Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

73

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Canon Rebel T3

40

Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Battery life Longer battery life 700 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.50x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 505 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 62.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Size Smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 276 ms vs 309 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $339.00 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T3:300 ms
              D3200:400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3:197 lenses
              D3200:205 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3:$399.00
              D3200:$339.00
              Weight Light weight Help
              T3:459 g
              D3200:505 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3:3 fps
              D3200:4 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3:309 ms
              D3200:276 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3:9
              D3200:11
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              T3:None
              D3200:Contrast detection
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3:0.54x
              D3200:0.50x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              D3200:1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $849 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 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 slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $697 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $800 body only

              $746 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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

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