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

Size
Really small
Super compact 96x54x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Digital, Lens
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
119 g
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 95x55x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
137 g
 
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differences

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)
Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
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 Cheaper $137.64 vs $209.46
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The best price we've seen is $72 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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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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
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $94

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $174 - $176

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Samsung PL120

              Samsung PL120

              Ultra compact

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Aperture Has a slightly 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $92

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

              Ultra compact

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $79 - $126

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $180

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S4300

              Nikon Coolpix S4300

              Compact

              $103

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $189 - $219

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Waterproof

              $139

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Waterproof Waterproof
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $379

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Olympus VG-120

              Olympus VG120

              Compact

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $250

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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