• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Nikon D3200 advantages over Pentax K-S1

  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 20 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Pentax K-S1 advantages over Nikon D3200

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Newer
    4 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.63x vs 0.53x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.4 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 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
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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.

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
Pentax K-S1
Sony A65
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D3200
Nikon D5200
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $527
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
Pentax K-S1
Nikon D5200
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $527
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D3200
Sony A58
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax K-S1
Sony A58
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200
Nikon D3300
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $438
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Pentax K-S1
Nikon D3300
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $438
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Pentax K-S2

Nikon D3200
Pentax K-S2
  • $477
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $522
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Pentax K-S1
Pentax K-S2
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • $522
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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