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

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Canon EOS 450D

42

Canon EOS 450D

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

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
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 

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 0.52x
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Around 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
24.1 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
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
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
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 3 f-stops better
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$309.00 vs $423.19
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The best price we've seen is $114 cheaper (around 30% less)
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
              450D:197 lenses
              D3200:205 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              450D:$423.19
              D3200:$309.00
              Weight Light weight Help
              450D:524 g
              D3200:505 g
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              450D:0.54x
              D3200:0.52x
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              450D:9
              D3200:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $487 body only

              $568 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $480 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 significantly larger
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 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

              $267 - $387 body only

              $390 - $399 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 450D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $480 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

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

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