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Kodak Zi8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2843 reviews of Kodak Zi8. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed opinions on the zoom and durability, and some have doubts about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Kodak Zi8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kodak Zi8

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 397 user reviews of Kodak Zi8 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the image quality and size. The price and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the viewfinder.

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94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera - BlackKodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera - Black

Jul, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kodak Zi8

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2016 user reviews of Kodak Zi8 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and image quality are overall positive. The price and portability also get good reviews, whereas there are some critical comments about the viewfinder and zoom. Opinions about the memory and durability are mixed.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, zoom, viewfinder

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera (Black)Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera (Black)

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Gordon Mah Ung (maximumpc.com)

Kodak Zi-8

 

If you've been eying Flip Video's popular MinoHD (reviewed March 2009) but have been put off by the simple-enough-for-simpletons approach, Kodak's Zi-8 is the pocket cam you've been waiting for.

Slightly bulky; audio is not sensitive; UI is slightly confusing

Slightly bulky; audio is not sensitive; UI is slightly confusing

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

Kodak Zi8 Review

 

Kodak's Zi8 is a pocket High-Definition video camera for the consumer on a budget. It offers record resolutions of 1080p, 720p @ 30 or 60 fps, or WVGA (848x480), a built-in mono microphone with input for a stereo mic, and A/V and HDMI outputs. A great...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

Kodak ZI8 HD Camcorder

 

Kodak's Zi8 high-definition pocket camcorder ($180 as of 9/14/2009) is the superpowered follow-up to the company's cult-favorite Zi6 model. It's also the most full-featured pocket-size camcorder we've seen, thanks to three unique features: the ability...

Sharp 1080p video and shooting options ; Can use earbuds as external mic

Controls are slow to respond ; Buggy, jumpy 4x digital zoom

If the best-quality footage and shooting options galore are your main needs in an HD pocket camcorder, the Zi8 gets a glowing recommendation. However, I did experience some key usability issues, even if its video quality blows the competition out of...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

Kodak Zi8 HD Camcorder Camcorder Review

 

Sharp 1080p video and shooting options ; Can use earbuds as external mic

Buggy, jumpy 4X digital zoom ; Controls are slow to respond

The full-featured Zi8 captures the best HD pocket-camcorder footage we've seen, but its interface and digital zoom often get in the way.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (pcworld.com)

Kodak Zi8

 

External microphone input ; Image stabilization ; Five shooting modes ; Removable storage and battery

Terrible zoom ; Noisy microphone input ; Low framerate from 1080p video ; Image stabilization doesn't help much

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Steven Leckart (wired.com)

Review: Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera

 

With topnotch resolution, excellent audio and crazy-low price, Kodak's Zi8 is a pocket camcorder that makes us flip off the Flip.

Lighter, shorter, sleeker body than the previous models. Lithium-ion battery (no more AAs) lasts more than an hour. HD enthusiasts will appreciate the difficulty of deciding between 720p (60fps) and 1080p (30fps). Audiophiles will love the mic jack....

Red recording light is a stealth-killer. Digizoom is a res-killer. No included SD card is a buzz-killer. Plastic body shows every smudge. Unexceptional 5-MP stills

Aug, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Brian Heater (pcmag.com)

Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera

 

When Kodak introduced the Zi6, its first-ever video camera late last year, we were impressed. In fact, it was our first Editors' Choice in the nascent pocket video camera category. The Zi6 offered a number of features that the famous Flip Ultra didn't,...

Nice price. Records 1080p video. 5-megapixel still image capture. Face detection, electronic image stabilization, and macro mode. Expandable memory. External mic port. Ships with an HDMI cable

Jerky zoom. Subpar still image quality. Mediocre built-in mic. Hyper-sensitive buttons. Can get very hot with extended use

With 1080p video, 5-megapixel still image capture, and more features than we've seen in any other pocket video camera, the Zi8 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, earning our Editors' Choice.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera review: Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera

 

Over the last few years, as the pocket camcorder market has taken off, pioneer Flip Video has narrowly hung onto the lead it built by offering models with arguably superior designs and slightly better video quality. A few companies, including Creative,...

Video capture up to 1080p HD resolution; image quality is quite good for a mini camcorder; SD card slot; removable, rechargeable battery; bundled composite and HDMI cables; strong low-light performance; external mic jack; electronic image...

Bundled software isn't Mac compatible but necessary for smooth playback of 1080p video; price doesn't include an optional memory card.

With the Zi8, Kodak finally surpasses Flip Video's video quality and feature set.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Kodak Zi8 Camcorder Review

 

The Kodak Zi8 ($199 MSRP) is an ultracompact camcorder with some impressive specs: Full 1920 × 1080 HD recording, a 5 megapixel still image capability, and a 3.5mm external microphone jack. Even with these strong specs, however, we found the camcorder...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Balachandar Radhakrishnan (brighthub.com)

Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera Review

 

The Kodak Zi8 pocket video camera is an absolutely price worthy solution for the portable video enthusiast as well as casual shooter. The Kodak Zi8 offers great video quality and top features for a pocket camcorder making it a highly recommended...

May, 2011

Product Specifications

Whether you're out on the town or just hanging with friends, the KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera captures every experience in stunning 1080p HD video. Stay in focus while you're on the move with integrated image stabilization. Then kick back and watch all the action on your HDTV or share your scene on Facebook or YouTube with a flick of the built-in USB arm. The Zi8 has all you need to define yourself in high definition.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Kodak KLIC 7004

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:4.4in
Weight:3.9oz
Width:2.4in

Display (Projector)

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

Header

Manufacturer:Kodak
Model:Zi8 Pocket Video Camera
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Kodak

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8
Max Focal Length:6.3mm
Type:Lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Aqua/Black/Raspberry

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:4
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto (50-800)
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None