Updated (March 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Winner
Nikon D3200

71

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

37

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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

Size
Really small
Standard size (113×72×79 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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 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 207k dots
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Around 4.5x higher resolution screen
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2800 ms
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7x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
276 ms vs 580 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 848 x 480 @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 380 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
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 4.7 f-stops better
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
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 4 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$289.00 vs $439.51
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The best price we've seen is $151 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ8

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Smaller
113×72×79 mm vs 125×96×77 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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D3200Pentamirror
              DMC-FZ8Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D32003"
              DMC-FZ83.1"
              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

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $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

              $325 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

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Super zoom

              $600

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $237

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Olympus Stylus 1

              Olympus Stylus 1

              Pro digicam

              $444 - $626

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Weight Slightly heavier

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