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
  1. Digital
  2. Lens
Great macro
Macro focus
4.0 cm
Light-weight
Weight
119 g
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Size
Really small
Ultra compact (95×55×19 mm)
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Macro focus
Great macro
5.0 cm
Weight
Light-weight
137 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-W510.
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differences

Advantages of the Sony W510

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Digital
  2. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the W510's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4.0 cm vs 5.0 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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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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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
              Size Very small Help
              W51096×54×20 mm
              DSC-W31095×55×19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              W5100.8"
              DSC-W3100.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              W510119 g
              DSC-W310137 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              W510$86.21
              DSC-W310$94.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              W5102s
              DSC-W3101s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              W5104.0 cm
              DSC-W3105.0 cm
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              W5101.2 fps
              DSC-W3101.1 fps
              Movie format Standard resolution video Help
              W510480p @ 30fps
              DSC-W310480p
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              W5104.4x
              DSC-W3104x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $160

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $88

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Compact

              $230

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 (Lumix DMC-TZ57)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 (Lumix DMC-TZ57)

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

              Waterproof

              $350

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Waterproof Waterproof
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $70 - $109

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $97 - $98

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $101

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Kodak EasyShare M863

              Kodak EasyShare M863

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Samsung WB50F

              Samsung WB50F

              Travel zoom

              $114 - $145

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker

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