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"
 

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 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
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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
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
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 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-W220

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

Compact

Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
Weight Is slightly heavier
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
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 significantly narrower wide angle lens

Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370

Compact

Screen size Larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
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
Sony Cybershot W530

Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

Ultra compact

$121

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Compact

$98

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Compact

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Aperture Narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

Travel zoom

$177

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Compact

$95 - $99

Screen size Larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Aperture Narrower aperture
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

appearance

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discussion

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