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How to recover from Google Penguin slap

The best ways to recover positions from Google's Penguin slap - SEO advice

recover from Google Penguin slap

Probably many of you who are reading this article has suffered from recent Google changes and its Penguin updates. If I have to be honest Google really messed it up this time. In order to make things better they made plenty of mistakes that really hurt bloggers and small businesses.
Now many webmasters complain from the way Google indexes their sites or if it indexes them at all, from the way Google is now showing images in the image search and from many other things. People really have the right to be angry at the biggest search engine in the world. The transition which Google made could have been done much more fluent and with tighter cooperation with webmasters. Unfortunately that didn't happen and now most of the confused webmasters are asking themselves why and how thing got wrong for their website. 
The thing is that you shouldn't really spend too much time in finding answers to those questions in order to get things better. My personal advice is get your sh*t together and show you deserve to be on top of search engine results.


One thing that remained unchanged from Google Panda to the Penguin is the content. It is the most valuable thing in a single web page and in a site as whole. One thing that did change is the way you shouldn't do SEO. Actually wrong SEO techniques may hurt your site positions very badly. That is why the easiest way not to get things wrong is to forget about making SEO yourself and focus on building quality website with high quality content. In case you have already done this part then you probably need some visitors in order to increase the overall traffic. The best way to receive more visitors is by advertising - use some of the popular advertising programs like AdWords or Facebook ads. They offer valuable targeted traffic that is very important for your site. That is because only quality targeted traffic can bring you more visitors, more social presence and improve the traffic rank in the long run.


And though it may sound trivial to you here is another very good  advice for better ranking - post regularly original content and try to make text easy to read and understand with clean font, write as much text as you possibly can, add media (original), add related links to external sites, use heading tags, focus content on keyword but don't spam it... I promise if you make all these right you wouldn't need much time before you see better results for your site.
I know it is quite hard for webmasters these days and especially for bloggers like myself but, who said being successful in the Internet should be easy. Be good, wish to you all of you webmasters success and don't give up on your sites and blogs, now they need you more than ever.

JVC Everio GZ-HM445 cheap HD camcorder specifications and video test

Features, specifications and video test of the cheap JVC Everio GZ-HM445 HD camcorder

Today at our consumer blog I am going to review the affordable JVC Everio GZ-HM445 HD camcorder. Currently this is one of the cheapest HD camcorders (if not the cheapest) offered from JVC who are usually known for their high-quality camcorders.
The reason for the low price of the Everio GZ-HM445 is that it is on the market for quite some time and now there are much more capable devices. Anyways the JVC Everio GZ-HM445 has plenty to offer to those who will prefer it over a cheap Samsung HD camcorder. 
Here are the main specifications of the JVC Everio GZ-HM445:
- Auto and manual focus
- 2.7-inch LCD touch screen
- 1080 high definition recording
- 40 x optical zoom
- 70 x digital zoom
- Digital picture processing
- 1.25MP digital stills
- Dolby digital sound
- Face detection
- Built-in lens cover
- Wind noise reduction
- Memory card compatibility: SD, SDHC SDXC
- Rechargeable Li-ion battery
- Dimensions: H: 5.5, W: 5, D: 11.05 cm
- Weight: 191g
The Everio GZ-HM445 performs very well in different conditions and delivers good video quality in 1080p. Here is a sample video test recorded with this cheap camera.

JVC Everio GZ-HM445 HD video test

As I already mentioned the JVC Everio GZ-HM445 is a cheap HD camcorder and the price is its biggest advantage. Currently you can find it for around £100 (in UK) which is a very good deal, especially for a quality product like this one.
So this was my short review of the JVC Everio GZ-HM445 cheap HD camcorder, it is a good budget cam and I strongly recommend it.
You can also check the JVC GZ-HM30 camcorder and the very popular HMX-H300 HD camcorder.

