Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha a3500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3200 and Sony Alpha a3500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D3200 is manufacturered by Nikon but Sony Alpha a3500 is from Sony. Both Nikon and Sony are well known brands though.

Nikon D3200 were released 2012 and Sony Alpha a3500 was released 2014. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D3200 2012
Sony Alpha a3500 2014

Type of camera

Nikon D3200 is a DSLR camera while Sony Alpha a3500 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3200 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Sony Alpha a3500 has a "Sony APS-C"-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
Sony Alpha a3500 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** 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 (Sony)

Resolution

Nikon D3200 has a 24,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony Alpha a3500 has 20 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
Sony Alpha a3500 20 MP
19816192 pixels
5456 x 3632

Nikon D3200 has a 21 % larger resolution than Sony Alpha a3500. 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

Sony Alpha a3500 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3200. Sony Alpha a3500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 16000 while Nikon D3200 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3200 100-6400
Sony Alpha a3500 100-16000

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Sony Alpha a3500 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 Sony Alpha a3500

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 Sony Alpha a3500 can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3200 4
Sony Alpha a3500 3,5

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D3200 and Sony Alpha a3500 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 D3200 weighs 505 gr (equal to 1,11 lb) which is 23% heavier than Sony Alpha a3500 and its 411 gr (or 0,91 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D3200 505 gr
1,11 lb
Sony Alpha a3500 411 gr
0,91 lb

Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha a3500 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D3200 and Sony Alpha a3500, 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
Sony Alpha a3500
Name Nikon D3200 Sony Alpha a3500
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Release Date and Price
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
Release Year 2012 2014
Release Date 2012-04-19 2014-03-21
MSRP 699 USD 399 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6016 x 4000 pixels 5456 x 3632 pixels
Megapixels 24,2 MP 20 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 Bionz
Image
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 16000
White Balance Presets 12 9
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Optical)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
Autofocus Motor No Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 11 25
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E
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
APS-C Sensor (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
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 921000 230400
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT LCD with 160 viewing angle TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.) 0.7 (0.47 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
Frames per second 4 fps 3,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters 6 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV steps) 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
H.264
AVCHD
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Optional with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
No
Remote Control Optional
Yes (via optional RM-VPR1)
GPS Yes
Optional with GP-1
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a3500
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 540 shots 480 shots
Width 125 mm 128 mm
Height 96 mm 91 mm
Depth 77 mm 85 mm
Weight 505 gram 411 gram