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Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera Review

November 30th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Pioneer brand Flip Video has narrowly led the pocket camcorder market when it has taken a huge leap over the past years. Several other brands are hanging in the middle of competition, such as Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera, which is offering an arguably better design and has made such huge improvements in terms of the video quality. Although the Zi8 model is far from being the perfect choice in this segment, it has got a pretty good offer that is tough to beat for a price of under $200.

One of the areas of improvement for Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera is the design aspect, which looks much slicker than last year’s Zi6 model. It is neither the lightest nor the smallest pocket camcorder in the market today. However, at 2.4 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches in dimension, and an average weight of 4.8 ounces, then it is pretty compact to carry around with you. There are three color choices available in this model: aqua, black, and raspberry. All models are equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD screen on the back wherein you can preview your recordings or view them later on. Aside from the design, it has also been improved to facilitate ease of use such that you can explore more of its features.

Kodak sells a case that you can use to contain Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera, especially when traveling, but don’t expect to find one included in the package when you buy this model. It also requires slimmer lithium ion rechargeable batteries to operate, which you can charge via a flip-out cable or direct from your computer. You can also connect it to a wall outlet using an AC adapter, which is thankfully shipped along with the product.

Don’t expect Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera to offer the same quality of video recordings as HD video camcorders that cost thousands of dollars. However, its image quality is a huge improvement from Zi6, which offers a 6-megapixel picture capture ability and can record videos in 1080p and 30 fps, which are all made possible with its use of a 1/2.5-inch 5-megapixel CMOS sensor. Kodak claims that this pocket camcorder is the best for shooting sports and action subjects that can support up to 720p videos in 30 frames per second.

Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera also disappoints in terms of the memory card as Kodak refuses to include an SD card in the package but instead relying solely on its internal memory. Thankfully, the videos recorded using this device is compatible with various applications since you can record them in MPEG-4 or MOV format.

Pro’s of Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera

*Improved video quality, which can compete with superior brands;

*Still photos aren’t impressive but is better in quality than most camera phones;

*Compact and portable design;

*Ease of use;

*More comprehensive features.

Con’s of Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera

*The body itself is fingerprint magnet, such that you need to constantly wipe it to remove any fingerprints that are left when handling it;

*Aside from fingerprints, it is also susceptible to scratches;

*Limited memory with internal memory capacity.

The Bottom Line

Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera is far from perfect, but if you are going to spend less than $200 on a pocket camcorder then this is the best choice around. You can enjoy great value for your money with the improved video and still photo quality, such that you can enjoy recording great memories during travel or special occasions.

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