Buying a camera can be very confusing as a result of so many cameras from different brands in the market. Two brands you can seldom go wrong with are the Nikon and Canon brands. Therefore, in this article, we pit the Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D.
The Nikon and Canon companies have been in the business for many years, and they have the top two spots in the world to show for it when we compare camera manufacturers. This is what makes a comparison such as this interesting.
Both cameras belong to different camera categories, hence, there are bound to be many differences. These cameras are equipped with certain features that give them the edge in one area or the other.
Therefore, we reveal the differences as well as the advantages of these cameras, and how they can benefit you and your type of photography. So, let’s find out which of these cameras you should buy.
Comparison Overview – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
The difference between the Nikon D3200 and the Canon 70D can be readily seen by looking at them. One would notice that the D3200 is the smaller camera of the two. Upon picking both cameras for further inspection, you’ll also notice it is the lighter camera.
You can obtain the Nikon camera in either red or black body color; depending on your choice. The 70D, on the other hand, can be gotten only in black body color which is consistent with other Canon cameras.
We must say that both cameras offer impressive image quality. But when both cameras are compared, the D3200 has the edge as it delivers better imaging.
The Canon 70D has an articulating touch screen which the Nikon D3200 lacks. Its screen resolution is also higher than the D3200’s.
The 70D is environmentally sealed which is a testimony to its higher category of being a mid-range (semi-pro) DSLR. This feature is not common with amateur cameras.
Also, it has a built-in Wi-Fi that allows it to connect wirelessly to other devices. Its autofocus ability is enhanced thanks to other features not found in the Nikon camera which we discuss later.
The major feature which the Nikon D3200 possesses which the Canon 70D lacks is the flash sync port.
Price/Value Ratio – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
Which camera offers more value for money?
The D3200 and the 70D offer adequate value for their prices. One might not think it so when we consider that the Canon 70D has more unique features which include environmental sealing, articulating screen, touch screen, built-in Wi-Fi, smartphone remote control, top LCD, on-sensor phase detect, and AF micro adjustment.
However, when we consider that the Nikon D3200 is 50% cheaper than the 70D, the features sported by the Canon 70D becomes justified.
In terms of performance level, the 70D just has a slight advantage ratio of 11:8 over the D3200.
Comparison Table – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
|Nikon D3200||Canon 70D|
|Announcement Date||19th April 2012||2nd July 2013|
|Size Dimensions||125 x 96 x 77mm||139 x 104 x 79mm|
|Sensor Size||23.2 x 15.4mm||22.5 x 15mm|
|Sensor Resolution||24.2 megapixels||20.2 megapixels|
|ISO||100 – 6400 (expanded 100 – 12800)||100 – 12800 (expanded 100 – 25600)|
|Screen Resolution||921,000 dots||1,040,000 dots|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||4 fps||7 fps|
|Battery Life||540 shots||920 shots|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes||No|
What Situation Is Each Best For? – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
|Nikon D3200||Canon 70D|
| If you take a close look at portrait images, you’ll discover how well-detailed they are. This is because details are extremely important for this kind of photography. |
For anyone involved in portrait photography, we recommend the Nikon D3200 over the Canon 70D.
This is because it will produce better-detailed as a result of its higher sensor resolution and larger sensor.
| Street photography requires the capture of nearly impossible angles. Nearly impossible in the sense that without the aid of some camera features, they’ll be hard to pull-off. |
When we compare the cameras in focus, we discover the articulating screen is the feature that gives the Canon 70D the edge. While it has this type of screen, the D3200’s screen is fixed.
| Daily photographers move about a lot than other photographers in their line of work. Therefore, apart from quality imaging, these photographers require small lightweight cameras. |
The D3200 is the lighter of the two cameras in comparison. Besides, it is also smaller. Its imaging is also top-notch based on its category.
Hence, this camera is more suitable for daily photography.
| A sports camera must be able to capture the fast motions of the athletes. |
Features that ensure a camera captures fast motions are continuous shooting speed and shutter speed.
Other features that enhance the efficiency of a sports camera are environmental sealing, adequate focus points, longer battery life, and wireless connection.
