Canon EOS 1D X vs Nikon D3200

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D X and Nikon D3200. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 1D X is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D3200 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1D X were released 2011 and Nikon D3200 was released 2012. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 1D X 2011
Nikon D3200 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1D X has a "Canon Full Frame"-sensor while Nikon D3200 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 1D X 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Nikon D3200 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 1D X has a 18,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3200 has 24,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 1D X 18,1 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Nikon D3200 24,2 MP
24064000 pixels
6016 x 4000

Nikon D3200 has a 34 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D X. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 1D X has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3200. Canon EOS 1D X has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D3200 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1D X 100-51200
Nikon D3200 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 1D X has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3200 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3200 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D X
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3200

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1D X can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3200 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1D X 12
Nikon D3200 4

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 1D X and Nikon D3200 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 1D X weighs 1340 gr (equal to 2.95 lb) which is 165% heavier than Nikon D3200 and its 505 gr (or 1.11 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 1D X 1340 gr
2.95 lb
Nikon D3200 505 gr
1.11 lb

Canon EOS 1D X vs Nikon D3200 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 1D X and Nikon D3200, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
Name Canon EOS 1D X Nikon D3200
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
Release Year 2011 2012
Release Date 2011-10-18 2012-04-19
MSRP 6799 USD 699 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 6016 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 18,1 MP 24,2 MP
Image Processor DUAL DIGIC 5+ EXPEED 3
Image
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
ISO Range 100 - 51200 100 - 6400
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 61 11
Lens Mount Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3.2 3
Screen dots 1040000 921000
Touch screen No No
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD TFT LCD with 160 viewing angle
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.76 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
Frames per second 12 fps 4 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Average
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
Memory Card Compact Flash
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Optional with LC-5
Yes
Optional with WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Remote Control Yes (N3 connector) Optional
GPS Yes
Optional with GP-E1 and GP-E2
Yes
Optional with GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 1D X
Nikon D3200
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E4N rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1120 shots 540 shots
Width 158 mm 125 mm
Height 164 mm 96 mm
Depth 83 mm 77 mm
Weight 1340 gram 505 gram