Canon and Nikon are two of the biggest camera producing companies there are, and so, you know pitting a camera made by one against a camera made by the other is surely going to be a really interesting battle. The Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 comparison we will be doing today is one of our many Canon vs Nikon battles, you can check out another of those comparisons by clicking here.
In this article today, we will be telling you all you need to know about these cameras, and at the end, you will be able to make a well informed decision about which of them to buy.
However, if you will not be able to make it all the way to the end, the next few sections of the article will be helping you make a quick and equally informed decision. Let us get down to it!
Comparison Overview — Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200
The cameras we are comparing today are fundamentally similar, but when you really get to use them or know about them, you begin to see how really different they are.
The Nikon D3200 is the older model of the two; it was announced on the 25th of July, 2012, while the Canon EOS Rebel T5 was announced on the 12th of February, 2014.
In spite of this age difference (if we can call it that, lol), the Nikon D3200 still manages to outdo its Canon counterpart in some areas. For example, the Nikon D3200 boasts of a maximum sensor resolution which is 33 per cent higher than that which you get with the Canon camera.
Furthermore, you will be getting a hundred per cent higher screen resolution with the Nikon camera than you will be getting with the Canon one. Even more so, it is the only camera of the two that gives you an option of advancing your audio quality beyond what the internal camera can offer.
The Canon EOS Rebel T5, on the other hand, is the more compact of the two cameras, so, perhaps it would be your better option to carry around for day to day photography. Also, compared to the pixel area of the Nikon D3200, that of this camera is up to 24 per cent larger.
Like we mentioned at the beginning of this article, these cameras – Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – are made by two of the biggest brands in the camera manufacturing market – Canon and Nikon, respectively. Both these brands control huge portions of the market, and till date, it is still a very hot debate which of them is the bigger brand.
What we can tell you, though, is that Canon cameras are known for their wonderful lenses and accessories, while Nikon cameras are known to have good batteries and pretty bulky bodies. These are already pretty evident in today’s comparison, as the Nikon D3200 is the camera with the longer lasting battery and the Canon one is the more lightweight one.
Now, one thing every rational customer tries to do is to get maximum value on their every dollar spent on any product.
Which is more cost-effective: Canon EOS Rebel T5 or Nikon D3200?
With these cameras – Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – you sure will be getting that value you desire. However, the camera which will be giving you a better price-value ratio, in our opinion, is the Nikon D3200.
Both cameras are pretty affordable, but the Nikon D3200 seems to slightly edge out the Canon EOS Rebel T5 in the area of features and functions.
Speaking of features and functions, the table below will be giving a quick side by side comparison of the features, specifications, and functions of each of these cameras. Check it out!
Comparison Table — Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200
Canon EOS Rebel T5
|Camera weight||1.06 pounds||1.11 pounds|
|Camera dimensions||5.1 by 3.1 by 3.9 inches||4.9 by 3.0 by 3.8 inches|
|Maximum sensor resolution||18 mega pixels||24 mega pixels|
|ISO range||100 to 6400||100 to 6400 (expandable to 12800)|
|Burst mode speed||3 frames per second||4 frames per second|
|Screen resolution||460k dots||921k dots|
|Battery capacity||500 shots per full charge||540 shots per full charge|
|External microphone jack||No||Yes|
|PC sync port for flash||No||Yes|
Check out the video below for a hands on Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 comparison.
Which Is Better Under What Circumstance?
Canon EOS Rebel T5
| If you are looking for a camera you can take with you everywhere for whatever activity, then you would be needing a lightweight camera, which is exactly what the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is.|
This camera weighs 25 grams less than the Nikon D3200, and as such, is the more lightweight camera of the two in comparison today.
| If you are looking for a camera to use for flash photography, then your better choice would be the Nikon D3200.|
Now, both the Canon EOS Rebel T5 and Nikon D3200 allow you attach external flashes, however, only the Nikon camera goes the extra mile by allowing you make use of an off camera flash, thanks to the PC sync port for flash.
|If you want a camera with a large pixel area, then the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is your better option. This camera’s pixel area is about 24 per cent larger than that of the Nikon D3200, and so, you might be getting more detailing in photos taken with the Canon camera.|| If you plan to do a lot of video recording, then the Nikon D3200 would be your better camera of the two.|
High sound quality is a very important factor in video recording, and the Nikon D3200 being the only one of the two cameras that supports an external microphone, you will be able to get better audio quality with this camera than with its counterpart.
