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"
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
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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
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        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 Cybershot DSC-W510

        Sony Cybershot W510

        Compact

        $93

        Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $180 - $300

        Thickness Is thicker
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $108 - $118

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Sony Cybershot W530

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

        Ultra compact

        $109

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $199

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

        Compact

        $198

        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Travel zoom

        $495

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Significantly thicker
        Fujifilm FinePix S5700 Zoom

        Fujifilm FinePix S5700 Zoom

        Super zoom

        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Much larger
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Waterproof

        $249

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $115 - $250

        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $278

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

        Ultra compact

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $145 - $148

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        HP Photosmart R927

        HP Photosmart R927

        Compact

        Screen size Larger screen
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Leica D-LUX 4

        Leica D-LUX 4

        Pro digicam

        $799

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Much heavier
        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

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