As well as being compared against other compacts, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 is also often compared to ultra compacts, travel zooms and super zooms. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V and the Cyber-shot DSC-W380) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX700 HS and the ELPH 300 HS)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W290 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 36 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5") and has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact (98×57×23 mm) vs super compact (90×54×22 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Nikon Coolpix S550

Nikon Coolpix S550
1 year older
$299

Significant advantages of the S550 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (90×54×22 mm) vs Compact (98×57×23 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the S550 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the S550 and DSC-W290

  • Very small: Super compact (90×54×22 mm) vs Compact (98×57×23 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 150 g vs 167 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W170 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W170 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the DSC-W170 and DSC-W290

  • Very small: Compact (94×58×24 mm) vs Compact (98×57×23 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
2 years newer
$261

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (98×57×23 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the 300 HS and DSC-W290

  • Very small: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (98×57×23 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W290 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and is thinner (0.9" vs 2.1").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.7), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), is much larger (compact (98×57×23 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), is older (february 2009 vs february 2014) and is slightly heavier (167 g vs 117 g).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380
10 months newer
$230

Significant advantages of the DSC-W380 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W380 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W380 and DSC-W290

  • None found

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
5 years newer
$80 - $105

Significant advantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and DSC-W290

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330
10 months newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-W330 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W330 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W330 and DSC-W290

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, compared to travel zoom competitors the Sony DSC-W290 has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.8 fps vs 8.5 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
5 years newer
$429

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the DSC-W290)

  • None found

common strengths of the SX700 HS and DSC-W290

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
4 years newer
$445

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the DSC-W290)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and DSC-W290

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
similar age

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS3 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 2 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS3 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-ZS3 and DSC-W290

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W290 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (98×57×23 mm) vs prosumer size (114×83×99 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), is thinner (0.9" vs 3.9") and is slightly lighter (167 g vs 481 g).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 26 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.8 fps vs 10 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
1 year newer
$489

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.3
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the DSC-W290)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Compact (98×57×23 mm)
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly thicker: 3.9" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the P100 and DSC-W290

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Compact (98×57×23 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 167 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 0.9"