Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3200 vs SL1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3200
9.5
Rebel SL1
8.7
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3200
6.5
Rebel SL1
6.6
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3200
8.3
Rebel SL1
8.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3200
9.0
Rebel SL1
9.1
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 6 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D3200
8.8
Rebel SL1
8.6

Winner
Nikon D3200 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D3200  based on its image quality and responsiveness.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D3200 vs Rebel SL1

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

D3200
1,131 ISO
Rebel SL1
843 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3200
276 ms
Rebel SL1
264 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D3200
114 ms
Rebel SL1
76 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D3200
400 ms
Rebel SL1
600 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3200
4 fps
Rebel SL1
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

D3200
540 photos
Rebel SL1
380 photos

Features Key features of the D3200  vs Rebel SL1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D3200
24.1 MP
Rebel SL1
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D3200
12,800 ISO
Rebel SL1
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D3200
0.52x
Rebel SL1
0.54x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

D3200
14.8 microns
Rebel SL1
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D3200  vs Rebel SL1 

7.3
7.8
While video is probably the main application for the SL1’s improved Hybrid AF, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked when composing and shooting casual snapshots.
Rebel SL1

7.0
7.6
But from a buying-advice perspective, its only real advantage over dSLR alternatives is its size, and in that respect it's simply not small enough - especially compared with a mirrorless interchangeable-lens model equipped with a power zoom lens.
Rebel SL1

8.0
8.0
One of the benefits of having a 24 million pixel sensor is the ability to crop into an image and still retain a high resolution output.
D3200

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D3200  vs
Rebel SL1 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24.1 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4000 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.2 x 15.4 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 14.8 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO Unknown to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
CR2 14bit
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 9
Cross type focus points 1 1
Supports continuous No Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.8x 0.87x
Viewfinder size 0.52x 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps 4 fps
Battery life 540 380
Continuous shooting
4 fps, JPEG
4 fps
Focus lag 276 ms 264 ms
Shutter lag 114 ms 76 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 600 ms

video

D3200  vs
Rebel SL1 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm 117 x 91 x 69 mm
Thickness 76.5 mm 69 mm
Weight 505 g 407 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No Yes
WiFi None None
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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