Pros I got this camera for the birth of my baby and wanted something with good quality that was also portable. I was astounded how good the pictures looked on my 48 inch television on the 1080 mode.
Cons The only problem is that my computer cant run the picture smoothly at 1080 so I have to play it through the recorder for now (I assume faster processors in the future will make this run more smoothly). Also remember you have to purchase a memory card
Summary A great camera that is a little ahead of my computer.Using "Any Video Converter" and changing the format from .mov to NTSC movie (.mpg) I have found video to be good on the computer although not quite as good as directly playing it through the camera onto the TV.
Updated on Aug 28, 2009
"Bad design"on by saamvapi
Pros 1080P, image stabilization, still pictures, external memory and removable battery support
Cons Worst indor video, and bad sound
Summary I had flip for 3 weeks, loved it and only complaint was image stabalization. when I saw ZI8 review from CNET editor, I just returned flip and order ZI8... Big mistake.. Not sure CNET did enough testing befor posting it's review.
Do not go for Kodak ZI8, 4 of my friends ordered it along with me and all of us returned the ZI8 within 3 days. Couple of major issues as follows
1 Indoor(with full light) video quality is very bad, Flip is way much better.
2 Internal Mono microphone is just next to the image stabilizing motor which end of picking up (chiiiii) noise all the time while playing video, which is very annoying, Kodak accept this technical issue and suggest us to use external microphone. Ya sure..
3 Zi8 is pretty wide model, it is not comfortable to hold in hand while recording video in compare to flip if you have used in past.
4 Button of ZI8 are not as friendly and soft as Flip.
Flip's lens is very good in compare to ZI8, I hope by end of the year Flip comes out with new product which support 1080P, image stabilization, still pictures, external memory and removable battery support
"Sound issue"on by lukega
Pros Easy to use, pretty good video.
Cons Sound issue - high pitched whine while recording.
Summary Received unit today and there is an audible high pitched whine in the background while recording. Contacted Kodak and they acknowledged a sound issue with some units. Attempting to return the item.
Pros picture, size, ease of use
Cons sound is mediocre, but what do you expect from tiny built-in mic, at least it has jack for external mic
Summary I am really very very happy with this product. I went from a bulky miniDV cassette camcorder and a bulky old digital still camera to the Nikon Zi8. It's lightweight, it takes brilliant movies in multiple resolutions, and it takes great still pictures, which is all I would ask of a point-n-shoot digital camera anyway. Buttons and screen icons are intuitive and easy to use, I haven't had to use the manual even once. Transfer to my computer is sooooooo easy with the built-in USB connection, no searching for where I left the cord like the old days. Battery could be better but that's what I'd expect for such a small battery in a device which drives a nice screen constantly, and battery is easy to replace with spare if no time to charge the one I have. Does pretty well in low lite. The sound isn't great, but it's good enough for simple shooting, and if I really want the sound better, I can attach an external mic which I own to the mic-in jack. I wanted a Flip, but when I saw this could take good still images and had better ease of use, I took a chance on this new product and I'm very glad I did. Because it's lightweight and small, I'll bring it to many more activities with my family and pull it out for use more frequently, and that's the whole point of having something to record special moments -- ease of actually doing so. I'm very pleased.
Pros Received this camera a few days ago. Video quality is fantastic. The image stabilization works but don't expect miracles. I've had no sound issues. Low light performance seems quite reasonable. Easy to operate. Just copied files to my mac and played.
Cons Need a large SD card. Pictures reasonable but just ok quality.
Summary This is a fantastic little video camera. For well under $200 to think you can get a device that is this convenient to take everywhere that takes high quality video. IMHO it beats the FLIP HD hands down. Kodak is certainly going to push it's competitors with the Zi8. This product is a winner.