Nikon D3200 vs D5100 vs D3100 vs
D7000 vs Canon T3i
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Nikon D3200 Review
The Nikon D3200 challenges the entry-level DSLR
cameras with its headline-grabbing 24.2 megapixel
resolution (although others don't really consider this an
advantage) and a couple other features. In fact, some
argue that it almost crosses the line to mid-range
But how does this camera stack up against others with
comparable features and price, if not cheaper? Is it time to
upgrade to this newer model yet?
What to expect from the Nikon D3200
Before we pit it against its rivals, let me first briefly talk
about the features in D3200 that many photographers
Newbies will find the Guide mode extremely useful. It can
be accessed through a dial at the top of the camera and
teaches users the basics, including examples on how to
achieve certain types of shots by adjusting the camera's
Both the pros and newbies, however, will enjoy taking photos as the image quality cannot be
debated for the D3200, even in low light conditions. The included 18-55 mm kit lens isn't too shabby
either as it also gives nice results, so beginners need not purchase a more expensive lens.
Aside from the 24.2 megapixel sensor, the D3200 also boasts of higher resolution LCD screen at
921k dots for sharper on-camera image previews. It also has a faster image processor that
outperforms many entry-level cameras in terms of shooting speed.
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Nikon D3200 vs D5100
The Nikon D3200 seems to perform better than the D5100 when it comes to low light conditions, as
well as on high ISO setting. The latter is evident in the picture above where the same area was
cropped for the same ISO setting of 6400 (photo submitted to Amazon by J Sual). It is also slightly
faster than the D5100 in terms of shooting speed and image processing.
Both the D3200 and D5100, however, produce excellent videos, except that the D3200 has a slow
motion record option at 60 fps and supports external mic input so you can avoid picking up the motor
sounds inside the camera. The one obvious advantage of the D5100 is its flip-out LCD display,
which can be useful for video recording.
Check out the table below for a summary of their differences
Nikon D3200 vs D3100
Some argue that the higher resolution in D3200 does not
really matter unless you want to produce prints the size of
But the advantage of such a large resolution is that tiny
subjects in an image can still be cropped with minimal loss of detail. This will appeal to many,
especially the beginners, who probably do not own an expensive zoom lens. The only trade-off is the
larger file size it produces, but memory cards are very affordable these days.
Nikon D3200 vs D7000
This time, the contender seems to be the winner, but the
D7000 is targeted towards the semi-pros anyway so this
should have been expected.
The sensor used in D7000 is top-notch, the camera is
weather-sealed, it's got good ergonomics, and has high burst mode speed for capturing fast-moving
subject. The D7000 is definitely the camera of choice, especially if you intend to use it for business.
Nikon D3200 vs Canon T3i
The D3200 is again the winner, but only by a small
margin. Aside from the higher resolution, Nikon D3200
shines in video performance with its auto-focus feature.
Image quality is also great even for high ISO settings.
However, some users who plan to record a lot of movies may choose the Canon T3i for its flip-out
screen that also has a high resolution at 1040k dots.