Updated (January 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 450D vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200 vs Canon EOS 450D

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

Canon EOS 450D

42

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 450D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

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Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 450D.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 450D

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
160 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Size
Smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 125×96×77 mm
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More than 10% 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
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
81.0 vs 61.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 692 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.9 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
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$289.00 vs $685.86
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The best price we've seen is $397 cheaper (2.4x less)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
540 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Slightly lighter
505 g vs 524 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              450D220 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) Poor boost ISO Help
              450D1,600 ISO
              D320012,800 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D800 ISO
              D32006,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              450D3.5 fps
              D32004 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              450D9
              D320011
              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              450D0.54x
              D32000.52x
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              450DNone
              D32001080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $410 - $497 body only

              $489 - $500 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $535 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $727 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

              $263 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

              Canon EOS 450D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $657 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS 400D

              Canon EOS 400D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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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