Kodak Introduces Zi8, the HD Pocket Camcorder that Records at 1080p

Kodak had upgraded their handheld camcorder with the introduction of Zi8. It is an improvement from their previous models like Zi6 or Zx1. And it has join the race with the rest of the competitors like Creative Vado HD or Flip Ultra HD. It comes in three colors, RED, BLUE and BLACK.


Looking at the specs, I think there are a few things that is worth mentioning. It has image stabilizer, can upload to Youtube or Facebook, has Full HD (1920 x 1080), 2.5-inch screen, external Microphone Jack and has Macro (I love this function!).


Sensor type 1 / 2.5–type 5 MP CMOS
Lens 6.3 mm, f/2.8, fixed focus lens
35 mm equivalent: 61 mm (1080p), 46 mm (720p/60 fps, 720p, WVGA), 42 mm (still)
Zoom 4X digital
Display 2.5–type LCD
Storage 128 MB internal memory*, SD/SDHC card expansion slot
Focus modes normal, macro
Focus range normal: 100 cm–infinity
macro: 15 cm
White balance auto
File formats video: H.264 (MOV), AAC LC
still: JPEG
Capture mode 1080p (1920 × 1080, 30 fps)
720p/60 fps (1280 × 720, 60 fps)
720p (1280 × 720, 30 fps)
WVGA (848 × 480, 30 fps)
Still (5.3 MP, 16:9 widescreen, interpolated)
Microphone yes (monaural)
Speaker yes
I/O interface USB 2.0 (high speed), AV out, HDMI, DC in, external microphone jack (support stereo)
Tripod mount 1/4 in. standard
Power KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7004, AC adapter
Dimensions 62.0 × 113.2 × 21.5 mm (2.4 × 4.5 × 0.9 in.)
Weight 110 g (3.9 oz) without batteries
one year
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If you are an avid videographer and do not wish to lug a big camcorder, this may be the next best thing to bring. However, since Kodak had pulled out of Singapore, I don’t think it will be sold here. However, if you do know where I can get it, please let me know. I would love to do a review on it!!

In my opinion, this Kodak Zi8 seems to be an answer to those functions that others do not have. For example, as it is very light, the camera shake will be very evident. Kodak has managed to squeeze the image stabilizer into it. Another thing is the Macro function. It is very important if you like to take close ups (like me) and Kodak has incorporated it. Nice!

BTW, the package consist of: –

KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera
KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7004
Adapter and cable for battery charging
HDMI and AV cables
Wrist strap
User Guide
ARCSOFT MEDIA IMPRESSION Software for Kodak (PC only)

It will be available in September and the price may be below US$180, according to Engadget.

If you want more information, click the below link.

Click Here to Kodak Zi8 Website

There are a few more pics on the Kodak Zi8, click the below link to see them.

Click Here to See More Pictures of Kodak Zi8