Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Detailed Comparison

This Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D detailed comparison discusses extensively the features, pros and cons of these cameras. As we place these cameras side by side, we reveal what photography type they are most suited for. We also discover the advantages they have over each other. All these and more are packaged in this extensive article.

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Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Comparison Overview

The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D are both entry level DSLR cameras manufactured by Nikon and Canon respectively.

The Nikon D3200 was announced on the 19th of April 2012 as a replacement for the Nikon D3100. It is available in red and black body colors. This amazing camera offers incredible imaging that makes us wonder if it really is an entry-level camera as Nikon claim it is. Nevertheless, it is lacking in a good number of features that would have indeed made it an awesome camera. We guess Nikon was trying to balance the features it possessed so as not to make it so OP (over powered). The D3200 is such a user friendly camera that it is relatively cheap and can be afforded by nearly everyone.

The Canon 1100D is known as Rebel T3 in America and Kiss X50 in Japan. It was announced on the 7th of February 2011 as the Canon 1000D’s replacement. It is available in grey, red, brown and black body colors. This is an exception as most Canon DSLR cameras are only available in black. This makes the 1100D sort of unique. Another uniqueness of this camera is that apart from the Canon 650D (aka Rebel T4i), it is the only Canon EOS camera that is made in Taiwan and not Japan. In terms of imaging, the Canon 1100D does not do so great because it has a very low sensor resolution. However being dubbed Canon’s ‘most basic entry-level DSLR’ allows us let if off the hook. It is also very affordable; much more affordable than the Nikon D3200.

Nikon and Canon have been at it for years and don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Canon still reigns supreme at number one in terms of world best camera manufacturer. Nevertheless the Nikon Company keeps breathing on their neck as they try to recover a part of the market share which Canon has so far made its own.

Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Comparison Table

  Nikon D3200 Canon 1100D (Rebel T3)
Announcement Date 19th April 2012 7th February 2011
Size Dimensions 125 x 96 x 77mm 130 x 100 x 78mm
Weight 505g 495g
Sensor Resolution 24.2 megapixels 12.2 megapixels
Sensor Size 23.2 x 15.4mm 22.2 x 14.8mm
Screen Size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen Resolution 921,000 dots 230,000 dots
Continuous Shooting Speed 4 fps 3 fps
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Battery Life 540 shots 700 shots
Focus Points 11 9
Microphone Port Yes No
Flash Sync Port Yes No
UHS Memory Card Support Yes No

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Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – What Circumstances is Each Best For?

Nikon D3200 Canon 1100D (Rebel T3)
We recommend the Nikon D3200 as the better portrait photography camera as it delivers better detailed images. This is because it has a larger sensor, a higher sensor resolution and a richer color depth. Since details are important in portrait photography the D3200 definitely gets the edge over the Canon 1100D. The Canon 1100D has more available lenses at its disposable. This means one is able to capture varying unique scenes thanks to the different lenses available.
These cameras do not really make great street photography cameras. The absence of an articulating screen is a major reason for this. However when we compare both cameras the Nikon D3200 will do better thanks to its larger sensor. The Canon 1100D does slightly better as a daily photography camera than the Nikon D3200. This is thanks to its lighter weight and less thicker body. The higher sensor resolution of the D3200 actually closes the gap between these two cameras. Yet since daily photography needs carrying the camera all day, the lighter weight is a major advantage.
Sports photography requires a camera that can capture fast moving subjects. Therefore a camera with a faster continuous shooting speed is bound to be more preferred. The Nikon D3200 has a faster continuous shooting speed than the Canon 1100D. Apart from this, it has more focus points and a better low light ISO which is really helpful in capturing sport events. The only area the 1100D has an edge is its longer battery life. Nevertheless, this alone is not enough to make it the better sports photography camera.  
The Nikon D3200 has a larger sensor, a higher sensor resolution and a wider dynamic range. All these features make it great at capturing minute details even in lightest and darkest part within a frame. Hence, this camera is better at capturing landscape images than the Canon 1100D.  
Both cameras are fitted with a built-in flash and can make use of an external flash thanks to the hot shoe feature they both possess. Nevertheless, the Nikon D3200 has a longer flash range and it possesses a flash sync port which is absent in the Canon 1100D. With the flash sync port, the user can trigger an off-camera flash or flash unit. This makes the D3200 the better flash photography camera.  
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 Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Similar Features

The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D are amateur DSLR cameras and are bound to share similar features despite being manufactured by different companies. In this section, we discuss those features that make these cameras similar.

