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

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Nikon D5000

50

Nikon D5000

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
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 24.1 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
Lowest price Much cheaper $319.00 vs $761.36
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The best price we've seen is $442 cheaper (2.4x less)
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
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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
              D3200:0.52x
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $401 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $399 - $816 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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