Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-W610 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W510

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Digital, Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony W510

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 810 ms vs 1020 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the W510's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Digital, Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus Better macro capability 4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
Weight Lighter 119 g vs 137 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W310

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Thickness Slightly thinner 0.7" vs 0.8"
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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
W510:96x54x19 mm
DSC-W310:95x55x19 mm
Thickness Thin Help
W510:0.8"
DSC-W310:0.7"
Weight Light weight Help
W510:119 g
DSC-W310:137 g
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
W510:810 ms
DSC-W310:1020 ms
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
W510:2s
DSC-W310:1s
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
W510:1.2 fps
DSC-W310:1.1 fps
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Movie format Standard resolution video Help
W510:480p @ 30fps
DSC-W310:480p
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
Screen size Very small screens Help
2.7"
Zoom Poor zoom Help
W510:4.4x
DSC-W310:4x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

Compact

Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
Weight Is slightly heavier
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Ultra compact

Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Compact

$98

Movie format Records lower quality movies
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Ultra compact

$255

Movie format Records lower quality movies
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Travel zoom

$98 - $108

Movie format Records lower quality movies
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370

Compact

Screen size Larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot A800

Canon PowerShot A800

Compact

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Ultra compact

$78

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Size Smaller
Aperture Narrower aperture
Thickness Much thicker
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

Compact

$98 - $160

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Aperture Narrower aperture
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix L28

Nikon Coolpix L28

Compact

$88 - $166

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Screen size Larger screen
Size Significantly larger
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Nikon Coolpix L22

Nikon Coolpix L22

Compact

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Screen size Larger screen
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Size Significantly larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

Compact

Screen size Larger screen
Aperture Wider aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Size Larger
Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Travel zoom

$100 - $138

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Slightly larger
Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Boutique

$684

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization

appearance

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discussion

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