameras
              Vasu Agarwal (4:54 PM, May 08, 2014)
              I'd suggest you get the D5200. It gives you much more flexibility, better image quality and it is a wonderful camera
              nic (5:25 PM, April 30, 2014)
              there isent going to be much of a difference with a 8x10 pic with eather of these cameras compared to a
              $3200 d800 or a $6000 D 3 or any in the $5000 range . it when you start cropping and blowing up a postage sized image in a 8x10 . not to mention the upgrades you will have to make in your printer . computer etc to Handel the big mp files
              Avatar for KąŔẻẹm Sậlēh KąŔẻẹm Sậlēh (6:14 PM, February 12, 2014)
              it's always about the lens not the camera, this what makes the big difference, so yeah D3200 with 35mm f/1.8 lens is better than the D5200 with the lens kit.
              Jon (9:35 PM, February 11, 2014)
              I cannot deiced between these two, and the D3100. Some one please help.
              Avatar for SanPas SanPas (3:48 PM, November 14, 2013)
              Better late post than never -- go for the lens, and do consider FX compatible choices. A D600 type camera offering with a D700-class sensor is likely only a few years from reaching the $600-800 range.
              Avatar for VJ VJ (6:21 PM, October 19, 2013)
              Hi, i have been using point and shoot cameras. Now i am planning to buy first DSLR camera. i think of Nikon D5200. my query is i dont know which lens to go for its either 18-55 mm VR Lenses OR 18-55 mm AF-S DX VR-NIKKOR Lens. I believe only difference is AF-auto focus. which lense to go for? pls help
              sandeep (0:59 PM, October 10, 2013)
              hey can we take large poster size print out from nikon d5200...
              pixel to nahi fate ge paper pee
              Lawliet (2:49 AM, August 12, 2013)
              higher MP means more detailed, higher MP cams are usually for printing large photographs... the image quality is not based on MPs. you can take stunning pictures just using a 12mp cam. it's up to you to experiment on your cam :) really it's more of the photographer itself than the cam, but as you go along and as you improve in photography, you might also wanna upgrade your cam for more functions to use. anyways, if you are still new to photography, i suggest you should start in Entry Level DSLRs cuz the higher your cam is, the more its complexity. :) good luck.
              Avatar for Eslam Shiref Eslam Shiref (8:19 PM, July 26, 2013)
              Also how is D4 is the best camera while it have 16 mp ? image quality i still need to understand this thing please
              Avatar for Eslam Shiref Eslam Shiref (8:17 PM, July 26, 2013)
              guys i have question if D3200 24.2 mp and D5200 24.1 why D5200 higher image quality ?
              Avatar for Joe L'Indien Joe L'Indien (0:56 AM, July 14, 2013)
              Hi Brittany, hope it is not toooo late :-) I am not a professional photographer, I'm an amateur or rather a child with a toy :-) Since March 2013 I wanted to upgrade from a compact to a DSLR camera, and I bought the Nikon D3200. I'm not specialise in one type of photography, I picture everything and anything. At first I did not know what was the function of aperture, shutter speed etc...I'm just learning how to use a DSLR. Surely the D5200 is a higher level than the D3200, but you'll use all of these functions? I had the opportunity to show some of my photos to a professional photographer, he was very impressed! He told me "all DSLR are good cameras, but you need to know how to use them because it is the combination of the photographer and the camera that produce a good picture" :-) Hope this will help. Good luck!
              jose (3:42 PM, July 09, 2013)
              I'm looking for an entry level camera but I
              am really confused...which to buy either D3200 or D5200,

              Should I stretch up to D5200, (is it worth
              for money ????) or settle with cheaper
              D3200.( cross-type focus points –only 01)

              However I am not buying upgraded 2nd
              camera soon so is it better to spend $300 extra and buy better one d5200.

              Avatar for Jàhîd Ïqbâł Månīć Jàhîd Ïqbâł Månīć (8:57 AM, July 01, 2013)
              I want to buy my 1st DSLR camera. But I am in trouble to decide which one to buy comparing D3200 or D5200. D5200 is currently pricing 549 euro with 50 euro cash back offer from nikon where D3200 is pricing 445 euro. Can anyone please recommend me a camera between these 2 considering the price and specification. It will be very helpful for me to choose. thanks
              Avatar for Bilal Asaad Bilal Asaad (5:47 PM, June 25, 2013)
              Is it right that D3200 doesn't display it's setting?? and you can't change it's setting such as the other types of Nikon DSLR cameras?
              Avatar for Rodolfo Farinas Rodolfo Farinas (1:42 AM, June 14, 2013)
              I hope is not to late for this, but I'm not a professional photographer and I can assure that many of the posters here telling you that the Nikons 3200 and 5200 are not for pros, they are not professional photographers either. Now the advise, a bought a d3200 from amazon and I was so impressed, you have to play with the camera, and have the manual handy while you play with it, I downloaded the PDF manual into my phone, and that way I don't have to carry the book with me. This camera takes crisp beautiful pictures, and it has a very good low light sensibility, meaning that you can take pictures without flash even in places (conditions) where there's not much illumination, and if you programmed the sittings right, you'll get very good pictures. How do you know which setting to apply? You have to play with the camera, and do a little reading from the camera's manual, and in a very short period of time, you'll know what you're doing, and how to get what you want. Now, I ended up returning the D3200, why? not because the quality or something wrong with it, simply because I take a lot or macro (very close) pictures at very small objects, and the D3200 lacks in the focus sometimes, it would give me a hard time trying to focus the picture. So I decided to buy the D5200 instead, which is almost the same camera as the d3200, but with the difference that it has more focusing points, and supposedly will allow you to focus on hard situations a little better. Also the screen is flip out. Not that it is a big plus for me, but it is a convenience when you need it. So I would recommend you either the 3200 or the 5200, both to me are better and more professional cameras, than the "super users and highly skilled photographers" posting pros and cons on many websites.
              Jon (5:37 AM, May 29, 2013)
              I'm looking for an entry level camera.

              Should I settle with D5200 with a basic 18-55 lens kit?


              Should I go with a cheaper D3200 but equipped with a decent lens like 35mm 1.8?

              Waqar Ahmed (8:04 AM, May 26, 2013)
              No dear they falls in Advance Beginners catagory
              Jimbo (4:26 AM, May 24, 2013)
              Hi Brittany
              Most of the "Beginner" DSLR cameras are way better than the majority of the film SLRs of old. They have good resolution and the ability to accept a variety of lenses. For what you are trying to do I would suggest the following: purchase a fairly sturdy tripod (a used one from a camera store possibly), a remote trigger for whatever camera you buy, either from the camera manufacturer or a genaric brand (you can get them on ebay). With these you can position and play with your toddler and snap the pictures remotely, no more chasing the kid around with a camera stuck on your eye as you run into a door jamb.