Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

73

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Nikon D90

68

Nikon D90

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 D90

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
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
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 73.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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 132x103x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price Much cheaper $319.00 vs $849.99
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The best price we've seen is $531 cheaper (2.7x less)
Weight Significantly lighter 505 g vs 703 g
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Around 30% lighter
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 Slightly thinner 3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.50x
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Around 60% larger viewfinder
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 850 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 60% 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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 208 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4.5 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              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
              D90:300 ms
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D3200:12,800 ISO
              D90:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              D3200:95%
              D90:96%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D3200:4 fps
              D90:4.5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D3200:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
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              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D3200:Contrast detection
              D90:None
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D3200:1080p @ 30fps
              D90:720p @ 24fps

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen resolution Has a much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D90 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D90.

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              Leo (4:35 PM, September 20, 2013)
              I think the D3200 scored extra points on non-important features such as weight, size, price, etc, but D90 is still much better camera than the D3200, specially if you don't care about recording videos.
               
              MickeyD (7:57 PM, April 25, 2013)
              The D90 is a better body all the way around, you can use the older " D " type lenses than the newer AF-S lenses that have a built in motor in the lens body, this is where you pay more for the same type of lens and Nikon built the D3000,D3100,D3200,D5000,D5100,D5200 bodies do not the built-in motor in the camera body so you are forced to buy these AF-S lenses just about twice the price of the older "D" type lenses. If you want to start with an Entry Level body and do not care about the price of lenses then bye all means buy a D3200 camera system, you will enjoy every moment. Good Luck with your Decision!
               
              0-o (3:17 AM, April 01, 2013)
              I think the D90 is much more better for the extra features and good body material and ergonomics :) .