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: The product is well made and the pictures are good in lighting. What I don't like about this item is that I can't seem to get a good video in dim places.You can't even adjust your setting to even make it look half decent.
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.
Summary: Received the first one but it had been opened and used. Lots of fingerprints. Every package in the box and the box itself had been retaped with scotch tape. Received the second one and all was great after the firmware upgrade except: The zoom makes the picture go dark half way into the zoom unless in a very bright room in all modes expept 1080. Pros: I love the external mic. The sound is great with one. I love the ease of use.