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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Pocket Cam with excellent options.

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    I was excited about this product months before it was released. I loved the idea of a pocket cam that records 1080 HD, has good low-light performance, and great audio. I got what I hoped for in buying this camera. This is actually my second camera, the first was lost due to theft. What I love most about this camera is how small and convenient it is. I can pull it out of a pocket and start shooting in seconds. The shape of the camera often makes people assume that it's a video cell-phone, so people are very natural / not alarmed by being filmed with it. The included software is basic but does what it's supposed to do. It's also essential for watching the 1080 video recorded with the camera (most new computers still can't handle true 1080 files at 30fps without some assistance). I have found that I like the video most when shooting at 720 / 60fps. The files are smaller at that resolution and the video is smoother when there is fast action. I'm a photographer and I keep this camera with me when I shoot events to grab a few moments of video to complement the photos in the slideshows I produce for my clients. I love having the option to use an external mic / line-in source for stereo audio. I've only tested this feature a few times, but it works well with non-powered mics and even better with higher-end microphones. Be advised - the price point on the camera itself is similar to other cameras (like the Flip cameras) but you'll also have to factor in the need to buy an SD memory card and a tripod. The internal memory in this cam is relatively useless for recording, even at very low resolutions. Also, due to the shape of the camera, you won't be able to stand the unit up on a table top or other flat surface to record, making a pocket tripod essential if you're self recording. If you plan on recording yourself at arm's length you better have long arms (or be ok with tightly cropped and soft focused images). The viewing angle is a bit too narrow for the average self recording view. It's not a deal-breaker, but if that's a priority for you this camera won't be ideal. I'm very good at recording myself at arm's length, but I often only get part of my face with this camera and even when centered, can't capture from above my head to below my chin - the camera has to be at least 3.5 feet away to do that. The built in HDMI port is great - but I wasn't thrilled with the video quality of low-light footage directly out of the camera. I liked the same footage much better on my computer screen. My final suggestions are to buy a small case (about $7-$20) to keep the camera in. There is no protection for the pretty screen or the lens, so I keep mine in a case designed for a point-and-shoot camera - which I also use to keep small accessories with the camera. I hope this review is useful to you as you consider your video needs!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Product... Better than Flip!

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    Got this camera over Christmas. So far is works flawlessly. I researched pocket camcorders thoroughly before deciding to go with this product. I found out that this product is highly reviewed and superior to anything in the market in terms camcorders in its class (i.e. Flip, JVC, etc.). I read that it even rivals HD cams in the $500 range! **PROS: Full HD 1080p (30 fps) or 720p (30 & 60 fps) options (lower resolution also available). HDMI cable included. *Up to 32gb SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) capable. 128MB of internal memory for practice shots straight out of the box. 5 mega pixel camera mode for stills. Flexible built-in USB connector. Easy to use interface. And Image Stabilization that works (won't find that on Flip cams). External microphone jack--awesome! **CONS: Not much to say here. Minor dislikes include: Fingerprint prone glossy body. No case included--at least Kodak should have included a pouch that doubles as a micro-fiber to wipe away fingerprints. **RECOMMENDATIONS: Get a class 4 or class 6 SDHC card. Class 10 would be overkill (no need to pay the extra money for that). I picked up a high speed (class 6) SDHC 16GB to get that extra read and write speed (this is important because with High Definition camcorders, you need extra speed to eliminate lag times)--works great! Also, I picked up a Lowepro Volta 20 case (SKU: 9250017) at Best Buy for $15. This case is phenomenal and fits my Zi8 as if it were made for it! Look for my review on that product on this site.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    ultra portable

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    Overall a nice camera, however I'm not sure if I'm using it to it's full potential. The manual is vague and it refers you to the website that is difficult to nvigate through to find the information you are looking for. I have a better than fair technical understanding of these gadgets and I'm having a difficult time. I can't imagine the frustration that someone would have if they have little "tech" knowledge. Photos are average, nothing specacular sometimes pics are out of focus. Wouldn't suggest for those "important" pics but nice for everyday candid shots. I loaded couple pics from the garden, it took about 3 shots to get usable ones.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Perfect if you have kids!

