A good camera makes for wonderful memories and so you would definitely want to invest in the best possible camera. So if you are wondering whether to go for the Nikon D3200 or the Canon T3i, take a look at the comparison of the two cameras (both excellent entry level DSLRs) and then decide which one to opt for.
Comparison between the Nikon D3200 and the Canon T3i
- Image: Sensor and processing
Let us begin by talking about the resolutions of both the cameras. The D3200 has a clear edge here as it boasts of a powerful 24.2 megapixel sensor, while the T3i has an 18 megapixel sensor. This quite obviously makes the images clicked by the D3200 more detailed and sharp.
Apart from the sensor, the D3200 has a feature with the help of which the images can be edited in the camera itself. This feature is not found in the T3i.
- Shooting in low light conditions
Both the cameras are capable of taking excellent shots in low light conditions. Both boast of the same specs for ISO – Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost). Though some users have said that the T3i takes better low light images, there has been a lot of praise for the low light images of the D3200 as well.
- Scene recognition feature
The Nikon D3200 has a very useful feature known as the Live View feature. Here, with the help of the scene recognition system, the most appropriate shooting mode is automatically selected by the camera.
While the above mentioned feature helps an amateur photographer immensely, the D3200 is also very suitable for seasoned photographers. With the help of the Guide Mode, the user can easily get acquainted with features of the camera. The D3200 has sample shots of each mode and this gives the user a firsthand idea of the image quality and settings. This feature cannot be found in the T3i.
- WiFi Compatibility
The Nikon D3200 has a unique WiFi feature that allows wireless transfers of the photographs and videos from the camera to the smart devices. You do not have to worry about compatibility issues with SD cards. All you have to do is fit the WU-1a adapter into the USB port of the camera and then you can not only make the transfers, you can also use your smart phone or tablets to remotely click photographs. This is a revolutionary feature that is not found in the Canon T3i.
- Weight, dimensions, price and battery life
The D3200 outweighs the T3i in all of these departments. The D3200 weighs a good 65 grams lighter than the T3i. It is also a smaller and more compact camera, as compared to the T3i. It has a longer battery life as well. And since the D3200 is priced about $50 lesser than the T3i, it makes it a little more affordable.
While both the cameras, the Nikon D3200 and the Canon T3i are excellent cameras with unbeatable features, the D3200 seems to have a slight edge over its competitor. With a higher resolution, the WiFi adapter and a lighter weight, it would be a better option to go for the D3200. This however does not mean that the Canon T3i is not a good camera. It has some great features and clicks beautiful pictures and clear videos. It also has a sharper LCD display, making it a very popular camera. Experts warn that a camera should not be judged only by its megapixel count and so you too should keep this in mind when comparing the two cameras. Go through the features of both and then make your choice.