Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D800

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D700

89

Nikon D3200

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D700.

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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Almost the same
Size
Significantly smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$279.00 vs $3,950.18
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The best price we've seen is $3,671 cheaper (14.2x less)
Weight
Much lighter
505 g vs 1,074 g
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2.1x lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D700 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the D3200
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.52x
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Around 2x larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
197 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
1000 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D700's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D32004 fps
              D7005 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $709 body only

              $1,020 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $615 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Thickness Thinner
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,315 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,000 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,531 - $2,633 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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              E2000 (0:53 AM, January 30, 2014)
              The 700
               
              me (3:26 PM, June 15, 2012)
              isn't the D700 old?