• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D3200 advantages over Canon SL1

  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 0.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    24.1 vs 21.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,131 vs 843 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.2 vs 11.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 540 vs 380 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    12 vs 8 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Canon SL1 advantages over Nikon D3200

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1140 vs 100 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • High resolution allows cropping; Good performance in low light; Compact and comfortable, highly portable; Fast and responsive, just begs to take pictures; Quiet shutter is great for candids.

  • Mediocre kit lens; Might be too small for some; No bracketing; Narrow flash coverage; Matrix metering tends to overexpose.

  • Extremely compact and lightweight for a DSLR; Delivers good image quality that's virtually identical to the Canon T4i/T5i; Accurate and relatively fast autofocus with improved Live View and Movie Hybrid CMOS II AF; Full 1080p HD movie recording; Better-than average kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM).

  • Still not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Slightly worse than average dynamic range and high ISO performance; Poor battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A65

Nikon D3200
Sony A65
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon SL1
Sony A65
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D3200
Nikon D5200
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon SL1
Nikon D5200
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D3200
Sony A58
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon SL1
Sony A58
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T5

Nikon D3200
Canon T5
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Better color depth
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
Canon SL1
Canon T5
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Nikon D3200
Pentax K-S1
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • External Mic Jack
  • More pixels
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon SL1
Pentax K-S1
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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