Common Features — Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200
The most basic similarities that exist between the Canon EOS Rebel T5 and Nikon D3200 are:
i. They are both entry-level cameras.
ii. They are both DSLR cameras.
What Is An Entry-Level Camera?
An entry level camera is one which is made primarily for beginners and/or for unprofessional usage. Therefore, if you are looking for a camera to use to capture moments from your daily activities, then an entry-level camera is just what you need.
Entry-level cameras do not have very durable bodies, as it is expected that they won’t be used too frequently and too intensely. However, these such cameras are expected to be lightweight and very user friendly.
Of course, a camera which is designed for amateurs needs to be as easy to use as possible. Being lightweight is also a huge plus, because nobody wants to be carrying around a camera that weighs so much while on a tour.
Another thing that is very common with this level of cameras is their price; entry-level cameras are usually pretty affordable. As a matter of fact, the most affordable level of cameras that brands offer are usually entry-level cameras.
So, summarily, you could say that for a camera to qualify as entry-level, it has to be quite lightweight, pretty affordable, and most important, easy to use. And well, each of these cameras in comparison today – Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – are all three of those, so yes, they both qualify as entry-level.
What Is A DSLR Camera?
A digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, in the most basic sense, is a camera which is made with a reflex design. What that means is that they make use of mirrors to bounce off light coming from the camera’s lens to an optical viewfinder.
Now, because of this reflex mechanism, DSLR cameras usually have bulky bodies, therefore, if you find a DSLR camera that weighs just about a pound, you ought to be grateful, because you have a really lightweight DSLR camera in your hands.
DSLR cameras are also called mirrored cameras, and that is obviously because they are made with mirrors. They are often compared to their archrivals; mirrorless cameras.
While a DSLR camera comes with a mirror and an optical viewfinder, a mirrorless camera comes with an electronic viewfinder and no mirrors.
Some advantages of having a DSLR camera are their long lasting batteries and fast auto focus systems.
If you still want to know more about how a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera works, watch the video below.
The following are the features common to the Canon EOS Rebel T5 and Nikon D3200:
i. Optical viewfinder
ii. APS-C CMOS sensor
iii. Face detection focus
iv. RAW support
v. Auto exposure bracketing
vi. Built-in flash
vii. External flash hot shoe
viii. Fixed screen
Let us now examine them…
We mentioned this when we explained what DSLR cameras are, and that is because the optical viewfinder is a feature exclusive to DSLRs.
An optical viewfinder is a small display just atop the camera’s screen which feeds you an exact image of what the camera’s lens is seeing, and that makes it easy for you to frame your photos properly before capturing them.
One major advantage of the optical viewfinder (especially over the electronic one) is that it does not delay your feeds. Also, you get really clear images when previewing images on the optical viewfinder, clearer than what you would get with an electronic one.
More so, on days when the sun is beaming and you have to shoot outdoors, you can avoid the many troubles of using the camera’s LCD screen to shoot by making use of this feature which never gets affected by direct sunlight – the optical viewfinder.
An APS-C sensor is basically a smaller size of a full frame sensor. A full frame sensor is about the size of a film (you remember films from old cameras, don’t you?), and then an APS-C sensor is a sort of cropped form of this.
From this brief explanation, you probably already think that an APS-C sensor is inferior to a full frame sensor. Well, if you do, you might be right, but not entirely.
The APS-C sensor gives you better results when you are shooting objects that are quite far away. For this reason, if you are doing sports or wildlife photography, a camera with an APS-C sensor (just like both these cameras in comparison today) might be the better one for you.
Anyway, if you are interested in finding out more about APS-C sensors and how they compare with full frame ones, check out the video below.
Face Detection Focus
If you have seen photos with blurred backgrounds and sharp looking faces, those photos were probably made thanks to this feature. Face detection focus is a feature that identifies the human faces in view and focuses on them, so that they can come out looking sharp and really professional.
