Excerpt: The external mic jack is a great option to have for a camcorder. You can definitely get better audio for your videos. The macro option was nice, although I didn't use it much. But really, the fact that you can just throw it in your pocket/purse/whatever was great. The 1080p video was great quality but I still shot most of my movies at 720p at 60fps. My primary problem with this camcorder is the battery life.
Excerpt: The Kodak Zi8 is one of the most affordable pocket video cameras in the space. At under $100 it's nearly half the price of competitor FLIP phone. Like most pocket cams it's pretty easy to use which for non-techie, along with the price they'll probably find that to be a great feature. The video quality for the price is actually really decent, there's been many complaints about the sound, but it sounds like the firmware has been updated, we haven't had any major issues.
Summary: It takes pretty good HD video's but you're phone will probably be a better camera than this actually is. The zoom features are good, but it doesn't have a flash, which I think is vital for any good camera. It works well in good lighting and the controls are easy to use. It's nothing great, it's just good enough to say it's an HD camera.
Summary: The Kodak Zi8 is one of the few pocket videocams of the time that offers 1080p recording but that's about the only big feature it has. It functions pretty bad in low-light situations, providing sub-par image quality with way too much noise unless you light up the area (some people have rigged it up with a couple Sima LED lights to brighten up a shot). Lack of image stabilization and mediocre photo quality also brings this camera down a few notches.
Summary: I was looking for a great pocket camcorder and thought I found it with the Zi8. I also bought the Zi8 sleeve for $20 and an sdhc 16 gb card for $40. Amazon did a great job packaging and sending the items, but that's where the excitement ended. After charging the battery and doing the initial tasks, I checked the Info portion on the menu and it did indeed reflect the 1.06 firmware. Low and behold, I still had major problems.
Excerpt: About seven or eight months ago, during a flight to Vegas, I ended up having my $400 video camera stolen. I was heading towards my friend’s wedding, and was excited to be able to use my nice camera to take pictures, only to find it missing from my luggage… my own fault for not locking it. And so, I’ve been on a hunt for a cheap replacement until I can afford the upgraded camera I’d really like to have.