Nikon D3300

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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

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

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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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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Cheaper
$309.00 vs $439.00
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The best price we've seen is $130 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D3300

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Movie format
Lower 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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
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
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D3200:81.0
              D3300:82.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D3200:24.1 bits
              D3300:24.3 bits
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D3200:24.1 MP
              D3300:24.2 MP
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3200:505 g
              D3300:430 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3200:$309.00
              D3300:$439.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3200:4 fps
              D3300:5 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3200:0.52x
              D3300:0.55x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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 Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $549 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Nikon D3300 Competitors

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

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              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.