Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-W610 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

Sony Cybershot W510

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W510

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 95x55x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

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
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
              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:$79.99
              DSC-W310:$86.76
              Common Weaknesses
              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 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 Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Compact

              $99

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Compact

              $139

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $98 - $119

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A490

              Canon PowerShot A490

              Compact

              $150

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5

              Digicam

              $65

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

              Compact

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Ultra compact

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $404

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12

              Compact

              $275

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $671

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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