Sensor Format and Type

The sensor of a camera is very important in deciding the quality of an image. It is the part of the camera that captures light into the camera. The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D are both fitted with an APS-C format sensor. This sensor format is called the DX format by the Nikon Company.

In terms of size, the APS-C sensor format is regarded as medium-sized. This is important as the sensor size affects the quality of image produced. The bigger the sensor, the heavier it tends to be. This is another thing you would worry less about with the sensors found in these cameras.

Both cameras apart from using a similar sensor format also make use of the same CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductors) sensors.

Anti Aliasing Filter

The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D both possess a camera feature called the anti aliasing filter or low pass filter. This filter is located in front of the sensor and functions to prevent the occurrence of moiré in images.

Moiré are repetitive patterns of lines of dots that appear in an image. This happens when the patterns on the image captured coincides with that of the camera’s sensor. This is why cameras with a low sensor resolution are bound to experience moiré than those with a higher sensor resolution.

As the anti aliasing filter is placed in front of the sensor, it blurs these repetitive patterns in a bid to remove them. The problem however is that this affects the image’s details and sharpness. Images produced by a camera that has an anti aliasing filter are not as detailed and sharp as those without it.

The use of an anti aliasing filter in cameras is considered a disadvantage these days due to the downside of this feature. Many newer cameras are capable of overcoming moiré occurrence thanks to sensor technology advancement and higher sensor resolutions.


The ISO of a camera is a measure of the sensor’s sensitivity to light. It deals with how effectively the sensor can make use of light available to it.

Every camera has an ISO range and can be set to whichever value one desires depending on the lightning condition at the moment. When we consider the Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D, we find out that both cameras are similar in terms of ISO. They both have the same ISO range of 100 – 6400. This means that both sensors possess the same light sensitivity.

Most sensors apart from the native ISO range usually have the option of an expanded ISO range. The Nikon D3200 however is the only one that has the privilege of this option. Its ISO can be expanded to a maximum ISO value of 12800 while its minimum ISO value remains at 100.

Caution however needs to be taken when shooting with high ISO values. This is because if one is not careful, using such high values can cause the appearance of noise and grain on one’s images. The photographer must be skilled enough to maintain a shutter and ISO settings balance in order to avoid such. If one lacks this skill, it is advisable not to shoot beyond a maximum ISO of 6400: Even that is considered too much in some circles.


The job of the viewfinder in a camera is to help one frame and control a shot properly. With the help of a viewfinder, the shot captured will always be found with the frame and not out of frame. Despite the fact that the display screen of a camera can be used for framing, the viewfinder is more efficient.

The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D both make use of the same optical pentamirror eye-level viewfinder. There are certain advantages and disadvantages attached with the use of this type of viewfinder. Let’s briefly discuss them below.

A viewfinder can be optical or electronic (aka digital) in nature. Like we said these cameras have an optical type which is actually advantageous. With an optical viewfinder, the D3200 and the 1100D need not worry about power consumption by their viewfinders. This is what happens when an electronic viewfinder is used instead: It requires power in order for it to function; hence it consumes power from the camera’s battery. Seeing that the cameras in this article do not possess great battery lives, this is a major bonus for both cameras.

When we talk about pentamirror we are referring to the type of material used to make the viewfinder. A viewfinder is either made from a pentamirror like the ones in the Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D. Or it is made from a pentaprism material. Usually the pentamirror material is more used in amateur cameras such as the ones in this article. The use of a pentamirror puts these cameras at a disadvantage. This is because the pentamirror material does not allow in the passage of sufficient light through it. The pentaprism on the other hand allows enough light through. The more light that passes through the more clearer and brighter the images seen through the viewfinder becomes since light is a requisite for the production of clear and bright images.

Being eye-level viewfinders these cameras can be used to frame shots even in bright light conditions such as when the sun is shining. Since the user has to place his/her eye close to viewfinder during framing, light rays do not affect one’s vision in the process.

Both cameras are also similar in terms of viewfinder coverage as well as magnification. The coverage deals with the amount of image that can be seen through the viewfinder. The magnification on the other hand deals with how big the image appears to be: It is also called viewfinder size. They have 95% viewfinder coverage and 0.52x viewfinder magnification.

Therefore neither of these cameras has an edge over the other in terms of the viewfinder feature.

