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Kodak Zi8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2624 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The value for money and portability also get good feedback. There are some critical reviews about the zoom and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Kodak Zi8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

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Kodak Zi8

 

Pocket camcorders are slowly beginning to find their share of space amongst flip camcorders. They are affordable, sleek and unlike flip camcorders can be easily pocketed. That's not the only pos

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Kodak Zi8

 

If you flipped over the Flip pocket-size video cameras, there's a newcontender worth your attention. Kodak's Zi8 replaces the Zi6, bringingfull HD 1080p capabilities to a small, well-designed package that fitsin your pocket but does more than its...

Uses removable SDHC memory cards. Removable, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. Four shooting modes. 1080p top resolution. Image stabilization. External microphone jack. Includes composite and HDMI cables

Bundled software isn't Mac compatible. Some video noise. Digital zoom only

The Zi8 offers convenient flexibility and produces good-looking HD videos in an affordable package no bigger than a typical point-and-shoot. It definitely gives the

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Kodak Zi8

 

Although our first mini HD camcorder rodeo roundup crowned Cisco's Flip UltraHD the reigning king of mini HD camcorders, six months can make a world of difference. Kodak's new Zi8 bucks the leader by addressing many of its predecessor's shortcomings,...

True 1080p video resolution ; Superior image quality ; Electronic image stabilization (EIS) ; External microphone input ; Accepts inexpensive SD cards up to 32GB ; Easy to use ; Flexible built-in USB arm

Larger than competitors ; EIS can’t smooth all jitters ; Lukewarm ArcSoft software package

Full 1080p resolution, image stabilization and extras like an external microphone jack make Kodak’s Zi8 the most potent mini HD camcorder available today.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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

Editor's Choice!

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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.

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Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera (Aqua)

 

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.

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
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