Updated (June 2014): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3200

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Nikon D800

99

Nikon D3200

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

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

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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 171 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size
Significantly smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 146×123×82 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
505 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$289.00 vs $2,285.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,996 cheaper (7.9x less)
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance
Significantly 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 0.52x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 24.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
209 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
900 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
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 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200400 ms
              D800200 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $545 - $747 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 D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $649 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              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
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,584 - $1,997 body only

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

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

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

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              $1,780 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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