Best 32-inch Full HD TVs - Sony, Samsung, LG and Finlux

Review of some of the best 32-inch Full HD TVs for 2012 and 2013

Samsung UE32ES6300
Today I am going to talk about some of the best 32-inch Full HD (LED) TVs at the moment (2012-2013 models). We have already reviewed  the TVs I will mention so you can take a closer look at the features and specifications they offer.
I have picked six very good offers for 32-inch Full HD panels in different price categories so there will be something for everyone. 
First of all I am going to start with my top 3 favorites - the best selling Samsung UE32EH5000, the smart Sony KDL-32EX650 and the budget LG 32LS5600. All these TVs offer very good picture quality but come with different price tags because of the different features they offer. The Sony KDL-32EX650 is the most expensive and the LG 32LS5600 is the cheapest, that is probably why the Samsung UE32EH5000 became the most popular TV in this class.
Sony KDL-32EX650 TV
Sony Bravia KDL-32EX650
When talking about good 32-inch Samsung TVs I should definitely mention the Samsung UE32ES6300 which is not only a Full HD LED TV but also a 3D Smart TV from Samsung Series 6 TVs which offer amazing design and features. Of course packed with all these goodies means the is the most expensive TV we are going to review today but in my mind it is definitely worth the money.
A bit cheaper than the UE32ES6300 is the Samsung UE32EH6030 which is a 3D TV without Smart TV functions. The UE32EH6030 offers amazing picture quality and very good 3D as well and also comes with a pair of very nice 3D glasses (for free).

Samsung UE32EH6030 TV
Samsung UE32EH6030
Now I will have to mention some of the budget friendly 32-inch Full HD TVs for those who don't want to spend too much on their home entertainment system. The Finlux 32F8030-T is a cheap 32-inch Full HD LED TV with Smart TV functions. The best thing about this TV is that in UK it costs only £230 which seems like a very good deal. Well the quality will definitely be far from what Samsung and LG have to offer but for this price we can't expect anything different.

Another affordable 32-inch Full HD 1080p TV is the LG 32LE7500 which is not for sale any more.
As you have probably noticed Samsung and LG dominate this class and one of the main reasons for that is the fact they offer the best value for money products and that is something any consumer will appreciate.
LG 32LE7500 TV
LG 32LE7500


Vizio E32-C1 - the best cheap 32 inch LED TV for 2015

The Vizio E32-C1 has been quite popular in Amazon web store where thousands of people purchased it online and also shared their feedback about it. It is kind of surprising that the E32-C1 is rated pretty high and most consumers are happy with the purchase. 

USA best seller TV: Samsung UN32J5003 (2015 model)

Even though the Samsung UN32J5003 doesn't offer any of the latest cutting edge features it managed to become one of the top choices in the 32 inch LED TV segment. Of course the great picture quality it offers is the main reason behind the success and that combined with the affordable price of under $300 make the UN32J5003 a real best seller.

You can also take a look at the best 42-inch Full HD LED TVs for 2013.


 32-inch LED TVs for 2013

2014 Acura MDX video review

The all new 2014 Acura MDX SUV exterior, interior and driving video

The all new 2014 Acura MDX was recently presented at the New York Auto Show and I have to say this looks more of an upgrade over the previous generation MDX rather than a completely new model.

Yes the vehicle now has different dimensions, different equipment and different engine but it all seems like a better version of what was one of the not very popular luxury SUVs on the market.
 The previous generation MDX is a very good SUV but only few customers enjoyed it on the North American market where this vehicle is mostly sold. In my mind one of the reasons for the MDX not to be a real success for Acura is what I call size to price ratio which for the average American customer means basically means when you pay more you get more. And that really wasn't the case with the old Acura MDX. That is probably why Honda designers made the new model longer, lighter and even more luxurious so that the high price tag can stay but customers will get more for their money. What I mean by mire is more rear space, more gadgets, increased fuel economy... and more.
There is plenty in the interior that is taken from the 2014 Acura RLX luxury sedan which isn't a bad thing at all. The new 3.5L direct-injection V6 engine which replaces the old 3.7L is also something that you can find in both vehicles. As you will see on the videos the 2014 Acura MDX has kept the distinctive looks of the previous generation but with some high-tech improvements like LED lights and some interesting design elements (and YES no more fog lights in the front bumper). And though I am not sure if the new generation MDX will make better sales I am sure for one thing, the 2013 Acura MDX is definitely a better vehicle and the competition in the luxury SUV segment will have to look out for this one.

