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

Nikon D3X

Winner
Nikon D3X

88

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Nikon D3200

70

Nikon D3200

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3X

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,992 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
88.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide 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
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
 
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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
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
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
Weight Much lighter 505 g vs 1,260 g
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2.5x lighter
Lowest price Much cheaper $319.00 vs $8,949.00
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The best price we've seen is $8,630 cheaper (28.1x less)
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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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 0.50x
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More than 90% 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 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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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 Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D3X:300 ms
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D3200:24.2 MP
              D3X:24.4 MP
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D3200:12,800 ISO
              D3X:None
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3200:6,400 ISO
              D3X:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3200:4 fps
              D3X:5 fps
              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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 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 significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $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

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 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

              $400 - $670 body only

              $485 - $625 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $380 - $427 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

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Nikon D3X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,250 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 D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $3,144 with 55-200mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,949 - $5,997 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              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

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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