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Kodak Mini Pocket Waterproof Video Camera/ZM1 3X digital,1.8 inch LCD - Red
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- The size of a credit card, ultra-thin, lightweight yet durable and waterproof to 3m
- Share on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE sites with ease. Built-in software makes editing and uploading simple
- No cables to worry about, just swing out the USB arm to upload, share, and charge
- Expandable memory card slot and rechargeable Li-Ion battery
- High-quality VGA 30 fps video even in low light, 4.6 cm (1.8") LCD
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Pocket-sized, waterproof mini video camera with great performance
With the explosion of sites like YouTube and Facebook there is a huge demand for easy ways to shoot and share video clips. The KODAK Mini Video Camera is one of a new generation of ‘shoot and share’ camcorders that is designed to go anywhere. It’s about the size of a credit card and lightweight so it easily slides inside a pocket – even your skinny jeans; plus it’s built to be waterproof1 and durable to withstand your craziest days.
With the KODAK Mini’s intuitive controls it’s incredibly easy to shoot great quality video where ever life takes you. Showing off those videos is just as easy whether you share them immediately on the 4.6 cm (1.8 in) vivid, high-contrast color LCD or pop out the built-in USB arm and connect Mini to your computer for hassle-free connectivity – no cables to remember!
The KODAK Mini is always ready.
The KODAK Mini may be “itty-bitty” – the size of a credit card and weighs only 70g with battery and card – but it’s big on video fun. You really can shoot video just about anywhere -- including up to 3m (10 ft.) underwater! The Mini is also surprisingly good at capturing low light video, such as landscapes at dusk or low light scenes indoors.
KODAK Mini is designed so you’ll never miss the moment. Power on and you are immediately ready to record with its ultra simple one-button operation – just press the OK button in the center of the navigation controller to start/stop recording video. There’s a built-in mic that’ ll automatically record sound too. Information icons on the recording screen keep you current on Mini’s recording status – recording indicator (a red circle appears when recording), elapsed recording time, battery level, zoom level, the selected video resolution or still photo mode, and confirmation whether a memory card is inserted. The three buttons have a soft rubberized feel for excellent control whatever the conditions and the wrist strap will help you keep Mini secure.
The first time you connect the M590 Digital Camera to your computer, KODAK’s Share Button app (a small software program) will launch and prompt you to add login information for your online sharing sites and email address. After that one time setup, pictures will be uploaded to the sharing destinations you’ve chosen automatically just as soon as you connect your camera to your computer.
The Mini’s lens is fixed focus so everything from 50 cm (1.6 ft) to infinity will be in focus and there is no focus lag time when you press record or take a still picture. The up/down navigation arrows control 3X digital zoom. Use the right navigation arrow to change capture modes – VGA (default), QVGA/30, QVGA/60 or still pictures. VGA provides the highest resolution (640x480), QVGA (320x240) creates smaller file sizes, and QVGA/60 (60 frames per second) is the best choice for shooting fast action scenes. The still pictures are 640x480 which is good for email and wallet-size prints. Press the left button to access Menu options:
- Review: playback videos with sound, view pictures, and delete videos/pictures
- Date/Time: set date/time and select viewing format
- Brightness: set screen brightness level to low, medium or high
- Sound: turn camera sounds on or off
- Format Card: Note: formatting a memory card will delete all files saved to the card.
- Information: shows firmware version and ARCSOFT software version.
There’s a microSD/SDHC card slot which provides memory expansion up to a 16GB microSDHC card that’s good for up to 4 hours of video at VGA 30fps (1GB = approx. 15mins) with continuous video capture up to 1 hour per file. If you run out of memory on the go you can simply change to a new card.
The KODAK Mini comes with a powerful integrated Li-Polymer rechargeable battery (~85 minutes recording time per charge) so you have longer record time than camcorders using AA batteries and the battery recharges conveniently in-camera using the built-in USB arm so you won’t need a separate battery charger.
Easy to share on YouTube & Facebook
On the go you can shoot and review your clips immediately on the 4.6 cm color LCD screen, and sharing online is quick and easy with no cables to worry about – just open the bottom door and swing out the built-in USB arm to unload, share, and charge.
