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Kodak Zi8 Pocket HD Video Camera

Kodak Zi8 Pocket HD Video Camera
alaScore 91

2847 reviews

Aug, 2022

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2847 reviews of Kodak Zi8 Pocket HD Video Camera. 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. People really like the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder and reliability. Comments are divided on the durability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

zoom, reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Kodak Zi8 Pocket HD Video Camera is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kodak Zi8 Pocket HD Video Camera

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 397 user reviews of Kodak Zi8 Pocket HD Video Camera 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 really like the image quality and size. The price and portability also get good comments, but 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.

Aug, 2022

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kodak Zi8 Pocket HD Video Camera

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2015 user reviews of Kodak Zi8 Pocket HD Video Camera 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 comments, whereas there are some mixed views about the durability. The viewfinder and zoom get critical reviews.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, zoom, viewfinder

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

Aug, 2022

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 (techadvisor.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 : 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 : 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

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

Kodak Zi8 HD Camcorder Camcorder Review

 

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

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

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

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Christopher Breen (pcworld.com)

Kodak Zi8

 

External microphone input ; Image stabilization ; Five shooting modes ; Removable storage and battery

Terrible zoom ; Noisy microphone input ; Low framerate from 1080p video ; Image stabilization doesn't help much

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Steven Leckart (wired.com)

Review: Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera

 

With topnotch resolution, excellent audio and crazy-low price, Kodak's Zi8 is a pocket camcorder that makes us flip off the Flip.

Lighter, shorter, sleeker body than the previous models. Lithium-ion battery (no more AAs) lasts more than an hour. HD enthusiasts will appreciate the difficulty of deciding between 720p (60fps) and 1080p (30fps). Audiophiles will love the mic jack....

Red recording light is a stealth-killer. Digizoom is a res-killer. No included SD card is a buzz-killer. Plastic body shows every smudge. Unexceptional 5-MP stills

Aug, 2009