Product Type: Kodak digital camcorders
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Not as good as I hoped it would be!
Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera
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Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera
Date: 11/08/11, updated on 12/08/11 (13 review reads)
Advantages: Small, Cheap, Easy to use.
Disadvantages: poor recordings
After the birth of my son I wanted to start and capture key moments in his and our life together so we can watch them back at a later date. So I began to search online for a handheld HD video recorder to capture the memories.
I opted for a raspberry Kodak Zi8, for which I paid £129.99 from amazon.com
What made me buy this instead of any other was mainly the price for an HD camcorder which had good reviews I thought I couldn't go wrong.
I've had the device since the 7th may 2010 so just over a year so far and while I think its a decent product for the price, i'm hardly blown away with it.
The device itself sounds quite good :
4 times digital zoom
f2.8 fixed focus lens
128meg internal memory ( but I upgraded and bought a 16gig sandisk card SDHC) to go with it because I certainly didnt want to run out of space while recording.
a choice of video recording at 1080p (1920 × 1080, 30 fps) or 720p/60 fps (1280 × 720, 60 fps) or 720p (1280 × 720, 30 fps) or WVGA (848 × 480, 30 fps).
The lower the quality captured the less the size of the movie clip when saved to disk, or simply the more footage you can record.
and you can even take 5.3 meg still captures with the device as well.
It has an on board mic and speakers so you can listen to your recordings straight from the device.
It has a USB flip out conection plug to easily plug into a pc or laptop without the need for a wire.
and its very light at only 110grams.
Out the box apart from the device and battery itself it comes with:
Adapter and cable for battery charging
HDMI and AV cables
ARCSOFT MEDIA IMPRESSION Software for Kodak (PC only).
I have to say once its charged it is easy to carry, simple to use and switches on quickly.
As you switch the device on it instantly gives you the option to select the recording resolution. Which is a bit annoying to be honest. I'd rather it was just an option to change the recording resolution from a menu button which it has but giving you it all the time when you switch it on is a bit much especially when you want the same resolution all the time. However the plus side to that is the fact that it tells you just how much recording time you have left at each resolution as you move over them which is great if your limited to size on your SDHC card.
Recording is easy, there is a big red thumb button right in the middle of the device which you press once to start and then again to stop.. (SIMPLE) and because its a static lens there is no manual zooming. You can digitally zoom however but I dont ever use it.
Next to the red button you get two more buttons either side to make four in total.
from left to right they are: Settings - Trash - Recording Resolution - and Play
So pretty straight forward. The Settings allow you to change the clock , the sound settings and format the sd card things like that. The Trash button as you expect lets you scroll through the recordings and delete any you dont want. The Recording Resolution button is what I mentioned earlier and allows you to change the current recording resolution, and finally the playback button which lets you scroll through the recordings and play them back.
Plugging into the pc couldn't be easier as well. With the built in popout USB port you'll never need a wire as it's already there which is great and moving and downloading to the pc or laptop is easy from there.
The issues i've had is simply the quality. Despity the fact that you can record in full HD quality you'd expect it to be fantastic. To be honest about it its quite plain and not that impressive. It's very poor in low light and despite the fact that its suppose to be a 35mm equivalent I found the subject needs to be quite a distance from you to get them fully in the picture and in focus. It's good outside on a nice day however where usually subjects are more than 5 feet from you but indoors its poor in my opinion.
The sound is ok but because its a small forward facing mic you get the usual person doing the recording in full voice and the subject a little more muted but thats to be expected unless you buy a plugin mic for the device to make it better.
Not a bad spec. Great price for and HD recorder. Good build, Easy to use but dissapointed with the actual recordings it takes.
My advice is. IF you have the money buy a better one, otherwise you really do get what you pay for.
Summary: Good product good price but shame about the output
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