Kodak Zi8 reviews: Full HD camcorder

78 customer reviews

This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 78 reviews.
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Andrew , Cheshire Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
A very simple product that delivers more than you would expect for the cost. Easy to set up, HD recording is excellent and other lower definition modes will give more flexibility
Bad points:
No major drawbacks except possibly the battery life but carrying a spare battery should resolve most problems
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
Overall rating 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 May 2011

Andrew, Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use and good quality pictures and video
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
Overall rating 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Apr 2011

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Its compact and easy to use, the image is good.
Bad points:
Limited zoom and battary life
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
Overall rating 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Jan 2011

John, Manchester uk Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This Zi8 Pocket Video Camera is a very good. I am so happy to have chosen this one to others. I do have another one but find this Zi8 better all around. You have a choice of card to use so you can get more video and Photos on it
Bad points:
none
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
Overall rating 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jan 2011

robert , norwich Keen amateur

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
zoom dosnt work image not as sharp as advertised it would be
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 4.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 6.0
Overall rating 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jan 2011

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Superb throughout. This product was recommended to me someone who has been in the journalism industry for years. I trusted their judgement and I am glad I did. Easy to use for techno-phobics like me, plugs straight into laptop via built in USB, HD Picture quality.
Bad points:
If trying to produce professional quality interviews an seperate clip on microphone is needed
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
Overall rating 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jan 2011

dave, Colchester Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use, excellent picture quality small enough to keep in a pocket or handbag
Bad points:
None
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
Overall rating 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jan 2011

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Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Type of memory card SD
Type of memory card SDHC
Digital zoom ratio 4
Widescreen recording Yes
Resolution (Megapixels) 5
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 0.125
Weight (g) 110
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.8
Maximum aperture wide 2.8
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-09-22

Also known as: "Kodak Zi8

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Manufacturer's Description

Small enough for your pocket. But it won’t stay there long.
It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but why would you ever want to put it there? Whether out on the town or just hanging with friends, the KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera captures every experience in stunning 1080p HD video. Stay in focus while you’re on the move with integrated image stabilization. Then kick back and watch all the action on your HDTV or share your scene on Facebook or YouTube with a flick of the built-in USB arm. The Zi8 has all you need to define yourself in high definition.

Catch life as it happens
Capture HD quality 1080p video with 16:9 aspect ratio
Plenty of room for more—record up to 10 hours of HD video with the expandable SD/SDHC card slot that can hold up to 32 GB1
Make audio awesome—the external microphone jack lets you record in stereo
Get a new perspective—take amazing 5 MP 16:9 widescreen HD still pictures

Life moves too fast to lose focus
Get sharper videos and less blur thanks to built-in image stabilization
Capture your friends in their best light with smart face tracking technology
See more details and accurate colors in low light

You’re the director
See it all on a vibrant 2.5 in. color LCD screen
Catch the highlights with slow motion playback right in the palm of your hand
Record from a distance or playback on your TV conveniently with the optional remote control accessory
Choose the video quality that works for you: 720p HD at 60 fps, or 1080p HD at 30 fps

Ready for the big screen—right out of the box
No USB cables necessary, just swing out the USB arm to upload, share, and charge
Complementary HDMI cable lets your videos debut in full glory
Share on Facebook and YouTube social networking sites with ease—built-in software makes editing and uploading simple
Compatible with PC and MAC operating systems

Be creative with great video software
Edit and trim videos
Add pictures and music to your videos to make cool mash-ups
Grab still images from video frames to get that perfect shot
E-mail your creations or upload to Facebook™ and YouTube™ social networking sites right from the software

Save the planet—one battery at a time
Go green with included KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7004.

Define your style with cool accessories
Grab attention with the ultra compact design, stunning looks, and a range of colors
Great cases help keep your Zi8 close so you never miss the moment
Optional remote control lets you conveniently record from a distance or playback on your TV
Use a tripod to keep your camera steady or star in your own show


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