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

Sony Cybershot W510 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W510

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
26 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Digital, Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2000 of a second

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Advantages of the Sony W510

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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)
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
810 ms vs 1020 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Digital, Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$65.00 vs $100.00
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The best price we've seen is $35 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W310

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Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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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
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              W510:$65.00
              DSC-W310:$100.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              W510:2s
              DSC-W310:1s
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              W510:810 ms
              DSC-W310:1020 ms
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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 CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung ST150F

              Samsung ST150F

              Ultra compact

              $149

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930

              Compact

              $146

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Compact

              $95

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Ultra compact

              $168

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

              Compact

              $91

              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $130

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $153

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W550

              Compact

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55

              Compact

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $135

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W130

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W130

              Compact

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $111

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Lighter
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus 7010

              Olympus Stylus 7010

              Compact

              $286

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Size Larger

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