Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D40

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

73

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Nikon D40

25

Nikon D40

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 3.1 more bits of color
Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 56.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 561 ISO
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The D3200 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the D40
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 4x more detail in your photos
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 2.5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Focus points More focus points 11 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Battery life Longer battery life 540 shots vs 470 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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
Weight Slightly lighter 505 g vs 522 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D40

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Size Much smaller 124x94x64 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.5mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.50x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 260 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price Cheaper $379.99 vs $496.95
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The best price we've seen is $117 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3200:$496.95
              D40:$379.99
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3200:505 g
              D40:522 g
              Lens focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D3200:12,800 ISO
              D40:3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3200:4 fps
              D40:2.5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3200:6,400 ISO
              D40:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3200:0.50x
              D40:0.53x
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200:276 ms
              D40:260 ms
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D3200:Contrast detection
              D40:None
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D3200:11
              D40:3
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D3200:1080p @ 30fps
              D40:None

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $680 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

              Nikon D40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $249 - $300 body only

              $350 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Size Larger
              Nikon D70

              Nikon D70

              Pro DSLR

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D50

              Nikon D50

              Entry-level DSLR

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Much larger

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              Colt (3:44 PM, February 15, 2014)
              Hello,I have used D40 for 6 years, now I want to upgrade it. I want the new one is light, not too expensive and it should has a better maximum light sensitivity(I always take photos for my son at home with AF-s 50 1.8G) . Will D3200 be a good choice? Plesase help me,3x!