Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 50D vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

68

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Canon EOS 50D

62

Canon EOS 50D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.3 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
 
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Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 131 ms vs 276 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.50x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.3 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 640 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.3 more bits of color
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 63.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11.4 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
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 Lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 696 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Size Smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 505 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        50D:197 lenses
        D3200:205 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        50D:300 ms
        D3200:400 ms
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
        1
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        12,800 ISO
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        50D:9
        D3200:11
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        50D:3,200 ISO
        D3200:6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        50D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        D3200:APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        50D:0.59x
        D3200:0.50x

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $273 body only

        $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $650 - $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

        Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Color depth Better color depth
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Size Slightly larger

        Nikon D3200 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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