Screen Type

The screens of the Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D are not actually completely similar in nature. However they are similar in certain aspects.

The screen which allows one to view captured images, images about to be captured and also the camera’s menu and settings is a very vital camera part: This is why it is referred to as display screen. It can also be used as ‘viewfinder’ to frame images.

For the D3200 and the 1100D, the screen similarities between these two cameras are the fact that they both use a fixed non-touch screen. In other words, these cameras screens are fixed in nature and cannot be tilted, swiveled or rotated. Also, they do not possess the touch screen feature. We discuss these disadvantages further in the similar cons section later on.

Built-in Flash

Light is essential if you desire to capture a quality image that is bright, clear and detailed. Image production depends on the presence of light a great deal. Therefore it can be a major bummer when one has to capture a shot in a low light condition.

In such situations, one has to make provision for a source of light that will illuminate the subjects he/she seeks to capture. Cameras such as the Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100 are readily fitted with a built-in flash that serves as that alternative source of light. This means that you can still capture great shots in low light conditions.

The presence of a built-in flash can really help one out of sticky situations especially where there is no external flash available. In fact it reduces the constant need for an external flash. This is apart from the fact that one can do without having to spend extra just to purchase one as well as the additional weight it adds to the camera.

Hot Shoe (External Flash Shoe)

The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D both possess a camera feature known as the hot shoe. This feature is found on top of these cameras and is a platform that allows the attachment of other external accessories to the camera.

Although other accessories are used with this feature, an external flash is more commonly used. Hence most people refer to this feature as an external flash shoe and not just a hot shoe. Without the presence of a hot shoe, an external flash cannot be used directly with the camera.

As much as one would love to do without an external flash, its superiority over a built-in flash cannot be overlooked. An external flash is more versatile to use than the built-in flash that’s fixed and rigid. Due to this fixed nature, the built-in flash is bound to cause red-eye effect more frequently than with an external flash: Since it is always directly towards the subject’s eye. Lastly an external flash offers more flash power than a built-in flash would and can cover wider and longer ranges.

The only disadvantages against the use of an external flash are the need to spend extra to purchase one and its extra weight. Anyone on a tight budget might not be able to readily afford it. And it adds to the overall weight of the camera.

Autofocus System

Both cameras make use of the same phase detection autofocus system rather than the contrast detection autofocus system. This is actually suitable for these cameras due to the following reasons:

  • The phase detection autofocus system is better at capturing wildlife and sports photography than the contrast detection autofocus.
  • It can constantly keep up with fast moving subjects thanks to its autofocus tracking. With this feature, once the autofocus has been locked onto a subject, no matter how much it moves within the frame, the focus is locked on it.
  • Also during video capture, the continuous focusing feature keeps it locked-on subjects that are being captured.
  • This autofocus system also supports the use of the face detection focus feature. This helps a great deal during portrait photography as special focus can be placed on the face of a subject in the frame. This makes for better detailed and sharp images.

Although the phase detection autofocus has the above mentioned advantages and more, it is not without some disadvantages. Let’s just look at a few below:

  • Does not work properly in low light condition.
  • Accurate focus may be difficult while capturing subjects with low contrast.
  • Autofocus points cannot be placed near the frame’s edge.
  • It cannot be used in movie mode or live view mode.
  • When used with a wide aperture, there is a tendency that it will produce errors.
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The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D both possess a mini HDMI port feature. With this one can connect a larger screen to these cameras via a HDMI cable.

When this is done, the images captured on the camera can be viewed directly on the larger screen. This is especially useful for editing purposes. A larger screen gives a larger view hence angles and points within the frame can be easily detected as well.

For entertainment purposes, viewing your images or watching a movie on a larger screen is much more fun than using your camera’s smaller screen.

Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Distinct Features

This section discusses those features found in the Nikon D3200 and not in the Canon 1100D and vice versa. Some of the differences here is due to the fact that both cameras have different manufacturers.

Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Nikon D3200 Distinct Features

Nikon F Lens Mount

The first feature that is always different when a Nikon and Canon cameras are compared is the lens mount. This is because both cameras make use of lens mounts exclusive to their respective brands.

The Nikon D3200 therefore sports the Nikon F lens mount. The lens mount is found in between the camera body and the lens itself. It is used to hold the lens in place and connects the camera body to the lens.

The type of lens used determines the type of lenses a camera can make use. We discuss this later in the unique pros section.

