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"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 
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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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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-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-W220

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

        Compact

        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

        Compact

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

        Compact

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Travel zoom

        $100 - $140

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Thickness Is thicker

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $180 - $250

        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $195

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

        Compact

        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10

        Travel zoom

        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Much larger
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

        Sony Cybershot W510

        Compact

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P73

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P73

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        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
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330

        Ultra compact

        Screen size Larger screen
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

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