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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 95x55x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
137 g
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Size
Really small
Compact 98x57x23 mm
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-W290

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Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W310

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Macro focus Much 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
Weight Lighter 137 g vs 167 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
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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
              DSC-W290:98x57x23 mm
              DSC-W310:95x55x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              DSC-W290:0.9"
              DSC-W310:0.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DSC-W290:$94.95
              DSC-W310:$86.76
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              DSC-W290:2s
              DSC-W310:1s
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DSC-W290:1.8 fps
              DSC-W310:1.1 fps
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DSC-W290:10 cm
              DSC-W310:5 cm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              DSC-W290:720p @ 30fps
              DSC-W310:480p
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DSC-W290:5x
              DSC-W310:4x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Compact

              $105

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $185

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $145

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Compact

              $88

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $68 - $70

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

              Travel zoom

              $192

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $619 - $648

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $528

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Samsung EX2F

              Samsung EX2F

              Pro digicam

              $470

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

              Sony Cybershot W510

              Compact

              $130

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $220

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $78 - $119

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              appearance

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