EXPEED 3 Image Processor

Another feature that is always different is the type of image processors used by these cameras. The image processor can be referred to as the camera’s ‘brain’. This is because it controls a lot of operations in the camera such as image processing, auto-focusing, continuous shooting and video processing.

The Nikon Company makes use its own unique image/video processors called the EXPEED series. The Nikon D3200 sports the EXPEED 3 image processor which is the third generation image processor in the series.

Microphone Port

Both the Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D are capable of recording videos. Therefore a built-in microphone is fitted into these cameras so that audio can be captured during video shoots. The issue with these cameras is that they do not really record quality audio as well as we would like.

Therefore some folks purchase an external microphone that can be connected to the camera. Such an external microphone is capable of delivering quality audio. However, this can only be connected if the camera possesses a microphone port.

The Nikon D3200 comes with this microphone port feature while the Canon 1100D does not. Which means the latter is limited to producing only low quality audio with its built-in microphone.

Flash Sync Port

We stated in the similar features section that both cameras are fitted with a built-in flash that is handy in low light conditions. We went further to mention that these cameras can make use of an external flash thanks to the hot shoe feature.

On these counts both cameras seem even in the flash category: This is not really the case. The Nikon D3200 possesses a flash sync port which is absent in the Canon 1100D. Connection with an off-camera flash is made possible thanks to this feature.

A couple of flashes or a flash unit can be connected to the camera with a cord. These flashes can be placed at strategic positions around the scene of shooting. These flashes are lighted up when the shutter is pressed as a signal is transferred to them via the connected cord: This brings about better illumination. This is usually employed by portrait photographers as they capture a portrait image.

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UHS Memory Card Support

The Nikon D3200 has UHS memory card support. Which means it can make use of a UHS memory card; the UHS-1 memory card to be precise.

The advantage is that this memory card allows one to read and write files at Ultra High Speeds. Even file transfers are done at Ultra High Speeds of 104MB/s.

Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Canon 1100D Distinct Features

Canon EF/EF-S Lens Mount

Just like the Nikon Company, the Canon Company also makes use of its own unique lens mount. Most DSLR cameras manufactured by Canon including the Canon 1100D make use of the Canon EF or EF-S lens mount.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor

The Canon Company employs the use of its own distinct image processors known as the DIGIC. DIGIC is an acronym that stands for ‘Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit’.

The Canon 1100D is fitted with the 4th generation image processor which is the DIGIC 4. This image processor gives the camera a processing edge over those that made use of older DIGIC generations.

Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Distinct Pros

This section basically discusses the advantages these cameras have over the other. Here both cameras possess similar features however one performs better than the other. This section is bound to shape your final decision about both cameras as to which has the greater edge.

Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Nikon D3200 Distinct Pros

Higher Sensor Resolution

The sensor resolution deals with the amount of details your sensor can detect and effectively capture. It is measured in megapixels.

The Nikon D3200 has a sensor resolution of 24.2 megapixels while the Canon 1100D has 12.2 megapixels: That is about 100% more details. With a higher sensor resolution, your camera is bound to capture a better detailed image than one with a lower sensor resolution. This is evident when you compare the images produced by both cameras in this comparison.  

 With a higher sensor resolution, one can easily and freely crop images and also print out larger images without losing image quality as a result of grain appearance and blur. The sensor resolution of 12.2 megapixels is quite low and as such performing these functions is not advisable to avoid the negative effects that tend to accompany such actions.

It is important to note that a higher sensor resolution alone does not account for a better picture. Other contributing factors must also be functioning at optimal levels. For example the lens and lighting used have a great effect on the picture quality. If the light is poor, the high sensor resolution might not salvage the situation. This is why the experience of the person behind the camera is also important. He/she is the one that brings these different factors together and blend them to produce an outstanding image.

Larger Sensor

The size of your sensor is also important in determining image quality. Since the sensor captures light necessary for image production, a larger sensor is bound to capture more light thanks to its larger surface area.

A larger sensor is able to detect more details during image capturing than a smaller sensor. It offers better dynamic range, low-light sensitivity, color depth, individual pixels and depth-of-field control.

The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D have a sensor size of 23.2 x 15.4mm and 22.2 x 14.8mm respectively. This means the D3200 has a larger sensor and is bound to offer the above advantages better than the 1100D.

Due to this size difference, the format factors of these sensors are different. The Nikon D3200 has a format factor of 1.5 while the Canon 1100D has 1.6 format factor. Despite this, the native aspect ratio of both sensors is the same at a 3:2 value.

