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Sony W310 vs Sony WX80

Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80 front
Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
38
Overall
39

Sony W310 vs Sony WX80 Key Specs

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
Sony WX80
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Boost to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-8.0) lens
  • 124g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2013
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Sony W310 vs Sony WX80 Overview

In this write-up, we are matching up the Sony W310 and Sony WX80, former being a Ultracompact while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both are built by Sony. There is a noticeable difference between the resolutions of the W310 (12MP) and WX80 (16MP) but they come with the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The W310 was released 4 years before the WX80 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Sony W310 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony WX80 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight into a detailed comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the W310 scores against the WX80 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony W310 over the Sony WX80

 W310 WX80 

Reasons to pick Sony WX80 over the Sony W310

 WX80 W310 
LaunchedJanuary 2013January 2010More recent by 36 months

Common features in the Sony W310 and Sony WX80

 W310 WX80 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing2.7"2.7"Equivalent display measurement
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Sony W310 vs Sony WX80 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera, you need to consider its weight and size. The Sony W310 features outer dimensions of 95mm x 55mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 137 grams (0.30 lbs) while the Sony WX80 has specifications of 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9") along with a weight of 124 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are working with at that time. Underneath is the front view measurements comparison of the W310 and the WX80.

Sony W310 vs Sony WX80 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the W310 and WX80 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Sony W310 vs Sony WX80 top view buttons comparison

Sony W310 vs Sony WX80 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be difficult to see the difference between sensor measurements only by going over technical specs. The visual here should give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the W310 and WX80.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Sony WX80 to offer extra detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop pics far more aggressively. The older W310 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Sony W310 vs Sony WX80 sensor size comparison

Sony W310 vs Sony WX80 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W310 vs Sony WX80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony W310
Portrait photography with Sony WX80
21
manual focus not available
no manual mode
external flash not possible
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
35
MP count good (16MP)
comes with face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony W310 as a Street photography camera
Sony WX80 as a Street photography camera
57
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
67
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with focus by touch
lighter than competitors in class (124 grams)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony W310 Sports photography advice
Sony WX80 Sports photography advice
25
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
45
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony W310 Travel photography factors
Sony WX80 Travel photography factors
58
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.0)
71
lighter than competitors in class (124 grams)
comes with focus by touch
MP count good (16MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W310 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony WX80 as a Landscape photography camera
32
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual mode
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
39
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7")
manual exposure not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W310 Vlogging information
Sony WX80 Vlogging information
29
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
no mic port
35
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors in class (124g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly display
lack of external mic socket
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Sony W310 vs Sony WX80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W310 and Sony WX80
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
Type Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2010-01-07 2013-01-08
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO - 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-5.8 f/3.3-8.0
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7" 2.7"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology - TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1s 4s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.00 m 4.20 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
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 137g (0.30 lb) 124g (0.27 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 55 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9")
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 life - 240 pictures
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BN1 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 sec or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo / Pro HG-Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Retail price $150 $276