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Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310

Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
30
Overall
34
Samsung CL80 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 front
Portability
96
Imaging
36
Features
17
Overall
28

Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310 Key Specs

Samsung CL80
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 31-217mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 160g - 104 x 58 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Also referred to as ST5500
Sony W310
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 137g - 95 x 55 x 19mm
  • Released January 2010
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Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310 Overview

Here, we are evaluating the Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310, both Ultracompact digital cameras by rivals Samsung and Sony. The image resolution of the CL80 (14MP) and the W310 (12MP) is very well matched and both cameras have the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The CL80 was revealed very close to the W310 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before delving into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple summation of how the CL80 matches up vs the W310 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung CL80 over the Sony W310

 CL80 W310 
Display size3.7"2.7"Larger display (+1")
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W310 over the Samsung CL80

 W310 CL80 

Common features in the Samsung CL80 and Sony W310

 CL80 W310 
ReleasedJanuary 2010January 2010Similar generation
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry your camera often, you need to consider its weight and measurements. The Samsung CL80 has got outer measurements of 104mm x 58mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 160 grams (0.35 lbs) whilst the Sony W310 has proportions of 95mm x 55mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 137 grams (0.30 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are working with at the time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the CL80 compared to the W310.

Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the CL80 and W310 is 95 and 96 respectively.

Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310 top view buttons comparison

Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's difficult to picture the contrast between sensor sizing merely by checking a spec sheet. The visual here will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the CL80 and W310.

As you can see, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You should expect to see the Samsung CL80 to give you more detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos way more aggressively.

Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310 sensor size comparison

Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung CL80 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony W310 as a Portrait photography camera
29
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
21
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Samsung CL80 Street photography features
Sony W310 Street photography features
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features focus via touch
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
more heavy than average in class (160g)
57
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Samsung CL80 Sports photography features
Sony W310 Sports photography features
39
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
26
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Samsung CL80
Travel photography with Sony W310
60
features focus via touch
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (160 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
58
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung CL80 Landscape photography highlights
Sony W310 Landscape photography highlights
38
screen larger than average (3.7 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
33
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Samsung CL80
Vlogging with Sony W310
27
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone support
more heavy than average in class (160g)
29
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external mic port
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Samsung CL80 vs Sony W310 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung CL80 and Sony W310
 Samsung CL80Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310
General Information
Company Samsung Sony
Model Samsung CL80 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310
Otherwise known as ST5500 -
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Launched 2010-01-06 2010-01-07
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4334 x 3256 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 4800 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 31-217mm (7.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.5 f/3.0-5.8
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.7" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8s 1s
Max shutter speed 1/1500s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed - 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 160 grams (0.35 pounds) 137 grams (0.30 pounds)
Physical dimensions 104 x 58 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") 95 x 55 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model SLB-11A NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion) Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo / Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $400 $150