Without having to do so much, this feature gives your images that extra touch of professionalism, and it is particularly very lovely for shooting portrait photos, because, you know, it focuses on the face, and a portrait photography is basically all about – yes, you guessed right – the face.
Interestingly, if you have to take a photo which features more than one face, face detection focus will still be very effective. This feature will be focusing on all the faces in view, and will be putting emphasis on each of the faces in the photo, just as you would love it.
If you are looking to add an extra professional touch to your images, here is a feature that would further help with that. RAW support is what ensures that you can take photos and have them store without losing any detail whatsoever.
Usually, when you take a photo with a camera, that photo is compressed to the JPEG format so that it does not take up so much storage space. However, when that compression is done, a lot of detail is lost, which, as you would know, affects the quality of your images.
Anyway, with RAW support, you can now decide that you want all the details in your photo intact, and as such, do not want them compressed.
The RAW format is the highest quality in which images can come, and so, if you will be needing to use your images on a large scale, it would be advisable to shoot in the RAW format. However, do note that you have to be ready to sacrifice a lot of storage space for these really high quality photos.
Auto Exposure Bracketing
If you are looking to use your camera for some HDR photography, then this feature is bound to be a very important one for you. Basically, HDR photography cannot be done if that camera does not have auto exposure bracketing.
Now, how this feature works is pretty simple; when set, auto exposure bracketing helps you get 3 (more or less) different photos, each with a different exposure settings, which means you can go on to get awesome HDR photographs. Anyway though, you might need a little knowledge of Photoshop to be able to get the best results from your HDR photography.
Furthermore, if you have to shoot in a place where lighting conditions are pretty tough, auto exposure bracketing could help save the day. With this feature, you can get good results under those conditions, conveniently and efficiently.
Well, if you do not know how to use auto exposure bracketing, the video below is for you. It breaks down the steps involved in setting up auto exposure bracketing on a Nikon D5200 camera. Watch it here.
A built-in flash is one way you can lighten up a low light area, so that you can get bright enough photos in spite of how dark the place is.
So, for example, if you are the photographer at an event where lighting is low, and you happen to be shooting with either one of these cameras – Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – the built-in flash they each come with might be your most easily accessible tool to get bright images from the event.
So, when in doubt about the lighting in the area, just pop up your camera’s built-in flash and go on shooting.
External Flash Hot Shoe
If your camera’s built-in flash does not give you the type of results you desire, keep calm, because each of these cameras – Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – gives you yet another option to lighten up the area.
The external flash hot shoe that each of these cameras comes with is what accommodates an external flash. And with an external flash, you sure will be able to get even better lighting than the built-in flash offers.
So, if your camera’s built-in flash did not impress you at the event where you were taking photos, you could just get an external flash, mount on the camera’s hot shoe, and get even brighter images.
More so, if you want to attempt flash photography, an external flash would be pretty necessary. So, thanks to the hot shoe, you can use an external flash on any of these cameras – Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – to produce good flash photographs.
Note, however, that the Nikon D3200 does have the potential to do even better in flash photography, and we will be telling you why later on in this article.
This is a feature that might not be received well by many photographers out there, and that is because many would prefer to have a camera with an articulating screen.
A completely fixed screen limits the flexibility of a photographer, as you won’t be able to tilt, flip, nor rotate it to shoot conveniently from awkward angles. Also, this might not be such good news for vloggers and YouTubers.
These sets of people would normally prefer selfie friendly cameras, and seeing as these cameras come with fixed LCD screens, none of them can be called selfie friendly.
Unique Features — Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200
Here are the features the Nikon D3200 has that the Canon EOS Rebel T5 does not:
i. External microphone jack
ii. PC sync port
External Microphone Jack
An external microphone jack is an output to which an external microphone can be connected. Now, if you would be doing a lot of video and audio recording with your camera, then you might really need an external microphone.
The internal microphone your camera comes with does a pretty poor job at noise cancelation, and generally does not produce very amazing audio quality in noisy areas. But with an external microphone, all that is solved, you will be able to get good noise cancelation and more superior audio in your recordings.
Well, of these two cameras in comparison today – Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – this feature (the external microphone jack) can only be found in the Nikon D3200. Therefore, you can say that that might be the better camera for video and audio recordings.
