Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera (Raspberry)
Manufacturer: Kodak Part number: 1268929
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CNET editors' review
price range: $499.00
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 07/30/2009
- Released on: 09/01/2009
The good: Video capture up to 1080p HD resolution; image quality is quite good for a mini camcorder; SD card slot; removable, rechargeable battery; bundled composite and HDMI cables; strong low-light performance; external mic jack; electronic image stabilization; 5-megapixel still capture; macro focus mode.
The bad: Bundled software isn't Mac compatible but necessary for smooth playback of 1080p video; price doesn't include an optional memory card.
The bottom line: With the Zi8, Kodak finally surpasses Flip Video's video quality and feature set.
Raspberry Kodak Zi8 Camcorder Great! but....
by CSI-Technician on January 23, 2010
Pros: Very good feature set, solid video and audio performance. Offers 1080p/720 60fps/720 30fps/ wvga resolutions. Slender design, easy user interface, well built, flexible USB port, inexpensive rechargeable batteries, recharges via USB and Wall charger.
Cons: No on board memory, requires an SD card (not included), Poor software, lackluster software support.
Summary: I picked this up at my local target store during the $145.00 sale. I was actually shocked to see that there were 5 in stock. These things are presently ...
Summary: I picked this up at my local target store during the $145.00 sale. I was actually shocked to see that there were 5 in stock. These things are presently hard to come by and lots of price gouging by vendors that do have them.
I brought it home and unpacked it. First impressions were good. Well built, slim, solid construction. I plugged it in and realized the software is integrated into the camera's firmware. I plugged in the flexible USB port and it started automatically uploading "Arc-soft Media impression for Kodak". This would be fine if the software were good. This is some terrible software. Most users seem to like it. It crashed every time I activated it. It would have been a dealbreaker had I not bypassed it and took the videos directly off the card and used a freeware .mov to .wmv converter. It was repackaged and ready to go back. I Emailed Arcsoft support and, of course, it was my fault. Not so folks. This software didn't work at all. Simply put, I would give the software a negative rating and the camera high marks. After getting past the software and making it work acceptably, I was making great videos with good clarity in all resolutions. The zoom is sluggish, and don't expect the high-res videos to run great on most computers but once they are saved and transferred to dvd they look great on smaller televisions. You can also plug it in directly with the supplied A/V jacks. There is a switch on the top for close-up work. This is actually pretty handy and works well. The user interface is probably the easiest most user friendly I have seen. Move the joystick over the desired resolution and push. You're recording. Push the joystick again and you stop. Playing your videos in the camera is just as easy. The camera takes passable still photos at 5 megapixles, but without a flash don't expect much and watch your lighting. The stills are just O.K. Low-light videos are pretty good. There is a threaded mount for a tripod. This may not be a bad idea as it's hard to keep such a small camera steady. The built-in electronic image stabilization gets the job done unless you are really zoomed in. then it requires a steady hand as well. Firmware updates are available and are a must. This will address some issues. Especially the choppy zoom. After a firmware update it's faster and smooth.
In conclusion, I am pleased with this camera. Caveat Emptor, however. Save the packaging and the receipt. Not everyone is as willing to tweak a new camera as I am. It took some time to make everything operate as it should. It may fire right up for you and you'll be taking videos and pictures like a pro and posting to the web like a pro. I don't understand why Kodak chose to embed the software in the camera itself and make it almost impossible to use without their choice of software. It wasn't mine.
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Great low budget camcorder
by Mototeck on October 11, 2010
Pros: I like the Zi8 because it's a pocket size HD camcorder that's very user friendly and easy to use. For the price, It's an awesome low budget camcorder. It makes it easy to film, upload, and post to email, youtube, or whatever you choose.
Cons: None at this time
Summary: The Kodak Zi8 is very user friendly and easy to use. We have used it outside and also inside with low light conditions. It has a very nice picture in ...
Summary: The Kodak Zi8 is very user friendly and easy to use. We have used it outside and also inside with low light conditions. It has a very nice picture in both settings. I really like that it has an HDMI outlet right on the camera. We tested it at first and plugged it directly into the TV to see how it did and were very pleased with both picture and sound. It has a rechargeable battery that seems to have a long life. The product has image stabilization which seems to work well. We purchased a small tripod that is easily attatched. I recommend the Zi8 to anyone looking for an inexpensive pocket HD camcorder.
Great HD Camera for a pretty good price
by A_Drewe on March 9, 2010
Pros: Surprisingly good picture quality. Ability to shoot at 60i to get smooth motion. Handy for quick stills. Easy to hook into your computer and work with files. Ability to use outboard microphone is great. Macro mode is surprisingly useful.
Cons: No flash. Not sure about ability to focus from 1' to 3'
Summary: I have had 0 problems with my Zi8. Playback from the camera hooked up via HDMI is terrific, (Even a low light movie I took of my Daughter's play). ...
Summary: I have had 0 problems with my Zi8. Playback from the camera hooked up via HDMI is terrific, (Even a low light movie I took of my Daughter's play). I can view any HD movie using the software, and Pinnacle even reads the files. I will say that I'm finding myself using 720 60i for most videos because it is so smooth with action or motion. I did a comparison, and viewed on our Plasma using an HDMI hook up. 1080p wasn't that much better then 720p, and the motion I shot in 720/60i is really pretty darn good.
All in all, a great camera to carry with you and capture those fun moments you wouldn't normally be able to shoot
The Kodak Zi8 is truly amazing.
by mahana1012 on February 3, 2010
Pros: The video quality is outstanding. I can't believe that such quality can come from such a small lens. I can carry it in my pocket so I have it everywhere on vacation.
