Nikon D3200 vs Canon EOS M

Winner
Nikon D3200

72

Canon EOS M

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Size
Really small
Compact (109×66×32 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Thickness
Thin
1.3"

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differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Size
Significantly smaller
109×66×32 mm vs 125×96×77 mm
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4x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3"
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2.4x thinner
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Weight
Lighter
298 g vs 505 g
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More than 40% lighter
Focus points
More focus points
31 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The EOS M's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The EOS M's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
276 ms vs 742 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2700 ms
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6.8x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 13 lenses
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More than 17.5x more lenses available
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 827 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $950 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M3

              Canon EOS M3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $579 body only

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $548 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger

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