The 70D does better than the D3200 on all counts. This makes it suitable for capturing sports events.
| Landscape photography also requires attention to details like portrait photography. |
Therefore, the Nikon D3200 will do better thanks to the features we mentioned above when dealing with portrait photography.
|The second option for landscape photography.|
Watch the Nikon D3200 review below.
Common Features – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
What are the features found in the Nikon D3200 and the Canon 70D? This section answers this question in detail.
The D3200 and the 70D have the following similarities:
i. Sensor Format and Type
ii. Anti-Aliasing Filter
iii. Video Recording
iv. Viewfinder Type
v. Screen Size
vi. Live View
vii. Built-in Flash
ix. Microphone Port
x. HDMI Port
xi. USB Port
Sensor Format and Type
The cameras in this article are fitted with the APS-C CMOS sensor. Hence, the sensor format and type are the same.
The sensor is an important camera part that is responsible for capturing light necessary for image production into the camera. Light is essential for clear, detailed, and high-quality image production. This is why the sensor is of grave importance.
The sensor format and type are two aspects of the sensor that determine to a large extent the efficiency of the sensor. While the sensor format refers to the categorization of sensor size, the sensor type deals with the technology employed in making the sensor.
For the D3200 and the 70D, the APS-C sensor format (aka DX-format in Nikon circles) is regarded as medium-sized. Hence, it is suitable for these cameras as it is commonly used for their camera categories.
It is important to mention that the sensor format determines in part the type of lens a camera can make use of. However, since both cameras use the same format, the lenses available will be the same.
Although cameras might possess the same sensor format, it is no guarantee that the sensor sizes will be completely the same. We discuss the size dimensions of these cameras’ sensors later on and its implications.
The CMOS sensor type is partially responsible for the overall affordable price of these cameras. This is because it is cheaper to manufacture than CCD sensors. Apart from this, this sensor type helps conserve battery.
Newer cameras are more likely to be fitted with this sensor type than older cameras.
Moiré is more than a pain in the neck for many photographers as it ruins image quality. It is one of the reasons many photographers spend a lot of time editing an image.
In case you don’t know, moiré is the repetitive pattern of lines or dots that appear on a captured image. This is a result of the resolution of these patterns being higher than the sensor resolution of the camera.
Therefore, when a camera’s sensor’s resolution is low, one should expect moiré from time to time. The Nikon D3200 and the Canon 70D possess impressive sensor resolutions. Nevertheless, they are still within the range that leaves them susceptible to moiré.
How does one counter this evil known as moiré? Most cameras including the ones in focus do it with the aid of the anti-aliasing filter aka low pass filter.
The AA filter is found before the sensor and its sole job is to prevent the occurrence of moiré. It does this by reducing the amount of light that gets to the sensor and by extension this blurs any would-be moiré. This is the advantage of the low pass filter.
The disadvantage is that as a result of its function, the anti-aliasing filter indirectly reduces the sharpness and detail of the captured image. Hence, the images end up somewhat reduced in quality.
Many newer DSLR cameras are capable of video recording. The same goes for the cameras in focus. These cameras can record video at a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. They even do so at the same frame rate of 30 fps.
The viewfinder is a feature that the user uses to frame and control their shots. When properly used, the subject(s) will be within the frame and not out of it.
The D3200 and the 70D are fitted with an optical viewfinder. Unlike the electronic viewfinder, sometimes called digital viewfinder, it does not require battery power to function. As a result, this viewfinder aids these cameras in battery conservation.
Apart from this, an optical viewfinder can be used in bright light conditions better than the electronic viewfinder.
The screen is found at the rear of a camera and is used to display the camera’s menu, captured images. It is also used to watch movies.
Screen sizes must be large enough to provide adequate viewing area. This is what the cameras discussed in this article provide. They have 3 inches LCD for your viewing pleasure.
One function which some camera screens perform is being used as a viewfinder. For a camera screen to function this way, it has to be put in the live view mode. The screens of the Nikon D3200 and the Canon 70D can be used as live viewfinders.
The advantage you get with this instead of the regular viewfinder is being able to see your camera’s focus points. You accurately see where the focus points are located and make appropriate adjustments based on your preference.
