Updated (March 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D7000


Nikon D3200



Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6 fps

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

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


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.


Nikon D7000 Competitors

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$539 - $697 body only

$614 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$580 - $697 body only

$939 - $997 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$890 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D3200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$389 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$306 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Weight Slightly lighter
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$360 body only

$480 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag More shutter lag


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Avatar for Bent Hansen Bent Hansen (3:44 AM, November 02, 2015)
@Kris: Why is that Absurd ???? Du you know what evolution is ??

YES d3200 is a better camera than D7000 is... EVOLUTION :-)

Or more correct..... Development

Do you really think, that d7000 will bi on the top the next 70 mio. years ...
Avatar for Wayne Wayne (9:52 PM, March 30, 2015)
ive had both d3200 and d7000, the d7000 wins hands down, its faster its got 2 assigned options on the dial which i used one for street and the other wildlife, for your first DSLR get the d3200 its a great learning camera that takes amazing images, now i make a living out of photography i use the nikon D4 and still use the D7000 as my back up but remember its the photographer that makes great images not just the point and shot of the camera :)
Avatar for Shawn Earle Shawn Earle (7:58 AM, February 04, 2015)
Yes the flip out screen is very nice! I have one on my rebel t3i and it comes in handy! i would suggest the D5200 or D5300 if you have the money? The D7000 has a better auto focus system and is weather proof with the right lenses attatched. I noticed that the auto white balance on the D3200 has some issues and likes to give orange photos in lower light. I don't have that problem with my D200 although it's ISO performance sucks compared to the D3200.
Avatar for Usman Zia Usman Zia (3:15 AM, December 12, 2014)
g0 for canon 600d :)
Jasmin (3:51 PM, August 22, 2014)
Flip-out screen help you to shut while you can't get behind your camera (in corner + in floor ..) see more info about this feature here http://goo.gl/kG2mxO
Jasmin (3:47 PM, August 22, 2014)
It's the truth Kris, D3200 is an amazing DSLR for normal use, while D7000 is expansive because its have a strong body and give you more control, also its have long batterie life and 2 slot for memory card and lot of more ....
If you are interesting in buying a DSLR camera and you not sure about what to get, this article is made for you http://goo.gl/kG2mxO , it contain all info that you need for make the right buying decision
Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (2:54 AM, March 14, 2014)
I'll take my K-30 over a D3200 any day of the week......
Avatar for John Wolf John Wolf (7:35 AM, February 06, 2014)
What you all have to remember is that the camera does not make the photographer. And to those saying this is for pro's, might I remind you that the d7000 is also an entry level DSLR, it might have betteer features but that still doesn't make it a pro camera. Besides, the d3200 has proven to be an awesome camera, you really get bang for your buck, I've owned one since july of 2013 and it has never let me down and I have taken some amazing images with it. I love it!
Avatar for Ida Intan Nilawati Ida Intan Nilawati (1:04 AM, February 06, 2014)
hi michael, i have d3200 too, it is indeed i agree wtih you ,
Satya (1:18 PM, November 22, 2013)
Never in my experience. I don't really think flip out screens matter much; I do quite a bit of film work with my d3200, and I've never really seen the need for a flip-out screen. That being said, it can be sometimes helpful if you're going for aerial shots. BUT- it makes setting up slower; you might be looking for a quick capture in terms of the fact that you're aiming for general family snaps.
I find though, that the d3200 MPs, although I know are not that crucial, make photos really detailed. It has great video opts too.
Avatar for Krayzie Dell Krayzie Dell (7:28 PM, October 12, 2013)
All the winning features of D7000 are ones that you won't even come close to using in any situation.
Avatar for Eric Langlois Eric Langlois (11:07 PM, August 04, 2013)
The D7000 is the more professional camera. In my opinion it is a better camera. However, the most perfectly exposed, amazing photo taken with the same lens in the same circumstances I would say that the D3200 would deliver a better photo. It is all the extra features of the D7000 that makes it it such a desirable camera for prosumers.
Avatar for Michael Saxon Michael Saxon (8:40 AM, March 24, 2013)
The D3200 is stunning in image quality especially when you put some real glass behind it. Not saying that the D7000 isn't a great camera with stunning image quality as well, just that Nikon put a $699 price tag on a $1500 camera in my o[pinion. Why would I say that? I have owned one since April of 2012 (the month they came out) and am still amazed at the ability of this little camera and I have friends with more expensive cameras than mine questioning their equipment now because their image quality does not compare with this little beast. But don't worry... at the rate cameras keep advancing, the camera we own today will be considered out dated bottom of the barrel in five years. Five years from now the standard will probably be gigapixels and anything in megapixels will be considered cheap and not enough. lol
Avatar for Lana Coetzee Lana Coetzee (1:09 PM, February 25, 2013)
Hi. I can't decide whether to go for the D3200.....it's basically for family and vacation use. But, I keep wondering whether I should go with something with a flip-out screen. Do u find that the d3200 would have been better with a flip-out screen??
Sanjay Sagar (9:45 PM, December 17, 2012)
Not necessary. D3200 is latest and the latest is always better than the earlier ones, because it is the result of extensive R&D works of the manufacturer...
Sanjay Sagar (9:42 PM, December 17, 2012)
Go ahead and check it out yourself. I am using D3200 and it gives higher resolution, better image quality, higher dynamic range, & better color depth in comparision to D7000... <(")
Kris (6:08 AM, July 23, 2012)
How the F does the D3200 win on higher resolution, better image quality, higher dynamic range, AND better color depth?

It sounds like the D3200 takes higher quality images than the D7000. Absurd.
me (11:56 AM, June 15, 2012)
of course the D7000 would win. It's designed for pros! :)