• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Nikon D3200 advantages over Nikon D5200

  • Bigger RAW buffer
    12 vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Nikon D5200 advantages over Nikon D3200

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,284 vs 1,131 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    39 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.9 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 100 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Buy the Nikon D5200

Review Excerpt

  • High resolution allows cropping; Good performance in low light; Compact and comfortable, highly portable; Fast and responsive, just begs to take pictures; Quiet shutter is great for candids.

  • Mediocre kit lens; Might be too small for some; No bracketing; Narrow flash coverage; Matrix metering tends to overexpose.

  • Captures sharp, detailed photos with its new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, even at higher ISOs; Features a familiar (D5100) but refined body design; Records Full HD video with full-time autofocus tracking; Packs a ton of advanced features into a consumer-friendly body at a great price.

  • Autofocuses a little slowly for its class and struggles at times in low light; Changing some basic settings takes more time and effort than it should; Mediocre kit lens.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A65

Nikon D3200
Sony A65
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon D5200
Sony A65
  • $528
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D3200
Sony A58
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5200
Sony A58
  • $528
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D3200
Canon T5i
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D5200
Canon T5i
  • $528
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon D5300

Nikon D3200
Nikon D5300
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $593
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
  • $528
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $593
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200
Nikon D3300
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D5200
Nikon D3300
  • $528
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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