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Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Black Camera
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- Record High Definition video (720p at 60 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 2.4-inch viewfinder; Watch footage on HDTV with included cables
- Edit and share videos with included software CD
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|Item Dimensions||0.93 x 4.49 x 2.52 inches|
|Item Weight||0.24 pounds|
|Media Type||Pocket Video Camera|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||3 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||720p|
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|Screen Size||2.4 in||2 in||2 in||2.4 in||2 in|
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ZI6 POCKET VIDEO 720P AT 60FPS
From the Manufacturer
Become an instant celebrity or paparazzi with the Kodak Zi6 pocket video camera. Just hit record to capture the action, adventure and all the juicy details in stunning HD quality video. Make your cinematic debut on any HDTV. Or just pop the USB in the nearest PC and you're ready to share the fun on YouTube.
Kodak Zi6 Highlights
Catch life as it happens
- Capture HD quality video (720p at 60 fps with 16:9 aspect ratio)
- Record hours of video with the expandable SD/SDHC card slot that can hold up to 32 GB
- See it all on a vibrant 2.4-inch LCD screen
- Catch the highlights with slow motion playback right in the palm of your hand
- Choose the video quality that works for you: HD at 60 fps, HD at 30 fps, or VGA (Video Graphics Array)
- Edit and trim videos
- Add pictures and music to your videos to make cool mash-ups
- Grab still images from video frames to get that perfect shot
- Email your creations or upload to YouTube right from the software
- Upload your videos to YouTube quickly and easily using the built-in USB and software
- Experience your videos on an HDTV in stunning HD quality with included cables
- Great cases help keep your Zi6 close so you never miss the moment
- Use a tripod to keep your video steady or star in your own show
- Mount your Zi6 on your bike handles or helmet and catch a new perspective
Go green with included pre-charged AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries and battery charger.
What's in the box
- KODAK Zi6 Pocket Video Camera
- (2) AA pre-charged Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
- Battery charger
- HD and AV cables
- Wrist strap
- Camera pouch
- User Guide
- ARCSOFT MEDIA IMPRESSION Software for Kodak (PC only)
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I also have a SanDisk Ultra II SD 2GB card, with a little 4 in an almost-complete circle. The card works.
I also have an HP SD 32MB card that doesn't work.
This is a simple, easy-to-use pocket camera that doesn't claim to be the latest and the greatest. I would not pay full price for it, since even my 5 year-old smartphone has a better camera, but it would be great to keep in the car. BTW, it seems as if the batteries get used up while in the camera, even if the camera is off. So I keep one in the car with the batteries nearby.
Remember, this is a 1.6 megapixel camera.
1) Instead of using the more popular .MP4 container for AVC video, it uses .MOV. If you are using a Windows operating system prior to Windows 7, and you want to play the videos as-is without installing Quicktime (ugh!) then you will need other players (such as the Zune software or an open-source player called Media Player Classic with a codec package called ffdshow). This is actually mitigated for me somewhat, as I transcode all my video to XviD anyway for playing on the Xbox 360 and some other devices I own.
2) Kodak points out that they only tested it on SDHC cards up to 8 GB. Normally, I wouldn't think this was a problem, so I ordered the Transcend 16 GB card in Amazon's frustration-free packaging. Apparently, the camera just can't handle that much memory. It often freaks out on playback, displaying a red exclamation point. I even lost a few minutes of footage earlier today when it apparently locked up while recording. If I use the 4 GB card from my wife's camera, it doesn't have this problem. So do stick to memory cards 8 GB or less.
UPDATE: As of 6/24/2009, the latest firmware on Kodak's website, 1.11, addresses the issue with SDHC cards and it now happily supports 16 GB.
The first point to consider when looking at any "video camera" in this price range is value vs. cost, and in terms of cost the Kodak Zi6 is still one of the lowest priced minicams, when you consider the fact that you DO NEED AN SD CARD, if you don't already own one (which most people with digital cameras do) then you have to add on an additional $20-$30, but this still puts you into the $160-$170 price range with the Kodak as currently priced on Amazon.
The second point to consider when looking at this camera is the fact that it has an SD card slot to begin with, compared to the Flip (which has gotten undue praise ahhemmm....cough) or the Flip HD which has a static memory of 4 GB (and to be fair Flip does have the newer Ultra which has a card slot I believe as well), the Kodak can accept up to 32GB in its SD card slot, the only caveat which is probably the case with most cheaper cameras is that I don't know if it will work with 32 GB SD HC (High Capacity) cards and that may be the problem that some other reviewers ran into with bigger cards, anyone with more info let me know.... I currently have an 8 GB SDHC card by Transcend which was purchased from another site (a popular computer parts seller, and I've had absolutely no problems recording video, the longest I've recorded straight so far has been about 10 minutes, but I've recorded about 60 or 70 smaller clips.
