- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #122 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #1187 out of 1459 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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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.
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Sony W310 Gallery
You can check the W310 from several angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Underneath is a picture of the Sony W310 besides a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will highlight the button arrangement on the W310.
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.
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.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Sports photography with Sony W310
A horrible sports photography points tally of 25 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.
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.
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 32 for a landscape camera is simply not acceptable amongst it's rivals.
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.
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.