PC Sync Port
Recall that earlier we told you that both these cameras in comparison today – Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – offer you great options for very efficient flash photography, however, the Nikon D3200 is the only one that does one better by giving an even more efficient option. That option is this feature; the PC sync port for flash.
The PC sync port is the feature that allows you connect an off camera flash to your camera. So now, you have the built-in flash, can also have an external flash mounted on the hot shoe, and now, an off camera flash connected via this feature.
Actually, an external flash will be giving you really good results in flash photography, so then, imagine how good your results will be when you go on to use an extra and even better off camera flash. So, obviously, this level of efficiency can only be achieved with the Nikon D3200, as it is the only of the two cameras with this sync port.
Unique Pros — Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200
Unique Pro Of The Canon EOS Rebel T5
Large Pixel Area
Like we mentioned earlier, with the Canon EOS Rebel T5, you will be getting a pixel area which is up to 24 per cent larger than what you will be getting with the Nikon D3200. And this difference, of course, will also be causing a difference in the quality of photos you get with each of the cameras.
Unique Pros Of The Nikon D3200
i. High maximum sensor resolution
ii. High resolution
iii. Good low light performance
iv. Option for advanced audio quality
v. Better flash photography
We will now look at each of them in detail…
High Maximum Sensor Resolution
Earlier in this article, we mentioned that these two cameras come with the same sensor type (APS-C CMOS sensor), however, they do not have the same resolutions.
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 has a maximum sensor resolution of 18 mega pixels, while the Nikon D3200 boasts of a 24 mega pixel maximum sensor resolution.
From these numbers, you probably already can tell that you will be getting more pixels in photos taken with the Nikon D3200 – 33 per cent more pixels, to be precise.
High Resolution Screen
The LCD screen of the Nikon D3200 has a resolution of 921k dots, which is really impressive, especially when you consider that this camera is only an entry-level one.
Comparing the screen resolution of this camera to that of the Canon EOS Rebel T5 makes it even clearer how good it is. The Canon EOS Rebel T5 has a screen resolution of 460k dots which is literally half what you get with the Nikon camera.
Therefore, you will be expecting that the Nikon D3200 will be giving you a hundred per cent more pixels per inch of every photo taken, which in turn means that you will be getting better looking printed images (not necessarily better on your laptop or camera screen) with this camera.
Good Low Light Performance
So, if you do not want to make use of any sort of flash to get bright photos in low light conditions, there a few other ways you can go about it, and one of those ways is by adjusting the camera’s ISO.
A camera’s ISO basically refers to how sensitive that camera’s sensor is to light, and as you may have already guessed, the higher the camera’s ISO range, the more sensitive the camera’s sensor is, and consequently, the better the camera’s performance in low light.
Now, both these cameras – Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – have the exact same ISO range (100 to 6400), and this is actually only average for cameras their level.
Anyway, the Nikon D3200, unlike the Canon EOS Rebel T5, does allow for a further expansion of the maximum ISO up to 12800. Therefore, you are able to get a hundred per cent better light sensitivity from the sensor of the Nikon D3200 compared to the Canon camera, and that is surely a big deal.
Option For Advanced Audio Quality
Both these cameras come with internal microphones, and sincerely, they will be doing pretty decent jobs in getting you good audio quality, but that would be if you are recording in a quiet area.
However, if you will be recording in an area where there is a lot of noise, then you would need more than just the internal microphone, and only the Nikon D3200 gives you an option to get more.
When there is a lot of background noise where you are recording, a good external microphone would be your best shot at getting high quality audio. A good external microphone would be able to neatly cancel out the background noise and give you the high quality audio you so desire.
Therefore, if you plan to do a lot of audio recording, we would recommend that you go for the Nikon D3200, as it is the only one that gives you an option of advancing the audio quality of your recordings beyond what an internal microphone can offer.
Better Flash Photography
Both these cameras will be doing pretty well in flash photography, however, like we mentioned before, the Nikon D3200 will be doing even better, as it is the only one of the two which lets you use an off camera flash.
The PC sync port for flash is yet another source of (even more superior) lighting, and with this, your results in flash photography will be pretty much untouchable, lol!
