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Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera (Raspberry)

by Kodak

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  • Record High Definition video (1080p at 30 fps with 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • Easily upload recorded footage to YouTube with built-in USB and software
  • Expandable SD/SDHC card slot up to 32 GB; Rechargeable batteries and charger included
  • Vibrant 2.5-inch viewfinder; Watch footage on HDTV with included cables
  • Edit and share videos with included software
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Technical Details

Color: Raspberry
  • Brand Name: Kodak
  • Model: 1268929
  • Lens Type: fixed
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
  • Display Size: 2.5 inches
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Product Details

Color: Raspberry
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 3 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002HOQ08S
  • Item model number: 1268929
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (779 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,520 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

Product Description

Color: Raspberry

From the Manufacturer

Define yourself in high definition.

It’s small enough to fit in a pocket, but why would you ever want to put it there? Whether 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 YouTube with the built-in USB. The Zi8 pocket video camera has all you need to define yourself in high definition.

Product Features
  • Take full HD 1080p videos wherever you go
  • Get sharper videos and less blur thanks to built-in image stabilization
  • Premiere your videos in the palm of your hand with the vivid 2.5-inch color LCD
  • No cables to worry about–just swing out the USB arm to upload, share and charge
  • Get a new perspective–take amazing 5 MP 16:9 widescreen HD still pictures
  • Share on Facebook and YouTube with ease–built-in software makes editing and uploading simple
  • Compatible with PC and MAC (Use with Apple iLife Suite of products) operating systems
  • Compatible with iTunes for syncing with Apple TV, iPhone and iPod Devices
  • Plenty of room for more–record up to 10 hours of HD video (Record ~20 min per 1 GB at 720p HD at 30 fps) with the expandable SD/SDHC Card slot that can hold up to 32 GB
  • Capture your friends in their best light with smart face tracking technology
  • See more details and accurate colors in low light
  • Make audio awesome–the external microphone jack lets you record in stereo
  • Be ready for the big screen right out of the box with complementary HDMI cable
  • Record from a distance or play back on your TV with ease with available remote control
  • Grab attention and define your style with the ultra-compact design, stunning looks, and a range of colors
What's in the Box:
  • Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera
  • KLIC-7004 Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Adapter and cable for battery charging
  • HDMI and AV cables
  • Wrist strap
  • User’s Guide
  • ArcSoft MediaImpression Software for Kodak (on-camera)