Cons: I have trouble holding the camera still because it is so small and light. The anti shake feature does very little. I try to carry a small tripod.
Summary: I had the Zi8 sent to me at our condo in Maui. I wanted to take videos of the condo to put on our web site. It did an amazing ...
Summary: I had the Zi8 sent to me at our condo in Maui. I wanted to take videos of the condo to put on our web site. It did an amazing job. I downloaded the videos to my MacBook Pro. I had MediaImpression software on the Mac from a Panasonic camera I bought a while ago. It works well for downloading the videos and pictures. It does not, however, have the ability to play the HD videos without freezing. I use VLC and Quicktime. I find that VLC works the best. If you read any reviews that complain about playback freezing I am willing to bet that the problem is that the computer does not have the horsepower to handle the processing of 1080P. The unit seems to be very well built and after taking many hours of video it works well. It is simple to use. I did update the firmware to 1.06. Since I did that as soon as I got the camera I cannot tell if it made any difference in the operation. I would recommend this Kodak to anyone who might be considering a point and shoot camera. The stills are good but not as good as our Canon Elph but it takes videos ans is almost as small!
Not as good as my old Flip
by titanjudy on January 15, 2010
Pros: Like the ablity to snap pictures and the fact that you could use an SD card.
Cons: Grainy picture quality even in High Def 1080. The one I had made an annoying high pitched whistle-like sound while recording and on playback.I adjusted the sound levels and still could not get rid of it no made which setting I had it on.
Summary: I liked the look and feel of the camera very much. I liked that I could use a card with it and the choices I had to record in. However ...
Summary: I liked the look and feel of the camera very much. I liked that I could use a card with it and the choices I had to record in. However my videos were dark and grainy when playing back on my PC. I took the same video with my old Flip (the first one they came out with) and got better quality! The whistle like sound that I never could get rid of was very annoying! The USB arm was very flimsy and I wonder that it might break off eventually. I did not like the software and opted to use the Windows live movie maker as an easier way to make movies. I am returning mine and will purchase the newest Flip.
720p60 records 29.97 in low light. no fix
by Ⓐ on February 24, 2010
Pros: good size. inexpensive.
Cons: doesn't record 60fps (59.94) in low light situations unless you trick it (see below).
Summary: wait for something better or for kodak to at least address the problem.
Summary: wait for something better or for kodak to at least address the problem.
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Very Disappointed with Kodak.
by Jmillertime on December 19, 2009
Pros: It does take movies, if you can put up with the stutters and jumps.
Cons: I can't take the stutters and jumps.
Summary: Couldn't wait for it to get here. At the same time I ordered the camcorder I ordered a 32gb class 6 sd card. The two together cost some $$$'s. ...
Summary: Couldn't wait for it to get here. At the same time I ordered the camcorder I ordered a 32gb class 6 sd card. The two together cost some $$$'s.
When you play the movies back there's jumps and stutters. That happens if you watch it on the camera screen, TV, or on the computer. So play back get's zero stars! It's just not what I expected from a brand name like Kodak. I'm not one to pack stuff up and ship it back, so i guess it will end up in a drawer someplace and collect dust. Bottom line, I'd say... Save your $$.
It's back to my good old JVC mini dv camcorder
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- Manufacturer: Kodak
- Part number: 1268929
- Description: Whether you're 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 Facebook or YouTube with a flick of the built-in USB arm. The Zi8 has all you need to define yourself in high definition.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 1080p
- Enclosure Color Raspberry
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 5 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution 5.3 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Flash card
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Digital Video Format H.264
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- White Balance Automatic
- Exposure Modes Automatic
- Camera Flash Built-in
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO auto (50-800)
- Type Lens - 6.3 mm - F/2.8
- Lens aperture F/2.8
- Lens system type Lens
- Max focal length 6.3 mm
- Focus Adjustment Focus free
- Min Focus Range 3.3 ft
- Macro Focus Range 6 in
- Additional Features 720p HD movie recording,
YouTube capture mode,
1080p Full HD movie recording,
USB 2.0 compatibility
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
- Included Accessories HDMI cable,
Audio / video cable
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x DC power input,
1 x Microphone
Memory / Storage
- Media type Flash card
- RAM Installed 128 MB
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SD Memory Card
- Included Memory Card 128 MB
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows XP SP2,
Apple Mac OS X 10.4 or later,
MS Windows Vista
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- System Requirements Details Pentium 4 - 2.8 GHz - 1 GB - 300 GB
- Supported Battery Kodak KLIC 7004
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Microphone technology Electret condenser
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
- Battery type - Lithium ion
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Built-in
- Width 2.4 in
- Depth 0.9 in
- Height 4.4 in
- Weight 3.9 oz
- KATA PRO Video Collection CC-195 HDV Case - case for camcorder (34565096)135.00 - 146.37
- Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control for EOS D30, D60, D10, 1D, 1V 20D SLR Cameras (33615634)135.99 - 144.95
- Sony LCS VCC - soft case for camcorder (33351258)149.00 - 249.99
- Hoodman EX KIT PRO LCD screen hood loupe (34409067)150.39 - 159.95
- Sony ACC-HDV7 digital camera accessory kit (33969762)129.99
- Sony DCRA-C171 Handycam Station camcorder docking station (34881248)174.08
- Canon CA 950 - Power adapter + battery charger (33615515)164.99
- Canon FS Series Camcorder Starter Kit - camcorder accessory kit (33612496)119.99 - 151.14
- Canon MA 300 - camcorder microphone adapter (30121346)174.49 - 174.95
- KATA D-Light Capsule-183 DL - protective case for camcorder (35033782)149.89