Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3300

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Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3300

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,385 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.3 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

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

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.8 EV
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$279.00 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D3300

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Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D3200 does so at a lower frame rate
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,385 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D3300 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.55x vs 0.52x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
700 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D3300's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
82.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
430 g vs 505 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D320024.1 bits
              D330024.3 bits
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D320024.1 MP
              D330024.2 MP
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3200$279.00
              D3300$399.00
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3200505 g
              D3300430 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              D330012,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $600 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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

              Nikon D3300 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3300.

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              Avatar for TylerChappell TylerChappell (9:32 PM, May 07, 2015)
              Actually, the MSRP of the D3300 is only $50 more than the D3200, so given that it comes with the newer 18-55mm VR II lens, as well as 5fps vs 4fps, and a few other small additions, the D3300 is a better value. Additionally, the D3200 2-lens kit is not at all worth it since the 55-200mm lens it typically includes is the non-VR version that actually dates back to like 2001. As far as not keeping up with Canon? You are completely spewing total nonsense. Dollar-per-dollar, every single Nikon DSLR currently available delivers better image quality than its Canon counterpart. Canon LOVES to uses its older sensors and image processors that date back to YEARS ago in its "latest" DSLR's. It's Canon who is trailing behind Nikon, and by a lot. Not the other way around.
              In fact, despite being a camera targeted more for enthusiasts and sports, the image quality of the $1700 Canon 7D Mk II is actually WORSE than Nikon's $500 D3300.
              You have no idea what you're talking about. And don't say Nikon doesn't have anything comparable to the 70D. They do. And they are called the D7100 and D7200 (even the D5500 could be thrown in there). Both of which have superior ergonomics and better image quality. As for the 7D Mark II? Overpriced Junk. Who would spend $1700 on that when you can buy a full-frame Nikon D610 for $1500 or a D750 for $2,000? Only a fool who has made a poor investment in Canon glass.
               
              Avatar for NSRajaram NSRajaram (1:39 AM, April 25, 2015)
              D3200 is the better value, especially with the extra lens. Actually the Nikon 5xxx series is not that much better. Nikon has not kept up with Canon when it comes to advances and still riding on its past reputation. Nikon has nothing to compare with Canon 70 D much less 7D Mark II.
               
              Avatar for x-aap member x-aap member (0:57 PM, April 10, 2015)
              You are a lier
               
              Chet (4:01 AM, February 15, 2015)
              I have the kit with both lenses and they are definitely VR!
               
              Avatar for Karl Nikon Karl Nikon (1:11 PM, September 19, 2014)
              Pc world do the nikon d3200 with 2 lenses 18-55 and 55-200mm For £379 for this price it's a fantastic deal I know as i have just got mine.
              PS does not come with VR lenses but i don't find it a big deal without the VR. I use both VR and non VR lenses and i don't really see that much different in use.
               
              NikonOrBust (9:39 PM, September 10, 2014)
              Small thing: I still like the right side, rear button layout of the D3200 better
               
              Kristin (10:09 PM, May 12, 2014)
              In that package the lenses are not VR lenses. I have been told the VR lenses are worth the extra cost. I spoke with a guy at the store who was adament that the lenses were VR and I told him they weren't. Sure enough he pulled the kit out and looked at the lenses for himself and they were not VR. The kit that has both lenses that are VR is $750.
               
              aakash hammer (5:50 AM, May 03, 2014)
              nikon 3200 is the bEst ... I can jus say go fo it ;)
               
              Mailys (7:45 PM, May 02, 2014)
              Go for this one the d3200 with 18-55 + 55-200 it's awesome. I don't think there's a huuuuuuge difference between the 3200 and the 3300. Trust me, and with the extra lense that's just even more awesome.
               
              Ankit Ashri (7:29 AM, April 12, 2014)
              In india D3300 is available at $550 with 18-55 and d3200 with 18-55 + 55-200 at same price $550. My question, this will be my first camera. Which one to choose. Confused
               
              Avatar for Nathan D D Nathan D D (1:02 AM, March 18, 2014)
              You are correct, the D3300 does not have a built in focus motor.
               
              Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (10:56 PM, February 24, 2014)
              Me neither.......
              Comes with a Vr lens
               
              Avatar for Bin Memory Bin Memory (8:46 AM, February 16, 2014)
              Really? I don't think Nikon D3300 has a built-in focus motor.