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

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

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Olympus SP-550 UZ

44

Olympus SP-550 UZ

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-550 UZ

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 116x79x78 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
15 fps
 
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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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 2900 ms
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7.2x less delay when turning on
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 7.1 MP
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Capture around 3.5x more detail in your photos
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs 1/2.5" 5.8x4.3mm
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Around 14.5x larger sensor
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
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
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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 Common Weaknesses
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        D3200:Pentamirror
        SP-550 UZ:Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        D3200:3"
        SP-550 UZ:3.1"
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Weight Heavy Help
        D3200:505 g
        SP-550 UZ:460 g
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        Size Large Help
        D3200:125x96x76 mm
        SP-550 UZ:116x79x78 mm

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $380 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Canon Rebel T4i

        Canon Rebel T4i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $650 - $700 body only

        $200 - $710 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $1,475 with 18-135mm lens

        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen

        Nikon D3200 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $697 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

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $700 body only

        $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Overall image quality Worse image quality

        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
        Olympus SP-610 UZ

        Olympus SP-610 UZ

        Super zoom

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Entry-level DSLR

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
        Size Larger
        Olympus SP-565UZ

        Olympus SP-565UZ

        Super zoom

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Size Slightly larger
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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