Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D4

Nikon D4

Winner
Nikon D4

100

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Nikon D3200

68

Nikon D3200

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,965 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
89.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.1 EV
 

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
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Size Much smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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2.5x smaller
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Weight Much lighter 505 g vs 1,340 g
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2.7x lighter
Thickness Much thinner 3" vs 3.6"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price Much cheaper $319.00 vs $5,949.00
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The best price we've seen is $5,630 cheaper (18.6x less)
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,965 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D4 has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the D3200
Battery life Much longer battery life 2600 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.50x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 11 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Better image quality 89.0 vs 81.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 204,800 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 208 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Color depth Better color depth 24.7 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D4's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D4:300 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $579 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 - $740 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

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

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Nikon D4 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $3,797 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,594 with 24-120mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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