Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

72

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Canon Rebel T3i

58

Canon Rebel T3i

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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 T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.50x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $439.95 vs $496.95
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The best price we've seen is $57 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Size Significantly smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Battery life Longer battery life 540 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 570 g
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More than 10% lighter
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 276 ms vs 283 ms
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T3i:197 lenses
              D3200:205 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3i:$439.95
              D3200:$496.95
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              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
              T3i:3.7 fps
              D3200:4 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3i:283 ms
              D3200:276 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              T3i:None
              D3200:Contrast detection
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i:0.53x
              D3200:0.50x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3i:9
              D3200:11
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $530 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $636 - $647 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $285 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $384 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3i.

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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

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              Avatar for Richard Sousa Richard Sousa (2:55 PM, August 15, 2013)
              T3i have rapid focus, cheaper lenses, great for video (flipout screen). Shortcuts is better on Canon. Canon is better for video (magic lantern). So, Nikon D3200 have nice image quality... For video or photojournalism: Canon ... For great scenes from Landscapes, static portrait etc Nikon has better with great image quality....
               
              me (3:27 PM, June 15, 2012)
              just as I guessed it, the D3200 wins..