Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Nikon D3200 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Winner
Nikon D3200

95

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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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
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 450 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 122x87x93 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.7"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 583 g
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More than 10% lighter
Viewfinder
Has a through-the-lens viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3200's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$289.00 vs $429.00
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX200V

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D3200Pentamirror
              DSC-HX200VTunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D32003"
              DSC-HX200V3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D3200505 g
              DSC-HX200V583 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D320011
              DSC-HX200V9
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              D3200125x96x76 mm
              DSC-HX200V122x87x93 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Dynamic range Has much narrower dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Dynamic range Has much narrower dynamic range
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 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

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $275 - $378

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428

              Zoom More zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $600

              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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