2014 Acura MDX presented at the 2013 New York International Auto Show - video


2014 Acura MDX - video

You can also take a look at our Acura ILX review which also quite interesting. 

LG 26CS460 LCD TV - cheap 26-inch LG LCD TV

Price, features and specifications of the LG 26CS460 LCD TV

LG 26CS460
LG 26CS460 LCD TV
LG 26CS460 review - in case you are looking for a nice 26-inch HD ready TV with good picture quality and low price tag than you may consider taking a look at the LG 26CS460 LCD TV.
On first glance the features and specifications that the LG 26CS460 offers may seem a bit outdated to you but it is picture quality and price that matter the most when talking about affordable LCD TVs. 
And the LG 26CS460 offer good picture quality with maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. This is not a Full HD TV and but the max resolution provided is more than enough for such relatively small screen with diagonal size of 660.4 mm (26-inches).
LG 26CS460 has frequency motion rate of 50  Hz which of course isn't the highest in class.
The sound in the 26CS460 is provided by 2x built-in stereo speakers which are not very loud and it would be nice if you can add external source of sound (sound system).
LG 26CS460 is a good looking TV but its frame is a bit thick and it is one of the bigger 26-inch LCD TVs outhere so you may consider this as one of the drawbacks of this TV.

Here are the full specifications of the LG 26CS460 LCD TV:
Backlight type CCFL
Display diagonal 660.4 mm (26-inch)
Display brightness -
3D compatibility No
Display resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Full HD No
HD-Ready Yes
Aspect ratio 16:9
Screen format adjustments 14:9, 16:9, 4:3, Zoom
High frequency motion rate 50 Hz
TV tuner
Digital signal format system DVB-C, DVB-T2
Auto channel search Yes
Built-in speakers Yes
Number of loudspeakers 2 pcs
RMS rated power 5 W
Equalizer Yes
Equalizer bands quantity 5
Audio system Dolby MS10
Ports & interfaces
HDMI ports quantity 2
HDMI version 1.4
USB 2.0 ports quantity 1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in 1
RF ports quantity 2
SCART ports quantity 1
Common interface (CI) Yes
Audio (L,R) in 1
Common interface Plus (CI+) -
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity -
Networking
Ethernet LAN connection No
Wireless LAN connection No
Card reader integrated No
Video formats supported DIVX
Image formats supported JPG
Audio formats supported AAC, AC3, LPCM, MP3
Management features
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) Yes
On/Off timer -
Picture-in-Picture No
Handheld remote control Yes
Teletext
Wall mountable Yes
VESA mounting interfaces compatibility 200 x 100 mm
Placement supported Horizontal
Energy management
Power consumption (max) 59 W
Power consumption (standby) 0.3 W
Energy efficiency class C
Input voltage 100 - 240 V
Input frequency 50/60 Hz
AC (power) in Yes
Energy Star certified
DLNA certified No
Certification RoHS
Weight & dimensions
Width 663 mm
Depth 72.8 mm
Height 424 mm
Weight 6.6 kg
Width (with stand) 663 mm
Depth (with stand) 197 mm
Height (with stand) 424 mm
Weight with stand 7.4 kg

LG 26CS460 LCD TV has a low price of around £170 (in UK) and is considered one of the cheap 26-inch HDTV LG TVs .
You can also check the LG 42CS460 review or the LG 42LK450 review which are a bit bigger in size but with quite similar specifications..

