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

Sony Cybershot W510 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W510

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
26 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Digital
  2. Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Thickness
Thin
0.7"

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Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-W510.
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differences

Advantages of the Sony W510

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Digital
  2. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3
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At its widest zoom, the W510's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4.0 cm vs 5.0 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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Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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
              W51096×54×20 mm
              DSC-W31095×55×19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              W5100.8"
              DSC-W3100.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              W510119 g
              DSC-W310137 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              W510$89.25
              DSC-W310$94.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              W5102s
              DSC-W3101s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              W5104.0 cm
              DSC-W3105.0 cm
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              W5101.2 fps
              DSC-W3101.1 fps
              Movie format Standard resolution video Help
              W510480p @ 30fps
              DSC-W310480p
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              W5104.4x
              DSC-W3104x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

              Sony Cybershot W570

              Ultra compact

              $111

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $160

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78 - $90

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $97 - $98

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $173

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Ultra compact

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W520

              Sony Cybershot W520

              Compact

              $156

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $200

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Compact

              $113

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $60

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Kodak EasyShare M340

              Kodak EasyShare M340

              Compact

              $179

              Weight Lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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