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

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
True resolution
High true resolution
21 MP
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix 3200

Size
Really small
Compact 88x65x38 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
190 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" 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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs 1/3" 5.3x4.0mm
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Around 41.5x larger sensor
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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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 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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon 3200

Size Much smaller 88x65x38 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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6x smaller
Weight Much lighter 190 g vs 850 g
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4.5x lighter
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
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3"
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Around 50% thinner
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        5D Mark II:Pentaprism
        3200:Tunnel
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        5D Mark II:3.9 fps
        3200:1.5 fps
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,899 body only

        $1,899 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,478 with 28-135mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,049 - $1,150 body only

        $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

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

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $579 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        $3,150 body only

        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Focus points More focus points
        Movie format Does not take movies
        True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO

        Nikon Coolpix 3200 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

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        Nikon Coolpix 5200

        Compact

        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $681 body only

        $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix 3100

        Nikon Coolpix 3100

        Compact

        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $101

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Canon Rebel SL1

        Canon Rebel SL1

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $500 body only

        $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

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

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