Yarvik TAB07-100 Luna Android tablet specs

Yarvik TAB07-100 Luna Android tablet features and specifications

Yarvik TAB07-100 Luna Android tablet specs:
- 1.0 GHz processor and Quad Core graphics
- 512MB DDR3 RAM
- 4GB internal storage capacity & Micro SD slot for up to 32GB
- 7-inch capacitive touch screen with resolution of 800 x 480 pixels
- Battery - 2500 mAh Lithium polymer 
- Built in camera, microphone and mono speaker
- 3.5mm headphone jack and  microUSB port
- OS - Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Yarvik TAB07-100 dimensions and weight - 197 x 114 x 10 mm, 286g 
- Software included -  Alarm Clock, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, E-book Reader, E-mail, Mobisoft OfficeSuite Viewer, Music/Video Player, Photo Gallery, Play Store


Yarvik TAB07-100 Luna 7 Android tablet offered at amazing price


You can also check the full Yarvik TAB07-100 Luna 7 tablet review.
And if you are interested in cheap Android tablets you may also like our Android 2.2 tablet review and Versus Touchpad 7-inch tablet review.

Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 100 tennis racket review

Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 100 tennis racket specs and review 

Today we at our consumer blog we are going to take a closer look at a tennis racket which we previously reviewed and now it is tame to discuss it in our blog.

The Wilson Pro Staff Six.One 100 BLX is the player-friendly version of Roger Federer’s (90 sq.in.) and Grigor Dimitrov’s (95sq.in.) rackets.
At 285g the Six.One 100 is the lightest racket in the Six.One BLX range so will suit players looking for a lighter frame. It also has a 100 sq in racket head size. At 27.25 inches it is also slightly longer than the Six.One 90 and Six.One 95, helping to generate increased power, especially on the serve.
The high level of control, required by players who yearn for precision and feel from their racket, comes as a result of the braided graphite construction. It has a traditional weight and balance, and the AmpliFeel technology is what provides great response.

The AmpliFeel technology delivers greater information to the hand when firming up for contact. With a better hold, shots become more powerful and more consistent, and as a result, your swing becomes more comfortable and fluid.

Wilson BLX Pro Staff Six.One 100 tennis racket specs:

Weight unstrung - 285 grams
Headsize - 100 sq. in
Construction - Basalt
Swing Length - Long Swing
Length - 27.25 inches
Beam - 22mm Dual Taper
Factory String - Sensation Control
 


LG 50PM4700 3D plasma TV review

Price, features and specifications of the 50-inch 3D Smart Plasma TV

LG 50PM4700
LG 50PM4700 3D plasma TV
OK it is big screen TV time again and today at our consumer blog we are going to review one of the most affordable 50-inch 3D Smart TVs on the market. It is the LG 50PM4700 which is very nice 50-inch plasma and is also quite cheap for the size and the features it offers.
LG 50PM4700 is probably the perfect solution for those seeking for a great 3D home cinema experience but doesn't want to spend too much on TV. The big screen, the amazing 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and the 600Hz Sub Field Driving technology make this TV perfect for watching movies and dynamic sport programs. The resolution is only 1024 x 768 and it might seem strange to you that TV of this size has such low resolution but that is something typical for plasma TVs (I will explain the difference between plasma and LCD panels in details some other time). 
The LG 50PM4700 has so many features to offer that I am just going to share all of them with you.

LG 50PM4700 specifications:
Screen size: 50-inches
Resolution: 1024 x 768
Display type: Plasma
3D Ready - Yes
LG Smart TV - Yes
Aspect ratio -  16:9
MPRT - 600 Hz
Triple XD Engine - Yes
Resolution upscaler - Yes
Real Cinema 24p  - Yes
Image Sticking Minimization - Yes
Analog tuner - Yes
Digital tuner  - ATSC/NTSC/Clear QAM
Audio output - 2x 10W stereo speakers with Clear Voice 2
3D Sound zooming - Yes
3D Surround - Yes
3D Type - SG
3D to 2D - Yes
2D to 3D - Yes
2D to 3D Depth Control
2D to 3D Viewpoint Control
3D Depth Control
3D Viewpoint Control
Smart TV - Yes (with WiFi adapter included)
WiFi Direct and DLNA

Ports:
RF In (Antenna/Cable)
AV In
Component Video In(Y, Pb, Pr) + Audio
Digital Audio Out (Optical)
HDMI™/HDCP Input
RGB In (D-Sub 15 Pin) - PC
PC Audio Input
USB 2.0
LAN
RS-232C (Control/Service)
Remote Control In

Dimensions:
With stand  (WxHxD): 46.0" x 29.8" x 11.7", 62.2 lbs
Without stand (WxHxD): 46.0" x 27.7" x 2.1", 56.9 lbs
Packaging: 52.4" x 32.2" x 9.0"


 LG 50PM4700 consumer review - video

As you can see the LG 50PM4700 3D plasma TV is fully packed with features and the best part is that its price is not that high - around $900.

