Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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Canon Rebel T1i

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

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 159 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size Significantly smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 63.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.1 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 20fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but T1i does so at a lower frame rate
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Battery life Longer battery life 540 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Much cheaper $319.00 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $680 cheaper (3.1x less)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
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 520 g
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T1i:300 ms
              D3200:400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              T1i:197 lenses
              D3200:205 lenses
              Weight Light weight Help
              T1i:520 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
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T1i:3.4 fps
              D3200:4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T1i:3,200 ISO
              D3200:6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T1i:0.54x
              D3200:0.52x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $400 body only

              $458 - $669 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 significantly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3200.

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