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 resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Ultra compact 92x51x19 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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
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
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 significantly 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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        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
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Travel zoom

        $90 - $138

        Thickness Is thicker
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        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 Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $122 - $138

        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 Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

        Travel zoom

        $280

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Travel zoom

        $323 - $328

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S6300

        Nikon Coolpix S6300

        Travel zoom

        $127 - $197

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Travel zoom

        $495

        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Significantly thicker
        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
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $149 - $180

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Screen size Smaller screen

        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $252

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

        Ultra compact

        $100 - $170

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Size Smaller
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $288

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Fujifilm FinePix Z110

        Fujifilm FinePix

        Compact

        Aperture Much narrower aperture
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $412

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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