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

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
Screen size Significantly 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
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
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
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
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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
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D3200:4 fps
        DMC-FZ8:3 fps

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $419 body only

        $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Nikon D3200 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 body only

        $564 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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 body only

        $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $367 - $536

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

        Super zoom

        $959

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen size Larger screen
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

        Pro digicam

        $548

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Size Much larger
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $428

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

        Super zoom

        $600

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Size Larger
        Startup delay More startup delay

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