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

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D300

Winner
Nikon D3200

73

Nikon D300

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

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

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 67.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$289.95 vs $1,649.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,359 cheaper (5.7x less)
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
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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 0.52x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Longer battery life
1000 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200400 ms
              D300300 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D320012,800 ISO
              D3006,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              D3003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $597 - $680 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

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $696 body only

              $891 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $619 with 18-55mm lens

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,800 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              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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