Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon Coolpix 3200

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Nikon Coolpix 3200

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

76

Nikon Coolpix 3200

31

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix 3200

Size
Really small
Compact (88×65×38 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
190 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix 3200.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 1.6"
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Around 90% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 80k dots
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11.5x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
21 MP vs 3.1 MP
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Capture more than 6.5x more detail in your photos
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.9 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a through-the-lens viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/3000s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Learn more about
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Advantages of the Nikon 3200

Size
Much smaller
88×65×38 mm vs 152×114×75 mm
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6x smaller
Weight
Much lighter
190 g vs 850 g
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4.5x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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Around 50% thinner
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$149.00 vs $2,038.18
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The best price we've seen is $1,889 cheaper (13.7x less)
Nikon Coolpix 3200 Learn more about
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              5D Mark IIPentaprism
              3200Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $582 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              GPS Has a GPS
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Weight Heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,499 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,715 body only

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Focus points More focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Nikon Coolpix 3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix 3100

              Nikon Coolpix 3100

              Compact

              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Placeholder

              Nikon Coolpix 5200

              Compact

              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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