"Simple, effective, great picture."3.5 starson by Pelones197
Pros: 1080p, 60fps @ 720p, best low light performance in its class, flexibility of external mic, SD media and removable lithium battery. Included HDMI cable!
Cons: No optical zoom or lens cover. Electronic image stabilization is marginal. uhm.......
Summary: I exchanged my Sony Webbie MHS-CM1 for the Kodak Zi8. The Sony had unacceptable low light performance and was plagued with buggy firmware and useless software. What the zi8 lacks in optical zoom is made up for in overall performance and execution. The Electronic image stabilization is a thoughtful touch but I've yet to see this type of stabilization be very effective on any camera in this price range. I prefer to shoot with EIS off and being more conscious of hand movement. To be fair, I haven't used the comparable Flip UltraHD . I read about and viewed several side by side comparo's and the popular opinion is that the zi8 picks up where the already excellent Flip falls short. The bundled ArcSoft Media impression lacks bells and whistles but is functional and simple for quick video production and easy uploads to popular social networks. Overall I like the cameras portability, features and performance relative to its price- I paid $169.99 at a local Target.I should note that my camera came with updated firmware version 1.6. I haven't experienced any of the issues associated with previous firmware versions. I have read that the latest firmware version is available at Kodaks website and fixes zoom and audio bugs.
Updated on Feb 5, 2010