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Larger Screen

We mentioned during the similar features section that these cameras are not completely similar when it comes to their display screens.

Although these cameras are fitted with a fixed non-touch screen, the screen size is different. The Nikon D3200 has a 3 inches display screen while the Canon 1100D sports a 2.7 inches LCD screen. That makes the screen of the D3200 0.3 times larger than that of the 1100D.

Since larger screens offer a clearer and bigger view, the Nikon D3200 will be the more preferred camera when this feature is considered.

Higher Screen Resolution

The Nikon D3200 seems to outdo the Canon 1100D when it comes to anything resolution. It has a higher screen resolution of 921,000 dots while the latter sports a poor screen resolution of just 230,000 dots. Therefore the D3200 has 300% higher resolution than the 1100D.

The screen resolution deals with the amount of details that a camera’s screen can effectively display. The image quality produced by a camera with a higher screen resolution is better detailed, richer in color and sharp.

Faster Continuous Shooting Speed

Burst mode is a very helpful feature that allows the photographer to capture successive images non-stop within a period of time. It is also known as continuous shooting mode.

The speed at which a camera can capture images in this mode is called continuous shooting mode. A camera with a faster continuous shooting speed will capture more images in a specified period than one with a slower shooting speed.

The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D have a continuous shooting speed of 4fps and 3fps respectively. This means the D3200 will capture 4 frames in 1 second while the 1100D will capture 3 frames within that same 1 second. This makes the Nikon D3200 1fps faster than the Canon 1100D.

Do note that continuous shooting does not stop after just 1 second. Rather it stops when the buffer of the camera gets filled up.

Better Video Capture

The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D are both capable of shooting videos. Nevertheless, the D3200 captures at a better video resolution than the 1100D. (You see what we said about it being better at everything resolution).

It can record full HD 1920 x 1080 videos at 30fps in both MPEG-4 and H.264 video formats. The Canon 1100D on the other hand can record in 1280 x 720 video resolution at 30fps in H.264 and Motion JPEG video formats.

Smaller Size

Portability is important when considering a camera to buy. Moving about with a smaller camera is not much of a hassle unlike when you have a larger camera. It can even be packed along easily as one goes on a trip. Given that it delivers quality images, we recommend a smaller camera any day, any time.

That’s why the Nikon D3200 is our obvious pick when we compare its size to that of the Canon 1100D. It has a size dimension of 125 x 96 x 77m while the 1100D has a size dimension of 130 x 100 x 78mm. The D3200 is therefore 5mm narrower, 4mm shorter and 1mm thinner which makes it 8% smaller.

More Focus Points

The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D both make use of the same phase detection autofocus system. However the D3200 has more focus points than the 1100D. It has 11 focus points while the latter has 9 focus points. Yet both cameras still have just 1 cross type focus points.

A camera’s focus points enables one to place better focus within a frame where these focus points are found. This enables better detailed images which is very helpful in portrait photography.

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Longer Flash Coverage

Both cameras are fitted with a built-in flash and there is a distance these flashes can cover. The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D have a flash coverage of 12.0m and 9.2m when used at ISO 100. This means the D3200 has a 2.8m longer flash coverage.

Higher Color Depth

The measurement of a sensor’s sensitivity in detecting and producing distinct and detailed colors is referred to as the color depth. This color depth is measured in bits. Richer colors are produced by cameras that possess a higher color depth than one with a lower color depth.

The color depth influences a cameras performance during portrait photography. It is also referred to as ‘DxO portrait’.

The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D have a color depth of 24.1 bits and 21.9 bits respectively. Therefore the D3200 has 2.2 bits more color depth.

Wider Dynamic Range

The dynamic range refers to the sensor’s ability to detect details between the brightest and darkest point within a frame.

This feature greatly affects the image quality produced in landscape photography. This is why it is also referred to as ‘DXO landscape’.

The Nikon D3200 has a wider dynamic range of 13.2 EVs while the Canon 1100D has a dynamic range of 11.0 EVs: This means the D3200 is 2.2EVs wider.

Better Low Light ISO

The low light ISO is a measure of the sensor’s sensitivity in low light conditions. This feature affects the image quality of sports photography a great deal. The low light ISO is also called ‘DXO sports’.

The Nikon D3200 has 0.6 stops more than the Canon 1100D with a value of 1131 while the latter has a value of 755. Therefore the D3200 is capable of producing images that have less noise in low light conditions than the 1100D.


