Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

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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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Size
Really small
Standard size 113x72x79 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Weight
Light-weight
340 g
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 848 x 480 @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 207k dots
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Around 4.5x higher resolution 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
Screen size Much 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 2800 ms
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7x 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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 276 ms vs 580 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,250 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 2.4 f-stops better
Battery life Longer battery life 540 shots vs 380 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D3200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ8

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size Smaller 113x72x79 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Lighter 340 g vs 505 g
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More than 30% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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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
        DMC-FZ8:Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        D3200:3"
        DMC-FZ8:3.1"
        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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D3200:4 fps
        DMC-FZ8:3 fps
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons

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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 D3200 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $437 - $520 body only

        $528 - $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

        $650 - $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

        $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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Cheaper
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

        Super zoom

        Supports RAW No RAW support
        Screen resolution Slightly lower resolution screen
        Fujifilm FinePix S2950

        Fujifilm FinePix S2950

        Super zoom

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Supports RAW No RAW support
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

        Super zoom

        $499

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen size Larger screen
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

        Travel zoom

        $241

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Supports RAW No RAW support
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

        Super zoom

        $530

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Larger
        Supports RAW No RAW support

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