We would also recommend you to take a look at the LG 42PA4500 Plasma TV review in case you need a bit smaller TV with even lower price tag.

Asus K55A laptop deal at eBay

Features and specifications of the Asus K55A laptop

Asus K55A laptop
I found this Asus K55A laptop deal at eBay UK as part of the spring sale/clearance. And though it is in the deal section I myself don't think at the price of £330 it is such a big deal. The reason for that is because you can easily find similar laptop with Intel Core i3 or i5 processor instead of the Celeron that is inserted in the Asus K55A laptop (like the Acer Aspire V5-571 and the Acer Aspire E1-571).
On the other hand there is plenty to like in this computer. It has a very nice 15.6-inch widescreen HD display , 1TB hard drive and 6GB of DDR3 RAM. But still with shared Intel GMA video and 1.7GHz Intel Celeron dual core B820  processor it doesn't look that tempting to me.
Check the rest of our laptop reviews and decide which laptop will suit best your needs.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - the best Ferrari ever

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is probably the best Ferrari of all time


There are not many cars that make such a strong statement as most Ferrari models. And though this one hasn't done a huge impact in the automotive world the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta could be easily described as the best Ferrari ever.
I am not going to bother you with all the technological wonders that are packed within this amazing vehicle but I will explain you in short why is the new F12 Berlinetta probably the best Ferrari of all time. 
First of it is the looks of the car, the F12 Berlinetta is a great looking car with so many design features that we can easily say the shaping process and the final results is pure art. The F12 Berlinetta has this typical Ferrari aggressive look but the calm presence of a GT. 
And GT is probably the keyword for this Ferrari. Not only it is a great supercar with over 700 hp but it also does great as a long distance cruiser thanks to its great sophisticated ride and engaging steering. Driving such a car is a sheer pleasure. 
And here comes the second reason why I think this is the greatest Ferrari of all time  - thanks to its extremely  capable engine the F12 Berlinetta happens to be the most powerful production Ferrari ever.  And I can stop here with just those two major reasons (looks and engine) for calling this the best Ferrari and that will be more than enough. But that is not the whole story because Ferrari F12 Berlinetta has plenty more to offer. 
If we take a look in the interior we will find out that this is an extremely comfortable car no matter the sporty character of every instrument panel. Supercars like the Enzo are nowhere near the ease of use and comfort of the F12 Berlinetta. 
You see I can talk on and on until I mention all the positives of this car and miss some of the downsides cause this ride definitely has some but that won't be necessary. I am pretty sure that most of you will agree with the statement that this is the best Ferrari ever. And though I have never been a huge Ferrari fan, after the  striking FF and the amazing F12 Berlinetta I am starting to like this brand more and more. 
Here is one great test drive and video review of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta recorded very close to the birthplace of this Italian supercar.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta test drive in Italy - video

You can also check the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta test drive and review.

ViewSonic VC3D2 3D Full HD camcorder specifications and test video

ViewSonic VC3D2 3D Full HD camcorder features, specifications, quick review and test video

When I first saw the ViewSonic VC3D2 my first thought was 'well, that is one strange looking fish' but it happened to be a camcorder and a very interesting camcorder indeed. Actually still most of the 3D camcorders are quite odd looking thanks to the lens system they use.
ViewSonic VC3D2 is a 2D/3D Full HD camcorder which is offered at a very low price. 
The VC3D2 can record nice high definition videos in 3D, zoom up to 10 times with the optical zoom and make 16MP still photos.

