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3.0 out of 5 stars Kodak Zx1, June 20, 2009
This review is from: Kodak Zx1 HD Pocket Video Camera (Black) (Electronics)
I bought the Zx1 to take along on motorcyle trips. I installed a camera mount on my motorcyle for on the road video. Here are some of the good and bad points.

The good:
1.Easy to carry.
2.Uses AA batteries or AA rechargeable batteries.Easy to find.
3.Different choises of recording quality. VGA,HD30, or HD60. Will also
take still photos.
4.Uses a standerd SD or SD HC card. Cheap and easy to find in stores.
5.USB connection to the computer.
6.Videos I have taken are pretty good quality.
7.I can actually operate this thing while on the move on my motorcycle
without crashing. It is simple to operate.
8.Pretty rugged.
9.Fast bootup and quick to record time.
The Bad:
1.Eats batteries like a thirsty camel.Bring spares.
2.Video has no image stabilization. You need a steady hand or a tripod.
Bring Dramamine if you are watching video where the camera is moved
3.Include SD cards and batteries in the final price for comparison with
other cameras.
4.Records in Quicktime. Yuk for us WMV users.
5.Operating symbols on the back are cryptic till you get used to them.
Don't press the wrong (small) button like I did or you will delete
your videos.
6.Software is OK (it's comes with the camera)but good editing and maybe
format converting software may be a consideration.
7.I was not real fond of the software being pre-loaded on the camera and
installing itself when the camera was hooked up to the computer.I would
prefer it came on a disk. This way I would have more control when new
operating systems came out.
Overall it is a fun camera to use. It is very portable and pretty durable.
HD60 videos were pretty clear. Good outdoor camera. Poor low light camera.
I think I would wait on buying one if I did it over. It reminds me of the first digital camers that needed a few generations to develope. Still, it is an impressive device for being so compact.
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Initial post: Sep 25, 2009 8:35:44 AM PDT
VERY helpful - good details and comes across HONEST!!

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 5:48:20 AM PST
GREAT review. Thank you! Your honesty has me thinking of whether or not to buy the camera. I don't have a steady hand so my videos would probably come out jumpy! lol

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 12:34:31 PM PST
Safety Guy says:
Thanks for a very thorough review. The comments about Quicktime & battery usage made this unit a no-go for me. Much appreciated.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 12:35:08 PM PST
Good review. One thing though. Everyone talks about how purchasing a memory card bumps the price up a bunch. However, anyone can look around and easily find a good quality, fast memory card for very cheap - and not just some chinese thing.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 6:04:42 PM PST
D. Rose says:
VERY helpful review - Thanks much! I was really tempted, but it also sounds to me like I'd better invest some more dollars in getting one that has a bit more to offer to a video-taking rookie like I positively know for sure that everyone in the room would need Dramamine for my movies without the camera coming with some type of stabilization built in of it's own to help me out.

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Posted on Aug 1, 2010 9:23:24 AM PDT
James Finch says:
Awesome detailed review with honesty and humor, thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2011 2:08:58 PM PDT
ginmar says:
If you get AVS video converter you can change quicktime or whatever to whatever you want. Lifesaver.

Posted on May 8, 2012 2:24:08 PM PDT
MMJacks says:
Great and informative review. The 'no image stabilization' fact and subsequent 'dramamine' comment were both appreciated and funnier than hell. I'm one of the ones who, when viewing video w/camera shaking, can turn green and become nauseous in a small amount of time!
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