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Kodak Zi8

We've given the Zi8 a grade of A.

Editor's Review

[Read our full hands-on review] The Kodak Zi8 has proven to be a very popular pocket camcorder since its release, usurping Flip's popularity on this site. It offers full 1080p high-definition video recording and 5-megapixel still photos in a slim, trim body. It records to Secure Digital High Capacity cards up to 32GB, for almost endless storage, and features an input for an auxiliary microphone if you want to get fancy with your audio.


  • High-definition pocket camcorder
  • 1080p video recording
  • 5-megapixel still photos
  • YouTube friendly
  • Secure Digital memory storage (up to 32GB)
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Part Number: Zi8 - Aqua
  • UPC: 41778009048
  • Release Date: Sep 01, 2009

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Kodak Zi8 Reviews

Kodak Zi8 Reviews by Camcorder HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Can't beat this product for the price (John — 06/11/2010)
I'm not a photography or film expert, however I have had a large amount of experience with filming for vlogs/reviews for several years now. I've used just about everything from a "high end" $1600 camera to a basic $50 webcam. I really have to say that while the Zi8 won't beat the more expensive camera's, it's definitely a bridge closing product. Currently I'm on a smaller budget and basically just shooting comedic skits in a small room I'm renting out. This room literally stands as both my living quarters and my film space. It contains a twin sized bed, Large wooden TV enclosure, large computer desk, basically every personal possession I own. Oh yeah, and it's 9x11. My point is that I make due with what I have, so when deciding to buy a camera, I couldn't afford a expensive model. I also can't afford (nor would I have room for if I could), a quality lighting system-which is a big deal. The Zi8 is a lifesaver in this regard, due to it's $130 price tag (amazon), and features almost universally snubbed in other pocket cams (mic jack), I was able to purchase the cam, a decent tripod, a good microphone, as well as rig up a half decent lighting system for under $200. I've used camera's that cost over $600 that the Zi8 competes with easily. This low cost setup actually shoots astoundingly good video, I really am stunned at the quality I get for the money put in. This is definitely a game changing camera. Pocket cams will never replace high quality (and high cost) camcorders, but the gap is starting to be bridged between low price and high quality that will definitely change the market.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Amazing milestone product (Dave Marven — 12/13/2009)

This camera is easy to use and the little package will blow away your friends when you hook it up to your HD tv, cord provided. It is not a high end HD camcorder but it works much much better than I expected. Very respectable. I bought it in Canada delivered from Dell for $149 Canadian.
The f2.8 dual focus lense does a decent job and the sensor handles indoor lighting well. (the focus settings are "mountain" or "macro") . Outdoors, great depth of field ensures sharp pictures. Indoors, at lower f stops you will notice there is a sweet area of sharpness. But you learn to work with this. The lense at normal (without digital zoom) feels like maybe a 60 or 65 mm on an old 35mm, so it is a partial zoom, not suitable for up close group shots. The battery seemed to last longer after a few cycles. It holds up to a 32 gig sd card.
My wife loves the camera and it got great HD movies at an indoor gymnastic event using the 720p at 60fps setting. The 1080p is at 30 fps. You can easily slow up the play back (1/2, 1/4) or other tricks like running backwards. She has steady hands and work well with the digital IS. The outdoor 5 mp stills we took were sharp. Good brightness indoors, but for maximum sharpness don't get too close.
The toughest thing about using this pocket camcorder was getting the battery cover off! Impossible without a rubber cloth for traction, initially at least. We have not tried the uploading or editing software yet.
The Zi8 is an milestone product. It is a great fun buy. But everything about it tells you the next version or so ahead could be incredible.

  • 4.0 out of 5
quick start up and fixed issue. (erik clyman — 11/25/2009)

when i first got this thing a few hours ago, i found that the dark areas of the videos would have vertical bands. the firmware 1.06 fixed this issue as well as the 1080p zoom, however the 60fps mode hiccups when going from optical to digital. i wish it would give the option to turn off digital zoom, it never looks good and then this hiccup could be avoided. anyway i just wanted to point out that the start up for this camera is like...really fast, i think you can start recording in a 2 seconds.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it!!! (Joanne — 09/03/2009)

This is awesome. I had an old camcorder and instead of buying a new style smaller one this is even BETTER! Especially downloading to Facebook. I use it for my kids soccer games, cheerleading and football. It's also great to carry in my purse for those unexpected highlights you want to capture on video.