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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
 
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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
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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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)
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
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
        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
        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-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $138

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

        Ultra compact

        $255

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon Coolpix S5200

        Nikon Coolpix S5200

        Digicam

        $104 - $229

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Sony NEX-F3

        Sony NEX-F3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $412 - $730 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

        Compact

        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $248 - $300

        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

        Ultra compact

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Screen size Smaller screen
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $480 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Ultra compact

        $78

        Size Significantly smaller
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Thickness Much thicker
        Screen size Smaller screen

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

        Ultra compact

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Nikon D50

        Nikon D50

        Entry-level DSLR

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
        Size Much larger
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Olympus VG-180

        Olympus VG-180

        Compact

        $109

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Significantly thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier

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