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

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Dynamic range
Wide 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
 
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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
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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
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 Significantly higher true resolution 24.2 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
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
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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              D3200:24.2 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
              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

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $549 - $579 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

              $847 with 75-300mm 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

              $599 - $600 body only

              $599 - $844 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm 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 Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS M Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $748 - $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen No touch screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $339 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

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              $564 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $647 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

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

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