Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-W610 vs Sony Cybershot W530

Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
570 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W510

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens, Digital
Macro focus
Great macro
4 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 

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Advantages of the Sony W510

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Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$89.89 vs $139.96
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W530

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
570 ms vs 810 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Slightly smaller
92x52x19 mm vs 96x54x19 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
113 g vs 119 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
              W510:96x54x19 mm
              DSC-W530:92x52x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              W510:Lens, Digital
              DSC-W530:Lens
              Weight Light weight Help
              W510:119 g
              DSC-W530:113 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              W510:$89.89
              DSC-W530:$139.96
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              2 seconds
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              W510:810 ms
              DSC-W530:570 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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              W510:1.2 fps
              DSC-W530:1 fps
              Movie format Movie support Help
              480p @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              W510:4.4x
              DSC-W530:4x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $68 - $70

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $98 - $119

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Compact

              $139

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W520

              Sony Cybershot W520

              Compact

              $404

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A490

              Canon PowerShot A490

              Compact

              $169

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

              Ultra compact

              $87

              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5

              Digicam

              $65

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $95 - $98

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger

              Sony Cybershot W530 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak EasyShare M532

              Kodak EasyShare M532

              Compact

              $169

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $87

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Samsung PL120

              Samsung PL120

              Ultra compact

              $89

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S6000

              Nikon Coolpix S6000

              Compact

              $400

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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