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Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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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 battery 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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Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera Black
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.
- 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
- 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)
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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. Sony ECM-DS70P Electret Condenser Stereo Microphone . Although I wish that Kodak made the internal mic better, for the most part I am kind of excited that the Sony stereo mic will give me much better sound than any of the standard internal mics that any of the pocket cams have.
-Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) sucks a lot of juice. Also the Zi8 uses a proprietary battery rather than cheap swappable AA's. Battery life when shooting non-stop is 1hr 16min in 720p 60fps with EIS on. If you turn off EIS you get about 1hr 41min at 720p 60fps.
- Use the USB to power cable that comes with the camera in conjunction with an external battery source. This is a must if you are going to be recording for more than an hour with EIS, cause that's about what the internal battery will give you. Tekkeon TekCharge Rechargeable Li-Poly Battery You can just stick this battery pack in your pocket and connect the charging cable to the Zi8. This will allow you to record for a super long amount of time. I haven't tested to see what my total record time with the battery pack will be but it should be around 5X the standard recording time. (about 6 hours with EIS on, almost 9 with it off) This gives you the best battery life of almost any camcorder. Sure it's an extra cost, but when you're at an all day trade show you don't have to worry about running out of juice.
- Image stabilization can't rescue video you shoot while moving around. Any camera motion makes video awful.
- Accept the fact you should probably be using a mini tripod with this camera or at least stand still. Also, although it takes a bunch of time to process if you have the new iMovie the image stabilization processing you can do is light years beyond what the EIS in the Kodak Zi8 can do.
One more important note. Make sure you buy high speed SDHC memory cards for this thing. If your SD card is not fast enough the camera will record for like 2 seconds and then stop with an error. It took me a while to figure out why the camera kept stopping recording when in HD mode but worked fine in SD mode. It was because of my old SD card. You need to make sure your SD card has a write speed of at least 9MB/s if you want to record in 1080p. These high speed cards cost more, but you need them for any camcorder that is going to record HD video to them, it's not just the Zi8. I think most Class 6 high speed SDHC cards should work.
If you want to get the most out of this camera plan on spending an extra $100 - $150 in order to buy upgrade items. Personally I've come to the conclusion that the extra expenses were worth it. It all depends on what you plan on using the camera for. For a typical mom purse cam this would not be my recommendation, I would say go with a Flip Ultra HD. But for someone with particular needs like mine this camera may be the only one that fits the bill.
I used one of these cameras with a reasonably priced wireless mike and tripod a couple of years ago for a foreign mission trip taken under the auspices of a major ministry that has a daily TV program. The resulting 1080p HD video was so good that some clips from that trip are now often used in the intro and outro of their daily TV program seen worldwide.
Out of the box, I needed no instructions to get the battery charging. Easy. The only time I cracked the rather modest manual is for a couple of navigational how-to's, as well as getting out the USB arm and hooking it up to the PC. It's worth reading through the manual as well- a short no nonsense read that will help. All in all, it's a really easy camera to operate. Don't fret over the LCD screen size either. I wear glasses and I STILL hoped like heck it would be big enough for me. I hate that screens are so small now. The LCD size is perfectly fine. I have no problems and I'm picky.
The software has gotten slammed a bunch so I'll touch on it. It's basic. Those of you who don't do much editing will like it. Those of you who do may never open it up, once installed. It had an immediate update once installed, so of course I did it with no problems. I'll mention that if it wasn't part of the older versions, this newest one has the ability to render to MP4 and AVI when you publish to your computer- an option within the software. That seems like a good attempt on Kodaks part to resolve complaints about .MOV files locking you in without using third party converters. Re-rendering to different formats is just a part of digital life and if you want to get in this game you're gonna have to get savvy about the process. If it's not your cup of tea, stick with analog tape cameras and dump them out to dvd, or get a dvd cam. This type of camera has so much going for it that it's very much worth the learning curve of file management. Once you do it some, you get the hang of it and all the implications of resolution choices and such. It's not that hard for the computer/software inclinded. In the end, you'll either find Kodaks editing software enough, or you'll be relying on better software. Frankly, I found the editing preview playback to be glitchy and not really useable for serious editing. There are some settings to tweak though, such as accelerators within the program, that could help that. I didn't try, as I use another editor. The software should also be tweaked to include much more email choices for sending files, such as gmail, hotmail, etc. It only picked up on outlook and outlook express on my laptop. I haven't used those accounts in years. I believe it'll pick up on AOL too, but I haven't used THAT in even more years.
Really, what more could you ask for? Great picture quality, portability, memory card sizes of your choosing, separate batteries so you can keep filming, a universal tripod mount, external mic jack, all the cables included, and editing software. What's the ONE thing I wish this camera had, out of the box? A lense cover- just as simple as that. It should have one. But this is one hell of a package for the average user and even the more advanced user. I was on the fence between the Zi8 and a toshiba camileo S20 because of some features it has to offer. I am so, so glad I chose the Zi8 instead. I gave flips a short consideration too, but there's no comparison to the Zi8. This Kodak has it all over them. I recommend the Kodak Zi8 highly. I'm planning some pretty high end shoots with this thing and I have no doubt it will handle it. Grab one while you can!