Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 400D vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Canon EOS 400D

35

Canon EOS 400D

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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 EOS 400D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
200 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.6"
 
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Advantages of the Canon 400D

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Shutter lag Less shutter lag 200 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Size Significantly smaller 127x94x65 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.6" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 664 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 62.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 2500 ms
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6.2x less delay when turning on
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.1 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Battery life Longer battery life 540 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.49x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 556 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        400D:197 lenses
        D3200:205 lenses
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        400D:None
        D3200:12,800 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        400D:3 fps
        D3200:4 fps
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        400D:0.49x
        D3200:0.52x
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        400D:1,600 ISO
        D3200:6,400 ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 1200D

        Canon EOS 1200D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 body only

        $500 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $492 body only

        $579 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,220 body only

        $750 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $270 - $387 body only

        $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS 100D

        Canon EOS 100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 1100D

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $715 body only

        $950 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon EOS 400D Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 1000D

        Canon EOS 1000D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $840 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Live view Has live view
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Canon EOS 450D

        Canon EOS 450D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $423 body only

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon EOS 350D

        Canon EOS 350D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $594 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Slightly smaller
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Color depth Worse color depth

        Nikon D3200 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Lowest price More expensive
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 body only

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Size Larger
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $545 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        True resolution Much lower true resolution
        Color depth Worse color depth

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