Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7

Portability
67
Imaging
66
Features
63
Overall
64
Nikon D3200 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 front
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
41
Overall
39
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Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7 Overview

Below, we will be comparing the Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7, one is a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Nikon and Panasonic. There exists a big gap among the image resolutions of the D3200 (24MP) and SZ7 (14MP) and the D3200 (APS-C) and SZ7 (1/2.3") use different sensor measurements.

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The D3200 was released 7 months after the SZ7 which means that they are of a similar generation. The two cameras come with different body type with the Nikon D3200 being a Compact SLR camera and the Panasonic SZ7 being a Compact camera.

Before getting in to a more detailed comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the D3200 scores against the SZ7 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7 Key Specs

Nikon D3200
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Raise to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 505g - 125 x 96 x 77mm
  • Launched July 2012
  • Succeeded the Nikon D3100
  • Later Model is Nikon D3300
Panasonic SZ7
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 133g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Released January 2012
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Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to lug around your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and volume. The Nikon D3200 enjoys outer measurements of 125mm x 96mm x 77mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 3.0") along with a weight of 505 grams (1.11 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ7 has sizing of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you choose at that moment. Below is a front view scale comparison of the D3200 against the SZ7.

Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the D3200 and SZ7 is 67 and 95 respectively.

Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's tough to visualise the contrast in sensor measurements just by viewing specs. The visual below will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the D3200 and SZ7.

As you can plainly see, both cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The D3200 because of its larger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Nikon D3200 will provide you with more detail due to its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos more aggressively. The more recent D3200 is going to have an edge in sensor technology.

Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7 sensor size comparison

Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D3200 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic SZ7 Portrait photography highlights
79
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
34
decent MP (14 megapixels)
offers face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon D3200 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic SZ7 as a Street photography camera
60
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (133 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D3200 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic SZ7 as a Sports photography camera
66
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
has phase detect AF
max fps low (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
offers tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D3200 Travel photography factors
Panasonic SZ7 Travel photography factors
60
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
no Timelapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
70
lighter than competitors in class (133 grams)
decent MP (14MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon D3200
Landscape photography with Panasonic SZ7
70
has manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
no Timelapse function
43
really wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D3200 Vlogging advice
Panasonic SZ7 Vlogging advice
28
provides face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
no external microphone port
35
really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (133g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic socket
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Nikon D3200 vs Panasonic SZ7 Specifications

General Information
Brand
Nikon
Panasonic
Model
Nikon D3200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
Category
Entry-Level DSLR
Small Sensor Compact
Launched
2012-07-25
2012-01-09
Physical type
Compact SLR
Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip
Expeed 3
-
Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
23.2 x 15.4mm
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
357.3mm²
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
6016 x 4000
4320 x 3240
Max native ISO
6400
6400
Max boosted ISO
12800
-
Minimum native ISO
100
100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
11
23
Cross focus points
1
-
Lens
Lens mounting type
Nikon F
fixed lens
Lens focal range
-
25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture
-
f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus distance
-
4cm
Total lenses
309
-
Crop factor
1.6
5.9
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inches
3 inches
Resolution of screen
921k dots
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology
TFT LCD with 160� viewing angle
TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
None
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
-
Viewfinder magnification
0.53x
-
Features
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
4.0 frames/s
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
-
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
5.60 m
Flash options
Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/200 seconds
-
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Optional
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
Optional
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
505 gr (1.11 pounds)
133 gr (0.29 pounds)
Physical dimensions
125 x 96 x 77mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 3.0")
99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score
81
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
24.1
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
13.2
not tested
DXO Low light score
1131
not tested
Other
Battery life
540 images
220 images
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL14
-
Self timer
Yes
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Single
Single
Cost at launch
$530
$199