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 (95×55×19 mm)
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Light-weight
Weight
137 g
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Size
Really small
Compact (98×57×23 mm)
Thickness
Thin
0.9"

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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-W290

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" 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
  1. Lens
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  1. 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
5.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 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
95×55×19 mm vs 98×57×23 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
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-W29098×57×23 mm
              DSC-W31095×55×19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              DSC-W2900.9"
              DSC-W3100.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DSC-W290$94.00
              DSC-W310$94.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              DSC-W2902s
              DSC-W3101s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DSC-W29010.0 cm
              DSC-W3105.0 cm
              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-W2901.8 fps
              DSC-W3101.1 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              DSC-W290720p @ 30fps
              DSC-W310480p
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DSC-W2905x
              DSC-W3104x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

              Sony Cybershot W570

              Ultra compact

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              $327

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $333

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $130

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Size Larger
              Canon IXUS 165

              Canon IXUS 165

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $138

              Size Smaller
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

              Compact

              $108

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $200

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

              Sony Cybershot W510

              Compact

              $89

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

              Compact

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Compact

              $113

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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