Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D850

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3200 and Nikon D850. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D3200 were released 2012 and Nikon D850 was released 2017. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D3200 2012
Nikon D850 2017

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 Nikon D850 has a "Nikon FX"-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
Nikon D850 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)

Resolution

Nikon D3200 has a 24,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D850 has 46 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
Nikon D850 46 MP
45441024 pixels
8256 x 5504

Nikon D850 has a 89 % larger resolution than Nikon D3200. 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 D850 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3200. Nikon D850 has an ISO range that stretches from 64 to 25600 while Nikon D3200 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3200 100-6400
Nikon D850 64-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Nikon D850 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 Nikon D850

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 Nikon D850 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3200 4
Nikon D850 9

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D3200 and Nikon D850 can shoot movies.

Weight

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.

Nikon D850 weighs 1005 gr (equal to 2,22 lb) which is 99% heavier than Nikon D3200 and its 505 gr (or 1,11 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D3200 505 gr
1,11 lb
Nikon D850 1005 gr
2,22 lb

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D850 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D3200 and Nikon D850, 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.

Product
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
Name Nikon D3200 Nikon D850
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
Release Year 2012 2017
Release Date 2012-04-19 2017-07-25
MSRP 699 USD 3299 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Resolution 6016 x 4000 pixels 8256 x 5504 pixels
Megapixels 24,2 MP 46 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 EXPEED 5
Image
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
ISO Range 100 - 6400 64 - 25600
White Balance Presets 12 14
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
Autofocus Motor No Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 11 151
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 3 3.2
Screen dots 921000 2359000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT LCD with 160 viewing angle TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.) 0.75
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
Frames per second 4 fps 9 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
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
XQD
Connectivity
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Optional with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Yes
Built-In ( 802.11b/g + NFC + Bluetooth 4.1 LE)
Remote Control Optional
Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone)
GPS Yes
Optional with GP-1
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D3200
Nikon D850
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
EN-EL15a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 540 shots 1840 shots
Width 125 mm 146 mm
Height 96 mm 124 mm
Depth 77 mm 79 mm
Weight 505 gram 1005 gram