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

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

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Canon EOS 400D

34

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
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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differences

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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
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 664 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 2500 ms
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6.2x less delay when turning on
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.50x vs 0.49x
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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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        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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        400D:None
        D3200:12,800 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        400D:3 fps
        D3200:4 fps
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        400D:0.49x
        D3200:0.50x
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        400D:1,600 ISO
        D3200:6,400 ISO
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        400D:None
        D3200:Contrast detection
        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
        400D:9
        D3200:11
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        400D:None
        D3200:1080p @ 30fps

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        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $609 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $449 - $520 body only

        $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Canon EOS 1100D

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $435 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $642 - $760 body only

        $760 - $937 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $629 - $700 body only

        $848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        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 400D Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 450D

        Canon EOS 450D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $977 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Live view Has live view
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon EOS 1000D

        Canon EOS 1000D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $835 - $985 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Canon EOS 350D

        Canon EOS 350D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $601 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D3200 Competitors

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        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 body only

        $747 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Size Larger
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $636 - $647 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
        Canon EOS 1200D

        Canon EOS 1200D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $532 - $562 body only

        $627 - $703 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Overall image quality Much worse image quality
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

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