Newer cameras in most cases are usually better than older ones. This is because they get to benefit from technological advancements that were not available to older cameras.

To this end the Nikon D3200 has the upper hand over the Canon 1100D since it is 1 year and 2 months newer.

Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Canon 1100D Distinct Pros

Lighter Weight

The weight of a camera is a major factor that most folks consider when choosing a camera. This is more so with daily photographers that have to carry the camera nearly all through the day.

This factor is further considered when the cameras in mind are interchangeable lens cameras. This is so since the lens used is bound to cause an increase to the overall weight of the camera. Apart from the lenses that will definitely add to the camera’s weight, accessories that will be used must also be considered. Therefore selecting a camera with a heavy body base might not be the best path to tread.

The cameras in this comparison are not regarded as heavy-weight cameras. Nevertheless, the Canon 1100D will be the obvious pick as it is 10g and 2% lighter than the Nikon D3200. It has a body weight of 495g while the D3200 weighs in at 505g.

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Longer Lasting Battery Life

The longer a camera can last, the longer one gets to shoot. This is an important issue that a good number of professionals consider irrespective of the photography type they are engaged in. Therefore a camera with a long lasting battery is always sought after.

The Canon 1100D albeit does not possess an extraordinary battery life as such but it still fairs better than the Nikon D3200: It can capture 160 shots more. The camera is fitted with a LP-E10 rechargeable battery that allows it capture 700 shots after a single full charge. The D3200 on the other hand makes use of a EN-EL14 rechargeable power pack battery and can capture 540 shots after it is fully charged.

Larger Sensor Pixel Area

The pixel area has an effect on how much light can be captured by the sensor per pixel. The larger the sensor pixel area, the more likely it is for more light to be gathered by an individual pixel.

The Canon 1100D has the edge with its 27.00µm2 sensor pixel area while the Nikon D3200 has a sensor pixel area of 14.85µm2. This means the 1100D has 81% larger pixel area than the D3200.

More Available Lenses

We stated earlier that the lens mount used by a camera determines the number and type of lenses that will be available for a camera.

Since both cameras in this comparison are fitted with different lens mounts, it is also fitting that the lenses available to them will also be different.

The Canon 1100D makes use of the Canon EF/EF-S lens mount which allows it to make use of 319 native lenses and 91 optical stabilization lenses. The Nikon D3200 on the other hand sports the Nikon F lens mount and has 302 native lenses and 88 native lenses at its disposal.

Therefore the Canon 1100D has more available lenses at its disposal, which means it can create more distinct scenes than the Nikon D3200.


The price of the camera you intend buying will either cause you to buy it or not. No matter how much other features might affect your decision, your purchasing power supersedes all.

When we compare the Nikon D3200 and the Canon 1100D, we discover the latter to be cheaper than the former. Comparing their launch princes, the 1100D was 25% cheaper than the D3200.

Apart from being cheaper than the Nikon D3200, the Canon 1100D is the more discounted camera. This is because it has been on sales for longer than the D3200; 1 year and 2 months longer. Usually older cameras have this advantage of being more discounted than newer cameras.

Faster Startup Time

The startup time of a camera refers to the time needed by the camera to be fully functional after it has been switched on. This is very important for wildlife photographers. This is because a rare wildlife shot might just occur and a camera with a fast startup is a necessity to avoid missing that shot.

The Canon 1100D is better at not missing such rare shots with its faster startup time of 100ms. The Nikon D3200 on the other hand has a startup time of 400ms. This puts the 1100D as being 300ms faster.

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Less Shutter Lag

Shutter lag or shutter delay refers to the interval between when you press the shutter for a capture and when it actually gets saved. What happens during this period is that the camera processes the image as it tries to save it. This makes the camera inactive whereby you cannot make another shot until the saving is done.

Less shutter lag means a camera does not have to wait for long before it can resume shooting. This is why the Canon 1100D can be relied upon in this regard. It has a shutter lag of 110ms while the Nikon D3200 will delay for about 276ms before shooting can resume.

Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Distinct Cons

Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Canon 1100D Distinct Cons

No Flash Sync Port

The Canon 1100D does not have a flash sync port. This limits the camera’s ability to function effectively as a flash photography camera.

No UHS Card Support

Files cannot be read, written and transferred at Ultra High Speeds since it does not support UHS memory cards.