ViewSonic VC3D2 3D Full HD test video

Here are the full ViewSonic VC3D2 3D specifications:
Resolution: 5MP CMOS
Lens: Fixed focus
Memory
Internal: 128 MB Nand Flash
Display
Type: 3.2-inch Barrier 3D LCD
IMAGE FILE
Formats JPEG
RESOLUTIONS
3D: 1080p / 30fps, 720p / 30 / 60 fps, 848 x 480 / 60 fps
2D: 1080p / 30fps, 720p /30 / 60 fps, 848 x 480 / 60 fps
Audio Output
HDMI,NTSC / PAL
Audio Format
MP4 (H.264)
POWER
Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
COMPATIBILITY
FILE FORMAT
Memory card: SD / SDHC up to 32 GB
IMAGE CAPTURE
Camcorder ISO: Auto
Digital Zoom 3D: 8X 2D: 10X
White Balance Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Resolution 4608 x 3456 3200 x 2400 (2D only) 2592 x 1944 1832 x 1372
Dimensions
Physical (WxHxD): 43 (W) x 68 (H) x 135 (D) (mm)
1.7” (W) x 2.6” (H) x 5.3” (D) (inch)
Weight: 0.51 lb / 232 g

What's in the box

Charger
Power cable
USB AV cable
HDMI cable
Li-ion battery
Pouch
Quick Start Guide
CD-ROM (Software, User Manual)

ViewSonic VC3D2 price - around $230 (£70 in UK on sale)

I would also recommend you the affordable Sanyo Xacti GH1 camcorder.

Samsung HMX-Q10 camcorder specifications and video test

Samsung HMX-Q10 features and specifications. Samsung HMX-Q10 video test


Samsung HMX-Q10 is compact and affordable camcorder which is on the market for quite some time. It is also one of the popular cheap camcorders offered by Samsung which is probably the biggest camcorder manufacturer in the world.
 Actually the HMX-Q10 is pretty hard to find brand new but there are plenty of second hand deals. 
Here are the full specifications of the Samsung HMX-Q10 camcorder:
Recording system : PAL
Optical zoom: 10x
Digital zoom: 20x
Media Format Flash card
Resolution 5.0 MP
Screen Size 2.7"
Weight 214.5 gr
Display
Display size: 2.7-inch

Lens system
Focal Length Range 2.75mm - 27.5mm

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash Memory SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions
Depth: 11.94 cm
Height: 5.33 cm
Width: 4.37 cm

Color: black
High Definition video support: 1080i

Samsung HMX-Q10 HD/Full HD video test

Samsung HMX-Q10 price - around £80-90 (in UK)

You can also check the Samsung HMX-H300 review or the Sony HDR-CX190 camcorder review.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 compact digital camera specs, video test and review

Features, specifications and video review of the compact digital camera Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 compact digital camera
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 digital camera

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 is a cheap 14.1 MP compact digital camera with 4x optical zoom. DSC-W610 got popular mainly because of its price but it also delivers quite good images. That is thanks to the quality CCD sensor and the 26mm wide angle lens which allow you to take perfect landscape shots.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 has 6 shooting modes and 10 scene selectors. In Intelligent Auto Mode the compact camera recognizes a wide range of common shooting situations and therefore uses optimal settings for the best possible quality. One nice feature in the Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 is the 360 Sweep Panorama mode for all-around view shots. On the back of the DSC-W610 you can find a 2.7-inch LCD display (230k dots) which is the only viewfinder in this camera, of course optical viewfinders are not something typical for cameras in this class.
 One of the biggest downsides of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 is the low video resolution in movie mode. The highest available for recording resolution in this camera is just 640 x 480 which is quite low for modern camera and most of its competitors offer at least 720p HD video recording. This downside is fixed in the new Cyber-Shot W620 which offers max resolution of 1280 x 720 and a slightly bigger 5x optical zoom. At least the  DSC-W610 records videos in 30fps which is definitely fast for a pocket camera.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 is very compact in size and weighs 97 gr. It is almost entirely made of plastic and is offered in five different color choices - silver, black, pink, green and blue. We tested the silver model which probably is the best choice for this camera.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610Sony DSC-W610 accessories