The disadvantage is that you use up more battery power in the process. The choice is yours: regular viewfinder or live viewfinder?
The flash of a camera is a handy feature useful for capturing images in low light conditions.
As you might have noticed with your smartphones that images captured in low light are not so clear. However, when you use your phone’s flash, you get a brighter image. The same goes for DSLR cameras.
The D3200 and the Canon 70D are fitted with a built-in flash. It reduces the need for an external flash.
Getting an external flash means spending additional money. You’ll also have to deal with the additional weight it adds to your camera.
Hot Shoe (External Flash Shoe)
DSLR cameras are sometimes called system cameras. This is because they are made up of different parts and accessories that can be removed or added. The removal or addition of these parts will increase or decrease the camera’s efficiency.
The hot shoe is a feature that allows the attachment of certain accessories to DSLR cameras. It is found on top of the camera as a sort of platform and is made of metal in most cases.
A commonly attached accessory is the external flash. Its frequent use is why many folks refer to the hot shoe as the external flash shoe.
When compared to a built-in flash, an external flash does way better. It has more flash power and can be used flexibly unlike the built-in flash that is fixed.
Find out more about the hot shoe in the video below.
Neither of these cameras has internal memory. Instead, they make do with a single card slot storage that can house an SD card.
Certain cameras make use of dual card slots that allows the use of two storage cards instead of one.
These cameras make use of SDXC cards to store captured images. These cards can be changed when filled up and replaced with another.
Also, both cameras support UHS cards (UHS-I card precisely). With this, these cameras can read, write, and transfer files at ultra-high-speeds reaching up to 104MB/s.
Since both cameras record video, it is only fitting that they record audio as well. This is done with the aid of a built-in microphone fitted in both cameras.
Nevertheless, these cameras still possess a microphone port that allows the connection of an external microphone.
Is there a need for this you might ask? Well, it is common knowledge that built-in microphones do not produce quality audio as desired. External microphones, on the other hand, record quality audio.
Now that you know how important external microphones can be, allow us to recommend the Movo VXR10 Universal Video Microphone.
The D3200 and the 70D are fitted with a mini HDMI port. The purpose of this port is to aid the connection of a larger screen to the camera via an HDMI cable.
When the connection is made, all that would have been displayed on the camera’s screen is shown on the larger screen. This gives the user a larger view than what the camera’s screen provides.
Editing can be done easily, as angles can be easily detected. Furthermore, watching movies on a larger screen is simply more fun and convenient.
Another port feature found in both cameras is the USB port. Both cameras have a USB 2.0 port.
A USB port is used to connect the camera to another device like your laptop with the aid of a USB cable. When this is done, files can be transferred from the device to the camera or vice versa.
Unique Features – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
There are certain features found in the Nikon D3200 which the Canon 70D lacks and vice versa. This section discusses these unique features as we reveal how different these cameras are from each other.
Nikon D3200 Unique Features
The following are unique features found in the D3200 that are missing in the 70D:
i. Flash Sync Port
ii. EXPEED 3 Image Processor
iii. Nikon F Lens Mount
Flash Sync Port
The flash sync port is the major unique feature of the Nikon D3200 when compared to the Canon 70D. The other two are unique for a reason we’ll mention later.
The flash sync port is a feature that allows the D3200 to connect to several off-camera flashes with the help of a cord. During image capture, these flashes are lighted-up when the shutter button is pressed.
This feature is appreciated by studio and portrait photographers as it arms them with more flash power during shoots.
EXPEED 3 Image Processor
The image processor is a feature that is found in every camera. It runs the camera and controls its image processing, video-processing, autofocusing, performance level and speed, etc. This is why it is sometimes referred to as the “brain of the camera”.
The Nikon D3200 is fitted with the EXPEED 3 image processor.
This is the first of the two unique features we mentioned above. This image processor is unique to the D3200 because the EXPEED image processor series is exclusive to Nikon cameras. Although Canon cameras have image processors, they cannot sport any of the EXPEED processors.
Nikon F Lens Mount
Once again, this feature is unique not because the Canon 70D lacks a lens mount, but because it doesn’t use this type. Besides, the Nikon F lens mount which the D3200 uses is exclusive to Nikon cameras only.
