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"
 

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 Significantly 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
Lowest price Cheaper $89.95 vs $209.46
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (2.3x less)
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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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recommendations

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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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 CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $74

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Ultra compact

              $255

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

              Compact

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Compact

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $399

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $250 - $300

              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Placeholder

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel

              Entry-level DSLR

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Size Much larger
              Screen size Much smaller screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

              Ultra compact

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $100

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Lighter
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $159

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Samsung TL105

              Samsung TL105

              Ultra compact

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              appearance

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