Unique Cons — Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200
Unique Cons Of The Canon EOS Rebel T5
i. No microphone jack
ii. No PC sync port for flash
iii. Average maximum sensor resolution
iv. Low resolution screen
v. Average maximum ISO
Let us now look at each of them individually…
No Microphone Jack
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 does not have a microphone jack, and this means that the quality of audio you can get while recording with this camera is really limited.
Like we earlier explained, an external microphone is what helps you improve on your camera’s audio quality, but the Canon EOS Rebel T5 not coming with an external microphone jack simply means that it is incompatible with external microphones. Therefore, you are basically stuck with whatever audio quality your internal camera gives you.
No PC Sync Port For Flash
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 coming without this port simply implies that you won’t be able to use off camera flashes with this camera. Therefore, you will be denied that extra efficiency you would have been able to get in flash photography if your camera had this feature.
Average Maximum Sensor Resolution
Coming with only 18 mega pixels, the Canon EOS Rebel T5’s maximum sensor resolution is surely not one of the highest in the market. When compared with that of the Nikon D3200, the sensor resolution of the Canon camera actually falls below expectation.
So, if after going through this comparison, you eventually decide to go for the Canon EOS Rebel T5, just bear in mind that you will be getting fewer pixels in photos taken with it than in photos taken with its Nikon counterpart.
Low Resolution Screen
The LCD screen of the Canon EOS Rebel T5 has a resolution of 460k dots which is a far cry from what the LCD screen of the Nikon D3200 offers. As a matter of fact the Nikon D3200 has a screen resolution which is two times higher than that of the Canon camera; surely not very good news for the Canon supporters.
Basically, because of this huge disparity, the printed photos you will be getting with the Canon EOS Rebel T5 will only be half as good as those you will be getting with the Nikon D3200. Not very impressive.
Average Maximim ISO
We have already explained what ISO is and how a high maximum increases your camera’s chances of doing well in low light. Therefore, you probably can see why the Canon EOS Rebel T5’s 100 to 6400 ISO range might not be entirely impressive.
Also, when you consider that the Nikon D3200’s ISO maximum is further expandable by a hundred per cent, you then might wish for more from the Canon camera.
Unique Cons Of The Nikon D3200
Not Very Large Pixel Area
Compared to the pixel area that the Canon EOS Rebel T5 camera has, the Nikon D3200 offers 24 per cent less. This is surely not good news for the quality of photos you will be getting with the Nikon camera.
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Common Pros — Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200
Canon EOS Rebel T5
|Lightweight|| The Canon EOS Rebel T5 is a DSLR camera which weighs only a little more than a pound, so, it is surely one camera you can refer to as lightweight.|
This is surely good news, especially for an entry-level camera like this one, because an amateur photographer would most likely prefer to use a camera that doesn’t cause them so much inconvenience when they carry it around.
|The Nikon D3200, though slightly heavier than the Canon EOS Rebel T5, is also a lightweight camera in itself. Therefore, this one will also be convenient for one to carry around.|
|Proper framing of photos|| This camera comes with an optical viewfinder and that is the feature which makes it possible for you to preview and frame your photos before capturing them.|
Furthermore, the optical viewfinder is a big plus for you if you would prefer to see your image just like the camera’s lens is viewing it (as opposed to a digital image of it).
| The Nikon D3200 also comes with an optical viewfinder, and as such will also be helping you preview and properly frame photos before capturing them.|
Remember, if you have to shoot in direct sunlight, a viewfinder ensures that you can easily escape the many troubles of shooting with the camera’s LCD screen.
|Good battery capacity|| The Canon EOS Rebel T5 is a DSLR camera, so, already you expect that its battery would be quite impressive. And well, at 500 shots per full charge, the battery of the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is just that – impressive.|
With a battery this good, you can enjoy shooting for longer hours without the fear of your camera shutting down after only a few shots because of low battery.
| At 540 shots per full charge, the Nikon D3200 boasts of an even more impressive battery capacity than that of the Canon EOS Rebel T5.|
Well, like we said early on in this Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 comparison article, Nikon is known for their really good batteries, so perhaps it isn’t so surprising that the battery of the Nikon D3200 betters that of its Canon counterpart.
