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

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

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Canon EOS 450D

41

Canon EOS 450D

Runner-up
     
 

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 450D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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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
Size Significantly smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.50x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
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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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2.4 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 24.2 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
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Lowest price Much cheaper $476.95 vs $1,633.25
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The best price we've seen is $1,156 cheaper (3.4x less)
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 540 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 10% 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
Weight Slightly lighter 505 g vs 524 g
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              450D:197 lenses
              D3200:205 lenses
              Weight Light weight Help
              450D:524 g
              D3200:505 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              450D:1,600 ISO
              D3200:12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              450D:3.5 fps
              D3200:4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D:800 ISO
              D3200:6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              450D:9
              D3200:11
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              450D:None
              D3200:Contrast detection
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              450D:0.54x
              D3200:0.50x
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              450D:None
              D3200:1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $625 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

              $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $659 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly 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 slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,042 body only

              $1,253 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $822 body only

              $895 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 450D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $844 - $977 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              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

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              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

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

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