Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Canon EOS 600D

58

Canon EOS 600D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,131 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.52x
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$309.00 vs $979.00
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The best price we've seen is $670 cheaper (3.2x less)
Size
Significantly smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 570 g
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More than 10% lighter
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
276 ms vs 283 ms
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              600D:197 lenses
              D3200:205 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D:3.7 fps
              D3200:4 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              600D:283 ms
              D3200:276 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D:0.53x
              D3200:0.52x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              600D:9
              D3200:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $753 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $532 body only

              $563 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 600D.

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3200.

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              Avatar for Suleman mirza Suleman mirza (9:48 PM, February 13, 2014)
              Syed raghib ..... Canon 600d is best ... With image stebllizer lenz ....
               
              Avatar for Sammie-May Sammie-May (0:57 AM, January 25, 2014)
              I'm a YouTuber, currently using a Full HD compact camera for my videos (Canon PowerShot S100) but considering buying a DSLR to keep at home and use all the time, and then use my S100 for vlogs when I'm going places. Is there any point in buying a DSLR and if so, which one would you recommend?
               
              Avatar for Pankaj Soni Pankaj Soni (11:57 AM, January 06, 2014)
              it depends on your requirements and budget. If you want to buy lots of lenses in future and want to save money then, Internal focus motor of 600D will help you to get cheaper lenses. buit-in focus motor in nikon starts from models like D90,D7000 onwards which are bit more costly. Personally I would suggest(focus motor will not be there so only AF-S lenses can be used for AF feature) to go for nikon D5100 which is having better performance and also low in budget.
               
              Avatar for Albert Argilaga Claramunt Albert Argilaga Claramunt (6:45 PM, November 02, 2013)
              Nikon is better for beginners, to use like point and shoot cameras.
               
              Biju (3:49 PM, October 25, 2013)
              Nikon D3200!
               
              Syed Raghib Chisty (2:18 AM, October 25, 2013)
              I want to buy a DSLR camera, which to buy ? Canon d600 or Nikon d3200.