Kodak Zi8
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Kodak Zi8

Zi8, Pocket cam from Kodak.

public price: 149 € TTC
content in English
namnibor 08/12/2012

Kodak Zi8 : Recensione di namnibor (content in English)

"Great device!"

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Had to take a second look because did not expect to see this on this site since it had been discontinued rather quickly after release.
I actually firstly bought this to catch the thuglets that were vandalizing cars in carport, bought a small tripod, 32 GB SDHC memory, and an external mic and a remote control with basic on/off function. You can place up to a 64 GB SDHC memory card in it. Very easy to use but learned quickly to purchase a few extra batteries to have charged for a quick swap as about 2 hours is it on battery. Like another reviewer stated and like ALL pocket video cameras, it needs good lighting but did not buy it for night vision either. The optical zoom works well but best to use sparingly because it tends to make picture grainy. However, I learned that if you purchase the "HD class 10 SDHC memory card optimized for HD video/audio", which was about $64.usd two years ago,that graininess from using digital zoom is not as pronounced. Color is great and comes with everything needed to hook up to an HD TV and has both USB 2.0 and HDMI on device.
I now plan to use it to record some home synthesizer studio based videos and upload to youtube because that external mic input works great on a 1/8" line at low gain straight from mixer or audio interface.
My only complaint and is a valid one, is there's no cover for the lens as it is always open and exposed. You would think like my kodak digital camera, it would have built-in open and close but they did that on the i9 model that replaced it. The software is all within video camera and as of last week was able to download an update even though kodak seems not have the market presence it once owned anymore.The editing program lets you take single frames, effects, merge,edit, and even add music. These files are easily dropped into Sony Vegas or any video editing program as well. I am glad I also purchased silicon skin for it and the lanalier mic with generous discount savings when first purchased it. I am probably one of the few on planet that only has a plain old cellphone that is hidden away in car only to call roadside assistance if ever needed as being recently disabled/retired military veteran, have absolutely no need to a so-called "smartphone" but can see with everyone having cameras and video ability on their phones, where the Flip and this product perhaps lost it's isolated revelance.
I love this thing and with a 32GB HD SDHC card, can record longer than the batterries would allow and to my knowledge and research at time of purchase, no ONE else had the external mic option other than the Zi8.
Oh yeah, I CAUGHT the thuglets and have since moved to a very safer area of city because the thought was crossing my mind of how silient a crossbow would be from same window the Zi8 captured them from...no no....LOL