The lens mount is a camera part that holds the lens used in place and attaches it to the camera’s body. Hence, it is found between the camera’s body and the lens used.
The lens mount determines the types and number of lenses a camera can use. Since the cameras in this article are fitted with different lens mounts, the number and types of lenses available are different.
Canon 70D Unique Features
The following are unique features found in the 70D that are missing in the D3200:
i. Environmental Sealing
ii. Articulating Screen
iii. Touch Screen
iv. Built-in Wi-Fi
v. Smartphone Remote Control
vi. Top LCD
vii. On-Sensor Phase Detect
viii. AF Micro Adjustment
ix. DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
x. Canon EF/EF-S Lens Mount
The environmental sealing or weather sealing feature protects cameras from weather and environmental conditions. It allows cameras to shoot in tough weather conditions.
The Canon 70D has this feature which makes it splash and dust resistant. Hence, you can use this camera in wet or dusty environments.
The first of two screen features that the 70D has which the Nikon D3200 lacks is the articulating screen.
An articulating screen is one that can be tilted, rotated, swiveled, or turned. This kind of screen aids in capturing difficult angles. It also offers flexible viewing options.
Users who make use of this feature a lot are street, wildlife, landscape photographers, and vloggers. Selfie-lovers will love this camera as well.
The second screen feature missing in the D3200 but found in the Canon 70D is the touch screen.
As the name implies, this feature allows you to operate the camera by simply touching the screen.
With a tap, a swipe, or a pinch, you can go through your camera’s menu as well as perform other functions. This feature makes it faster and easier to operate your camera.
Since the screen can be used to operate the camera, cameras with this feature have fewer buttons. This improves the camera’s body design and ergonomics.
The built-in Wi-Fi in the 70D is a connectivity feature that allows this camera to perform several wireless functions. We’ll list them below.
i. It enables the wireless transfer of files from one device to the camera and vice versa.
ii. You can print your images wirelessly when connected to a Wi-Fi printer.
ii. It allows the direct sharing of images from your camera to your social media platforms.
Smartphone Remote Control
The smartphone remote control is a feature that allows you to remotely control your camera with your smartphone.
This feature works thanks to the Wi-Fi feature. We didn’t list it above because not all cameras with Wi-Fi can do this.
With the EOS remote app installed on your smartphone, you can control the Canon 70D the same way you would your television.
Find out more about the EOS remote app in the video below.
The top LCD is a small screen found on the top of cameras like the 70D. It contains basic camera settings and controls.
The camera user can easily access these settings faster without having to make use of the larger display screen.
When using a tripod stand, this feature becomes all the more useful.
On-Sensor Phase Detect
With this feature, the Canon 70D can acquire reliable autofocus at a fast rate even while in live view
AF Micro Adjustment
This feature allows the 70D to fine-tune its autofocus thereby enhancing overall image quality.
DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
The image processor that runs the Canon 70D is the DIGIC5+. The DIGIC is the image processor series that Canon cameras make use of.
The DIGIC5+ might have some advantages over the Nikon D3200’s EXPEED 3 since it is newer. And newer processors are usually upgrades of older ones.
Canon EF/EF-S Lens Mount
Many Canon cameras including the 70D make use of the exclusive Canon EF/EF-S lens mount.
Unique Pros – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
These cameras have certain advantages over the other apart from the unique features we just discussed. In this section, we look at common features possessed by both cameras, but with different performance levels.
Nikon D3200 Unique Pros
Which has a Higher Sensor Resolution D3200 or 70D?
The D3200 has a higher sensor resolution than the 70D. It has a sensor resolution of 24.2 megapixels, while the Canon 70D has 20.2 megapixels. As a result, the D3200 has 4.0 megapixels than the 70D.
The sensor resolution is the number of details a camera can effectively detect and capture. It is measured in megapixels, which is why some refer to the sensor resolution as the camera megapixels.
A camera with a high sensor resolution will produce better-detailed images. Such images can be easily cropped or printed in larger sizes without fear of blur or grain.
