Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S3500 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Size
Really small
Ultra compact 93x52x19 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
128 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S3300

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Movie format Higher resolution movies 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W610

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-W610's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life Longer battery life 250 shots vs 180 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Size Slightly smaller 93x52x19 mm vs 95x58x19 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Macro focus Better macro capability 4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 480 ms vs 500 ms
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 113 g vs 128 g
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More than 10% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        S3300:95x58x19 mm
        DSC-W610:93x52x19 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        0.7"
        Weight Light weight Help
        S3300:128 g
        DSC-W610:113 g
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        S3300:500 ms
        DSC-W610:480 ms
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        S3300:720p @ 30fps
        DSC-W610:480p @ 30fps
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        S3300:6x
        DSC-W610:4x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $98 - $108

        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Compact

        $180

        Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures

        Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Compact

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $93 - $120

        Aperture Slightly wider aperture
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Slightly larger
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $167

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix S3000

        Nikon Coolpix S3000

        Compact

        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

        Travel zoom

        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Significantly thicker

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W610 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Ultra compact

        $78

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Thickness Much thicker
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

        Compact

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

        Compact

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Ultra compact

        $255

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

        Travel zoom

        $177

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Screen size Larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger

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