Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3200 vs D3000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3200
10.0
D3000
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3200
6.5
D3000
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
D3000
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3200
9.0
D3000
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 6 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D3200
8.9
D3000
8.7

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 D3000

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

D3200
1,131 ISO
D3000
563 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3200
276 ms
D3000
262 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D3200
114 ms
D3000
84 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D3200
400 ms
D3000
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3200
4 fps
D3000
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

D3200
540 photos
D3000
550 photos

Features Key features of the D3200  vs D3000 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D3200
24.1 MP
D3000
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D3200
12,800 ISO
D3000
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

D3200
11
D3000
11

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

D3200
3"
D3000
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D3200
0.52x
D3000
0.52x

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

D3200
14.8 microns
D3000
37.2 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D3200  vs D3000 

7.3
7.2
At this point in time the Nikon D3200 offers the highest sensor resolution in the entry-level bracket of the DSLR market.
D3200

9.0
9.0
An improved movie mode with greater control over exposure and sound, an expanded Guide mode and simpler controls for beginners, more connectivity options and a better LCD screen all add up to the best entry-level Nikon DSLR that we've ever reviewed.
D3200

8.0
9.0
The 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AF-S VR kit lens is much better than most plastic-mount standard zoom lenses, with excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, good contrast and very little wide-angle distortion.
D3000

8.0
9.0
Shoot in RAW (NEF) mode and you get the full benefit of uncompressed shots; the level of clarity and detail that can be retrieved is very impressive for an entry-level camera.
D3000

7.0
7.3
After shooting you can build stop-motion movies from selected images on the SD card or apply a selective blur in Miniature effect (which simulates tilt/shift).
D3000

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D3200  vs
D3000 
Type CMOS CCD
Megapixels 24.1 MP 10 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4000 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.2 x 15.4 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.5x
Pixel size 14.8 microns 37.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

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

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps 3 fps
Battery life 540 550
Continuous shooting
3 fps, JPEG
4 fps
Focus lag 276 ms 262 ms
Shutter lag 114 ms 84 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 700 ms

video

D3200  vs
D3000 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4) None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes No

shutter

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

form factor

Size 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm 126 x 97 x 64 mm
Thickness 76.5 mm 64 mm
Weight 505 g 485 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
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