The difference in sensor resolution accounts for the difference in these cameras’ pixel pitch. The pixel pitch is the distance between the center of an individual pixel to the center of the next nearest individual pixel.
The Nikon D3200 and the 70D have a pixel pitch of 3.85µm vs 4.11µm respectively.
Which has a Larger Sensor D3200 or 70D?
The D3200 has a larger sensor than the 70D. It has a sensor size of 23.2 x 15.4mm. The Canon 70D’s sensor, on the other hand, has a dimension of 22.5 x 15mm. This reveals the D3200’s sensor to be 6% larger.
Due to the difference in sensor sizes, the format factors of these cameras are also different. The D3200 has a format factor of 1.5, while the 70D has 1.6. The native aspect ratio is the same, however for both cameras at 3:2.
When we compare sensors, the larger one is usually the better one. This is because a larger sensor with its larger surface can gather in more light than a smaller camera. Therefore, larger sensors will produce better images than smaller ones.
Besides, a larger sensor improves the color depth, dynamic range, and low light ISO. You also have a better depth of field control and can efficiently separate the subject from its surrounding background.
Which has a Better Sensor Performance D3200 or 70D?
The D3200 has a better sensor performance than the 70D. The tests on both cameras yielded an overall sensor performance score of 81 and 68 for the Nikon D3200 and Canon 70D respectively.
The D3200 and 70D has 24.1 bits and 22.5 bits color depth respectively. Hence the Nikon D3200 edged this with 1.6 bits more color depth. The color depth is a measure of the sensor’s ability to produce richer colors.
The dynamic range for the D3200 is 13.2 EV, while the Canon 70D has 11.6 EV. With 1.6 EV, the Nikon D3200 will capture a broader range of light and dark details.
The low-light ISO test revealed the D3200 had a score of 1131 and 926 for the 70D. Therefore, the Nikon D3200 has 0.3 more stops and will capture clearer images in low light conditions.
Sensor performance as the name implies is a measure of how effective a sensor will perform. It is an aggregate of the results gotten from the tests conducted on a camera’s color depth, dynamic range, and low light ISO.
Which has More Video Recording Formats D3200 or 70D?
The D3200 has more video recording formats than the 70D. It can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 video formats. The Canon 70D, on the other hand, can record video only in the H.264 video format.
Which has a Faster Startup D3200 or 70D?
The D3200 has a faster startup time than the 70D. It has a startup delay of just 400ms, while the Canon has 700ms startup delay. Hence, when both cameras are switched on at the same time, it will take the Nikon D3200 less time to be fully operational than the 70D.
Which is Smaller D3200 or 70D?
The D3200 is 17% smaller than the 70D. It is 14mm narrower, 8mm shorter, and 2mm thinner than the Canon 70D. It has a size dimension of 125 x 96 x77mm, while the 70D’s body is measured at 139 x 104 x 79mm.
A smaller camera can be easily carried about and packed into a bag more conveniently than a larger one. In the era where portability is important, a portable camera simply conforms to present-day demands.
Which is Lighter D3200 or 70D?
The D3200 is 250g (33%) lighter than the 70D. It weighs 505g while the Canon 70D weighs 755g.
The body of the Nikon D3200 is made from mixed plastic and metal. The 70D, on the other hand, is made from mixed plastic.
Surprisingly, the Nikon D3200 is still the lighter weight camera. The larger body of the Canon 70D might account for its heavier weight.
Lightweight cameras make the job easy as they do not become burdensome the longer one shoots. If you shoot for long periods, we encourage and recommend you to choose a light camera.
Which is Cheaper D3200 or 70D?
The D3200 is 50% cheaper when we compare the launch prices of both cameras.
Moreover, it is the more discounted camera as a result of being in the market for a longer period.
“How much is it?” This is the most common question in every market including cameras. This is a testimony to how important the price of a commodity is. The price is the final factor that determines if we purchase that commodity (in this case a camera), or not.
Watch the Canon 70D review below.
Canon 70D Unique Pros
Which has a Higher Maximum ISO 70D or D3200?
The 70D has a higher maximum ISO than the D3200. The Canon 70D and the Nikon D3200 have an ISO range of 100 – 12800 and 100 – 6400 respectively. These ISOs can be expanded to 100 – 25600 and 100 – 12800.
