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4.0 out of 5 stars Comparison to Flip MinoHD - which is best????, 15 July 2009
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This review is from: Kodak Zx1 - High Definition Pocket Video Camera - Black (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
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The Kodak ZX1 is a continuation of Kodak's line of HD handicams. It is capable of taking excellent quality HD video in 720p. There are a large range of these sorts of cameras on the market now, with the Kodak and the Flip MinoHD being the market leaders, I would say. I have used both, and shall compare their relative merits.

1. Quality of image
This is the one everyone will really care about. The new Kodak ZX1 does make a noticeable improvement over its Kodak predecessor, particularly in low light. Previous Kodak USB cameras were virtually unwatchable in anything less than full daylight. The ZX1 performs well in overcast conditions, and is watchable indoors, though there is a noticeable increase in noise. However, the Flip MinoHD wildly outperforms it, with far more detail, less noise and less streaking. In daylight, I'd say the Mino HD still has the slight edge, but the differences are less prominent.

2. Quality of Sound
Again, the Flip MinoHD is head and shoulders above the ZX1 in terms of sound quality captured. The ZX1 is still no slouch, and sound reproduction is perfectly adequate and useable for a camera of this size and for the intended market. But its microphone shows little regard for distant sources, and the person holding the camera can sound a little over-loud and distorted. The MinoHD doesn't have these problems, with distant and near sounds being captured smoothly.

3. Looks and usability
This is more of a case of personal taste. The MinoHD is smaller (about the size of a Nokia 6300, though a bit thicker) and probably slightly simpler, with a big red button for recording. It is also square on the bottom, which seems irrelevant, until you come to try and stand the ZX1 on a table top and you realise it will just fall over! The ZX1 has a slick brushed steel front, with sexy touch-sensitive buttons. It also comes in a range of great colours - I have the red, but actually think the yellow looks the best. However, the MinoHD's menus are more intuitive and quicker to navigate.

4. Features
The ZX1 features the ability to take still pictures, which is actually incredibly useful. Why the guys at Flip didn't think to do this is unknown, but it creates a massive weakness compared to their rival. Who wants to bother taking two cameras with them? Sometimes you'll see something that doesn't warrant a video, but would make a great still. Also the Kodak allows you to change the level of fidelity, meaning you can save on memory by recording on lower resolutions. Even better, it allows/requires the use of an SD card, which means you have virtually limitless memory. And it uses rechargeable batteries which are shipped with it, along with a charger! The Flip doesn't do any of this. The ZX1 wins this hands down.

The ZX1 is a great camera in its own right, but the MinoHD does edge it out in terms of performance and function, and would be the obvious choice if it wasn't for the lack of features. Its a tough choice, and really depends on what you intend to use the camera for. For long trips away from your PC, the ZX1 is the camera for you. If you are staying closer to home though, the Flip might be the better choice.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2009 08:48:52 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 16:51:17 BDT
Ash says:
Thanks for the feedback. You're right, there really isn't much between them, indicated by the fact that I gave both models 4stars. A lot of it is personal preference. You'll be very happy no matter which one you have!

Posted on 24 Jan 2010 21:54:01 GMT
Dave, s says:
You seem well versed on these matters Ash, convinced me enough to go for the Kodak ZX1, thanks for your review..

Posted on 20 Mar 2010 07:24:29 GMT
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Posted on 8 Apr 2010 17:32:19 BDT
why do techies never mention the most important thing- cost? If cost was not relevant then we would all buy the best on the market. simple!!!

Posted on 8 Apr 2010 17:46:46 BDT
what is wrong with you people? the flip mino hd is selling at £130 and theZX1 for £50! today 8/04/2010. For the arithmetically challenged ,that is 160% more for the Flip! So, is the Flip 160% better? i.e. twice as good plus another 60% !!! I doubt it. In fact none of the reviews even suggest it, so once again I say and will keep saying. If you cant put a price to your comments, dont bother.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2010 14:53:18 BDT
Ash says:
David - Amazon prices vary an awful lot, and they have a tendency to edit or refuse to publish reviews that specifically mention the price as it is soon out of date and people get shirty if they see the same product was cheaper 6 months ago. That's why you rarely see any comments mention price. This camera is a perfect example of this - when I wrote this review both cameras were a similar price, the ZX1 has dropped significantly since then. Would I buy the Flip Mino HD over the ZX1 now? Probably not, considering the CURRENT prices, but that could always change.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2010 12:19:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2010 12:21:36 BDT
Ash- Thanks v much for the explanation. I just bought the zx1 based on your previous comments.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2010 13:15:09 BDT
Ash says:
No probs, glad to help! Enjoy your camera

Posted on 2 Jul 2010 08:59:06 BDT
fair comment says:
Kodak Zx1 - High Definition Pocket Video Camera - Blackas for the zx1 falling over,never heard of a mini- tripod?.
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