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

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

100

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Canon EOS M

48

Canon EOS M

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

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 109x66x32 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Size
Significantly smaller
109x66x32 mm vs 125x96x76 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 1 f-stop 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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$235.00 vs $309.99
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The best price we've seen is $75 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 51.5x more lenses available
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
540 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
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
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
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
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
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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 Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              EOS M:1,040k dots
              D3200:921k dots
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              EOS M:17.9 MP
              D3200:24.1 MP
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              EOS M:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D3200:APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              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

              $449 - $649 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $333 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 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

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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