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

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

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Nikon 1 AW1

33

Nikon 1 AW1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide 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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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
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Size Significantly smaller 114x72x37 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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3x smaller
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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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Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 51.0
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Around 60% better image quality
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 8 lenses
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More than 25.5x more lenses available
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 3.9 more bits of color
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 10.9 EV
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2.3 f-stops more dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 540 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
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 $496.95 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $252 cheaper (more than 30% 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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon 1 AW1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 with 10-100mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Slightly smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $309 - $347

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $344 - $348

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              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

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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