Updated (March 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D3100

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D3100

Nikon D3200


Nikon D3100



Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.


Nikon D3200 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$310 - $549 body only

$393 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Lowest price Cheaper
Weight Slightly lighter
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$473 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$600 body only

$567 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Focus points Significantly more focus points
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

Nikon D3100 Competitors


Canon EOS M100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$379 body only

$449 with 15-45mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Much smaller
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$473 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
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Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$309 body only

$395 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Larger


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Jeet Tiwari (9:13 AM, September 15, 2014)
i bought D3100 instead of D3200?was my purchase is right...or not?
Jasmin (3:42 PM, August 22, 2014)
The cameras that are close to Nikon D3200 in image quality are Very expansive then it, see deep comparison of D3200 and its comparatif cameras at http://goo.gl/kG2mxO
Avatar for Cycling Photographer Cycling Photographer (3:12 PM, March 11, 2014)
I would (and did) go with the D3200. It has enough features and a quality edge over the D3100 that it's worth it. You can pick them up dirt cheap from ajrichie.com although you'll wait FOREVER for shipping (My last camera from them took 6 weeks to ship but it was factory fresh).
The D5200 has the flip screen but unless you are really getting into video a lot that won't get you much return. I would go for the D3200 because it gives you plenty of quality imaging that you can grow into and once you top out you can more easily justify a jump up to the 7000 series.

Stay with either Nikon or Canon because lenses and accessories are FAR easier to come by. If all you want is a high end point and shoot then Pentax and Sony are viable options (about half of the nikon lineup uses Sony sensors). If you want to have a camera collection that can grow with you then stay with one of the two big brands. (Nikon glass is the best)

NEVER skimp on glass, a cheap camera with good glass will get you better results than a great body with cheap glass.
Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (0:39 AM, January 27, 2014)
Just get the Pentax K-50.........You'll thank me later.....
abhi (7:57 PM, December 31, 2013)
from where you bought plz tell me at abhisekwal@gmail.com
Ernie (3:01 PM, December 25, 2013)
BOUGHT THE D3200 WITH KIT 18-55mm VR lens, camera bag, lens cleaning pen from Bestbuy online BOXING DAY sale.....$399.99. Looking forward to the video capture
Excalibur2811 (0:44 AM, December 22, 2013)
Well, I have to admit that as a newbie to the DSLR world (My last SLR was a Pentax ME Super and that was about 30 years ago!) I have yet to settle on the model that best suits.

My reasoning went like this:
1. Decide between Canon and Nikon (chose Nikon because almost everyone says images are better), so settled.
2. Was about to settle for D3200 (as a great beginner camera), then discovered that the D5200 has a flip out screen which makes it great to photograph over people's heads.
3. Then was advised to focus on lenses not camera bodies, so thought I might as well buy an older model body like D5100. Seemed to be the best choice..but
4. An expert (?) said that the D 7100 allows changing settings directly using knobs and dials instead of through fiddly menus..
5. But the D 7100 is expensive and I doubt it has a flip out screen. But it does have an autofocus motor and is weather sealed, so I can use cheaper (older) lenses.. but since it is expensive I kept looking and came across a good offer for a D 3100 with 2 lenses 18-55 and 55-200 for the same price as a D 5200 with one lens.. so
6. thought I had the best deal.. buy the D3100 with both lenses. I can start learning with this body and later on when I get better and if I don't lose interest, I can buy a D 7100 or D 5200 body (and the price will have dropped) but the lenses remain good to use.
7. But then I saw the comparison of the D 3200 and D 3100 and there is a wide gap so I am back to the D 3200 option.

Anyone care to help me out please? I will be taking a proper photography course in February, but if possible I would like to take advantage of the Christmas sales..


Wimpy Aymaan (0:36 PM, December 20, 2013)
Your right but the D3200 is slightly more expensive. I would say buy a D3100 and and use the money saved for gear or a better lens.
Avatar for Bob Blaylock Bob Blaylock (10:46 PM, November 27, 2013)
  In the “Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs” section, it lists “No image stabilization” as a disadvantage that the D3100 and D3200 have compared to other DSLRs.  This is incorrect.  Nikon implements image stabilization in a lens-based manner, and the standard lens included with the D3100 and the D3200 includes Nikon's “Vibration Reduction” or “VR” feature.  As long as you are using a VR lens, you have image stabilization available.

  This is exactly the same way that image stabilization is implemented on all of Nikon's DSLRs that support it, all the way up to the top-of-the-line D4 model.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:41 PM, September 25, 2013)
Glad we could help
kenny (3:37 PM, September 25, 2013)
what lence and flash is good for d3200 nikon
Rajib Koushik (3:52 AM, August 28, 2013)
Your reviews helped me decide on which slr to buy!! And a 'side-by-side' review format is a brilliant idea. Thanx a ton team. Keep up the good work. Bought my D3200!!
Pablo (9:36 PM, July 28, 2013)
Most helpfull website I've found so far. Thanks! I'm definetly going for the D3200.
Sarwa Gunawan (3:22 PM, July 23, 2013)
D3200 has good image quality and relatively same with Nikon 5200 and even Nikon D7100. The only advantage of D5200 is faster focusing for sport. The advantages of D7100 is in-body focus motor and looks more professional with some metal panel in the body.
Andreas (3:28 AM, June 14, 2013)
planning to buy d3200 thanks snapsport
Avatar for Abishai Satheesh Abishai Satheesh (7:58 AM, February 27, 2013)
Which camera comes closest to what the D3200 can produce?
me (11:54 AM, June 15, 2012)
I'm sure the two cameras are perfectly capable for that purpose.
Avatar for PhilB PhilB (11:50 PM, May 06, 2012)
Would either of these two cameras be my best option if I want to be able to use my camera as a video camera to record home videos of my kids and things like that? I also want to be able to take indoor pictures that don't look so grainy..
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:15 PM, April 20, 2012)
You are correct, we have fixed that but it will take a while to show up here. Thanks for your support. 
captvizcenzo (1:50 AM, April 20, 2012)
I'm pretty sure there is no built in AF motor for D3200.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:23 PM, April 19, 2012)
Glad we could help the D3200 should be out mid May for $699
Rohan (7:19 PM, April 19, 2012)
was planning to buy d3100 :) , now my plans have altered . thank you snapsort