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    I bought this for my wife. She always takes the kids out (while I work--not fair) and always tell me about these amazing moments that I should have seen. I wanted to see it, but there was no way I was letting my wife take our $2000.00 HD Canon Camcorder. And then, this caught my eye... I do a ton of editing and lot of work with HD footage. This camera is not world class, but its perfect for catching those everyday moments and not having to lug around a big camera bag. The trick is to put the camera on 720P 60FPS -- that is going to give you the best picture and quality if the subjects are on the move or moving really fast. Its also best for low light areas. I threw an 8gb SD card in there and I get 1 hour of HD footage that is good for editing and great for viewing. It fits great in the wifes purse and she is now capturing everything. We love it. So much so, we rarely pick up the main camcorder anymore. *Easy to transfer to the computer *Easy files, so its easy to edit *Turns on fast and records within 5 seconds. *Durable -- my kids have eaten it, dropped it, thrown it, slammed into each others head any other hard body part-- and it still works great. Only con is the zoom -- when you get about half way in, it gets really grainy and you can see the digital side of the camera starting to kick in. its not bad, but for someone like me, its annoying, but ok -- IF you are looking for something quick to throw in the bag, car, etc and catch those moments, then this is the camera for you...don't waste the money on the more expensive ones...the lenses on this little cameras are not the best on any camera so go with what works, what works well and what looks good. *One of the things I did do, was buy a screen protector for the viewer. That way, when its thrown in the purse or my boy confuses it with a football, the viewer would stay clean and pure -- best $5 you can spend..

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Budget Pocket HD Video Camera!

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    I gave the Kodak Zi8 5 stars because it does everything I expected and more. **If you are using a tripod turn off EIS (image stabilization) it will save you some battery life time for your recording session** Video quality is great, although it lacks a little in dark situations. I mainly use it in the daylight and i can fix the lighting issues with editing software. The image stabilization on the camera works well as long as you do not use the zoom, and yes everyone says the video quality is lacking when the zoom is used and that is because it is digital and not optical, so it only blows up pixels. I have used the face detect feature but i cannot tell the difference whether it is on or off. I mainly use the 720p/60fps setting; great quality and can capture action without the shot being too blurry. I love using the macro mode as well to get some up-close detail shots in. All in all it is a great camera and i would recommend it in a heartbeat.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Picture Quality for a Pocket Sized Camcorder

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    I have only had my Zi8 for a couple weeks, but so far it has exceeded my expectations for one of these little HD camcorders. The great thing is it has the expandable slot so you can use up to a 32GB SD memory card (make sure you use a 4,6 or 10 speed, not a 2) and in addition to the built in microphone it has a jack to use an external microphone (if needed). It also has a mount to use a tripod for those family occasions such as opening Christmas presents :-) It saves the video in MOV format, which is ok but would rather have AVI just because I am use to it. I have uploaded a couple videos to Facebook and they look great. If you are interested in a Flip type camcorder, do a search on YouTube of the camera type/model and see what the picture looks like, I did and picked the Kodak Zi8. It also has a HDMI slot to play your videos directly to your TV if you have a HDMI slot on the TV. I haven't done too much with the provided software, but I did take a 3 minute video and saved it at 2X play speed of a trip around the town square and it looked great. Oh, it has video stabilization and a 5mp camera built in but have not used the camera yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Product especially for the price!

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    I am so happy with my purchase. I chose this camera over the flip because of the ability to use a media card - I don't always have the ability to hook up to the computer to remove files, so a media card allows me to switch cards instead. The price point was a bit lower than the flip as well. This camera is very easy to use right out of the box. The size is perfect to fit in a purse or pocket! Buttons and menus are easy to understand. Picture quality is fantastic for the videos and still pictures. Sound is much better than I expected with the built in microphone - everything has been clear and easy to understand - even in windy conditions. Wish it had a lens cover built in (that's why I gave a 4 for features) as the lens does seem to get smudged occasionally, so be sure to have a cleaning cloth - or better yet, get a case. I bought a 8GB card and it doesn't meet the 4 hours that the camera indicates it will - more like 2 hours, but that has been more than enough even on a 2 week vacation. And the internal memory seems to be more than indicated (haven't used it extensively though). Also, there is no need to download the included Media Impressions software if you have a card reader and other video software on your computer (even Windows Photo Gallery) - files and quality are the same regardless of how you load the videos onto the computer (I have a PC). The battery life has been great - no issues for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Love the resolution

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    My dance troupe purchased this camera two weeks ago for a project filming. Delivery was prompt (overnight!) and getting up to speed on usage was pretty easy. We are in love with the picture quality! High definition is really high-definition! Playback on computers varies depending on the processor in that computer (to the person who complained about "jumpy playback" - it's not a camera issue, it's your PC's processor speed...) and it's absolutely wonderful on a Mac! My only complaint would have to be that the zoom toggle button is the same as the record button, so if you are trying to zoom and don't have a very light touch, you will accidentally stop recording. This happened a lot with us. I really wish they were two separate buttons. Oh, and the users manual is not the most informative. For those who need to know: the recording format is .mov (Quicktime) and you CAN record while plugged into A/C power with battery installed and memory card in.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    We love it!

