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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the image quality and usability are generally positive. The performance and portability also get good feedback, but there are mixed views on the zoom and flash. Many are less positive about the sensor and viewfinder.

value for money, portability, performance, usability, image quality

lens, viewfinder, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot W310


The Sony Cyber-shot W310 is a 12.1-megapixel consumer-oriented compact camera. It's compact size and friendly price-point are sure to make it a consideration for casual photographers looking to keep a camera at their instant disposal for snapshots.

While the Sony W310 won’t knock your socks off with class-leading image quality, it is a very user-friendly camera (aside from my minor quibble about the zoom buttons). It’s cheap, and it’s basic.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310


One of eight W-series Cyber-shots released in January 2010, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 is a 12 Megapixel model with a 4x optical zoom and 2.7in screen. While most of the new W-series Cyber-shots are 14 Megapixel models, the W310 is an entry-level...

4x zoom with good wide angle coverage ; Quick, responsive smile shutter ; Dedicated movie/stills switch

No optical image stabilisation ; Poor quality at high ISO settings ; LCD screen narrow view angle ; Limited number of scene modes

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 Point & Shoot Digital Camera - 12.1 Megapixel - 2.70" Active Matrix TFT Color LC


I have just bought this camera from a local dealer. Upon initial testing in the real world, the DSC-W310 has performed better than any other compact cameras I've used before; intelligent auto focus feature really does work well (as with the other cams,...

Intuitive; Energy Efficient; Good in Low Light; Simple Setup; Long Battery Life; Lightweight; Compact; Good ValueEasy to Use

No auto-focus light; no View Finder


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Amazon review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310


alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, performance, image quality, design, usability

focus, zoom

63% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSC-W310 12.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Zoom with Digital Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)Sony DSCW310BLDB Cyber-Shot 12.1 MegaPixel Digital Camera Bundle with Case and Memory CardSony DSC-W310 12.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Zoom with Digital Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 2.7 inch LCD (Silver)

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Disappointing !!


I used to have a Sony Cybershot DSCN1, THE BEST CAMERA EVER and after 5 years, I decided to change because the pictures were more and more blurred.

Small size; came with memory card; good videos

VERY LONG to take pictures; often blurred

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I was more than excited to get this camera after taking over 10,000 pictures on an iPhone 3GS. If there is any, and I mean any kind of movement, the picture will end up blurry. I have messed with settings for days with no fix. When you click the...

Compact. Shiny! Gets attention.. very pretty camera. (I have the black one)

WARNING: BLURRY PICS! Slow "thinking" process

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Good Camera


Girlfriend love to take pic and her camera was garbage so I bought before a trip to Canada and she loves the Pic it took.

Takes better Picture than my 5.0 mega pixel DSC-P10 bigger screen, Pic of the Falls came out great and clear

Price went up and down paid 129. now 124 was 139 what gives

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Sony DSC-W310 12.1 MP Digital Camera


This is very compact size digital camera to use for all purposes. I am using my camera to take picture of my family members & while travelling. I recommed to buy this camera to use all purposes.

Good Image Stabilization","Great Zoom","Nice Body Color","Short Lag Time

Limited Zoom","Poor Flash

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Good one for the money


Good one.

Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light

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Decent bundle


The W310 is a relatively economic choice for a Cybershot camera. I went with this bundle purchase simply because it came with a case and memory stick, which saved me a few clicks for a case and memory stick. I could have saved more by going to other...

Comes with case and memory stick

Isn't really a bargain in terms of price

Product Specifications

It's all about making it easier to take beautiful pictures. The DSC-W310 delivers, capturing amazingly detailed images with a 28mm equivalent wide angle 4x zoom lens. Taking and reviewing images is so simple, thanks to a 2.7" LCD (diag.) and advanced features including Easy mode, iAuto and SteadyShot image stabilization. There's even a fun in-camera retouching feature that corrects red-eye and trims photos.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1 / Sony NP-BN1/Sony NP-BN1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick Duo / SDHC Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.7in/0.9in / 0.7in
Width:3.5in / 3.7in/3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in / 2.7in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm / 6.9cm/6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Twilight portrait / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Beach / Snow / High sensitivity / Smile shutter / Back light / Portrait mode / Backlight portrait / Gourmet/Snow / Backlight portrait / Beach / Twilight mode / Soft snap / Back light / Twilight portrait / Portrait mode / Landscape / High sensitivity / Gourmet

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:6MB


Model:DSC-W130 / DSC-W310/DSC-W310
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.8 / F/3.0-5.8/F/3.0-5.8
Max Focal Length:20mm/21.4mm / 20mm
Min Focal Length:5.35mm/5mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"/1/2.5 / 1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )/11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel/8.1Megapixel / 12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)/Optical (Super Steady Shot) / Electronic (Steady Shot)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG / AVI/MPEG VX / MJPEG / AVI
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 3200 / ISO auto/ISO auto / ISO 3200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 80 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:None/Optical / None