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Digital camera: which one's your pick?

MONEY TODAY starts a new section highlighting the least expensive model in a product category. It's digital cameras this fortnight.

Namrata Dadwal | Print Edition: December 13, 2007

Price is not the same as value. So the most expensive product isn't always the best value for your money. MONEY TODAY starts a new section highlighting the least expensive model in a product category.

Models of the most popular brands will be considered. If price is of no consequence to you, check out the most expensive comparative model.

Fujifilm Finepix A610

OUR PICK

Model – Fujifilm Finepix A610

Price – Rs 6,999

Features – 6.3 MP, 3X optical zoom, 6x digital zoom, 2.5” LCD screen, four shooting modes, 14 scene positions, 10 MB inbuilt memory, self timer, white balance,QVGA movie recording, PictBridge compatible, video output for TV monitor

CLOSE SECOND

Kodak C613

Model – Kodak C613

Price – Rs 7,490

Features – 6.2 MP, 3X optical zoom, 5x digital zoom, 2.4” LCD monitor, 16 MB inbuilt memory, MPEG movies, video print option, digital image stabilisation, high ISO (up to 1250), 16 scene and 3 colour modes

TOP OF LEAGUE

Canon S5 IS

Model – Canon S5 IS

Price – Rs 24,995

Features – 8.0 MP, 12X optical zoom, 4x digital zoom, 2.5” vari-angle LCD, super macro closeup focus to 0 cm,multiple face detection (even during movie recording), optical image stabiliser with four control settings, ISO 1600, photo-in-movie function, stereo movie recording, up to 60-second sound memos for still images, 16:9 widescreen, 11 colour modes, 22 shooting modes, continuous shooting (1.5 shots per second)

PURCHASING POWER

WPI has been going down with each passing week. Rise in the prices of basic food articles, such as fruits and vegetables, has slowed substantially. All in all, the impact of inflation on daily lives is not as much as it was a few months ago.

WHOLESALE PRICE INFLATION: 3.11%

HIGHEST INFLATION RATESLOWEST INFLATION RATES
Oil seeds21.8%Other food articles-6.1%
Fibres12.7%Fruits & vegetables-4.6%
Non-food articles11.7%Electricity-1.7%
Non-metallic minerals9.4%Textiles-1.5%
Milk7.7%Metallic minerals-1.5%

Figures are percentage annual rise in wholesale price index for the week ending on November 3, 2007.


HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS*
CompanyPlanPremium (Rs)
Star HealthMedi Classic1,200
National InsuranceMediclaim Policy1,377
Bajaj AllianzHealth Guard1,453
ICICI LombardFamily Floater-A2,218
Tata AIGMaharaksha2,220
Source: Company websites. *For individuals aged 30 years (Rs 1 lakh cover). Premiums are annual and do not include tax.
• If you are taking health insurance for your family, opt for a family floater plan to spread risk and optimise premium
• Insurers insist on stringent health checks before issuing a policy as you grow old; to avoid these tests, take a policy as early in life as possible

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