Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D4

Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D3S

100

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Nikon D3200

69

Nikon D3200

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
 

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
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 12 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Size Much smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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2.4x smaller
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Weight Much lighter 505 g vs 1,240 g
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2.5x lighter
Lowest price Much cheaper $496.95 vs $6,799.99
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The best price we've seen is $6,303 cheaper (13.7x less)
Thickness Much thinner 3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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Advantages of the Nikon D3S

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 3,253 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D3S has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the D3200
Battery life Much longer battery life 4200 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 8x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.50x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 9 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 197 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D3S's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3S's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 82.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D3S:300 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 - $700 body only

              $848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,050 body only

              $920 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $783 - $797 body only

              $881 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $636 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Nikon D3S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,300 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $8,999 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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