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

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

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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
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
 
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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
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
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 24.2 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly 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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        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
        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
        T1i:9
        D3200:11
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        T1i:None
        D3200:Contrast detection
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        T1i:0.54x
        D3200:0.50x
        Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
        T1i:1080p @ 20fps
        D3200:1080p @ 30fps

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        competitors

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        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 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

        $597 body only

        $579 - $697 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 much larger
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $600 body only

        $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $375 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

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

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $370 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

        Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Movie format Does not take movies
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

        Nikon D3200 Competitors

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        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 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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