Canon EOS Rebel T3 vs Nikon D3200

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Rebel T3 and Nikon D3200. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS Rebel T3
Nikon D3200

Manufacturing

Canon EOS Rebel T3 is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D3200 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 were released 2011 and Nikon D3200 was released 2012. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS Rebel T3 Canon 2011
Nikon D3200 Nikon 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Rebel T3 has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D3200 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS Rebel T3 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Nikon D3200 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

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 Rebel T3 has a 12,2 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 Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12,2 MP 12166656 4272 2848
Nikon D3200 24,2 MP 24064000 6016 4000

Nikon D3200 has a 98 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel T3. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Both of these cameras offers the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Rebel T3 100-6400
Nikon D3200 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Canon EOS Rebel T3 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 that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel T3
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3200

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS Rebel T3 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3200 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Rebel T3 3
Nikon D3200 4

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS Rebel T3. Unfortunately Nikon D3200 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

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

Nikon D3200 weighs 505 gr (equal to 1,11 lb) which is 2% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel T3 and its 495 gr (or 1,09 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS Rebel T3 495 gr 1,09 lb
Nikon D3200 505 gr 1,11 lb