Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha a7 III

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3200 and Sony Alpha a7 III. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D3200 is manufacturered by Nikon but Sony Alpha a7 III is from Sony. Both Nikon and Sony are well known brands though.

Nikon D3200 were released 2012 and Sony Alpha a7 III was released 2018. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D3200 2012
Sony Alpha a7 III 2018

Type of camera

Nikon D3200 is a DSLR camera while Sony Alpha a7 III 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 a7 III has a "Sony 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
Sony Alpha a7 III 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 (Sony)

Resolution

Nikon D3200 has a 24,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony Alpha a7 III has 24 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 a7 III 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Nikon D3200 has a 0 % larger resolution than Sony Alpha a7 III. 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 a7 III has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3200. Sony Alpha a7 III has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D3200 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3200 100-6400
Sony Alpha a7 III 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Sony Alpha a7 III 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 a7 III

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 a7 III can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3200 4
Sony Alpha a7 III 10

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 a7 III 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.

Sony Alpha a7 III weighs 650 gr (equal to 1,43 lb) which is 29% heavier than Nikon D3200 and its 505 gr (or 1,11 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D3200 505 gr
1,11 lb
Sony Alpha a7 III 650 gr
1,43 lb

Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha a7 III Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D3200 and Sony Alpha a7 III, 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 a7 III
Name Nikon D3200 Sony Alpha a7 III
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Release Date and Price
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7 III
Release Year 2012 2018
Release Date 2012-04-19 2018-02-27
MSRP 699 USD 1999 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7 III
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7 III
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Resolution 6016 x 4000 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 24,2 MP 24 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 Bionz X
Image
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7 III
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 12 11
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 5 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7 III
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 11 693
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
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
Sony Alpha a7 III
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 921000 921600
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT LCD with 160 viewing angle N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.) 0.78x
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 2359296
Photography features
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7 III
Frames per second 4 fps 10 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 No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Average
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7 III
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
XAVC-S
AVCHD
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7 III
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7 III
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Optional with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Yes
Built-in (with NFC and wireless control via PlayMemories Mobile app)
Remote Control Optional
Wired
GPS Yes
Optional with GP-1
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7 III
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 540 shots 710 shots
Width 125 mm 127 mm
Height 96 mm 96 mm
Depth 77 mm 74 mm
Weight 505 gram 650 gram