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 backSony DSC-W610 battery

As already mentioned the price of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 compact digital camera is its biggest plus. It costs around $80 (around £65 in UK) which is a very good price for this quality Sony product.
There are many competitors in this segment and price range but probably the biggest rival of all is the great selling Samsung ST77 which is a great affordable compact camera with plenty of nice features like 5x optical zoom and 720p video recording.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 test video

Here are the full Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W610 specifications (provided by Sony):

Optical Zoom
4x (Optical Zoom is not working during movie recording)
Digital Zoom
14M Approx.8x / 10M Approx.4.7x / 5M Approx.6.7x / VGA Approx.27x / 2M(16:9) Approx.9x
F
2.8-5.9
Focal Length (f= mm)
4.7-18.8
Focal Length (f=35mm conversion)
26-105
Macro (cm)
iAuto:AF(W:Approx.4cm(1.57'') to Infinity, T:Approx.60cm(1.97') to Infinity) / Program Auto:AF(W:Approx.4cm(1.57") to Infinity, T:Approx.60cm(1.97') to Infinity)
Filter Diameter (mm)
NO
Conversion Lens compatibility
NO
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
NO
Sony G
NO

  Image Sensory

CCD Type
Super HAD CCD
Size (Inches)
1/2.3 type(7.75mm)

  Camera

Effective Pixels (Mega Pixels)
Approx. 14.1 Megapixels
Bionz Processor
NO
Face Detection
YES
Smile Shutter
YES
Soft Skin Mode
NO
Background Defocus
NO
GPS
NO
Waterproof
NO
Backlight correction
NO
By Pixel Super Resolution
NO
Picture Effect
NO
Sweep Panorama
YES (360 sweep panorama)
Intelligent Sweep Panorama
NO
Underwater Sweep Panorama
NO
3D Sweep Panorama
NO
Clear RAW NR
NO
Auto Focus Area (Multi Point)
YES
Auto Focus Area (Centre weighted)
YES
Auto Focus Area (Spot)
YES
Auto Focus Area (Flexible Spot)
NO
Manual Focus
NO
Aperture Auto Mode
iAuto(F2.8/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter) / Program Auto(F2.8/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter)
Aperture Priority Mode
NO
Aperture Manual Mode
NO
Shutter Speed Auto Mode (sec)
iAuto(1/8 - 1/1600) / Program Auto(1" - 1/1600)
NR Slow Shutter
NO
Hand Shake Alert
NO
Exposure Control
± 2.0EV, 1/3EV step
White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent3, Incandescent, Flash
Automatic White Balance
YES
Light Metering (Multi Pattern)
YES
Light Metering (Centre weighted)
YES
Light Metering (Spot)
YES
Sharpness Setting
NO
Saturation Setting
NO
Contrast Setting
NO
ISO Sensitivity (REI)
Auto /80/ 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
Scene Selection
Soft Snap / Night Portrait / Night Scene / High Sensitivity / Beach / Snow / Gourmet / Pet Mode / Landscape
Red-eye Reduction
Auto / On / Off
Auto Daylight Synchronized Flash
NO

  SteadyShot

SteadyShot capability
YES
Optical SteadyShot capability
NO

  Auto Focus System

AF Illuminator
NO

  Built-In-Flash

Flash Mode
Auto / Flash On / Slow Syncro / Flash Off
Red-Eye Correction
Auto / On / Off
Auto Daylight Synchronized Flash
NO
Distance limitations using Flash (m)
ISO Auto: Approx.0.3m to 3.5m(0.98" to 11.48")(W) / Approx.0.6m to 1.8 m(1feet 1.96" to 5.91")(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.7.1 m(23.3")(W) / Approx.3.7 m(12.1")(T)

  LCD/ Viewfinder

LCD Screen Size (inches)
6.7cm (2.7type)
LCD Total Dots Number
230.400
Monitor Type
TFT
Auto Bright Monitoring
NO
Optical Viewfinder
NO
Electrical Viewfinder
NO

