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.
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.
Excerpt: I’ve been told its an issue with the battery, which shouldn’t be an issue because it’s only about seven months old, but people are telling me to replace the battery and I woudln’t have any problem with it after that. I purchased an extended warranty so it’s probably going back all together and I likely wont be replacing it.