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
Macro focus
Great macro
5 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
137 g
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Size
Really small
Compact 98x57x23 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Weight
Light-weight
167 g
 
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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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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"
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        DSC-W290:2s
        DSC-W310:1s
        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
        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-W170

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

        Compact

        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $118 - $128

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $110 - $180

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $180 - $249

        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony SLT A77 II

        Sony SLT A77 II

        Pro DSLR

        $1,048 body only

        $1,648 - $1,670 with 16-50mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

        Compact

        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot G1X

        Canon PowerShot G1X

        Boutique

        $549

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Much larger
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

        Sony Cybershot W510

        Compact

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

        Travel zoom

        $177

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

        Compact

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $200

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Slightly larger
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Ultra compact

        $255

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera

        appearance

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