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

Nikon D3S

Winner
Nikon D3S

100

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Nikon D3200

72

Nikon D3200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
3,253 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
 

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
24.1 MP
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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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
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Size
Much smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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2.4x smaller
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
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
$309.00 vs $4,994.99
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The best price we've seen is $4,686 cheaper (16.2x 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 0.52x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
9 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
120 ms vs 400 ms
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3.3x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D3S:120 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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

              $497 body only

              $597 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $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

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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

              Nikon D3S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality 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
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $4,514 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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