• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 37.00mm - 185.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD970 IS advantages over Sony DSC-W310

  • More telephoto lens reach
    185 mm vs 112 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 270 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    461k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.0 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 100 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony DSC-W310 advantages over Canon SD970 IS

  • Less expensive
    $149 vs $380 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    18 mm vs 26 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    137g vs 189g
    Lighter weight
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 37 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Canon SD890 IS

Canon SD970 IS
Canon SD890 IS
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Sony DSC-W310
Canon SD890 IS
  • $84
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic DMC-TS1

Canon SD970 IS
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More dots on screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure
Sony DSC-W310
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $84
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out

Compared to Sony DSC-W290

Canon SD970 IS
Sony DSC-W290
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Sony DSC-W310
Sony DSC-W290
  • $84
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Fujifilm J38

Canon SD970 IS
Fujifilm J38
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Sony DSC-W310
Fujifilm J38
  • $84
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Panasonic DMC-S1

Canon SD970 IS
Panasonic DMC-S1
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $120
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Sony DSC-W310
Panasonic DMC-S1
  • $84
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $120
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
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