Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Canon Rebel SL1

61

Canon Rebel SL1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SL1

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
117x91x69 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SL1's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SL1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.7" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
264 ms vs 276 ms
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
407 g vs 505 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
81.0 vs 63.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.3 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 843 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 380 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$309.00 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
              SL1:197 lenses
              D3200:205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Weight Light weight Help
              SL1:407 g
              D3200:505 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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
              4 fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1:264 ms
              D3200:276 ms
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              SL1:0.54x
              D3200:0.52x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SL1:9
              D3200:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              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
              Lowest price Is slightly 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 slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel SL1.

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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