The third point I want to address is the criticisms of this camera and the comparisons of it to the Flips and the Creative Vado, I have a friend who owns the 30 minute Flip Video Camcorder: 30-Minutes (White) and in terms of size the Zi6 is not any bigger than that cam, the Zi6 is slightly bigger than the Flip Mino (not Ultra) HD, but like I said the Flip MinoHD Camcorder, 60 Minutes (Black) no removable storage, only built in memory which to me is a negative, 8 GB (120 minutes) sounds like alot I know, but you may be surprised how one or two recitals or basketball games that you haven't gotten around to downloading can eat that up....
The second negative which is the biggest criticism is the complaint about lack of image stabilization, well not to sound like a ____ but up until a few years ago only the real expensive semi-pro cameras had ANY IMAGE STABILIZATION and if you started with one of the old VHS CAMCORDERS forget about it, like other reviewers have said keep your arm bent at a near 90 deg angle, don't do alot of jerky movement (or walking) or use the included tripod mount and you can get some great footage w this cam. I do understand how this is a valid concern for some people an older co-worker of mine loved the footage of the Zi6 but said she wouldn't buy it because there was no image stabilization, but we should not that the FLip Ultra or Mino series don't have image stabilization either.
The Creative Vado I'm not sure about and haven't mentioned much, but I personally wouldn't trust any products from Creative too much (except their Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System with BasXPort TechnologyPC speakers which kick ___), I've personally had nothing but music production grief from their Soundblaster soundcards, and I won't forgive the fact that they destroyed (when they bought out ) EMU a once great music gear company, but they do make very good PC speakers, but I digress.....
A few more positives, CNET or Gearheadz (you can youtube it) did a side by side comparison of the Zi6 and the Flip Mino HD, and the two reviewers gave the Zi6 the best ratings in terms of color contrast and realism, if you are a MAC USER (which I'm not and still have no problems with video format) you will LOVE this camera's file format for the fact that its MAC NATIVE QUICKTIME MOV format, so it converts right into IMovie or Final Cut Express/Pro, one of my friends/co-workers is a new Mac convert and he swears up and down how much easier for him this camera is to use and edit video with on a MAC.
This point I want to leave with a * that if you DON'T have a NEWER PC or MAC,YOU SHOULD NOT BE TRYING TO EDIT AND ENCODE HD VIDEO IN THE FIRST PLACE.....
I started doing serious video editing when I bought my Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom with a custom built Pentium D 3.0 GHZ desktop and 3 Gigs of ram + 256 video, and the Canon video would edit fine with both Sony Vegas Studio and Pinnacle Studio 11 + 12.
I still love and use the Canon (its a great cam W IMAGE Stabilization) but I bought the Kodak to take with me places the slightly larger Canon would be inconvenient, with the Pentium D PC the Kodak HD would edit ok (only in Pinnacle Studio ),but the rendering (mixing down and converting) was slow.
The Zi6 video in HD 60 Frames mode was very choppy and hard to edit or render without serious PC hiccups and maybe program freezing, and note this is a PC that I've also played games on and edited other video with no problems.
Recently I just completed a new PC build with an Intel Core 2 Quad 2.83 GHz 4 (3.25 in Windows XP) Gigs of ram, 768 gigs video,and I've been able to edit both the Zi6 HD 30 and HD 60 video like a charm in Pinnacle, the render time has increased dramtically too. I plan to have some video to add to this review soon, and also some reviews posted on my site.
I think that the Zi6 is a great mini HD cam for the price and the video in good lighting (daylight) is comparable to the Canon HV 10, yes badly lit video is bad but that's the case for all "camcorders" under about $1500 to $2000 bucks, even the HV 10Canon HV10 3.1MP High-Definition MiniDV Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom which I think take great video as well suffers badly in poor lighting.
In conclusion if you have a newer PC or Mac, a good video editing program, and the patience to actually learn how take good video (it is an art, I believe), you can get great mileage out of this cam, if you even just want a cam to take video of the kids its absolutely great for that, and even better is that you don't have to edit you can hook it directly up to you Flatscreen or standard TV.
*A note about the Arcsoft video Impression program, the program included on the CD has more video editing features than the program saved and installed into the Kodak Zi6, why not include the full program on the Zi6 instead of the CD, maybe to save space, but even the Arcsoft program isn't bad again CONSIDERING YOUR PC CAN HANDLE it....A final note is unless you are planning extreme outdoor use I would stay away from Kodak Zx1 compared to the Zi6, they are basically the same camera but the Zx1 suffers from poor Mono audio, while the Zi6 records great audio and sounds like HD stereo (depending on what's captured, outdoors is a little noisy like most handhelds)...Hope this is helpful.......