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
Size
Really small
Super compact 96x54x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens, Digital
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 

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 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
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-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 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

              $99

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $128 - $159

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $174 - $176

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S510

              Nikon Coolpix S510

              Ultra compact

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $90 - $129

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $94

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Lighter
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $159

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              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
              Samsung TL105

              Samsung TL105

              Ultra compact

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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