Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon 1 AW1

Winner
Nikon D3200

95

Nikon 1 AW1

31

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 AW1

Size
Really small
Mid size 114x72x37 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
15 fps

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon AW1

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Size
Significantly smaller
114x72x37 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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3x smaller
Focus points
Many more focus points
135 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
15 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Significantly lighter
201 g vs 505 g
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2.5x lighter
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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2.1x thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
81.0 vs 51.0
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Around 60% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 3.9 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 10.9 EV
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2.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 25.5x more lenses available
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 428 ISO
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The D3200 has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the AW1
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Lowest price
Cheaper
$289.00 vs $746.95
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The best price we've seen is $458 cheaper (2.6x less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              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

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $308 body only

              $379 - $446 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity

              Nikon 1 AW1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Battery life Longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $297

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $379

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Battery life Longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $270

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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