Product Description

Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera Raspberry

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It's an older camera that they don't manufacture anymore and the software for the Kodak is also old with very…However the video quality is good and it captures sound well. Read more ›
I needed a video recorder to record football player interviews, but it had to have an external…Video is good and clear and HD like advertised, but pictures are not so hot. Read more ›
Most of the times the video quality is excellent. Occasionally, it jumps or the light is a little off but that could Read more ›
Knowing that you get what you pay for, this has been a life-saver. The video quality is good, not great, but the convenience of having this in your pocket balances that out. Read more ›
After recording a few seconds it was so hot I had to turn it off for fear of it getting damaged. so I…The video is great and I shot good videos in outdoors and indoors. Read more ›
There is also a Tripod hole to attach it to a tripod for taking more stable video. The video stabilization is very good. Read more ›
spent money but the picture is not good, sound of course terrible and now I still need another camera for my work. Save your time and money! Read more ›
But wait - 720p60 is even better - more fluid. The picture quality is not professional. But for a handheld, it's great. Read more ›
I bought it when it first came out for just over $100. It takes great video and the pictures are very good if you have sufficient light. It's so portable it fits in my… Read more ›
I had a Kodak Zi8 and I have used it to shoot some videos. The quality of the images was excellent. Regrettably this camera was either lost or stolen. Read more ›
Loved this camera. Ordered a refurb unit and quality was excellent. I also ordered an external mic to plug in which made sound as good as the pic. Read more ›
The picture quality is stunning at 1080p, although as mentioned in other reviews you must take care to use high-speed, high capacity SDHC cards, not only for the speed but… Read more ›
I got this camera a couple of years ago and take it everywhere. It is easy to use, small and very portable, and the built in software makes editing and uploading very easy. Read more ›
I got this camera to shoot behind the scenes footage and it is good enough to use as a second camera. I looked at the Zi10 but it really is not worth it for a touch screen. Read more ›
He was using my Nikon Coolpix and I wanted him to have his own camera. The Kodak Zi8 is very easy to use and can take abuse too. We hiked the rainforest with a guide to a… Read more ›
I updated the…It is small and easy to use, the only thing was the recording light, a bright red glowing light interfering with unwanted reflections, a bandaid covered it. Read more ›
This is a great product. Very mobile, easy to use, and really a lot of fun. Capture lots of memories. Read more ›
Best HD pocket cam, friendly menu, easy to use. Takes a steady hand though (or a stand). Read more ›
spring for a good external mic and a lighting system if you are taking video indoors in low light. For the price it was an excellent purchase. It is headed to Europe for a… Read more ›
It is not great. There is no camera or camcorder at any price that is great under such conditions, there are only varying degrees of bad. Having said that the Zi8 shows… Read more ›
For the price it is very good cam, Amazon have the best price and fast delivery. Easy for use by children, nice result, nice pictures and easy to handle it. Read more ›
Just began using my Kodak ZI8 mini camcorder and I love it. The price was ideal. New $119.88 from Read more ›
This effectively prevents me from taking video where one of the babies' faces fills the screen. But again, at this price, this is a reasonable compromise. Read more ›
2)The usb port exists within the camera and it's so easy to plug into my PC. 3)The price was great! 4)It films at 720p/1080p and easily uploads to YouTube/facebook etc. Read more ›
Controls are basic, easy to use, easy to access, and easy to understand. Good thing because documention is pretty sparse. Read more ›
the ZI8 is a cool little camera it has good picture quality a few basic features that work well, and is all around a great product for the price. but if your expecting… Read more ›
Almost everything about the Kodak ZI8 is easier, better and more fun than the Flip HD. The view screen is bigger the controls are easier to use. The features are… Read more ›
Video quality is excellent in HD mode. Macro mode is very easy to use. External mic input is very useful. Read more ›
I also liked that I could adjust the volume of the…The macro setting is pretty decent, however it cannot go as close as one might imagine (only about six inches away). I… Read more ›
It has its own USB cable tucked away, so it's simple to upload video. The quality, even on the low settings, is excellent! It has image stabilization, too, a great feature… Read more ›
This tiny camera takes amazing images. I bought it so I could use an external mike (amazing in one so cheap and small) but the sound is so good I don't use one much. Read more ›
2. Far less shaky than the Flip, so the stabilization is working for me and I moved all over this Christmas…3. Sound is quite good - though I think the Flip has the edge Read more ›
The zoom is almost useless as the video at 3 or 4X becomes very grainy. On-board sound is not good either. The problem is that while I expended $115 for this camcorder, I… Read more ›
The picture and sound are good and this rig definitely has it's uses. I would recommend buying a color rather than black. Read more ›
This exact mic sells for around $40-$50 on Amazon. I have yet to test out the mic outside, but inside the sound is vastly improved. Read more ›
The new Kodak Sport model has all the same features as the Zi8 and is…There is an "underwater mode" and the color and clarity of both the picture and the sound is amazing. Read more ›
This takes good-quality video. The battery life is good. I would recommend buying a small tripod to go with it, so you get steady video. Read more ›
