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

Nikon D3200 vs Canon EOS 400D

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

Canon EOS 400D

36

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,131 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
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 (127×94×65 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.6"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 400D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 400D

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
200 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.6" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Size
Smaller
127×94×65 mm vs 125×96×77 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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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" 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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2.5 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
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
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2500 ms
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6.2x less delay when turning on
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
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 4 f-stops better
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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              400D220 lenses
              D3200230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              400DNone
              D320012,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              400D1,600 ISO
              D32006,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              400D3 fps
              D32004 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              400D9
              D320011
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              400D0.49x
              D32000.52x
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              400DNone
              D32001080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

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

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $536 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              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

              $729 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $596 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $971 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $416 body only

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

              Canon EOS 400D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $692 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

              $663 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 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,670 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon EOS 350D

              Canon EOS 350D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $683 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower 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

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower 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

              $368 body only

              $640 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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