Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D3X

Nikon D3X

Winner
Nikon D3X

88

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Nikon D3200

73

Nikon D3200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3X

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,992 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
88.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.7 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
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
 

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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$309.00 vs $7,125.59
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The best price we've seen is $6,817 cheaper (23.1x less)
Weight
Much lighter
505 g vs 1,260 g
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2.5x lighter
Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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
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 D3X

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
4400 shots vs 540 shots
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More than 8x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,992 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D3X has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.52x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality
Better image quality
88.0 vs 81.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm 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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
161 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Color depth
Better color depth
24.7 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
              D3X:300 ms
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D3200:24.1 MP
              D3X:24.4 MP
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D3200:12,800 ISO
              D3X:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3200:6,400 ISO
              D3X:1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3200:4 fps
              D3X:5 fps
              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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm lens

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

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 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

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Thinner
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D3X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $4,514 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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