A camera’s ISO is the measurement of the sensor’s sensitivity in making use of the available light in an environment.
Cameras have ISO ranges and the wider the range, the more sensitive the sensor is. Cameras high maximum ISOs can capture clear images despite the light condition of the environment.
Which has a Higher Screen Resolution 70D or D3200?
The 70D has a higher screen resolution than the D3200. It has a screen resolution of 1,040,000 dots versus the 921,000 dots screen resolution of the Nikon D3200.
Screen resolution is the number of details a camera screen can effectively display. It is measured in dots. A screen with a high resolution will produce richer colored and well-detailed images.
Which has a Better Viewfinder 70D or D3200?
The 70D has a better viewfinder than the D3200. It uses a pentaprism material instead of a pentamirror. It has wider coverage and magnification as well.
The Canon 70D’s viewfinder is made from a pentaprism material, while the Nikon D3200’s is made from a pentamirror. The former allows more light to pass through, hence, the transmitted images are brighter. This is the first advantage the 70D has over the D3200 in terms of their viewfinders.
With a viewfinder coverage of 98%, the Canon 70D will cover a larger portion of the captured image. The Nikon D3200 has a viewfinder coverage of 95%, which is impressive but not as the 70D.
Lastly, these cameras have a viewfinder magnification of 0.59x and 0.53x for the Canon 70D and the D3200 respectively. As a result, the image transmitted by the former is larger than the latter.
Which has More Focus Points 70D or D3200?
The 70D has more focus points than the D3200. The Canon 70D and the Nikon D3200 have focus points of 19 and 11 correspondingly. This gives the 70D the edge with 8 more focus points.
All the focus points of the Canon 70D are cross-type. The D3200, on the other hand, has just 1 cross-type out of 11 focus points. This single cross-type focus point is found in the center, surrounded by others within the frame.
Focus points are points within the frame where the user can place additional emphasis and focus on thereby enhancing image details. The more focus point a camera has, the more efficient the autofocus system is.
Cross-type focus points unlike regular focus points can detect details in horizontal and vertical lines. This makes them capable of producing better details when utilized.
Which has a Longer Battery Life 70D or D3200?
The 70D has a longer battery life than the D3200. With its 1800mAh LP-E6 battery, it can take 920 shots after a full charge. The Nikon D3200, on the other hand, is fitted with a 1030mAh EN-El14 power pack and can capture 540 shots after being fully charged.
Therefore, the Canon 70D offers 380 more shots than the D3200.
Which has More Available Lenses 70D or D3200?
The 70D has more available lenses than the D3200. It can make use of 319 native lenses and 107 optical stabilization lenses. While the Nikon D3200 has 304 native lenses and 101 optical stabilization lenses at its disposal.
Hence, the 70D has an additional 15 native lenses and 6 optical stabilization lenses available for use. This allows it to capture more unique scenes and shots.
Which has a Faster Continuous Shooting Speed 70D or D3200?
The 70D has a faster continuous shooting speed than the D3200. It has a continuous shooting speed of 7 fps while the Nikon D3200 has 4 fps continuous shooting speed. The Canon 70D, therefore, has the advantage of being 3 fps faster.
Both cameras can shoot in burst mode which is also known as continuous shooting mode. In this mode, the user can capture several shots continuously for a while.
The continuous shooting speed of the camera determines how many images can be captured per second in this mode.
Which has a Faster Shutter Speed 70D or D3200?
The 70D has a faster shutter speed than the D3200. It has a shutter speed of 1/8000s, while the D3200 has a shutter speed of 1/4000s.
How fast a camera can capture an image is indicated by its shutter speed. The shutter speed allows a camera to capture fast-moving subjects.
Which has a Longer Shutter Life Expectancy 70D or D3200?
The 70D has a longer shutter life expectancy than the D3200. It has a shutter life expectancy of 150,000 actuations, while the Nikon D3200 has 100,000 actuations.
Shutter life expectancy refers to how long a camera will last before the need to change the shutter mechanism arises.
