I think you are glossing over some important differences between the D3100 and D3200. The D3200 has the same image sensor and processor the top-of-the line Nikon professional DSLRs
, which is more than just a megapixel number. The D3200 also shoots HD video at a higher framerate, and has an external microphone input. The camera also has a much wider ISO range.
There's a good head-to-head comparison here:
You're not understanding my point. I said you won't see a real world significant difference. All these numbers sound nice but you won't see it in actual use.
These numbers are like comparing numbers for megapixels. A consumer buying a d3200 won't see a difference. A professional might, but not your average consumer.
At this point, these performance numbers are just fuel for bragging rights. That's why the suggestion from most pros is to not upgrade camera, and to use that money for better lenses. I can probably get a refurbed D3100 with the kit lens and a used 35mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.8 prime for the same price as this deal and end up taking better pictures anyways. If specs of a camera matter, then every single professional out there would be using the newest and "best" cameras. Some of them still stick to an old D90 and still churn out just as good photos as the new camera bodies.
Plus, if you look at photos from D3100 and D3200, you won't see any difference at all!
Look at the differences....they're so slight to the normal eye that it doesn't matter. What they did was zoom in to a specific portion on the photo, something a consumer would usually never do. You can keep throwing performance numbers around but you won't see it.
Also, you're wrong. The D3200 does NOT have the same image sensor as the D5200 or D7100. These are not even considered professional cameras. The top of the line professional cameras are FX "full frame" sensor cameras such as D800, D4, D3x, D300s or D600. Do not even remotely compare the two. They all cost more than $2000. D3200 is much worse and making that statement means you really don't know what you're talking about.
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