• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • 75.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon D3200 advantages over Sigma DP3 Merrill

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 540 vs 97 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 14.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    12 vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sigma DP3 Merrill advantages over Nikon D3200

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.00 vs 3.86 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

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
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sony A65
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon D5200

Nikon D3200
Nikon D5200
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Higher effective ISO
Sigma DP3 Merrill
Nikon D5200
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D3200
Sony A58
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sony A58
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher-res screen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D3200
Canon T5i
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Better color depth
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Sigma DP3 Merrill
Canon T5i
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Nikon D3200
Pentax K-S1
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • External Mic Jack
  • More pixels
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sigma DP3 Merrill
Pentax K-S1
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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