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

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

65

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

52

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.6
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 92x51x19 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds

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
Significantly 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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
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
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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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              DSC-W69094x56x22 mm
              DSC-WX3092x51x19 mm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Thickness Thin Help
              DSC-W6900.9"
              DSC-WX300.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DSC-W690142 g
              DSC-WX30117 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $230

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $88 - $115

              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $158

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7

              Sony Cybershot WX7

              Compact

              $180

              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $100

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Weight Lighter
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $100

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $403

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $70

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $90 - $217

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $227

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen

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