I also like that it uses a removable SDHC and USB port; very convenient. The battery life is fantastic. I have had this camera for over two months now and have only had to… Read more ›
The video quality (especially at that price) is definitely hard to beat for the average user. The interface is easy, the camera is small, and the battery life is fairly good. Read more ›
11, I read the book and…It is supposed to charge in 2 hr. or thereabouts at which time, the red charging light goes out to let you know the battery is fully charged. Read more ›
It is best used on a tripod, and you can buy a remote for under $20.00 that makes…Battery life is good, and you can record about 35 minutes of 720 / 60 on a 4 Gb SDHC card. Read more ›
Editing video with the software that came with this camera is mission impossible. Battery was good for 40 min of shooting only. Otherwise is OK. Read more ›
Physical size is good for a pocket camera; and picture is OK. Greatest "con" : I have small hands and fingers, but the buttons are too small, even for me. Read more ›
2) External mic option - always better than the onboard mic 3) Size is exceptional - pocketable 4) Battery life is fantastic Read more ›
The picture quality is excellent when played back on a high def TV. Even the 5mg still pictures are very acceptable, and 4x6 size prints are good. Amazon was out of stock… Read more ›
Excellent quality video, easy to use, compact size makes it easy to take everywhere. Read more ›
This is a great little camera and I intend to use it to record…It's a perfect size and very simple--I have not used it yet, just played with it and set it up ready to use. Read more ›
The power switch is a little bit difficult to operate. You surely would need a good size card for long recordings. Depending on use, I would suggest a 16 GB or may be even… Read more ›
It is easy to use. Zooming is reasonable. Battery life could be better. Read more ›
The battery lasts only about one hour so make sure you get an extra one for any longer filming. Also, the zoom is strong but I wish it moved smoother. Overall I am very… Read more ›
I stay back about 1ft so everything stays in…I read the reviews of the new Kodak Playtouch since it has a zoom, but the reviews on the videos and the zoom were not good. Read more ›
Zoom is smooth, if you have the latest firmware. But zooming all the way makes it less stable, even if standing still. Read more ›
Or prop the unit on something to shoot your video. Zoom feature - The zoom is good, but it does only zoom in increments. There is no option to gradually zoom in to a scene. Read more ›
My unit shipped with 1.03 software and the Koday website has already upgraded…I downloaded that firmware and now the zoom is smooth as silk and never any whine in the mic. Read more ›
This can be annoying when its setup on a tripod ready to shoot, but…The LCD is pretty good but I still find it small and you have to really get up on it to see the video. Read more ›
The display on the Kodak, although bigger, is not sharp. My Flip display is really amazing quality, the same as I would get on my PC, just smaller. After downloading the… Read more ›
I hate that screens are so small now. The LCD size is perfectly fine. I have no problems and I'm picky. Read more ›
There were a couple of icons I wasn't readily sure of, and it…Operation is simple, the microphone is placed out of the way of my fingers, and the screen is very sharp. Read more ›
- Battery life isn't that bad, so far. - 2.5" screen is ideal for small pocket cam IMO. - SD card slot. Read more ›
Large Clear LCD, Quick Focus, 1080p Full HD, Lightweight, Tripod Mountable, External mic input, Easy to Use, Audio Output, HDMI Output, USB, SD Card Slot, Great Picture… Read more ›
When videos are played, they are very choppy. Plus colors are not good. So essentially any video taken is "junk" using standard players (I'm on Ubuntu and Quick Time). Read more ›
It's quite unbelievable how much video taking power one can have in there hands for so little money these days. Colors are vivid and accurate. Sound quality is quite good… Read more ›
The color is amazing. The Zi8 picks up colors you don't notice with your own eyes. Read more ›
I wouldn't expect the Discovery Channel to use these to film the sequel to the Planet Earth series,…Color fidelity is good, and the built-in audio had no perceived issues. Read more ›
The built in mic works pretty well but the Zi8`s…The Zi8 takes still photos at 5MP and if its a bright sunny day the photos will be full of rich color and great clarity. Read more ›
Worse, the low-light…In full light, pix are fairly clear, but the color isn't very vibrant, and neither the color nor the clarity seems as good as my old Sony CyberShot. Read more ›
The built-in microphone is actually really good, it has…It's about the size of a larger smartphone, so it's easy to carry on your person, and it boots up VERY quickly. Read more ›
I could not be happier with the performance. Small and lightweight it is easy to carry in my pockets. The microphone is able to record high quality sound even in a high… Read more ›
If you want better, spend more money on something else. Any of them are absolutely perfect for carrying around with you at all times. I favor the Zi8 when i need something… Read more ›
The ability to record in 60 fps for real slow motion analysis of the athlete's technique and the quick and…It is so small and lightweight that it is easy to carry around. Read more ›
Be advised that this camera has a circular base so it does not stand up by itself - you'll need a tripod. However it is very easy to carry around and to hold while filming. T… Read more ›
It seems to me increasing the mega…Even with these shortfalls, I still like this purchase since it's easy to carry with you, easy to use and takes good quality video. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,594 of 1,623 people found the following review helpful By Derrick A. Jeror on August 22, 2009
Color Name: Black
Check out my sample footage video on Youtube. On Youtube search "djeror zi8 low light"