  Recording

Recording Media
Memory Stick™ Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (high speed) / Memory Stick PRO HG Duo™ / Memory Stick Micro* / Memory Stick Micro (mark 2)*
Recording Media II
SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / SDXC Memory Card / microSD Memory Card* / microSDHC Memory Card*
Recording Format
JPEG
DCF (Design rule for Camera File System)
YES
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
YES
Burst Mode (shots)
Approx. 1 fps
Burst Interval (approximately sec)
Approx.1.0 sec.(100 shots)
Still Image size (16M 4608 x 3456)
NO
Still Image size (14M 4320 x 3240)
YES
Still Image size (13M 4224 x 3168)
NO
Still Image size (12M 4000 x 3000)
NO
Still Image size (10M 3648 x 2736)
YES
Still Image size (9.0M, 3456 x 2592)
NO
Still Image size (8.0M, 3264 x 2448)
NO
Still Image size (7.2M 3072 x 2304)
NO
Still Image size (5.0M, 2592 x 1944)
YES
Still Image size (3.1M, 2048 x 1536)
NO
Still Image size (VGA, 640 x 480)
YES
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 1920 x 1080)
YES
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4608 x 2592)
NO
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4320 x 2432)
YES
Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4000 x 2248)
NO
Still Image size (3:2 mode, 4000 x 2672)
NO
Still Image size (3:2 mode 3648 x 2432)
NO
Still Image size (3:2 mode 3456 x 2304)
NO
2D Panorama
360°(11,520×1,080) / Wide(7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard(4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920)
3D Panorama
NO
Moving Image Size (1440x1080 25fps Fine Approx.12Mbps)
NO
Moving Image Size (1280x720 30fps Fine Approx.9Mbps)
NO
Moving Image Size (1280x720 30fps Standard Approx.6Mbps)
NO
Moving Image Size (1280x720 25fps Fine Approx.6Mbps)
NO
Moving Image Size (640x480 30fps Approx.3Mbps)
YES
Moving Image Size (640x480 25fps Approx.3Mbps)
NO
Moving Image Size (320x240 30fps)
NO
Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1920 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.24Mbps(Average bit-rate))
NO
Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1920 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.17Mbps(Average bit-rate))
NO
Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1440 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.9Mbps(Average bit-rate))
NO
Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 1440 x 1080 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.12Mbps(Average bit-rate))
NO
Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 1280 x 720 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.6Mbps(Average bit-rate))
NO
Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 640 x 480 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.3Mbps(Average bit-rate))
YES

  Playback/ Edit

HD (High Definition) Playback
Under 14M(4,320 x 3,240)
Slideshow Playback
YES
Slideshow with Music
NO
Slideshow Movie
NO
Trimming
YES
Playback Zoom
YES (8x)
Cue & Review (MPEG)
YES
Index Playback
16 / 25 images
Image Rotation
NO
Auto Image Rotation
NO
Auto grouping and & Best Picture Recognition
NO

  General

Battery Remaining Indicator
NO
Histogram Indicator
NO
Exposure Warning Indicator
NO
Disk / Memory Stick remaining indicator
YES
PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol)
NO
Print Image Matching
YES
PictBridge
NO
Shop Front Mode
NO
Start up time (approximately sec)
Approx. 1.8 sec.
Menu Language
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Croatian, Romanian

  Jacks

Multi use Terminal with HD
NO
Multi use Terminal
YES
AV Out
YES
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
YES

  Power/ Others

Battery System
Lithium N
Supplied Battery
NP-BN
Stamina (battery life) with the supplied battery(s) in normal shooting condition
Approx. 250 / Approx. 125min
Weight (g)
Approx. 97g (3.4oz.)
Weight with Accessories (g)
Approx. 113g (4.0oz.)
Supplied Software
PlayMemories Home
Supplied Accessories
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN), Batery Charger, Multi-USB, AC Power Cord, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual

  Dimensions

Width (mm)
92.9
Height (mm)
52.4
Depth (mm)
19.3


You can also check the full Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V product review (the camera which I proundly own for quite some time) and the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review.