Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 95x55x19 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens

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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W290

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 480p
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
1.8 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W310

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Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-W310's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
95x55x19 mm vs 98x57x23 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
137 g vs 167 g
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Around 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              DSC-W29098x57x23 mm
              DSC-W31095x55x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              DSC-W2900.9"
              DSC-W3100.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DSC-W290$94.00
              DSC-W310$100.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              DSC-W2902s
              DSC-W3101s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              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
              DSC-W2901.8 fps
              DSC-W3101.1 fps
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DSC-W29010 cm
              DSC-W3105 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              DSC-W290720p @ 30fps
              DSC-W310480p
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DSC-W2905x
              DSC-W3104x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

              Compact

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Compact

              $179

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Compact

              $95

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              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

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168 - $177

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Ultra compact

              $220

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $136 - $218

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $115

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

              Sony Cybershot W510

              Compact

              $109

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Olympus T-100

              Olympus T100

              Compact

              $99

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380

              Ultra compact

              $282

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Samsung ST72

              Samsung ST72

              Ultra compact

              $109

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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