Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

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Nikon D3200

70

Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25.3 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size Significantly smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight Much lighter 505 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $319.00 vs $3,160.39
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The best price we've seen is $2,841 cheaper (9.9x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the D3200
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 95.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.50x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 24.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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 35.9x24.0mm 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
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 13.2 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 209 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 900 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
Startup delay Less startup delay 200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x 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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D800's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D3200:24.2 MP
              D800:36.2 MP
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D800:200 ms
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              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

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 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

              $650 - $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
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

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

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              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              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
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 body only

              $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,444 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

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