Nikon D3200 vs Canon EOS 5D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3200 and Canon EOS 5D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Nikon D3200 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 5D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D3200 were released 2012 and Canon EOS 5D was released 2005. That is a 7 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D3200 2012
Canon EOS 5D 2005

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3200 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Canon EOS 5D has a "Canon Full Frame"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D3200 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS 5D 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)


Nikon D3200 has a 24,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 5D has 12,7 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D3200 24,2 MP
24064000 pixels
6016 x 4000
Canon EOS 5D 12,7 MP
12719616 pixels
4368 x 2912

Nikon D3200 has a 89 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 5D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D3200 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 5D. Nikon D3200 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 6400 while Canon EOS 5D has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3200 100-6400
Canon EOS 5D 50-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 5D has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3200 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3200 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3200
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 5D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D3200 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 5D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3200 4
Canon EOS 5D 3

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Nikon D3200 or Canon EOS 5D can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 5D weighs 895 gr (equal to 1,97 lb) which is 77% heavier than Nikon D3200 and its 505 gr (or 1,11 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D3200 505 gr
1,11 lb
Canon EOS 5D 895 gr
1,97 lb

Nikon D3200 vs Canon EOS 5D Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D3200 and Canon EOS 5D, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Name Nikon D3200 Canon EOS 5D
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Release Year 2012 2005
Release Date 2012-04-19 2005-08-22
MSRP 699 USD 3299 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Camera Type Digital SLR camera Digital SLR camera
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Sensor Size DX / APS-C (1.5x) Full frame
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6016 x 4000 pixels 4368 x 2912 pixels
Megapixels 24,2 MP 12,7 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 DIGIC 2
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
ISO Range 100 - 6400 50 - 3200
White Balance Presets 12 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Autofocus Motor No Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 11 9
Lens Mount Nikon F
Compatible lenses
Canon EF
Compatible lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Full frame
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3 2,5
Screen dots 921000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT LCD with 160 viewing angle TFT liquid-crystal color LCD
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 96%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.) 0.71
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Frames per second 4 fps 3 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-timer Yes Yes
Timelapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV steps) 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Microphone port No No
Headphone port No No
Wireless Yes
Optional with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Remote Control Optional
Yes (N3 connector)
Optional with GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D3200
Canon EOS 5D
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion BP-511A rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 540 shots 400 shots
Width 125 mm 152 mm
Height 96 mm 113 mm
Depth 77 mm 75 mm
Weight 505 gram 895 gram