|High quality photos||Thanks to RAW support, you can take photos with the Canon EOS Rebel T5 and have them store untouched and uncompressed. And well, if your photo does not go through the compression process, then you are sure that you have before you the highest quality that that particular photo can come in.||The Nikon D3200 also has RAW support, which means you can also take photos in the RAW format and have them store in that same format.|
|Good portrait photography||Face detection focus is the feature in the Canon EOS Rebel T5 that will be making sure that you can get optimum results when taking portrait photographs.||You will also be able to get really awesome portrait photographs with the Nikon D3200, because, just like the Canon EOS Rebel T5, this camera comes with the face detection focus feature.|
|Good lighting||The built-in flash that comes with the Canon EOS Rebel T5 will be ensuring that you can get bright images even when you are shooting in low light areas.||The Nikon D3200 also has a built-in flash which will be helping you get bright images in low light.|
|Good flash photography||With an external flash hot shoe, you will be able to mount on an external flash and get good flash photography results.|| The Nikon D3200 also gives you an option of advancing your camera’s lighting beyond what the built-in flash offers. Consequently, this also gives you an option for efficient flash photography.|
Once again, we have to point out that, with a PC sync port for off camera flashes, the Nikon D3200 does offer you an extra option to get even better flash photographs.
|Good HDR photography||Coming with auto exposure bracketing, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 ensures that you can get good HDR photos without much hassle.||You will also be able to conveniently shoot HDR shots with the Nikon D3200, as this camera comes with auto exposure bracketing, as well.|
|Affordable||You won’t be spending so much to acquire this well-functioning entry-level camera, and if that is not a huge pro, then we really do not know what else is.||The Nikon D3200 is an equally affordable camera; it sure will be able to fit into your budget.|
Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – Common Cons
Canon EOS Rebel T5
|No articulating screen|| Like we mentioned earlier, the LCD screen of the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is a fixed type, and this is not very good news for a wide range of photographers.|
An articulating screen gives you an option to make your shoot as flexible as possible; you will be able to easily get shots from pretty difficult angles.
Anyway, you could say that you won’t be getting any of that convenience here, as the screen of this camera is not flexible in the slightest.
|The Nikon D3200 also comes with an LCD screen which is a hundred per cent fixed. Therefore, you will not be able to get very flexible with your shooting with this camera.|
|No image stabilization|| Just by taking a look at the name, you probably already have an idea what the image stabilization feature can do for you.|
When your camera shakes while you shoot, this feature is what ensures that it won’t be affecting the eventual images you get.
But well, seeing as this camera does not have this, you will be getting the full effects of those shakes, which could be blurry, low quality photos.
|This camera also does not come with image stabilization, so, any shake or movement of the camera while you shoot could gravely and negatively affect the quality of the eventual images. This is surely not good news for those who will be shooting a lot without stands.|
|Slow burst mode speed|| Burst mode is a feature that allows a camera take nonstop shots. Burst mode (also referred to as continuous shooting) becomes very important when the object or person you want to take photos of is in constant motion.|
As you must have already guessed, the faster your camera’s burst mode speed, the better the images of those moving objects you will be able to get. In that light, the 3 frames per second in burst mode that you get with the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is slow and, thus, unimpressive. With this, you will not be getting very amazing photos of those moving people or objects.
|The Nikon D3200 offers a 4 frames per second speed on burst mode, which, though slightly faster than what you get with the Canon EOS Rebel T5, is not very impressive in itself. With this sort of continuous shooting speed, this camera might not be your best bet for sports or wildlife photography, because in either of these situations, you would be needing to take photos of people, objects, or animals in constant motion.|
|No touch screen|| A touch sensitive LCD screen gives extra convenience in the operation of the camera. Well, the screen of the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is not touch sensitive, and therefore, you will not be getting that extra convenience you would have loved.|
This might not have been a big deal in a professional camera. But for a camera which is primarily designed for people with little to no knowledge of how a camera works, a touch screen would have been quite necessary to make life easier for them.