We must mention that the shutter life expectancy does not automatically mean your camera will get faulty after it hits the maximum number of actuations (shots). Rather, it is a guarantee as to how long it will last.
Which has Less Shutter Lag 70D or D3200?
The 70D has less shutter lag than the D3200. It has a shutter lag of just 75ms which leaves the Nikon D3200 lagging with its 276ms shutter lag.
Shutter lag is the period between when an image is captured, and when it is saved. During this period, the user of the camera has to wait as the image gets saved before they can continue shooting.
Which is Newer 70D or D3200?
The Canon 70D is 1 year and 2 months newer than the Nikon D3200. This gives it the technological advantage over the Nikon camera.
Newer cameras tend to benefit from technological advancements that were not available to older cameras. In most cases, the sensor and the image processors benefit from this a great deal.
Unique Cons – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
Nikon D3200 Unique Cons
i. It does not have environmental sealing.
ii. There is no articulating screen.
iii. The touch screen feature is absent.
iv. It lacks built-in Wi-Fi.
v. It cannot be remotely controlled via your smartphone.
vi. It does not have the top LCD.
vi No On-sensor phase-detect.
vii. It cannot fine-tune its autofocus.
Canon 70D Unique Cons
i. It has no flash sync port.
Common Pros – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
|Nikon D3200||Canon 70D|
|Uses Phase Detection Autofocus System|| The Nikon D3200 makes use of the phase-detection autofocus system. The alternative would have been the contrast-detection autofocus system. |
The AF system used by this camera gives it the advantages of faster and more precise focus acquisition.
It can also perform subject tracking and continuous focusing. These functions allow the camera to maintain a constant focus on the subject.
Because of how this AF system works, it is suitable for capturing images in constant motion such as running athletes, or flying birds.
|Same as Nikon D3200|
|Has Face Detection Focus|| Face detection focus is an autofocus feature/function. |
We discuss this independently because not all cameras with the phase-detection AF system that possess this feature.
The face detection focus automatically detects the human faces within a frame and applies the focus required.
Therefore, cameras like the D3200 that have this feature produce well-detailed and expressive faces. This is why portrait photographers enjoy this feature.
|Same as Nikon D3200|
|Supports RAW Format|| Images are captured in JPEG or RAW formats. |
The former is commonly used and well known. However, the RAW format is not frequently used. Therefore, not all cameras support shooting in this format.
Interestingly, RAW format images are of higher quality than JPEG. They can also be easily edited. It makes one wonder why folks don’t often shoot in this format.
Or maybe it has to do with the fact that RAW images are larger and tend to take up more storage space.
Whatever the case may be, the Nikon D3200 can shoot in both formats which give you options to choose from.
|Same as Nikon D3200|
|Has AE Bracketing|| The AE (Auto Exposure) bracketing is a handy feature that allows one to shoot in HDR as well as tough lighting conditions. |
When shooting in such lighting conditions, this feature automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to suit the present condition.
In HDR, it is responsible for setting the right amount of exposure for the three captured images.
This feature is found in the D3200.
|Same as Nikon D3200|
Common Cons – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
|Nikon D3200||Canon 70D|
|No Built-in Image Stabilization|| There are occasions where images come out blurry. It occurs as a result of the subject’s sudden motion. |
Cameras with fast shutter speed are less prone to this as their cameras can capture such motions.
The Nikon D3200 has a slow shutter speed, hence, it is prone to producing blurred images.
The image stabilization feature helps in controlling the occurrence of blurry images. However, the D3200 lacks this feature.
Nevertheless, with the aid of any of the 101 optical stabilization lenses at its disposal, the Nikon D3200 can counter the occurrence of blur in images.
| Same as Nikon D3200 except the Canon 70D’s shutter speed is twice that of the D3200. |
Furthermore, the 70D has 107 optical stabilization lenses available for use.
|No Built-in Focus Motor|| The focus motor feature enables cameras to autofocus with all the available lenses. |
The D3200 cannot carry out this function as it lacks this feature.
It is important to mention that certain lenses are equipped with this feature; especially newer ones.
