Updated (March 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D40

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D40

Winner
Nikon D3200

71

Nikon D40

26

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D40

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

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differences

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-stops higher ISO than the D40
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" 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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2.5 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
24.1 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 2.5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Focus points
More focus points
11 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 4 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$289.00 vs $459.00
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The best price we've seen is $170 cheaper (around 40% less)
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
Significantly smaller
124×94×64 mm vs 125×96×77 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.52x
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
260 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D320012,800 ISO
              D403,200 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              D401,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D32004 fps
              D402.5 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200276 ms
              D40260 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D320011
              D403
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D32000.52x
              D400.53x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D32001080p @ 30fps
              D40None

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $545 - $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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Size Larger
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $775 body only

              $775 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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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!