The Kodak Zi8 promises full HD video recording, but does this feature warrant a purchase? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for. In this case, the video is decent but not exceptional, the image stabilization doesn’t really cut down on the jitters, and there is some degradation to the video due to the size of the CMOS sensor.
The price alone, $179, is sure to appeal to consumers looking for a low-cost HD camcorder. For that price tag, the Zi8 will work best for the videographer who doesn’t expect cinema quality video and doesn’t expect it to match the output of a full HD camcorder. The Kodak Zi8 does offer some unique features like a monoaural microphone jack, full HD and other HD resolutions and frame rates, and digital image stabilization. So if you’re looking for low-cost video, take a look at this little pocket camcorder.
- Captures full 1080p HD video
- Good video quality in bright lighting conditions
- Compact size
- Price is the best
- Rechargeable battery
- Video quality bad in low light
- Some distortion during high-speed capture
- No zoom power
- Sound is tinny with built-in microphone