Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera 2.4-Inch Display: Go Back To The Drawing Board
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
Excerpt: I purchased the Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera because of the Kodak name. I figured Kodak would be ahead of Flip and the other pocket video producers. What a disappointment. The Kodak Zi6 has a fantastic 720p capability, but no image stabilization.
Conclusion: Kodak's first dedicated video camera carves out its niche in the YouTube camcorder space, offering HD capabilities. Whether that's a plus or a minus comes down to how much you value video quality in an inexpensive video camera.
Pros: HD video capture. Large, bright screen. Macro mode. Still-image capture. Solid speaker.
Cons: Large footprint. Heavy. Very little built-in memory.
Excerpt: If you haven’t seen this video camera in person, it’s about the size of a cell phone (almost exactly the same size as the Apple iPhone, but a little thicker: 2.5 inches x 4.5 inches x 0.9 inches), with a 2.4-inch LCD screen and controls on one side, and the lens and speaker/microphone on the other.
Summary: Included in the box of the Zi6 is the camera itself, a Kodak branded charger with 2 AA batteries (pre-charged!), AV and HD cables, a manual and a CD containing a version of the Arcsoft video editing package. Now, on to the most important part of the camera; video quality.
Summary: One of the most trusted names in photography and video, Kodak offers up its spin on the high-definition mini camcorder with the Zi6. This reasonably priced camera records video in a 1280 x 720 resolution at both 30 and 60 frames per second, however, the resolution is forced to dip to 720p to...
Summary: The Kodak Zi6 is lightweight, easy to use, and takes smooth HD video and crisp Macro photos. And it holds SD Cards, something the Flip Mino and Video Ultra don't do--all this for $179, the same price as the Flip Mino.
Excerpt: Kodak’s second foray into video is way more satisfying than the MC3, its first. A fraction bigger but more accomplished than its diminutive Flip Mino competitor, the handheld Zi6 captures HD 720p video at 30 and 60 fps, YouTube-ready VGA and still shots.
Pros: 2.4-inch LCD. Rechargeable batteries, charger and media software included (for PC only). SDHC-ready. No annoying red light on the front to ruin stealth video action.
Cons: Zoom is indexed instead of smooth. LCD could be brighter. As expected, stills are a bit soft. Annoying startup and shutdown chime.