The D3200 is an incredible entry level DSLR from the house of Nikon. It has some very cool features which make the camera one of the most popular cameras available today. However, will the launch of the even more advanced D5200 decrease this popularity? To understand this, let us take a comprehensive look at the differences between the D3200 and the D5200.
Comparison between the Nikon D3200 and the Nikon D5200
- Autofocus – Let us begin by looking at the autofocus features of both the cameras. The D5200 has a 39 point AF feature as compared to the 11 point AF of the D3200. This obviously makes the autofocus of the D5200 much higher and improved than the D3200. This is one of the main points of difference between the two cameras. But would this be of use to you? If you intend to use your camera to shoot landscape images, family portraits, etc, a D3200 would suit you just fine. If however you are into shooting fast moving events, such soccer matches, the D5200 would be a better option.
- Light metering – The light metering of the D5200 (2016 pixel sensor) allows you to have an improved light metering as compared to the D3200 (420 pixel sensor). This only comes in handy when you shoot in difficult light conditions.
- Speed – While the D3200 shoots at a speed of 4FPS, the D5200 is marginally faster at 5FPS. This is a very negligible difference and the D5200 cannot be given credit for this.
- ISO – The ISO push in the D5200 is 25600 as compared to the D3200’s 12800. This enables you to take clearer pictures in the dark with the D5200, but like the speed, this is also a negligible factor.
- Image Sensor – The image sensors of both the cameras are almost similar, with the D5200 boasting of a 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor and the D3200 a 23.2 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor.
- LCD screen – The LCD display in both the cameras are similar, but the D5200 has an edge over the D3200 as the former has a flip screen. You can tilt and move the screen to suit your shooting positions. This feature is handy for people who shoot a lot of videos.
- Bracketing – Exposure bracketing is available in the D5200. This feature is however of no use to most people.
- Active D Lighting – Those who like to use this feature would find the D5200 more attractive because it has more options. As opposed to only the ‘ON’ and ‘OFF’ options for the Active D Lighting in the D3200, you have the options of ‘AUTO’, ‘EXTRA HIGH’, ‘HIGH’, ‘NORMAL’, ‘LOW’ and ‘OFF’ in the D5200.
- Dimensions and weight – Though both the cameras appear similar physically, there are some minor differences in the dimensions and weight. While the D5200 is 129.0 x 98.0 x 78.0 mm in size, the D3200 is 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm. The D5200, at 505 grams, weighs 50 grams more than the D3200.
- Price – The D5200 is priced about $300 higher than the D3200. This makes it a lot more expensive than the D3200.
Which camera to buy?
Keeping the above points in mind, it can be said that $300 is too high a price to pay for the additional features of the D5200. As a result, if you are buying a DSLR for the first time or are upgrading, it would be advisable to go for a D3200 instead of a D5200. The only noticeable differences between the two cameras are the movable screen and the autofocus feature and it is not worth paying so much just for these.