Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

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Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
81.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Size
Smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 560 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$319.00 vs $359.95
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The best price we've seen is $41 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 540 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D3200:81.0
              D5100:80.0
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              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
              D5100:500 ms
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3200:$319.00
              D5100:$359.95
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              4 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200:276 ms
              D5100:273 ms
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3200:0.52x
              D5100:0.51x
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly 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
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5100.

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              Showing 25 comments

              Jessika (5:49 PM, October 03, 2014)
              If you want to use it just for hobby or normal use (mean not professional), you need to buy Nikon D3200 because it is the best entry level DSLR camera for everyday shooting and very easy to use.

              And If you compare Nikon D3200 vs D5100, the D3200 will win because it contain almost all the new DSLR technologies and have a low price so you can invest in Lenses and tripod, while D5100 can get your attention if you are interesting with the rotate screen.

              This article http://goo.gl/kG2mxO help me a lot when i was have same problem as you.
              Good luck
               
              Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (2:13 AM, August 04, 2014)
              k-50
               
              Avatar for Brent Brent (4:13 PM, June 06, 2014)
              Yes but if your going to be taking selfies with your DSLR, you shouldn't have bought one at all.
               
              Avatar for hallary hallary (4:52 AM, May 24, 2014)
              Caught Amazon running a promo on digital cameras, got lucky. Has anyone tried - ZON DEAL LOCATOR (google it, I forgot the url) There is a yellow box that gives discount promo codes for any product on Amazon. Couldn't believe that I got to choose my own discount. Once I saw the price, I jumped right on it. Just thought I'd share.
               
              Avatar for hallary hallary (4:48 AM, May 24, 2014)
              Has anyone tried - AZON DEAL DIGGER (just google it) There is a little gold box on the site that gives discount promo codes for any product on Amazon. Got my nikon d3200 for cheaper than the listed rates. Don't know how I found ZON CRAZY DEALS, was just googling. Now, I use this tool before I buy anything on Amazon.
               
              skitzoo (2:54 AM, May 11, 2014)
              which do you think produces a much better quality if the pictures are scrutinised using retina display?
               
              Thalia (7:37 PM, February 11, 2014)
              Okay, I'm an aspiring filmmaker. Do I choose the Nikon D3200, the Nikon D5100, the Sony Alpha A3000, or the Sony SLT A58. Thanks :)
               
              Avatar for ali ali (6:54 AM, January 29, 2014)
              im confused...which to buy D3200 or D5100?

              give me suggition plz ???
              which is better????
               
              Avatar for Karim Ahmed Karim Ahmed (0:49 PM, December 29, 2013)
              Finally Snapsort , Which is Better D5100 or D3200 for Best Performance not Cheap , Expensive , lighter , heavier ?? .. Just Performance at night scenes .. Qualityy ?
               
              Avatar for nibi nibi (6:32 AM, December 26, 2013)
              Dear friends, last few months I am looking over both nokon 3200 and nikon 5100.both cameras have some specific qualities.as a person, who love photography, and always seeking for best out for our work, which one I can select, either nikon 3200 or nikon 5100. I am not looking at long battery life, flip out screen or megapixel.i am looking only over the best picture out put.so kindly share your valuable informations and experienses.
               
              RIC (5:15 PM, December 25, 2013)
              3200 or 5100??????? !!!!!!!!!!!!!
               
              davey (10:38 PM, December 16, 2013)
              do not listen to the reviews on this comment section, too many idiots with no clue what they are talking about..
               
              Avatar for Joseph Murray Joseph Murray (5:05 PM, December 01, 2013)
              The door just pops out from its hinges. Don't be afraid to use a litle muscle; you can see where the hinge mount is split, not a closed loop. Just pull it out.
               
              Salseng (0:42 AM, November 29, 2013)
              Go for D90 :)
               
              Salseng (0:42 AM, November 29, 2013)
              Go for D90 :)
               
              Avatar for jacob jacob (9:45 AM, November 27, 2013)
              which is better among the two for video rec? or should i look for some canon in the same price range? is it true theres a 20 min limit on video rec? :O
               
              Avatar for italoandre italoandre (10:58 PM, November 06, 2013)
              If you are recording videos, the flip screen can be very useful
               
              Avatar for paulonerd paulonerd (1:25 AM, November 06, 2013)
              Is your mobile phone's sensor as big as APC? I don't think so. If you don't understand the advantages of that, then I'm not the one who sucks at photography. About HDR, "better" is a wide term, which can incorporate the concept of easyness if I want to. Is there anything else that you wanna say?
               
              Avatar for disqus_o0e0FeaGOs disqus_o0e0FeaGOs (11:26 AM, November 05, 2013)
              BTW You don't HAVE to flip out a flip-out screen. They can stay stuck against the body like any non-flip-out screen so if you're worried about it being jostled you simply don't flip it out!


              Either way, this is a pointless exercise since I've been converted to the Pentax dark side from my Canikon past.
               
              Avatar for disqus_o0e0FeaGOs disqus_o0e0FeaGOs (11:23 AM, November 05, 2013)
              Never bought a D5100. Went with a Pentax K-30 instead and have been "singing in the rain" ;-).

              Seriously though. If I had to take a Nikon (I really like the Nikon too but found its grip to be less than perfect, and... it didn't have weather resistance which is pretty a pretty major plus for me) I'd get the D5100 hands down over the D3200 because of the flip-out screen and the much better battery life. Swapping out a battery is a pain.

              The flip-out screen is useful in a LOT of situations, not just shooting video. I've recently had the pleasure of shooting with the flip-out D5100 and my non-flip-out K-30 and, though I like the overall feel of the K-30 better I do find myself wishing for a flip-out screen (of course, flip-out screen and weather resistance would be asking for trouble) and better battery life.
               
              PhotoEngineer (0:00 AM, November 02, 2013)
              dude, D7000 became a legend not because of 16MP but for other PRO-funcs.
               
              Floppah (11:57 PM, November 01, 2013)
              I bought a cheap extra battery, now my d3200 has 80% more battery life than your D5100.
              Don't tell me you also bought an extra battery?
              Flip camera has a bad side, whenever you are in a crowded place like sports arena, music gigs/concert, you cannot just flip it out. It may be tackled by other people, and you can't blame them for damaging your cam. So flip camera isn't that useful. I don't prefer flip cams for photography, but it is good when taking videos.
               
              paulonoob (11:49 PM, November 01, 2013)
              You mean selfies man? You can just use your cellphone for that. He said that using a PC to make HDR photo is better which is true, he doesn't mean easier. I'm sorry for the term but, I guess you suck at photography.
               
              Avatar for paulonerd paulonerd (4:16 PM, October 28, 2013)
              HDR in the camera is much easier than using a PC and flip screen is useful when taking self portraits with a beautiful person at your side. 16mp is enough for almost everything. D5100 is my choice.
               
              RJ (2:03 PM, October 22, 2013)
              How do you remove the battery compartment cover for the d5100,
              it's because I will put a battery grip on it..