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
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
119 g
 

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 Slightly 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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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
        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
        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"
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        W510:4.4x
        DSC-W310:4x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $108 - $138

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Travel zoom

        $109 - $180

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        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-W320

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

        Ultra compact

        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $130

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Olympus VH-520

        Olympus VH-520

        Travel zoom

        $89 - $96

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $252

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        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
        Nikon Coolpix L120

        Nikon Coolpix L120

        Super zoom

        $250

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        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
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $300

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Size Much larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Travel zoom

        $100 - $140

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Sony DSC-S5000

        Sony DSC-S5000

        Compact

        $127 - $130

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Size Significantly larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Ultra compact

        $255

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera

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