In my previous review of the Kodak Zi8 I was pretty frustrated at the fact that whenever I used the built in microphone the recorded videos had an annoying high pitch whine that made the audio from my videos almost unusable. Kodak recognized that this was an issue and created a firmware update that fixed the problem. It also fixed a few other things like the previous issue of the image getting darker as you zoomed in. They seem to have fixed all of the major problems with this firmware fix.

I do tech product reviews so I need the following things:

- External mic input - most of my videos are shot wearing a lapel mic
- Macro mode - I have to get close to little tiny screens
- SDHC memory - I go to all day trade shows, I need 10+ hours of video
- Power options - I need to be able to shoot while AC power is plugged in or use a large external battery.
- Under $200 - I'm poor.

Because of these requirements no other camcorder can fit my needs. One cool thing about this camera is that it is much more upgradable than the other pocket cameras on the market.

-The built in microphone is OK now that they fixed the whining noise, but it's still not amazing.

- Don't use the internal mic... I use an Audio Technica lapel mic for 1 person interviews.Audio Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone For events I ordered a Sony stereo mic to use instead of the built in mic.
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530 of 543 people found the following review helpful By R. Vernon on October 12, 2009
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I rarely will type/review products but I've been a little frustrated reading the reviews of this product on Amazon and by users at other sites. Many users seem to think that this camera was designed to compete with expensive, professional cameras that cost thousands of dollars and produce full HD quality video. That's not what this is. Also, while my camera hasn't had the 'noise' issue from the Mic, i have seen a camera that had the issue and its BARELY noticeable. Its almost like a very quiet background noise from a Florescent light or something.

Kodak has designed, marketed, and built a camera to compete with FLiP and has clearly produced a FAR better product.

I'll keep it short and sweet and first explain who I am and what I am using this camera for. I use it for:
-Home Videos/Fun stuff with old buddies and friends
-For work when I need some quick video that's easy to upload online, or put in iMovie and edit
-For work when I need more complex videos that may require editing, or somewhat lengthy video but I want the ease of use/portability.

I have seen some of the problems stated with the internal Mic and I have had none of them (I do have the upgraded Firmware that is now standard 1.03, and Kodak says this completely eliminates the issue...again have never had the issue on my camera). A relative of mine was lucky enough to purchase this product when Kodak did an 'early' release a few months ago and occasionally his videos will have a bit of a higher pitched background noise, but it doesn't interfere with the sound from the video -- its just a light background noise that, honestly, i've heard on dozens of cameras. Don't forget, without an external Mic the camera only records mono so -- the sounds quality isn't going to be great anyway!
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848 of 876 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Drew TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2009
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
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Instead of shooting a review, I took some video, outdoors in the dark, in a dim room, and various lighting conditions. I erased the audio portion - it was just wind and ambient noise. The original video is great quality - hopefully Amazon does not compress it too much!

Christmas lights in front of the house, the tree inside the house, and some footage at the local gym (dark, medium and bright conditions!)

I also shot some close-up footage with the close-up setting on and off so you can see how it works.

All videos are recorded by the camera in .mov format.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Winston Wolfe on January 24, 2010
Color Name: Black
So, I read all the same reviews you did on Amazon. Some people love it some people have had problems. I have not seen a product with such a wide range of reviews and was very leery. I bought it locally at a store with a good return record as Amazon was out of stock with no ETA on new stock.

I will start by saying, I have not had any of the problems that seem common here. No lines, no funny squeals/hums, etc. This unit came with the latest firmware installed (1.06).

Reading the 4 and 5 star comments on Amazon, I would say they are in line with my own experiences. For my needs this camera hits the mark on so many levels.

My needs:
- Small camera
- Ability to record fast action movement of sports/dance activities
- Extremely easy to play back on a computer AND television
- Zoom. Optical would be great, but not needed for what I do.
- A standard video format that could be edited by lots of different software.

Major pluses that tipped the scale to this camera over others:
- Removable memory. I don't want to download everything to a computer when I am on vacation. Swapping out the memory card is like loading film...I'll process it when I get home.

- Removable Battery. With all of my rechargeable tools/toys, I will use them more if I can swap out a run down battery and keep going. This lesson was first learned with cordless drills, always buy a second battery so you can keep working.

- Decent quality video for the size. Look at another reviewer on Amazon. He did a decent job of recording in different lighting conditions to show you what to expect. Similar videos were found on Youtube.


This seems to be a problem for a lot of people.
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