Hence, such lenses can be used to autofocus even with cameras like the Nikon D3200.
| Canon cameras deliberately do not have this feature. |
The reason is that Canon lenses are fitted with the focus motor feature, hence, there is no need for cameras to have this feature.
|Lacks Built-in GPS|| The GPS is used to accurately pinpoint the location of a device anywhere on the planet. |
When fitted into cameras, many photographers use it for geotagging.
Geotagging allows you to tag a location to a captured image. This enables other people to know the location where the image was captured.
The D3200 cannot geotag its captured images.
|Same as Nikon D3200|
|No Panorama|| The Nikon D3200 does not have the panorama feature. |
This feature would have allowed users to create a panoramic photo from stitching several pictures together.
|Same as Nikon D3200|
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What Users Think About These Cameras – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
|Nikon D3200||Canon 70D|
|Everyone who bought the Nikon D3200 was pleased with the bargain they got as a result of its affordable price.||The price of the Canon 70D was a bit of an issue for some folks; they considered it somewhat expensive.|
|The image quality of the D3200 was a high talk-point among many users. They were very pleased with the camera in this regard.||Some users who upgraded from the 70D’s predecessor (Canon 60D), said the image quality improvement was not much.|
|Although this camera lacks some AF features, its autofocus ability was on point for many users.||The autofocus of the camera was applauded.|
Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D – FAQs
Which is better Canon 7D or 70D?
The Canon 7D is better than the Canon 70D for the following reasons:
i. The 7D has a faster continuous shooting speed than the 70D. It has a continuous shooting speed of 10 fps while the Canon 70D has 3 frames less.
ii. The Canon 7D has more focus points than the 70D. It has 65 autofocus points while the Canon 70D has just 19 AF points.
iii. The 7D uses a dual-processor configuration. That means it makes use of two Digic 6 processors. The Canon 70D, on the other hand, uses a single processor (the Digic 5+).
Which lenses are compatible with the Canon 70D?
The following is a list of lenses that are compatible with the Canon 70D:
Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon 10-18mm f/4-5.6
Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
Telephoto zoom lenses
Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Canon 70-30mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Which lenses are compatible with the Nikon D3200?
The following is a list of lenses that are compatible with the Nikon D3200:
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
Nikon 18-55mm VR
Nikon 55-200mm VR
Sigma 18-250mm f/3-5-6.3 Macro OS
Nikon 18-300mm f.3.5-6.3 VR
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
Nikon 35mm f/1.8
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Telephoto zoom lenses
Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR
Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Macro
Which is better Nikon D3200 or D3300?
The Nikon D3300 is better than the Nikon D3200 because of the following reasons:
i. The D3300 has a better video recording ability than the D3200. It can record 1080/60p video while the Nikon D3200 records 1080/30p.
ii. The Nikon D3300 has a faster continuous shooting speed than the D3200. The D3300 and the Nikon D3200 have a continuous shooting speed of 5 fps and 4 fps respectively.
iii. The D3300 has a longer battery life than the D3200. It has a battery life of 700 shots while the Nikon D3200 manages just 540 shots after a full charge.
iv. The Nikon D3300 is lighter than the D3200. It weighs 430g while the Nikon D3200 weighs 505g.
v. The D3300 has a newer image processor. It uses the EXPEED 4 while the D3200 is fitted with the EXPEED 3.
Can D3200 shoot 4K?
The Nikon D3200 cannot shoot 4K video. This is common with entry-level amateur cameras such as the D3200.
Although the Nikon D3200 cannot shoot 4K video, it still records incredible video resolutions. It can shoot a maximum full HD (1920 x 1080) video at 30 fps. This resolution can also be shot at other frame rates such as 24 and 25 fps.
You can also choose to use lower video resolutions such as HD (1280 x 720) video at 50 and 60 fps, or SD (640 x 424) video at 25 and 30 fps.
Final Thoughts – Nikon D3200 vs Canon 70D
|Nikon D3200||Canon 70D|
|The Nikon D3200 simply wows anyone who’s come in contact with this amateur camera. Its image quality surpasses its category, yet is quite affordable.||The Canon 70D is an amazing camera that not only delivers high-quality imaging but one that with a truckload of features. This makes shooting with this camera fun and convenient.|