|The LCD screen of the Nikon D3200 is also not touch sensitive. This means that you will not be getting that extra convenience in the operation of this one, either.|
|No built-in Wi-Fi|| A built-in Wi-Fi is what allows you transfer files away from your camera without needing cables or any external hardware.|
Of course, sending files through this means is easier and faster. So, it is safe to say that the Canon EOS Rebel T5’s lack of a built-in Wi-Fi will be quite a big miss.
|The Nikon D3200 will also be denying you that convenience of being able to transfer files without needing cables, as it, too, does not come with a built-in Wi-Fi.|
|No built-in Bluetooth|| So, seeing as this camera does not have a built-in Wi-Fi, a built-in Bluetooth would have a really good alternative for wireless connectivity.|
Anyway, this camera comes with neither, and that simply means that you will not be able to achieve wireless connectivity with this camera at all.
|The Nikon D3200 is also incapable of achieving wireless connectivity, seeing as it neither comes with a built-in Wi-Fi nor does it come with a built-in Bluetooth.|
|No panorama||This camera does not come with the feature which lets you take panoramic photos. So, you could say that the Canon EOS Rebel T5 does not exactly encourage creativity in photography.||You also will not be able to make panoramic photos with the Nikon D3200.|
|No built-in GPS||The Canon EOS Rebel T5 does not have a built-in GPS. Therefore, you won’t be able to track the location at which photos were taken or videos were recorded with this camera.||The same applies for this camera, as the Nikon D3200 also does not have a built-in GPS.|
|No weather sealing|| This is quite expected seeing as this camera is an entry-level one, but well, it still puts your camera at risk.|
Basically, if you are using a camera which does not have a weather sealing (like the Canon EOS Rebel T5) outdoors, it could be damaged by humidity, rain, snow, and other components of the weather.
A weather sealing is what would have protected the camera from being harmed by these things, but without one, you would have to shield your camera yourself when the weather starts acting funny outside.
|Just like with the Canon EOS Rebel T5, you will also have to be extra careful when shooting outdoors with the Nikon D3200, because this camera also does not have a weather sealing.|
|No headphone jack||You will not be able to use headphones to regulate sound while you record audio with the Canon EOS Rebel T5 because it is not compatible with headphones.||The Nikon D3200 is also not compatible with headphones. Therefore, you won’t be able to regulate your audio while you record.|
|No slow motion||This is yet another way the Canon EOS Rebel T5 stifles creativity; it does not support slow motion video recording.||The Nikon D3200 also does not allow you record slow motion videos.|
|No top side LCD screen||A top side LCD screen is there to help you view the settings being made on your camera, but this camera does not come with that feature.||You also do not get a top side LCD screen on the Nikon D3200.|
What Do People Think About Each Of These Cameras?
Canon EOS Rebel T5
|Apparently, a lot of customers are pretty satisfied with the Canon EOS Rebel T5. A certain customer even went on to say that this camera comes with a lot of features, and could even pass for a semi-professional camera.||A lot of customers have had good things to say about the Nikon D3200, one of whom even went on to title it the ideal beginner camera. So, it is probably safe to say that many people do love this camera.|
|Photographers love that this camera is able to take really good images, but many have said that they wished that the Canon EOS Rebel T5 did better in low light – i.e., referring to its ISO range.||A lot of customers seem to be quite satisfied with the Nikon D3200’s performance is low light, and many have applauded its ability to do well in difficult lighting situations.|
|A lot of beginners mentioned that they did not have much trouble getting to understand how the Canon EOS Rebel T5 works. They have also said that they love just how affordable it is, despite how very functional it has proven to be.|| People, of course, also love that the Nikon D3200 is an affordable camera. They love that they are presented with an option of advancing their audio quality in recordings, too.|
Amateur photographers have also said that the Nikon D3200 is a pretty easy camera to use.