No Microphone Port

The absence of a microphone port means the Canon 1100D is only capable of recording poor audio with its built-in microphone.

Similar Pros

  Nikon D3200 Canon 1100D (Rebel T3)
RAW Support The Nikon D3200 supports RAW format which allows it to capture very high quality images. RAW images are usually better than JPEG images that are more commonly used. A RAW image can be easily edited as well. The only disadvantage one might complain about is the fact that RAW images are usually larger in size. Hence, they tend to take up more space than JPEG images. Same as Nikon D3200
AE Bracketing The AE bracketing feature is a found in the Nikon D3200. With this feature, the camera automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to fit the present lighting condition of that particular environment. Basically, the AE bracketing feature enables the Nikon D3200 capture images in difficult lighting conditions. Same as Nikon D3200
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Nikon D3200 vs Canon 1100D – Similar Cons

  Nikon D3200 Canon 1100D (Rebel T3)
No Built-in Image Stabilization A blurred image occurs when there is a shake during image capture. This could be from the photographer or the subject that is being captured. This is usually countered with a built-in image stabilization feature. However the Nikon D3200 lacks this and as such it is susceptible to the occurrence of blurred images. Nevertheless, the camera can still overcome this if it uses any of the 88 optical stabilization lenses available for its use. Same as Nikon D3200 except the Canon 1100 has 91 optical stabilization lenses at its disposal.
No Articulating Screen We stated earlier in the similar features section that the Nikon D3200 is fitted with a fixed screen. This means the camera lacks an articulating screen. The presence of an articulating screen would have made it easy for one to capture certain difficult angles with this camera. Certain users such as vloggers, wildlife and street photographers might avoid this camera due to the absence of this type of screen. Same as Nikon D3200
No Environmental Sealing The Nikon D3200 lacks the environmental sealing feature also known as weather sealing feature. This feature protects a camera from interference from weather elements. Cameras like the D3200 find it difficult to capture images in bad weather conditions. Same as Nikon D3200
No Auto Fine Tuning Option With the AF Micro Adjustment feature you can easily adjust the auto focus of the camera. However this cannot be done with the Nikon D3200 which does not possess this feature. Same as Nikon D3200
No Built-in Wi-Fi The Nikon D3200 cannot independently connect with and share files wirelessly with other compatible devices. It also cannot share pictures and videos directly to social media platforms. This is because it lacks the built-in Wi-Fi feature. It can only do this with the assistance of an adapter. Same as Nikon D3200
No Built-in Intervalometer A built-in intervalometer allows one to create time lapse videos. Since the Nikon D3200 does not possess this feature it cannot create such videos. Same as Nikon D3200
No Built-in GPS With a built-in GPS feature one can easily geotag captured images. This is mostly done by wildlife and landscape photographers. The Nikon D3200 does not possess a built-in GPS feature. However an adapter can be purchased that will enable one perform this cool function. Same as Nikon D3200
No Touch Screen Another cool screen feature that the Nikon D3200 misses out on is the touch screen feature. With this feature the camera has easier access and control. Same as Nikon D3200
Single Card Storage Slot The Nikon D3200 has just one card storage slot which supports the SDXC card. Having a dual card storage slot would have offered more storage capacity and storage flexibility. Same as Nikon D3200
No Panorama The D3200 cannot create a panoramic picture as it lacks this feature. Same as Nikon D3200

General Feeling among Users

Nikon D3200 Canon 1100D (Rebel T3)
The price of the Nikon D3200 pleased a lot of users as the camera was quite affordable.   The price of the Canon 1100D thrilled its users as they could afford to spend the extra cash on lenses and other accessories.
The battery life of the Nikon D3200 was a bit disappointing for certain users. Users of the Canon 1100D registered mixed feelings regarding the battery’s life. Some were pleased with it, others were not while the rest were indifferent.
The absence of a built-in Wi-Fi feature really pissed off many users. Canon 1100D users also experienced displeasure at the absence of the built-in Wi-Fi feature.

Final Thoughts

Nikon D3200 Canon 1100 (Rebel T3)
The Nikon D3200 is an impressive entry-level camera that delivers quality imaging that surpasses its category. Coupled with an affordable price, this camera is highly recommended for any amateur and even enthusiast photographer. Canon 1100D is regarded as Canon’s most basic entry-level camera. Its simplicity and easy to use design makes it a camera that is designed to meet the basic needs of amateur photographers.
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