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

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Image stabilization
Lens, Digital
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

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 Lens, Digital 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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $86.76 vs $129.99
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The best price we've seen is $43 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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 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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              W510:$129.99
              DSC-W310:$86.76
              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
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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-W310:1.1 fps
              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 W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $145

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              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 Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $92

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $167

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Compact

              $145

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50

              Compact

              $263

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              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 Cyber-shot DSC-P73

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P73

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Compact

              $88

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $220

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Compact

              $105

              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $78 - $119

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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