Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

72

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Canon EOS 550D

55

Canon EOS 550D

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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 550D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 550D

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Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size Significantly smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.50x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 252 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 784 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Lowest price Much cheaper $319.00 vs $1,151.89
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The best price we've seen is $833 cheaper (3.6x less)
Battery life Longer battery life 540 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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 530 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              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
              550D:197 lenses
              D3200:205 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Weight Light weight Help
              550D:530 g
              D3200:505 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              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
              550D:3.7 fps
              D3200:4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              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
              550D:9
              D3200:11
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              550D:None
              D3200:Contrast detection
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              550D:0.54x
              D3200:0.50x
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $419 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              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
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly 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 much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 550D.

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 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

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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..