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"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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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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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"
        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-W230

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

        Compact

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Ultra compact

        $255

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $98 - $108

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        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-W290 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $134 - $158

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive
        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $180 - $249

        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

        Ultra compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $205

        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $500 with 14-42mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Size Much larger

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

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        Nikon Coolpix L28

        Nikon Coolpix L28

        Compact

        $88 - $166

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen size Larger screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Nikon Coolpix L22

        Nikon Coolpix L22

        Compact

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Screen size Larger screen
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

        Sony Cybershot W510

        Compact

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        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
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Travel zoom

        $100 - $138

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger

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