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

Nikon D3200 vs Canon EOS 550D

Winner
Nikon D3200

100

Canon EOS 550D

81

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
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
252 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

galleries

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.

competitors

Nikon D3200 Competitors

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$359 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Battery life Much longer battery life
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$335 - $699 body only

$370 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Weight Slightly lighter
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Lowest price Slightly more expensive

Canon EOS 550D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$360 body only

$453 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Weight Lighter
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$426 body only

$533 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Much larger
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$335 - $699 body only

$370 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Weight Slightly lighter
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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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..