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Kodak Zi8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2831 reviews of Kodak Zi8. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and reliability, while comments about the zoom and durability are mixed.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Kodak Zi8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kodak Zi8

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 397 user reviews of Kodak Zi8 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the image quality and size. The price and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality

viewfinder

94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera - BlackKodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera - Black

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kodak Zi8

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2016 user reviews of Kodak Zi8 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, but the memory and durability get mixed comments. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and zoom.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, zoom, viewfinder

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera (Black)Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera (Black)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Christopher Phin (techradar.com)

Kodak Zi8 review

 

Is this new mini camcorder a worthy update to its older brother?

Basic stabilisation ; Decent low-light performance

Audio/video could improve ; Need to buy an SD card

Not as cheap as a Flip, nor as good as a proper DV camera, but has its merits

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Kodak Zi8 review

 

The Kodak Zi8 is also the most full-featured pocket-size camcorder we've seen, thanks to three unique features: the ability to record 1080p full-HD video, digital image stabilisation, and a microphone-in jack that lets you use standard headphones or...

If the best-quality footage and shooting options galore are your main needs in an HD pocket camcorder, the Kodak Zi8 gets a glowing recommendation. However, we did experience some key usability issues, even if its video quality blows the competition...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: (itreviews.co.uk)

Kodak - Zi8

 

The YouTube generation is used to the sight of grainy video showing a pal falling off a skateboard or distant images of a band in concert, but as with everything else touched by the digital revolution, ...

Kodak's considerable overhaul of its pocket camcorder range has produced a market leader with 1080p HD recording, image stabilisation, face detection and a swift and comfortable method of uploading to social websites or playing out directly to HD TV.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (techworld.com)

Kodak Zi8

 

Browse through the many pocket camcorder reviews we've published and you learn that these camcorders are limited in significant ways--no image stabilization, no exposure or white balance controls, no optical zoom, no support for using external...

Despite the number of problems cited in this review, the Zi8 isn't a terrible pocket camcorder. It's just that in the areas where it differentiates itself from other cameras in this class - 1080p video, external audio input, and image stabilization -...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Steven Leckart (wired.co.uk)

Kodak Zi8 pocket camcorder

 

It may have taken a few tries, but Kodak's line of pocket handicams has now officially blown Pure Digital's wildy-popular Flip series out of the water. Inside and out, the Zi8 is brimming with upgrades (including 1080p) and little touches (such as a...

Lighter, shorter, sleeker body than the previous models. Li-ion battery (no more AAs). HD enthusiasts will appreciate the difficulty of deciding between 720p (60fps) and 1080p (30fps). Audiophiles will love the mic jack. Show-offs will use the HDMI-out...

The five-megapixel stills are passable, not exceptional. Red recording light in front is a stealth-killer. Digital zoom is a resolution-killer. No memory included. Smudge-prone plastic body

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Gordon Mah Ung (maximumpc.com)

Kodak Zi-8

 

If you've been eying Flip Video's popular MinoHD (reviewed March 2009) but have been put off by the simple-enough-for-simpletons approach, Kodak's Zi-8 is the pocket cam you've been waiting for.

Slightly bulky; audio is not sensitive; UI is slightly confusing

Slightly bulky; audio is not sensitive; UI is slightly confusing

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Sandeep Balachandran (tech.firstpost.com)

Kodak Zi8

 

Pocket camcorders are slowly beginning to find their share of space amongst flip camcorders. They are affordable, sleek and unlike flip camcorders can be easily pocketed. That's not the only pos

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (goodgearguide.com.au)

Kodak ZI8 HD camcorder

 

The full-featured Kodak Zi8 pocket-camcorder captures the best HD footage we've seen, but its interface and digital zoom often get in the way.

Sharp 1080p video and shooting options, can use earbuds as external mic

Controls are slow to respond, buggy, jumpy 4x digital zoom

The full-featured Zi8 captures the best HD pocket-camcorder footage we've seen, plus it has shooting options galore. Tere are some interface and key usability issues and digital zoom often get in the way.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

Kodak Zi8 Review

 

Kodak's Zi8 is a pocket High-Definition video camera for the consumer on a budget. It offers record resolutions of 1080p, 720p @ 30 or 60 fps, or WVGA (848x480), a built-in mono microphone with input for a stereo mic, and A/V and HDMI outputs. A great...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

Kodak ZI8 HD Camcorder

 

Kodak's Zi8 high-definition pocket camcorder ($180 as of 9/14/2009) is the superpowered follow-up to the company's cult-favorite Zi6 model. It's also the most full-featured pocket-size camcorder we've seen, thanks to three unique features: the ability...

Sharp 1080p video and shooting options ; Can use earbuds as external mic

Controls are slow to respond ; Buggy, jumpy 4x digital zoom

If the best-quality footage and shooting options galore are your main needs in an HD pocket camcorder, the Zi8 gets a glowing recommendation. However, I did experience some key usability issues, even if its video quality blows the competition out of...

Sep, 2009

Product Specifications

Whether you're 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.

Audio

Audio system:Mono
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:KLIC-7004
Manufacturer Battery Name:Kodak KLIC 7004

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Magenta

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:2.2cm
Height:11.3cm
Weight:110g
Width:6.2cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.35

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Focusing

Normal focusing range:1

Header

Manufacturer:Kodak
Model:Zi8 Pocket Video Camera
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Kodak

Image sensor

Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:5

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Filter Size:6.3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42 - 61
Lens Aperture:F/2.8
Max Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:1
Type:Lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Black

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS

Other features

Compatible operating systems:WINDOWS OS XP SP2/ VISTA\nMACINTOSH OS X 10.4 + / Windows XP SP2 + / Mac OS X 10.4 +
Focus:1 m +/0.15 m
Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI
Internal Memory:128
Lens focal range:6.3
Minimum hard disk space:300
Minimum processor:2.8 GHz / Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz +
Minimum RAM:1024
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM\nUSB 1.1+\n1024 × 768 display / Internet Explorer 6.0 + / Safari 1.1 +\nCD-ROM\nUSB 1.1 +\n1024 × 768

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Arcsoft Media Impression

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC

Video

Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:4
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.15
Height :11.3
Weight:110
Width:6.2