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. This means you need to use a tripod or stay fixed while shooting. I got blurred video shots and the brightness technology needs some work.
Excerpt: This pocket camcorder from Kodak takes high-definition videos at 720p resolution at 60 frames per second. With built-in USB, it can easily upload videos to YouTube and record up to 32GB worth of video. The Zi6 comes with a 2x zoom, a 2.4-inch LCD and has an SD/SDHC card expansion slot. It measures 63x114x235mm and weighs just 107g.
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.
Summary: The Kodak Zi6 is well-built and feels substantial. We liked its large, responsive buttons and controls. However, thereâ€™s no USB extension cable or removable SD/SDHC Card provided in the box and the mono microphone picks up operational noise.
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. It’s weighs in, with batteries, at 5.6 ounces. Basically, it’s an HD video camera that you can carry around easily in your pocket.
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. Let me open immediately by letting you know that the Zi6 will not be replacing a professional grade HD camcorder any time soon.
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 accommodate for the smoother filming speeds.