Updated (March 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 550D vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200 vs Canon EOS 550D

Nikon D3200


Canon EOS 550D



Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay


Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 550D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.


Nikon D3200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$389 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Lowest price More expensive
Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$413 body only

Weight Slightly lighter
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$359 body only

$480 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

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

Canon EOS 550D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$413 body only

Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$489 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,264 body only

$1,303 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay


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Avatar for mixos mixos (8:38 PM, May 26, 2013)
I own both of these models and I do prefer the nikon d3200... It's simply better. it's newer it has better image quality. People used to tell me than canons are over all better than nikons BUT this actually stands only for the expensive models where the difference is there and easy to be noticed by anyone ! These two are low budget starter Dslrs and there is not that much of a difference between them that could be spotted in your first, lets say 100 images. As long as the canon is more expensive I recommend the Nikon D3200 cause of the lower price and the few small pros of these models... also I think the Nikon is much more beautiful and it is slightly bigger and believe me, when you go dslr size matters ;-) !
Sreeni (3:34 AM, February 10, 2013)
If you are learner just go with D3200, if you want to produce professional quality iamves go with Canon 550D Nikon D90, I am using Nikon D3200, one of my friend using Canon 550D, yesterday we made comparision by takeing few shots with same setttings/modes etc. by exchnaging our cameras, later we compared them by downloading in to computer , in the initial look seems both image quality was same/good, later when we Zoomed to 100% and see Canon was giving super quality pic, even 100% zoom i mages were not getting blur, I compared continuesly with all the images, Initially We doubt the lense was problem, i bought new lense of the same single lense and tested again, Seems its same problem, but its not the same with D90, Nikon D90 produces high quality images , Now I am confused, as I have to sell my D3200 and plannng to buy Canon, or D90, But D90 is little older version, so i am planning to buy Canon 550D
Gaurav (6:10 AM, November 02, 2012)
hi! i am considering to buy either the Canon 550D or the Nikon d3200. however, the initial feedback that i received from many people is that the CANON is better. however, based on the tech review, i find the Nikon for attractive. I am looking at real life, spontaneous pictures and need a suggestion on which one would be a better buy. Also, once i invest in filters & lenses, which one would work out to be cheaper?
poey (4:01 AM, July 21, 2012)
should i take canon 550D or Nikon 3200???? im new to taking a picture and i need something good and can make me satisfy this this both of cameras and the budget must be below than Rm 3000. which one its more easy and worth it for me..i always looking about design and need the good suggestion for this both of cameras..