Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon Coolpix 3200

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

68

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Nikon Coolpix 3200

30

Nikon Coolpix 3200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix 3200

Size
Really small
Compact 88x65x38 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
190 g
 

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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 1.6"
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Around 90% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 80k dots
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11.5x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 3.1 MP
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Capture more than 5x more detail in your photos
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/3" 5.3x4.0mm
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More than 17.5x larger sensor
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon 3200

Size
Significantly smaller
88x65x38 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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4.4x smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
190 g vs 560 g
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2.9x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$149.00 vs $378.00
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The best price we've seen is $229 cheaper (2.5x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D5100:Pentamirror
              3200:Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Nikon Coolpix 3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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              Nikon Coolpix 5200

              Compact

              $150

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $99

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix 3100

              Nikon Coolpix 3100

              Compact

              $246

              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen

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