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    We bought this camcorder for our vacation this summer. The picture quality when we played it back on HDTV was amazing! The clarity was sharp and sound was great too. Easy to operate. There are truly no bells and whistles with this camcorder which in this situation was a great thing. 1. Turn it on 2. Record 3. Done The only complaint we had was it goes through the battery very quickly! I thought it might hold a charge for a couple of hours but it seemed more like 30-45 minutes. In our case though, we got a 2nd back up battery so it's usually worked out ok. It would not change my mind however in purchasing this camera! We have loved it!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Compact Camcorder w/ some tips

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    I have had the camera since this past Christmas and I use it for any special moments (unexpected) with the kids and their activities. It is absolutely great to be able to put the camera in my front pocket instead of having to carry a full camcorder in a bag. It turns on very quickly so you don't miss that key moment. The picture quality is outstanding for this little guy. Its not going to replace your HD Canon Camcorder but for its intent on being convenient it packs a lot of punch. Don't expect great video w/o good light. For those of you who are having choppy pics, make sure you get the highest "class" SD card you can afford. That makes a huge difference. For those MAC users who are complaining about grainy picture, google the Zi8 with optimal setting for quicktime. If you look hard enough there are some informative videos on youtube. Once you set it you're good to go. I had trouble too in the beginning. Choppy,grainy video until I readjusted my format settings. I like to shoot at 720P (60 fps) for the highest quality video for action. The 1080 feature (30 fps) is not as good as the 720p IMHO. Also, for the shaky video. A little tip I found on the internet. You can hook a thick rubber band to your belt loop and connect to your shooting hand's thumb for added stability. Its pretty slick and unobtrusive (sp?). Minimizes the shakiness.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    great camera!....however.....

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    I bought this camera about 4 days ago to use on my trip to hawaii..its very easy to use and i love it...HOWEVER..i have a brand new computer thats using windows 7 and the editing software that comes in the camera is NOT compatable. I contacted Kodak and they DO NOT offer an add on to make it compatable for windows 7. They do have software that will allow the camera to work with windows 7 but it costs $70!..I love the camera so much that i am considering buying the software..just make sure you add the 70 into the totall cost of the camera if you a running windows 7

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Camera

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    I got this as a gift and I was a bit disappointed because I wanted a Flip camera. After comparing the two I was pleased that my husband made the better choice. This camera offers more features and a larger screen. It's also very compact, so I love how I can throw it in my bag and capture any moments while being out :)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Little Pocket Video Camera For The Money

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    I bought this camera specifically for it's size and ease of use. It definitely gets the job done. I have many videos up on You Tube now. They were all shot with this camera in the 720p @ 60-fps. mode. I have 19 videos from the NHRA Nationals on 6-5-2010 and they came out great!! The only shaking movement (as seen in some of the video) was due to me. I was not using a tripod. It does have a tripod mounting hole in the base which I have used for other videos. Bottom line: If you want something that will shoot quick, easy and compact with pretty good HD capabilities, this IS the camera to buy. If you want to be featured at the Cannes Film Festival, buy a professional camera. This great little pocket camera serves it's purpose very well. I'm happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fantastic little camera

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    I bought this after seeing it on a clearance shelf with a couple of other Zi8's. I had gone in to buy the Playsport, but had also seen this camera online and was intrigued by it. I didn't make a mistake in buying it. When you turn it on, it's on within seconds. Recording videos with this camera is a snap. There is a greater shake/screen jostling the closer you zoom in on a subject, but with time you can learn how to avoid that.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Pocket Video Recorder

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    I previously owned a Flip HD Slide, and this pocket camcorder is hands down better in every way. It is easy to use and the video quality looks great on my 46" HDTV. The only semi-negative thing I would say is that the still-photo quality is mediocre, comparable to a camera phone. But we also brought a point and shoot camera with us on vacation, so this was no big deal. I would definitely recommend this camera for someone looking for a pocket HD camcorder at a great price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Pocket HD Camera

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    So I started by debating between this and the Flip HDs. Now I've tried a few of the flips and I was tempted to buy one of those but I decided to give this a try due to the mic input and the ability to shoot 1080p. Unlike the flips there is barely any internal memory so a sd card is required which is a bit more money to spend but you will not regret buying this. I have a friend that likes to film amateur movies or do web series and he loves my Kodak Zi-8. With the mic input you can buy a mic and have it hooked up to your actors and get great sound. I primarily use my Kodak Zi-8 to film paintball which I do at 720p and 60 fps and it looks amazing. I never use zoom since it is digital but when I did try it at my settings it didn't look too bad. Anyways, I would definitely recommend this over any Flip and if I broke it for whatever reason I'd have no problem buying it again.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Better than my Flip Mino HD

