Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D3100

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

73

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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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
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The D3200 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the D3000
Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 62.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11.1 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight Slightly lighter 505 g vs 536 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Size Significantly smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.50x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 262 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price Cheaper $329.99 vs $476.95
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The best price we've seen is $147 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D3200:12,800 ISO
              D3000:3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3200:4 fps
              D3000:3 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3200:6,400 ISO
              D3000:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200:276 ms
              D3000:262 ms
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3200:0.50x
              D3000:0.52x
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D3200:Contrast detection
              D3000:None
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D3200:1080p @ 30fps
              D3000:None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $484 - $774 body only

              $200 - $595 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $299 - $390 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 - $629 body only

              $830 - $976 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $899 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

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

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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