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

Nikon D3S

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Nikon D3S

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Nikon D3200

72

Nikon D3200

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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
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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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
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
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
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
Thickness Much thinner 3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $319.00 vs $4,994.99
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The best price we've seen is $4,676 cheaper (15.7x less)
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
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D3S:120 ms
              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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $629 - $847 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 - $899 body only

              $900 - $997 with 18-105mm lens

              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $950 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $815 - $947 body only

              $1,247 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

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 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 - $575 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 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

              Nikon D3S Competitors

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              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $1,100 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 D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,040 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $7,250 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
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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