The D3200 is a new camera available from the house of Nikon. It is very similar to the Nikon D5100, though there are some core differences between the two. In this article we will take a look at the features of both these cameras from Nikon and then offer an analysis as to which is a better camera to buy and what are the reasons behind that. Read on to know more.
Comparison between the D3200 and the D5100
Let us begin with the appearance of the two cameras. If a D3200 and a D5100 are kept side by side, you won’t be able to tell the difference at all! That is right. The two cameras are almost identical in appearance, the only difference being that the D3200 is available in a red color as well.
The DX Format (APS-C) CMOS sensor is found in both the cameras and the dimensions are almost same with a 23.2×15.4mm sized sensor found in the D3200 and a 23.2×15.6mm sized sensor found in the D5100. When it comes to the sensor resolution however, there is a big difference. The D3200 is a 24.2 megapixel camera, while the D5100 is a 16.2 megapixel camera. This makes a lot of difference in the pictures, especially when they are cropped. If you are using a D3200, you will have the liberty to shoot pictures randomly and then can crop them as per your liking and still have some great quality shots.
Next we have the LCD screens. The specifications of both the cameras in this respect are the same as both the D3200 and the D5100 have 3.0-inch (921k dots) TFT LCD screens. There is however only one major difference here and that is that in the D5100, the screen is movable and you can rotate it while shooting. The tilt feature of the LCD screen is not present in the D3200.
In regards to WiFi compatibility, the D3200 has an edge over the D5100. The D3200 has a unique feature where a WU-1a transmitter can be inserted into the camera and the shooting can be done from remote locations. Apart from this, the users can also transfer their pictures to other devices with the help of this WiFi setting. The D5100 does not have this feature.
Both the cameras are capable of shooting HD videos (1920×1080 [30, 24, 25fps], 1280×720 [60, 50fps] for a Nikon D3200 and 1920 × 1080 @29.97, 25, 23.976fps for a D3100). The autofocus feature for HD movies is also present in both the cameras, making them very similar to each other. The autofocus however is a little slow in both the cameras and takes a long time to adjust to fast moving objects.
The D5100 is marginally higher prices than the D3200. While the D5100 sells at $479, the D3200 sells at $469, making them almost similarly priced.
The final verdict – Which camera to buy?
As most of the features of the two cameras are similar, it would make sense to go for a D3200 as it is a solid, entry level DSLR and perfect for those who want to use a DSLR for casual shooting. Go for a D5100 only if you indulge in a lot of videography. In this case, the tilt screen would be of use to you. The D3200 will also prove to be a better buy since it has a higher resolution and the very cool and useful WiFi setting, a feature that is not found in the D5100. The D3200 is also lighter than the D5100 and is quieter as well. It hardly makes any noise while capturing images.