Our Take — Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200
Canon EOS Rebel T5
|Canon has made a lot of really good cameras in the EOS Rebel series, and we think the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is a pretty decent one, too.||The Nikon D3200 is a lovely camera, and if we were to choose from these two cameras in comparison today – Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200 – then it would be this camera.|
| This camera is a pretty easy one to use, but we do think it would have been even easier if its screen was a touch sensitive one.|
In addition to that, we do think that the lack of flexibility of this camera’s LCD screen really does limit the convenience you can get while shooting with it. We would have more than appreciated it if this camera’s LCD screen was even just a bit flexible. So, maybe not even fully articulated, but a flip-out screen would have been just fine.
| So, a customer referred to the Nikon D3200 as the ideal entry-level camera, and we beg to disagree a little bit. And the reason we are disagreeing is mainly because this camera’s screen is neither touch sensitive nor is it flexible. If we were going to refer to any camera as the ideal entry-level camera, it would have to come with both of those.|
Now, this isn’t to take anything away from how much convenience this camera offers. It is really user friendly, but we just expected a little bit more from this one.
|Anyway, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 might not be your better option for video recording; it does not allow you record slow motion videos, it does not allow you use external microphones, and it does not make self-recording easy (vloggers would understand this better).|| The Nikon D3200 also does not support slow motion recording, but it does allow you use external microphones, so, you have an option of getting really amazing audio in your recordings; this alone is a huge plus.|
Its lack of an articulating screen is a big setback, though, especially for vloggers and YouTubers.
| The Canon EOS Rebel T5 is affordable, and who wouldn’t love a budget friendly camera? We also love that it is good for flash photography, HDR photography, and portrait photography. It is not common to find an entry-level camera that can do all three.|
However, for continuous shooting, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 might disappoint you. It does have a good battery capacity, though.
| The Nikon D3200 is another entry-level camera that does “all three”. Interestingly, with its PC sync port for off camera flashes, this camera has the potential to do better than most in flash photography.|
As you know, this camera’s battery is better than that of the Canon EOS Rebel T5, but its performance in burst mode is just as unimpressive.
Anyway, we strongly believe you will be getting better photo quality with the Nikon camera, as it beats the Canon one in the areas of sensor resolution and screen resolution.
| In summary, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is a good entry-level camera. It could have been better, but that does not take away from how functional it is, and how valuable it can be for you.|
We would recommend this camera to events photographers, tourists, and other amateur photographers out there.
| Of the two cameras in comparison today, the Nikon D3200 is obviously the one with better features, and in our opinion, it is also the one which will be giving you better value for your money spent.|
We would recommend the Nikon D3200 for events photography, street photography, vacations, and other forms of amateur photography.
FAQs — Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs Nikon D3200
Does the Nikon D3200 have Wi-Fi?
The Nikon D3200 does not come with built-in Wi-Fi. As a matter of fact, it does not come with any form of wireless connection; no near field communication, no Bluetooth.
What this means is that to transfer images from the Nikon D3200 to your smartphone, you will be needing external hardware — USB cables or memory cards.
How do I get my pictures off my Nikon D3200?
To get your pictures from your Nikon D3200, you will have to make use of a USB cable. This camera does not come with a built-in Wi-Fi, neither does it come with Bluetooth, so, a wireless connection will not be possible here.
You could also make use of memory cards to transfer files from this camera to your smartphone or laptop. Fortunately, the Nikon D3200 is compatible with ultra high speed memory cards, so your transfer will be quick and easy.
Is the Nikon D3200 a good selfie camera?
If you are a huge fan of selfies and can’t do without them, then the Nikon D3200 is not the camera you want to get. Selfie cameras are known to have fully articulated, or at least, flip out LCD screens, but the D3200’s screen is immovable.
It should be noted that the quality of the pictures you will be getting with this camera is not what is in question here. It is simply not a good selfie camera because of its fixed screen.
Can you vlog with the Canon EOS T5?
Vlogging with the Canon EOS Rebel T5 may actually be a little difficult, because in spite of the fact that it shoots 1080p at 30 frames per second, you will experience a huge roadblock with the screen.
Vloggers are known to record videos of themselves by themselves at different locations, and when they aren’t using smartphones, they are using cameras with articulating screens.
This camera does not have an articulating screen. So, we leave the question to you; can you vlog with the Canon EOS T5?
What are the best professional mirrorless cameras?
i. Sony a7III
ii. Nikon Z6
iii. Sony a6600
iv. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
v. Fujifilm X-T4
vi. Canon EOS RP
vii. Panasonic Lumix G9
viii. Canon EOS M6 Mark II
ix. Sony A7R IV
x. Sony a9