The first time you connect a KODAK Mini to your computer, you’ll be asked to install ArcSoft MediaImpression SE for Kodak software (PC only) that’s built-in and ready to use to import your videos and then play, email, and upload with easy one button upload to YouTube and Facebook! You can also cut, trim, extract still pictures, and add effects to your movies (black-and-white, sepia, old movie, fisheye, exposure, sketch, sharpen, negative, water color, and mute audio). If you’re a Mac user, no worries, simply drag-and-drop your videos to your desktop as you would for any USB device and use APPLE iLIFE software.
1 up to 3m (10 ft.) underwater
Top Customer Reviews
The bottom of the camera flips open to reveal the memory card slot and pop-out USB connector, these are protected from moisture by a rubber seal running around the lid and a tight clip which then holds the lid in place. On my camera the fixing clip doesn't sit completely flush within the bottom of the camera and I'd be slightly concerned it could get caught on something in use and flip open the lid by mistake - it also prevents the camera from sitting perfectly straight when you put it down on a table, although this isn't really the kind of camera you'd use that way. The pop-out USB connector means you don't have to carry any cables around with you but in use it's a bit awkward - you have to release it with a tiny clip before and after use and having the whole camera hanging out of the side of your computer isn't exactly an elegant solution - but it works.
As a cheap(ish) and cheerful pocketable video camera its main selling point is the waterproof housing which should make it ideal for a British summer or for splashing around on some foreign beach. You don't get the best quality video but this camera is so small and light that you're more likely to have it with you ready to capture those fleeting moments when they happen.Read more ›
I used the camera to put together a test video which I've put on YouTube. If you search for my real name and "mundane in the life" it should show up and give you an idea of the camera's performance indoors and outdoors and in low and high lighting.
The design and build of it is sturdy and a bit chunky-feeling- Kodak have clearly concentrated on features like 'waterproof' and 'rugged' (it would probably survive some hefty drops) rather than 'sleek'. It doesn't look especially 'cool' compared to some of the other cameras you can get. It's about three-quarters of the size of the iPod classic that it seems to have been designed to look like. (And incidentally, the round central button that looks like a jogwheel, isn't a jogwheel).
If you buy this camera you should DEFINITELY also buy some MicroSD cards at the same time. The camera only comes with 128Mb internal memory, a lot of which is reserved for the onboard software so it can only store 2 minutes of video before it's full (!). A 2Gb MicroSD card, available on Amazon for around a fiver, will give you over an hour's recording time at the highest video quality it can do- which is actually more than the Amazon description suggests.
The video quality is not outstanding, and other cameras and cameraphones are capable of much better resolutions. The best-quality video the ZM1 is capable of (VGA mode) has the following tech spec:
- 640x480, which is 4:3 not widescreen, and a little less than TV standard definition resolution.Read more ›
Simple, though eqates to basic. Not that it's a negative point just that there's nothing to alter to adjust exposure and the digital zoom facility is best used sparingly as the video quality drops noticeably when used.
The camera can shot still images also, but the quality is low, (your mobile phone will do better), but it works and it's worth trying.
The camera is advertised as waterproof to 3 meters, however mine stopped recording audio after a dunk (of less than 25cms for a couple of seconds) whilst kayaking.
Thank goodness for Amazons returns policy, as a replacement was given immediately. Excellent service Amazon!
The screen is very good. It makes composing the video simple and you can playback what you've shot there and then.
The camera comes with, you've guessed it, 'basic', but effective editing software built in, which is easy to use and does the job. It allows you to crop/edit videos on your laptop/pc quickly.
Build quality is generally good and the hidden USB connector is really really convenient, and contrary to some reviews, I found really easy to use.
To sum up... If you want amazing video quality and loads of features, don't buy it. BUT, if you want a go anywhere, memory keeper that's easy and fun to use and that, to be honest at the price, you won't cry too much over if you lose or break it, then this camera is certainly worth buying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does the job under water and is fun to use. Pictures and videos are not of the best quality but for small money you get to take photos in and under water. Read morePublished 17 months ago by T. Jaradat
On the face of it this is a neat compact camera, it takes nice pictures and video for it's size and is handy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Andrew Johnson