Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D300

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

69

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Nikon D300

64

Nikon D300

Runner-up
     
 

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
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 67.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 12 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 147x114x74 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Much lighter 505 g vs 925 g
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Around 50% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Cheaper $339.00 vs $1,699.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,361 cheaper (5x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.50x
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More than 50% larger viewfinder
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
Battery life Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots 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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 227 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D300:300 ms
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D3200:12,800 ISO
              D300:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3200:6,400 ISO
              D300:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              D3200:APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
              D300:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $929 body only

              $831 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $849 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,695 - $1,908 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,301 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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