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

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

65

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Nikon Coolpix 3200

29

Nikon Coolpix 3200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera 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
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        D5100:Pentamirror
        3200:Tunnel
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D5100:4 fps
        3200:1.5 fps

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Focus points Has slightly more focus points
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 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

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $273 body only

        $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 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

        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix 3100

        Nikon Coolpix 3100

        Compact

        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $107

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

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