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
Digital, Lens
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

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)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Digital, Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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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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
              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$109.00
              DSC-W310$100.00
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Movie format Standard resolution video Help
              W510480p @ 30fps
              DSC-W310480p
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              W5104.4x
              DSC-W3104x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Compact

              $95

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $149

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              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-W350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Ultra compact

              $168

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Compact

              $180

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm Finepix JX500

              Fujifilm Finepix JX500

              Compact

              $75

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

              Compact

              $82

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $88 - $115

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              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

              $173

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus T-100

              Olympus T100

              Compact

              $99

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

              Ultra compact

              $284

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SD900

              Canon PowerShot SD900

              Compact

              $699

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $105

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S800

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S800

              Compact

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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