Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha a7R II

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3200 and Sony Alpha a7R II. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D3200 is manufacturered by Nikon but Sony Alpha a7R II is from Sony. Both Nikon and Sony are well known brands though.

Nikon D3200 were released 2012 and Sony Alpha a7R II was released 2015. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D3200 2012
Sony Alpha a7R II 2015

Type of camera

Nikon D3200 is a DSLR camera while Sony Alpha a7R II 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 a7R II 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 a7R II 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 a7R II has 42 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 a7R II 42 MP
42177408 pixels
7952 x 5304

Sony Alpha a7R II has a 75 % 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

Sony Alpha a7R II has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3200. Sony Alpha a7R II has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D3200 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3200 100-6400
Sony Alpha a7R II 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Sony Alpha a7R II 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 a7R II

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 a7R II can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3200 4
Sony Alpha a7R II 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 a7R II 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 a7R II weighs 625 gr (equal to 1,38 lb) which is 24% heavier than Nikon D3200 and its 505 gr (or 1,11 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D3200 505 gr
1,11 lb
Sony Alpha a7R II 625 gr
1,38 lb

Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha a7R II Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D3200 and Sony Alpha a7R II, 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 a7R II
Name Nikon D3200 Sony Alpha a7R II
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Release Date and Price
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7R II
Release Year 2012 2015
Release Date 2012-04-19 2015-06-10
MSRP 699 USD 3199 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7R II
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7R II
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 CMOS
Resolution 6016 x 4000 pixels 7952 x 5304 pixels
Megapixels 24,2 MP 42 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 Bionz X
Image
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7R II
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 12 10
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Sensor-Shift (5-axis))
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 4,5 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7R II
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
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 11 399
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 a7R II
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 921000 1228800
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.) 0.78x
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7R II
Frames per second 4 fps 5 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
Spot
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7R II
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
XAVC-S
AVCHD
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7R II
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7R II
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/n with NFC)
Remote Control Optional
Yes (wired or via smartphone)
GPS Yes
Optional with GP-1
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D3200
Sony Alpha a7R II
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 540 shots 290 shots
Width 125 mm 127 mm
Height 96 mm 96 mm
Depth 77 mm 60 mm
Weight 505 gram 625 gram