Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

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 95x55x19 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Light-weight
Weight
137 g
 

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

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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W290

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 480p
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs 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
Significantly 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
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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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              DSC-W29098x57x23 mm
              DSC-W31095x55x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              DSC-W2900.9"
              DSC-W3100.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DSC-W290$94.00
              DSC-W310$94.99
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DSC-W2901.8 fps
              DSC-W3101.1 fps
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DSC-W29010 cm
              DSC-W3105 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              DSC-W290720p @ 30fps
              DSC-W310480p
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DSC-W2905x
              DSC-W3104x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Ultra compact

              $168

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $115

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $539 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Compact

              $219

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $148 - $218

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

              Sony Cybershot W570

              Ultra compact

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

              Compact

              $500

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Larger
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

              Sony Cybershot W510

              Compact

              $125

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $124 - $230

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $293

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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