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

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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 resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
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
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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Overall image quality Has slightly lower image quality
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,050 body only

              $920 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              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 D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $636 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly 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
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              Canon PowerShot SD500

              Compact

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $780 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $198

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,400 body only

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger

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