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    We used a Flip Mino HD camera for the past two years and it was good. The Kodak Zi8 is even better. It's easy to use, the display on the back is larger and easier to view and the picture quality is excellent. We bought this because we needed an external microphone jack for a lavalier microphone. When we video a live seminar for our business we like to get the speaker and the full room in some shots and then zoom in for the tighter shots on the speaker. The microphone on our old Flip camera could not pick up the speaker's voice clearly from the back of the room. With the new Zi8 we can plug our wired lavalier microphone into the Zi8 and have the camera on a tripod in the back of the room. We can zoom in and out and the speaker's voice volumn remains the same level and is very, very clear. We are using an Audio Technica wired lavalier mic for this. One extra bonus is that this camera also takes 5 megapixel photos. In good light the photos are incredibly clear. We are very happy with this purchase. The camera is small enough to keep in your pocket but has enough power and features to replace a larger hand-held video camera. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Small Video Camera

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    After researching online to see weather to get the Flip or this Kodak I found Cnets review helpfull and they rated the Kodak #1 so I got it. I love the Kodak its eask to use and then with the included HDMI cable I can watch it on my TV. My sister went with the Filp and she is now selling hers on ebay so she can buy a Kodak. I am a mother of 3 who is not updated on technology and this video camera is soo easy for me to use I feel like a pro! I got a 16gb memory card I guess thats the only down fall since it doesnt come with it. I have recorded 2 hours of 1080 quality video and then the battery died so it last the 2hours they say! Great Camera I love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Value!

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    This video camera is VERY simple to use. Push a button to record and push a button to stop. There is an Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) which is a MUST for any small handheld device where the slightest shakes can mess up everything you do. It has an option for Landscape (tries to keep everything in the picture in focus) and Portrait (keeps only the close-up object in focus). You have an option for video mode or photo mode, a button for trashing a video or photo you don't want. This video camera uses standard or HC SD cards. There is an HDMI out and also a port for an external microphone. The bottom of the camera has an attachment for a tripod (I assume that this camera will fit on any "screwdown" tripod; this is what the attachment slot is for). There is also a USB connection that can be pulled out from the side of the camera when you don't have your SD card reader available. Options for NTSC/PAL, 3 levels of screen brightness, sound on/off, 10 different levels for the microphone volumne, EIS on/off, face detection on/off, format SD card option, set the date/time, and an info option. Kodak's website offers updates to the firmware for free and the updates are very easy to apply. There is an option for video quality 1080p/30FPS (1920x1080), 720p/60FPS (1280x720), 720p/30FPS (1280x720), WVGA (848x480). The software will always let you step down in quality from what you've recorded for uploading (example: 720p/60FPS can be downgraded and saved as 720p/30FPS, WVGA (848x480) or VGA (640x480)). The software is really simple to use and allows you to cut out certain sections you want to keep as a separate video while still keeping the original. This is done by using sliders on a timeline with the video in view the entire time. The software also has presets for saving the video to PC, uploading to YouTube, uploading to Facebook, uploading to Vimeo, emailing or publishing for a DVD. The software also allows you to adjust the video colors, edit dynamic lighting, and denoise the video. You also have presets for black and white, sepia toned, old movie look, fish-eye (this one is the only one that's badly implemented), exposure, sketch, sharpen, negative, and watercolor effects. You can also adjust the speed of the video. Another helpful addition to the software is the ability to capture a "frame" of the video to an image for photos; so you can video your child in the picture you want to take and then find the perfect smile to capture for your photo later. If you are still with me, I ABSOLUTELY recommend this video camera whether for family use or just for fun!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Update your FIrmware

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    First off I want to say when you receive your Zi8, check the firmware version. Older firmware had choppy zoom, video and audio problems. All fixed with new firmware. Look at the 'i' icon on the menu, if it shows lower then 1.06 then get out to kodak's site and upgrade your firmware. You will be glad you did. Overall this is a very nice little digital camcorder for what it is. Instead of a macro lens on the switch, wish they had made it a wide/normal switch. I still have a full size DV camcorder for those planned recording of events but having this around for lifes occurances is great. One thing to note. Not all SD memory will work in this camera. Make sure to have at least class 4 SD memory, and if possible class 6. If your SDHC memory is slow (higher class=faster) then the camera will just appear to stop recording for no reason. The reason actually being it can't write to the memory fast enough. Class 2 = 2MB a second, Class 4 = 4MB, 6 = 6MB. Had two el cheapo SDHC cards that didn't work well. They claimed to be class 4. Returned and paid a bit more for a class 6, and it works great at 1080p. Can't find any official info from Kodak on what speed is needed, but have had problems with several brand of class 4 SDHC cards. And have had zero problems since moving to a class 6 card.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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