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
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-W510. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310.

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
Shutter lag
Much 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
Digital, Lens vs 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$94.99 vs $114.99
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The best price we've seen is $20 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              W51096x54x19 mm
              DSC-W31095x55x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              W5100.8"
              DSC-W3100.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              W510119 g
              DSC-W310137 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              W510$114.99
              DSC-W310$94.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              W5102s
              DSC-W3101s
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              W510810 ms
              DSC-W3101020 ms
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              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 flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              W5104.4x
              DSC-W3104x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $118

              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
              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Compact

              $103

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $100

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Ultra compact

              $132

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Ultra compact

              $225

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $128

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $108

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Ultra compact

              $155

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Lowest price More expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Slightly larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

              Compact

              $100

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Compact

              $99

              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger

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