Nikon D780 vs Nikon D3200

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D780 and Nikon D3200. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D780
Nikon D3200

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D780 were released 2020 and Nikon D3200 was released 2012. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D780 Nikon 2020
Nikon D3200 Nikon 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D780 has a "FX"-sensor while Nikon D3200 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D780 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon D3200 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

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

Resolution

Nikon D780 has a 25 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3200 has 24,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D780 25 MP 24337152 6048 4024
Nikon D3200 24,2 MP 24064000 6016 4000

Nikon D780 has a 1 % larger resolution than Nikon D3200. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D780 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3200. Nikon D780 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D3200 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D780 100-51200
Nikon D3200 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D780 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 that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D780
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3200

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D780 can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3200 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D780 12
Nikon D3200 4

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon D780. Unfortunately Nikon D3200 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

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

Nikon D780 weighs 840 gr (equal to 1,85 lb) which is 66% heavier than Nikon D3200 and its 505 gr (or 1,11 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D780 840 gr 1,85 lb
Nikon D3200 505 gr 1,11 lb