Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D60

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

73

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Nikon D60

32

Nikon D60

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 D60

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x94x64 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
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 562 ISO
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The D3200 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the D60
Overall image quality Much better image quality 81.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11.4 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
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
Focus points More focus points 11 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 540 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Weight Slightly lighter 505 g vs 522 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D60

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Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Size Significantly smaller 126x94x64 mm vs 125x96x76 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 0.52x 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
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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
        D3200:400 ms
        D60:500 ms
        Weight Light weight Help
        D3200:505 g
        D60:522 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
        D60:3,200 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D3200:4 fps
        D60:3 fps
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D3200:6,400 ISO
        D60:1,600 ISO
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        D3200:276 ms
        D60:260 ms
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D3200:0.50x
        D60:0.52x
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D3200:Contrast detection
        D60:None
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        D3200:11
        D60:3
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D3200:1080p @ 30fps
        D60:None

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        competitors

        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

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        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
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $600 - $629 body only

        $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        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 D60 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $970 body only

        $1,465 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Size Much larger

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