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Product Comparison: Nikon D3200 DSLR vs Canon Rebel T31

May 13, 2014
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To buy a Nikon or a Canon? Both Nikon and Canon are respected brands, but their models have some big differences. Let’s take a look at the Nikon D3200 DSLR and the Canon Rebel T31 and explore which one might be a better deal for you.


For some, megapixels matter and if you are someone that makes camera purchases based on megapixels, you should know that both the Nikon D3200 DSLR and the Canon Rebel T31 do both pack some serious megapixels. The Nikon D3200 DSLR, however, comes out on top. The Nikon 3200 offers 24.2 megapixels as opposed to the Canon Rebel T31’s 19.9 megapixels.


Both the Nikon 3200 and the Canon Rebel T31both offer 3.0″ LCD screens for viewing with one big difference — the Canon Rebel T31 features a screen that flips out while the Nikon 3200’s screen stays stationary. If you are one who likes the idea of a flip-out screen, you may want to consider the Canon Rebel T31.

Battery Life

The Nikon 3200 DSLR and the Canon Rebel T31 both come equipped with rechargeable batteries, but one is going to last longer than the other. The Nikon 3200 DSLR scores higher, able to shoot between 500 and 540 snapshots before the battery needs a recharge as opposed to the Canon Rebel T31, which can take between 400 and 440 photos before the battery needs to be plugged in. If you plan on spending a whole day snapping away, you will to seriously consider buying the Nikon 3200 DSLR.

Continuous Shooting

Another difference between the Nikon 3200 DSLR and the Canon Rebel T31 are the camera’s continuous shooting ability. The Nikon 3200 DSLR is able to shoot 4 frames per second, while the Canon Rebel T31 can shoot 3.7 frames per second. The numbers are close, but if you plan to use your camera to grab a shot quick, you will want to have the Nikon 3200 DSLR in your hand.

Shooting Modes

The Nikon 3200 DSLR and the Canon Rebel T31 both offer versatility when it comes to shooting modes, but the Nikon 3200 DSLR provides three additional shooting modes, which may made a difference to you especially if you are looking to capture your baby in action. Specifically, the Nikon 3200 DSLR offers a special child/baby mode to take photos of kids being kids, as well as portrait, landscape, sports/action, night portrait, macro and flash-off and auto modes.  The Canon Rebel provides options including action, close-up, landscape, night scene and portrait.

Wi-Fi Ability 

Perhaps the biggest difference between the Nikon 3200 DSLR and the Canon Rebel T31 is Wi-Fi capability.  The Nikon 3200 DSLR comes equipped with Wi-fi capability, allowing you to quickly upload your photos and video to the web, your e-mail, as well as to your cell phone or your iPad or computer.  The Canon Rebel, however, does not come with that feature unless you purchase a separate wireless SD Card.

Price Point

When it comes to cost the Nikon D3200 DSLR and the Canon Rebel T31, retail prices are pretty close in comparison so the price point shouldn’t be a major part of your decision to buy one over the other, but if you are pinching pennies, keep reading.

According to Consumer Reports, the price of the Nikon D3200 DSLR ranges on average between $514.48 and $826.26. However, the model can be found as low as $449.44 through Abe’s of Maine.

The Canon Rebel T31, meanwhile, retails, according to Consumer for between $479.00 and $594. 88, but can be found on sale for as low as $439.00.


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