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

Nikon D3200 vs Olympus SP-550 UZ

Winner
Nikon D3200

98

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

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
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
              D3200:Pentamirror
              SP-550 UZ:Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D3200:3"
              SP-550 UZ:3.1"
              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

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $529 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $393 body only

              $429 - $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

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $560 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $237 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Olympus SP-550 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-560 UZ

              Olympus SP-560 UZ

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Nikon Coolpix P80

              Nikon Coolpix P80

              Super zoom

              $325

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Larger screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Olympus SP-620 UZ

              Olympus 620 UZ

              Travel zoom

              $263

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Olympus SP-570 UZ

              Olympus SP-570 UZ

              Super zoom

              $600

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus SP-565UZ

              Olympus SP-565UZ

              Super zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker

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