Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Olympus SP-550 UZ

Nikon D3200 vs Olympus SP-550 UZ

Winner
Nikon D3200

95

Olympus SP-550 UZ

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-550 UZ

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
15 fps

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
276 ms vs 1520 ms
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5.5x less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2900 ms
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7.2x less delay when turning on
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 7.1 MP
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Capture around 3.5x 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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 5,000 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 1.4 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$279.00 vs $529.00
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The best price we've seen is $250 cheaper (around 50% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Olympus SP-550 UZ

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
15 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
116x79x78 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
460 g vs 505 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D3200Pentamirror
              SP-550 UZDigital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D32003"
              SP-550 UZ3.1"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              D3200125x96x76 mm
              SP-550 UZ116x79x78 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $349 - $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              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
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $569 body only

              $566 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Olympus SP-550 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $215 - $327

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $150

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Super zoom

              $336

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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