Updated (March 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Olympus SP-550 UZ

Nikon D3200 vs Olympus SP-550 UZ

Winner
Nikon D3200

72

Olympus SP-550 UZ

42

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
  1. 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 size
Much larger screen
3" 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
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 5,000 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 2.7 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$289.00 vs $519.99
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The best price we've seen is $231 cheaper (more than 40% 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
  1. 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
116×79×78 mm vs 125×96×77 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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 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

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 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
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Olympus SP-550 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 - $350 with 20-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              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
              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-600 UZ

              Olympus SP-600 UZ

              Super zoom

              $362

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Super zoom

              $269

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Supports RAW No RAW support

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