Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

73

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Nikon D5000

49

Nikon D5000

Runner-up
     
 

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 D5000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 
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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
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 868 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 72.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Significantly smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 127x104x80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 540 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 590 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.51x vs 0.50x
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        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
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        D3200:12,800 ISO
        D5000:6,400 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        1
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        4 fps
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        276 ms shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D3200:0.50x
        D5000:0.51x
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D3200:6,400 ISO
        D5000:3,200 ISO
        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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        11
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        D3200:1080p @ 30fps
        D5000:720p @ 24fps

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 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
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $697 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
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $375 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thinner
        Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
        Overall image quality Has slightly lower image quality
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $370 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Size Is slightly larger

        Nikon D3200 Competitors

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $849 body only

        $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D5000 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5000.

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