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

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 95x55x19 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Light-weight
Weight
137 g
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Size
Really small
Compact 98x57x23 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
 

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
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-W290:98x57x23 mm
              DSC-W310:95x55x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              DSC-W290:0.9"
              DSC-W310:0.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DSC-W290:$91.00
              DSC-W310:$100.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              DSC-W290:2s
              DSC-W310:1s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DSC-W290:10 cm
              DSC-W310:5 cm
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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

              $168

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Compact

              $185

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

              Ultra compact

              $179

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $324 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $180 - $200

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189 - $227

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

              Compact

              $204 - $249

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $103

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $269

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Lighter
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $100

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $418

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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