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)
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 810 ms vs 1020 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
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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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 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
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"
Zoom Poor zoom Help
W510:4.4x
DSC-W310:4x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100

Compact

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Ultra compact

$199

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen

Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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
Samsung TL350

Samsung TL350

Compact

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Weight Significantly heavier
Sony Cybershot W530

Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

Ultra compact

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Compact

$144 - $162

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Size Slightly larger
Pentax Optio LS465

Pentax Optio LS465

Compact

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Wide angle Worse wide angle

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D50

Nikon D50

Entry-level DSLR

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
Size Much larger
Screen size Much smaller screen
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Compact

Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Screen size Smaller screen
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
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
Nikon Coolpix S60

Nikon Coolpix S60

Compact

Screen size Much larger screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

appearance

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discussion

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