Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3200 vs D3100

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3200
9.5
D3100
8.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3200
6.5
D3100
6.5
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3200
8.3
D3100
8.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3200
9.0
D3100
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 6 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D3200
8.8
D3100
8.7

Winner
Nikon D3200 

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

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D3200 vs D3100

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

D3200
1,131 ISO
D3100
919 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D3200
3,000 LPH
D3100
2,400 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3200
276 ms
D3100
279 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D3200
114 ms
D3100
117 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D3200
400 ms
D3100
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3200
4 fps
D3100
3 fps

Features Key features of the D3200  vs D3100 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D3200
24.1 MP
D3100
14.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D3200
12,800 ISO
D3100
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

D3200
11
D3100
11

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

D3200
3"
D3100
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D3200
0.52x
D3100
0.51x

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

D3200
14.8 microns
D3100
25.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D3200  vs D3100 

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
Again some visible pixel fringing because of pointing the lens skyward and the contrast between light and dark, but that's not what draws the eye.
D3100

8.0
9.0
Even so, the LCD looks fairly accurate in terms of brightness, contrast and colour balance, and that's what is most important.
D3100

7.0
7.4
In addition to a composite, a HDMI out, and a USB connector, the D3100 has a connector for Nikon's proprietary GPS module.
D3100

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D3200  vs
D3100 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24.1 MP 14.2 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4000 4608 x 3072
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.2 x 15.4 mm 23.1 x 15.4 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 14.8 microns 25.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO 3,200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH 2,400 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH 2,400 LPH

focus system

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

shutter

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

form factor

Size 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm 124.5 x 96.5 x 73.7 mm
Thickness 76.5 mm 73.7 mm
Weight 505 g 505 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
Image stabilization

video

D3200  vs
D3100 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4) 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection

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 Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.8x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.52x 0.51x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps 3 fps
Battery life 540 550
Continuous shooting
3 fps, JPEG
4 fps
Focus lag 276 ms 279 ms
Shutter lag 114 ms 117 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 400 ms
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