Sony W310

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 front
 
  • 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
  • Revealed January 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
36
Features
17
Overall
28

Sony W310 summary

Sony W310 is Sony's Ultracompact camera originally launched on January of 2010. It features a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The W310 comes in at #118 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #1139 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. Please look at our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personal requirements.

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Below is a graph of different factors used in the rating system.

Sony W310 family

The Sony W310 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can check out all earlier and most recent models as well as important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX220 front thumbnailSony WX220
W310 vs WX220
25-250mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W830 front thumbnailSony W830
W310 vs W830
25-200mm
F3.3-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W810 front thumbnailSony W810
W310 vs W810
27-162mm
F3.5-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W550 front thumbnailSony W550
W310 vs W550
26-104mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W560 front thumbnailSony W560
W310 vs W560
26-104mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W570 front thumbnailSony W570
W310 vs W570
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX9 front thumbnailSony WX9
W310 vs WX9
25-125mm
F2.6-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W530 front thumbnailSony W530
W310 vs W530
26-104mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W510 front thumbnailSony W510
W310 vs W510
26-104mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W330 front thumbnailSony W330
W310 vs W330
26-105mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W350 front thumbnailSony W350
W310 vs W350
26-105mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W310 front thumbnailSony W31028-112mm
F3.0-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W320 front thumbnailSony W320
W310 vs W320
26-105mm
F2.7-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-W380 front thumbnailSony W380
W310 vs W380
24-120mm
F2.4-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010

Sony W310 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Sony W310 based on things which are typically regarded as necessary in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decently wide (28mm)
in built zoom lens (28-112mm 4.0 x zoom)
can't use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW support
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
manual focus not available
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no HDMI socket
no headphone socket
no manual mode
no microphone socket
no Timelapse mode
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
slow at tele end (f5.8)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
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Sony W310 Sensor specifications

The size of the sensor on the Sony W310 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the W310's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The W310 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony W310 dimensions

Sony W310 weighs about 0.30 lbs (137 gr or 4.83 oz) & the measurement of the camera is 95mm x 55mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Sony W310 is more heavy when compared to other rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Sony W310 besides a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button arrangement on the W310.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 topview buttons dials

Sony W310 Lens specifications

The W310 comes with a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 28-112mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which won't be very good nevertheless it can be useful in certain cases.

At the widest 28mm, it has an aperture of f3.0 which is somewhat slow and not the best for low light circumstances and you will find it hard to get good bokeh. You might also need to increase the ISO which causes noisy pictures. For the tele end, 112mm comes at f5.8 making it really sluggish and you would need to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Sony W310 Connectivity

The W310 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and sometimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Sony W310 Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution on the Sony W310 is 640 x 480 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 480p is awful for today's requirements. You really should strive for at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone jack so you have little control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to have a look at a different model in case you want better audio for your video clips.

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Sony W310 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Sony W310 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Sony W310 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony W310 features a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The View Finder details for Sony W310 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be pretty valuable.

Sony W310 Shutter specifications

Sony W310 is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Sony W310 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Sony W310 has only built in flash with missing external flash support.

Sony W310 Autofocus specifications

Sony W310 has just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

The AF system features 9 focus points to select from. Sony W310 has no manual focus. Manual focus option can be useful during low light occasions or you need to have more exact focusing control.

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Sony W310 Battery life

The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the best (320) battery life within this group of cameras.

Here is a listing of Ultracompact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Sony W310 for different kinds of photography

The following illustration displays a summary of the Sony W310 for different kinds of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section underneath.

Sony W310 Portrait photography advice

The Sony W310 gets a points total of 21 which is horrible, and means the camera is simply not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos together with the flexibility to utilize off-camera lighting.

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manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Sony W310 Street photography highlights

Having a decent points tally of 57, the Sony W310 is somewhat appropriate to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Sports photography with Sony W310

A horrible sports photography points tally of 26 indicates the Sony W310 is simply not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have great focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus

Sony W310 Travel photography details

Portability is extremely important when picking a camera for travel. Overall, the Sony W310 gets a modest 58 as a travel camera which is relatively acceptable to purchase for your travels.

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built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)

Sony W310 Landscape photography details

If you find yourself planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony W310 with it's horrible score of 33 for a landscape camera is simply not acceptable amongst it's rivals.

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relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny screen (2.7")
lack of manual mode
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording

Sony W310 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera really should posses a moving display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Sony W310 is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a horrible rating of 29.

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really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external microphone support

Sony W310 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the W310, below is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the class of Ultracompact.

The diagram here provides you a bird's eye view of the W310 compared to it's top ranked rivals suggested above.

Following are several cameras you may regard as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310
Class
Ultracompact
Revealed
2010-01-07
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Highest native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.0-5.8
Macro focus range
5cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
1 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
640x480
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
137 grams (0.30 lb)
Physical dimensions
95 x 55 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Other
Battery model
NP-BN1
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo / Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Card slots
One
Retail price
$150