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Sony TX30 vs Sony W310

Portability
96
Imaging
43
Features
43
Overall
43
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 front
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27

Sony TX30 vs Sony W310 Key Specs

Sony TX30
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 141g - 96 x 59 x 15mm
  • Revealed July 2013
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
  • Announced January 2010
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Sony TX30 vs Sony W310 Overview

Here is a extensive comparison of the Sony TX30 versus Sony W310, both Ultracompact digital cameras and both are sold by Sony. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the TX30 (18MP) and W310 (12MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The TX30 was manufactured 3 years later than the W310 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before getting right into a thorough comparison, here is a quick summary of how the TX30 matches up versus the W310 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony TX30 over the Sony W310

 TX30 W310 
AnnouncedJuly 2013January 2010Fresher by 44 months
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display dimensions3.3"2.7"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution1229k230kClearer display (+999k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W310 over the Sony TX30

 W310 TX30 

Common features in the Sony TX30 and Sony W310

 TX30 W310 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Sony TX30 vs Sony W310 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera regularly, you'll need to factor in its weight and volume. The Sony TX30 features exterior dimensions of 96mm x 59mm x 15mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.6") having a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs) whilst the Sony W310 has sizing of 95mm x 55mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") and a weight of 137 grams (0.30 lbs).

See the Sony TX30 versus Sony W310 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you select at the time. Here is a front view overall size comparison of the TX30 and the W310.

Sony TX30 vs Sony W310 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the TX30 and W310 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Sony TX30 vs Sony W310 top view buttons comparison

Sony TX30 vs Sony W310 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to visualize the gap between sensor sizing just by reading specs. The visual here might offer you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the TX30 and W310.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You should expect to see the Sony TX30 to offer extra detail due to its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images more aggressively. The newer TX30 should have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Sony TX30 vs Sony W310 sensor size comparison

Sony TX30 vs Sony W310 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony TX30 vs Sony W310 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony TX30 Portrait photography factors
Sony W310 Portrait photography factors
39
you can focus manually
MP count good (18 megapixels)
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
21
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony TX30 Street photography features
Sony W310 Street photography features
64
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
57
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony TX30 Sports photography factors
Sony W310 Sports photography factors
46
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
environment sealing
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
25
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony TX30
Travel photography with Sony W310
69
environment sealing
MP count good (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
58
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
low resolution (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony TX30 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony W310 as a Landscape photography camera
51
you can focus manually
fairly wide (26mm)
nice screen size (3.3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
environment sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode
32
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
small screen (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony TX30 Vlogging factors
Sony W310 Vlogging factors
34
fairly wide (26mm)
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone jack
29
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
no external mic support
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Sony TX30 vs Sony W310 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony TX30 and Sony W310
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2013-07-26 2010-01-07
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.16 x 4.62mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4896 x 3672 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-4.8 f/3.0-5.8
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 1,229k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology OLED monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 1 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 3.00 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format - Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 141 grams (0.31 pounds) 137 grams (0.30 pounds)
Physical dimensions 96 x 59 x 15mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.6") 95 x 55 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 - NP-BN1
Self timer - Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage - SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo / Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail cost $230 $150