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)
Great macro
Macro focus
5.0 cm
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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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
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
137 g vs 167 g
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Around 20% lighter
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"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DSC-W290167 g
              DSC-W310137 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DSC-W290$138.49
              DSC-W310$129.51
              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
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DSC-W2901.8 fps
              DSC-W3101.1 fps
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DSC-W29010.0 cm
              DSC-W3105.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $88 - $96

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930

              Compact

              $80

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220

              Compact

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix S4000

              Nikon Coolpix S4000

              Compact

              $195

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168 - $194

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $111

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $169

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Ultra compact

              $173

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Samsung TL105

              Samsung TL105

              Ultra compact

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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