Summary: I got a great price, I don't think it was used much. I updated the firmware and software and was making videos in no time. It is small and easy to use, the only thing was the recording light, a bright red glowing light interfering with unwanted reflections, a bandaid covered it.
The software is trash and Kodak rightfully went out of business
8 February 2013
Summary: Kodak makes it nearly impossible to convert the recordings from this device, which record in .mov format. If I want to upload anything I record to facebook, Kodak won't let me do it unless I agree to give them access to my personal information on facebook. Screw Kodak, and screw this crappy camera. Thank goodness my iPhone takes 5x better video picture than this thing. I spent $200 on this back when it first came out and I only used it 5 times.
Summary: I got this camera in early 2011 after a ton of research and near sleepless nights reading reviews & watching video. Color me obsessed. The Zi8 is not perfect, but for the money and features it will deliver what you need. It seems to have gone up in price since I bought, maybe Kodak realized they had a winner on their hands. What I like: compact design and varied ability to shoot standard def, and 3 different HD modes (720, 720/60fps for fast action, and 1080).
Summary: I just read in amazon.com that Kodak is phasing out its video camcorder dept. How come a camera that was less that half this price NEW and will have no support is now over $300? Mine cost me around $130 NEW, was not a year old when it went dead. I don't care about buying a battery if it is a dead battery case because I have bought batteries in the past and they either don't charge or arrive defective. So...
No longer good value for the money... external mic jack is very noisy
Marc Beneteau, Amazon
1 January 2012
Summary: Length:: 2:44 Mins I paid about $100 for a refurbished model. This is quite a good price for what you get (good performance including good internal mic) but at $150 I would look either to a cheaper Flipcam or else to a higher-end AVCHD camera (in the end I replaced it with a used Canon Vixia HF10 at $200).
Summary: i purchased a new Zi8 in the spring, relying on the Kodak name and the fact that a memory card could be used. After a week, the camera stopped working. I called Kodak customer service who tried to troubleshoot the issue as they should. FAter that didn't work, I was given a case ID and instructions to send it in for repair under warranty. Several weeks later i received a refurbished unit with a note stating they decided to replace rather than repair.
Summary: I bought this camera for my daughter and she seems happy with it - and likes the fact it is so "simple" to operate. It does not come w a carry case or memory card, hence, it is not an "option" to spend at least $40 extra...and really more like $50-$60 just to get started. When I originally decided to purchase this item, it was $114 in black on Amazon. The NEXT DAY, it was $119, 3 days later it was $138 and two weeks later it was $230????
Summary: I can't believe Kodak is not making this camera any more. My institution, like others, continues to purchase them because of the good picture quality, external microphone jack, and SD flash card memory. Still love it.