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Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera - Black

by Kodak

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  • Full HD 1080p video with built-in image stabilisation and Smartface tracking technology
  • Large, vivid, 2.5 inch LCD and 5MP still camera
  • Built-in USB arm for sharing and charging
  • Edit and upload to sharing sites like YouTube with built-in software
  • Up to 10 hours of HD video with SD/SDHC card slot, memory card required

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  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 15.2 x 7.4 cm ; 109 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 762 g
  • Item model number: Zi8 - Black
  • ASIN: B002J9I3HM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 Sept. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,069 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Box Contains

  • KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera
  • KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7004
  • Adapter and cable for battery charging
  • HDMI and AV cables
  • Wrist strap
  • User Guide
  • ARCSOFT MEDIA IMPRESSION Software for Kodak (PC only)

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    Customer Reviews

    4.3 out of 5 stars

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    267 of 268 people found the following review helpful By Jackanory on 6 Jan. 2010
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    Firstly let me be completely honest. I was not supposed to be reviewing this product. When I started looking for a simple HD video camera, I started with the flip as I was convinced that this is what I would eventually buy. I had not even considered how crowded the market had become or the variety of alternatives available to me through websites such as Amazon.

    I admit that prior to my search here on Amazon, I wasn't even aware of the flip's spec. When I did look however, I found myself reading reviews of poor video quality, poor audio etc etc. I was disappointed, even though I recognised that the quality produced by these video cameras would not be up to the standard of full camcorders. The Flip Ultra HD was even worse, promising 'ultra' quality, yet only to the same 720p format.

    So I started looking at alternatives including the Samsung U10 and Kodak Zi8, both of which make use of SD cards which provide greater flexibility than the internal memory of the flip.

    Let me take you through some of the features of the Kodak Zi8;

    So I ordered the Kodak and it arrived yesterday. It is around the size of a blackberry, with a nice 2.5" screen. In my opinion at least this definitely makes filming easier. The unit itself is light, and can easily fit in your pocket, however, it is something of a fingerprint magnet.

    The audio quality without an external microphone is acceptable, with one better, and video quality in low light conditions is on par for the money that you pay. To ensure the best results you should, as professionals do, concentrate on lighting your subject in effectively. The options to record in WVGA, 720p, 720p 60f/s and 1080p is very useful.

    The user interface was simply and intuitive.
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    161 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Captain Graphic on 3 Oct. 2009
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    I do minor video work, and am by no means have professional knowledge of all cameras. I've been using the zi8 all day to film a small project, and I have to say it has done a pretty good job. It is much better than the previous zi6 model, but isn't without a few minor issues.

    Comparing them side by side right now, the zi8 records and displays colours much better, where as the zi6 isn't as sharp and has a slight blue tint to it. However neither of these cameras perform great in low lighting. The best feature about the zi8 is the fact you can plug in an external microphone, so you can record crystal clear sound, even though the built in mic is reasonable quality. Also the zi8 will play back sound in its preview mode. One thing the zi6 does better is smooth zooming, whereas the zi8 zooms in block segments. The way the USB connection flicks out on the zi6 is much more slick, than the rubbery styled flick attachment on the zi8, but both do the job fine.

    Both cameras are similar size and are great for just carrying around on the go in your pocket. Although I didn't receive any cloth pouch to put my zi8 in, so I would recommend buying one of those to protect the screen & lens. I prefer the rechargeable battery in the zi8, but if it runs out on the go you can't easily replace, unlike with the zi6.

    The only thing missing from both these cameras is a flash/light. The zoom feature could also be improved.

    ***Edit***
    The firmware for this product has been update, and the zoom is now smoother. Please read comments for more info.
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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert Groom TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2009
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    A genuinely pocket-sized video recorder capable of filming in true HD resolution and featuring a fixed-focus lens which eliminates the possibility of autofocus errors as long as you stay within its focal ranges, of which there are two. These can be selected at the flick of a switch - macro mode allows focus between ~10-15cm from lens and normal mode which focuses OK from about 50cm to infinity, and will be your default mode.

    The body feels good in the hand, and the screen is bright and very clear. Easy to frame your shot, and gives a good idea what the finished footage will be like. The controls are very easy to use even with your thumb, and the steady-shot helps to eliminate camera wobble - although it inevitably introduces an element of 'screen jumping' when performing a fast pan, so you might want to disable it for this. There's even a standard tripod screw in the bottom, so you can set it up on a tripod if you need to. This is a nice touch.

    The supplied software, ArcSoft MediaImpression has a media conversion function which supports Kodak, Sony and Apple devices, so you can export footage direct to your iPod, PSP or Apple TV if you need to. You can also edit multiple clips together into a 'movie' which you can then export as Apple QuickTime MPEG4 .MOV format, which is supported by freely available players on both PCs and Macs. My only real gripe is that the codec they use doesn't play back smoothly in 1080 mode on my PC, even though it's a highly spec'd model which has no trouble playing conventional MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 HD footage at 1080. MediaImpression seems to do a pretty good job, but what if I want to watch my 1080 video in something other than MediaImpression?
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