Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.6
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Ultra compact 92x51x19 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-W690

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Zoom More zoom 10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX30

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.6 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-WX30's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 1 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 92x51x19 mm vs 94x56x22 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 117 g vs 142 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 0.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 230 shots vs 220 shots
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        DSC-W690:94x56x22 mm
        DSC-WX30:92x51x19 mm
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Thickness Thin Help
        DSC-W690:0.9"
        DSC-WX30:0.8"
        Weight Light weight Help
        DSC-W690:142 g
        DSC-WX30:117 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $199

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Sony DSC WX100

        Sony DSC WX100

        Travel zoom

        $220

        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $148

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Ultra compact

        $78

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix L620

        Nikon Coolpix L620

        Travel zoom

        $140 - $167

        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon ELPH 520 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

        Ultra compact

        $160 - $175

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Travel zoom

        $100

        Weight Lighter
        Lowest price Cheaper
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Nikon Coolpix S6300

        Nikon Coolpix S6300

        Travel zoom

        $164 - $197

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $118 - $129

        Size Slightly smaller
        Weight Lighter
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Travel zoom

        $110 - $180

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

        Sony Cybershot H70

        Travel zoom

        Size Larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Size Much larger
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

        Ultra compact

        $100 - $170

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Size Smaller
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $198

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen

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