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"
Light-weight
Weight
137 g
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Size
Really small
Compact 98x57x23 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"

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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
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
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
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-W290:98x57x23 mm
              DSC-W310:95x55x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              DSC-W290:0.9"
              DSC-W310:0.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DSC-W290:$94.00
              DSC-W310:$100.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              DSC-W290:2s
              DSC-W310:1s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DSC-W290:10 cm
              DSC-W310:5 cm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DSC-W290:1.8 fps
              DSC-W310:1.1 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $119

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

              Sony Cybershot W510

              Compact

              $65

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Compact

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Stylus 7010

              Olympus Stylus 7010

              Compact

              $287

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Ultra compact

              $168

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $103

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $300 - $349

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200

              Compact

              $270

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $268

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $128

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55

              Compact

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

              Compact

              $100

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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