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
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

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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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 207k dots
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Around 4.5x higher resolution screen
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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 848 x 480 @ 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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
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
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
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $319.00 vs $554.00
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The best price we've seen is $235 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $265 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              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
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $489 - $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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

              $378 - $449 body only

              $458 - $669 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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

              Super zoom

              $396

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Screen resolution Slightly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $544

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A450

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A450

              Entry-level DSLR

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
              Size Significantly larger
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $294 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Battery life Shorter battery life
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

              Super zoom

              $750

              External flash Supports an external flash
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Significantly larger

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