The Nikon D3200 and the Canon T4i are technically quite dissimilar to each other so you may be thinking why this comparison is being made. The reason behind this is actually quite simple – the D3200 and T4i are two of the best entry level DSLRs from the two biggest camera houses in the world and in all probability you will find the two cameras next to each other in store shelves.
Canon is offering the T4i as a mid range DSLR, placed between the low-end T3 and the high-end 60D and 7D models. The price of the T4i is $1199 and it is fitted with an 18-135mm IS STM kit lens. This makes the T4i a more advanced camera for amateurs. In comparison, the D3200 from Nikon (with an 18-55mm kit lens) is available for just $650 and is one of the cheapest Nikon DSLR cameras available today.
Apart from the price, there are some other noticeable differences between the two cameras as well. Better lens quality, touch-screen, a moving LCD display, and uninterrupted AF while movie making makes the price of the T4i justifiable. When compared to the T4i, the D3200 may seem a bit austere, but the very fact that the camera has a 24 megapixel sensor, makes it highly desirable.
Which is the better camera?
The button layout system is slightly more defined in the Canon T4i and this makes it more convenient for people who indulge in serious photography. The key settings such as White Balance, Color Mode, ISO, etc can be accessed directly. Through the ‘Q Menu’, you can go for the touch option as well. The touch-screen can swivel, making it all the more convenient for you. In the lower-end D3200, you would in all probability need to use both your hands and use the ‘I’ button to select the settings.
What really sets the two cameras apart is the touch-screen feature of the T4i. The touch option makes it easier and faster for the user to browse through and select the preferred settings when clicking, recording or playing back. On the other hand, the D3200 has a bright and clean display. It is thus unfair to compare the two, as the screen of theT4i outshines that of the D3200 completely.
Quality of Images
When speaking of image quality, the Nikon D3200 surely outshines the Canon T4i. The 24 megapixel sensor packs a powerful punch and produces beautiful and sharp pictures. The difference in the number of resolutions is very clearly visible between the two cameras. If the D3200 is fixed with some of the best Nikon lenses, the quality of the images would only improve further.
This however does not mean that the T4i is not capable of clicking sharp images. The default noise reduction setting available in the T4i, along with jpeg sharpening, provides the user with better images coming directly out of the camera. Both the T4i and the D3200 have brilliant accuracy in the color department.
Final verdict: T4i or D3200?
From the points above, it can be clearly seen that the T4i is a more advanced camera and definitely a notch higher than the D3200 in all departments, expect may be in the quality of the pictures. The build of the camera is finer and it has a higher number of features like the touch-screen display and continuous AF. These features however are expected to be found in a camera that is so steeply priced and quite obviously not found in the D3200 that is much more humbly priced.
So if you are a beginner, it would make more sense to go for the D3200 as it has all the features to produce brilliant images. If you want to go for a high-end camera, opt for the T4i, but do check out more brands and products before you spend so much of money.