A Review of the Kodak Zi8 as a YouTube Digital Camcorder
19 May 2011
Summary: Of the three cheap digital camcorders reviewed in this series, the Kodak Zi8 is the best choice for creating and uploading videos to YouTube. Read this review to find out what you’ll be missing if you don’t choose the Kodak Zi8.
Excerpt: Pocket camcorders are slowly beginning to find their share of space amongst flip camcorders. They are affordable, sleek and unlike flip camcorders can be easily pocketed. That’s not the only positive aspect about them. Rather than being hard drive based these little beauties come with either a respectable amount of built-in memory or they can be further expanded via the memory expansion slot – provided they have an expansion slot.
Conclusion: With 1080p video, 5-megapixel still image capture, and more features than we've seen in any other pocket video camera, the Zi8 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, earning our Editors' Choice.
Pros: Nice price. Records 1080p video. 5-megapixel still image capture. Face detection, electronic image stabilization, and macro mode. Expandable memory. External mic port. Ships with an HDMI cable.
Cons: Jerky zoom. Subpar still image quality. Mediocre built-in mic. Hyper-sensitive buttons. Can get very hot with extended use.
Excerpt: Although our first mini HD camcorder rodeo roundup crowned Cisco’s Flip UltraHD the reigning king of mini HD camcorders, six months can make a world of difference. Kodak’s new Zi8 bucks the leader by addressing many of its predecessor’s shortcomings, while systematically outdoing the competition on just about every feature. Combined with a reasonable $180 price tag, Kodak’s Zi8 now confidently struts it stuff as king of the ring.
Pros: True 1080p video resolution, Superior image quality, Electronic image stabilization (EIS), External microphone input, Accepts inexpensive SD cards up to 32GB, Easy to use, Flexible built-in USB arm
Cons: Larger than competitors, EIS can’t smooth all jitters, Lukewarm ArcSoft software package
Conclusion: Overall the Zi8 is a mixed bag. The internal mic is shockingly poor when you get outside and the controls on the device (i.e., settings and playback) very fiddly. In addition to that the lens isn’t very wide so you’ll have to stand back to get in all the action, something that if you’re in a close environment with kids isn’t all that easy.
Conclusion: La Kodak Zi8 è una videocamera digitale da taschino che non può essere assolutamente paragonata alle comuni videocamere, per ovvie ragioni. Questo prodotto punta soprattutto sulla praticità e sulla semplicità d’uso, dal momento che può essere portata ovunque, grazie alle dimensioni e al peso, e consente a tutti di ottenere video di qualità in pochissimo tempo. Di contro, le specifiche tecniche non sono particolarmente degne di nota, soprattutto la risoluzione e lo zoom.
Pros: Memoria espandibile; Stabilizzatore di immagine; Praticità