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

Nikon D3S vs Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3S

100

Nikon D3200

72

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
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.70x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.
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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Size
Much smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 160×157×88 mm
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2.4x smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 171 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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Almost the same
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$289.00 vs $4,994.99
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The best price we've seen is $4,706 cheaper (17.3x less)
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
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
197 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay
Less startup delay
120 ms vs 400 ms
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3.3x less delay when turning on
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D3S's boost ISO is 6 f-stops 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
              D3200400 ms
              D3S120 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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              D3S12,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $407 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 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

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 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

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $725 - $897 body only

              $985 - $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
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $960 - $1,197 body only

              $1,497 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $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
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 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

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $582 - $699 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

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 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

              $4,999 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 D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 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

              $1,749 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Nikon D3X

              Nikon D3X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,770 - $6,777 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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