Updated (March 2015): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D7200

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D3200

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Nikon D7100

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Nikon D3200

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
83.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.7 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)
Weight
Light-weight
505 g
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits

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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Size
Significantly smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 136×107×76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$289.00 vs $713.00
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The best price we've seen is $424 cheaper (2.5x less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
505 g vs 675 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.52x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,256 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
950 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
83.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 13.2 EV
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
251 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D7100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
              D320081.0
              D710083.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D320024.1 bits
              D710024.2 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D320013.2 EV
              D710013.7 EV
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D320024.1 MP
              D710024 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200400 ms
              D7100300 ms
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200276 ms
              D7100251 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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