Kodak C653 Camera

July 19, 2007 – 1:14 am

Recently I bought the kodak C653 digital camera. One of the main reasons to go for that was the monsoon sale discount going on at that time at Girihas(located near Brigade towers on Brigade road towards Shoolay circle). So I decided to check that. There I checked quite a few models namely C643, C743 and a few Cannon ones featuring 8 mega pixel. The ad I saw on Times of India showed C743 as a 7.1 mega pixel with 4 free accessories. I kinda made up my mind that I will go for that. Once at the shop I found that in feature comparison with C653 it pales. C653 has:-

  • 6.1 MP for prints up to 20 × 30 in. (50 × 76 cm)
  • 3X optical zoom lens
  • 2.4 in. (6.1 cm) indoor/outdoor color display
  • Digital IS using anti-blur mode
  • 20 programmed scene and 3 color modes
  • Panorama stitch mode

It also has a few picture taking mode:

  • Auto
  • Anti-blur
  • Close-up
  • Scene
  • Video

Accessories provided with the camera:

  • Kodak charger plus rechargeble battery
  • Memory card 1GB SD
  • Kodak camera cover

One feature I was looking for little more enhanced was the optical zoom which C653 provides a 3x zoom. Guys please dont get confused between digital zoom and optical. But please keep in mind that it is the optical zoom which matters. You can read more about Optical vs. Digital Zoom here.

Keeping in mind the features I was getting along with the good price at Rs 7,777, I thought it was a good buy and went for it. Other times I would have to pay around 10,000 for it. Since I am still a amature photographer i think it will give a good service to me and do not think I need a high optical zoom lens. This is my first switch from mechanical to digital camera. Previously I used to use a Kodak KB 10 gifted by my maternal uncle. Those days (1993) it used to cost around Rs 1000 but now you can find one at Rs 499.

I have taken a few pictures with C653 and the picture quality seems is quite good. For amature photographers who have a limited budget to spend and looking for a good buy with comfortable number of features – this can be a ideal one. You can read more about C653 here.

Babumosai, the Bengali dhaba – the dacoitmosai

July 17, 2007 – 6:18 pm

Babumosai is no babumosai, but docaitmosai. I heard about this Bengali eating place from one of my colleage. Heard lots of bah bah from him. Like many staying away from home who would like to taste some authentic own ethnic food, I thought here comes a good place. So decided to making a visit there after our visit to ISKON. It is in chickpet(near majestic bus stand), you have to take the BVK Iyenger road and from Abhinay theatre you need to take the second lane. Babumosai is on 1st floor. My excitement started to slowly dry up with the passage of food intake. To cut it short…Quality of food is not that good. Ambeince a typical local dhaba. The price a unbelievable 100/meal of fish( like prawn(4 medium sized prawn), pabda etc) With that they did provided some dal, low quality potato fry. It was utter disbelief when he was billing for me. Nothing but indeed dacoitmosai. All I can say the place do not provide value for money. So I would say better avoid or if you happen to be there, do not expect much.

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