Earlier this year Nikon refreshed its entry-level lineup of DSLR’s with the launch of the Nikon D3200. Rather than replacing the D3100 indefinitely, the D3200 has been designed to run alongside the D3100 meaning there’s a choice of two entry-level models for anyone looking to upgrade from a less advanced camera. To give you a clearer idea of the differences between these two cameras and to help you decide on which one to choose, we’ve picked out ten key dissimilarities.

Cost



Nikon’s D3100 was launched on August 19th 2010 and its price at the time of launch was £579 with Nikon’s 18-55mm VR lens. Two years on and at the time of writing the price of the D3100 has reduced to £385 with the 18-55 VR lens. Body only, the camera can be picked up for £319.

In comparison the D3200, launched on April 19th 2012 was first available at £649 with the 18-55mm lens. This price has dropped significantly over recent months to £525 with the 18-55mm VR lens. This works out at £140 more than the D3100 lens bundle. Purchase the D3200 body only and you’re looking at £489 compared to the D3100’s £319. Body only the D3200 is £100 more expensive than the D3100.

And we know what you’re thinking. What more do you get for your money if you opt for the Nikon D3200 over the D3100? Check out the next few pages where we disclose the technical differences.

  1. 1. Cost
  2. 2. Differences between the Nikon D3100 and D3200
  3. 3. Differences between the Nikon D3100 and D3200
  4. 4. Differences between the Nikon D3100 and D3200
  5. 5. Differences between the Nikon D3100 and D3200
  6. 6. Differences between the Nikon D3100 and D3200
  7. 7. Differences between the Nikon D3100 and D3200
  8. 8. Differences between the Nikon D3100 and D3200
  9. 9. Differences between the Nikon D3100 and D3200
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  • Russell Nicholson

    I’ve just bought the D3100 and wasn’t overly impressed. Have decided to return it and buy the D3200 instead.This website was most informative.

  • David

    For the record, my (UK-sourced) D3200 came with an EN-EL14 battery, not the EN-EL5A.

    Pricing is a bit out of date now as well – the differential has pretty much disappeared, the D3200 is around £400 with cashback.

  • N. CARNEVALE

    The Nikon D3200 does not use the EN-EL5A it uses the same battery as the D3100, which is the EN-EL14 thanks.

  • Andy Garland

    Thanks for the article. As someone new to photography, my choice was between the two Nikons in this article. Decided to buy the D3200 and haven’t looked back. One note on your write up, the D3200 also comes with the EN-EL14 battery, not the EN-EL5A as mentioned.