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# 47150 10-Nov-2009 19:01
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I was going to comment on the review but comments are closed so will post here.

I was intrigued by the device having read about it but after all the reviews, and of the Flip UltraHD which isn't apparently going to be sold here yet, I decided to get a Kodak ZI8 instead.

Kodak Zi8


It has a  larger screen (2.5"), shoots 1080p as well as 720p/60fps, 5MP camera, mic input and best of all, uses SD cards rather than built-in flash.  I was lucky enough to catch a US$30 discount offer on Amazon and with free shipping (to the US of course) it cost me NZ$202. Add to that $30 to ship it here and it's a bargain.

I had a chance to play with the FlipHd in Dick Smiths and find the screen very tiny - I think the UltraHD has a larger screen but even so, the Kodak is larger again.

Anyway my two cents




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  # 271862 10-Nov-2009 22:13
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I see this has a digital zoom. What's it like??




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  # 271908 11-Nov-2009 07:37
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old3eyes: I see this has a digital zoom. What's it like??


No practical experience since it hasn't arrived yet. But reviews suggest that's is average as are all these types of cameras. But I have seen hacks for the Flip and the same would apply to the Kodak where you superglue a lens ring on them and then attach all kinds of different lenses.




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  # 271912 11-Nov-2009 07:52
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Digital zoom is basically.. quite terrible. If the digital zoom on other video cameras and still cameras is anything to go by. Mind you, these type of cameras like the FlipHD aren't intended for 'quality' I would assume, more convenience for quick shooting and uploading to sites like YouTube. Think 'Consumer' device rather than 'Pro-sumer'




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  # 271935 11-Nov-2009 09:27
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You'd be surprised with the Flip MinoHD quality. In low light it's lacking but even some Sony Handycam are too. With good light it's very nice. And the digital zoom is not too bad.

As a "point and shoot" type of camera it's great. It fits in your pocket, which the big camcorders don't, and more importantly are way better than any mobile phone camera so far.




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  # 271944 11-Nov-2009 09:53
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freitasm: As a "point and shoot" type of camera it's great. It fits in your pocket, which the big camcorders don't, and more importantly are way better than any mobile phone camera so far.


I dont know about that.. the Samsung omnia HD mobile phone, does 720p and from the videos ive seen has very nice output



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  # 271979 11-Nov-2009 11:22
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freitasm: You'd be surprised with the Flip MinoHD quality. In low light it's lacking but even some Sony Handycam are too. With good light it's very nice. And the digital zoom is not too bad.

As a "point and shoot" type of camera it's great. It fits in your pocket, which the big camcorders don't, and more importantly are way better than any mobile phone camera so far.


I am sure it's pretty good in ideal situations. I like the fact the Kodak has a 720p/60fps mode which from reports is excellent for motion and good HD. I guess I will find out in a week or so,




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  # 274197 18-Nov-2009 12:36
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I will be interested to see what your findings are Ichiu, I was just looking at this myself as we are going for a family holiday early next year and I was thinking that our old SD camera is going to be bulky to cart around and is only mediocre SD.







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  # 274546 19-Nov-2009 17:37
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garvani:
freitasm: As a "point and shoot" type of camera it's great. It fits in your pocket, which the big camcorders don't, and more importantly are way better than any mobile phone camera so far.


I dont know about that.. the Samsung omnia HD mobile phone, does 720p and from the videos ive seen has very nice output


+1 for the samsung Omnia HD. Got one a couple months ago and the camera is awesome. Kinda crap in low light though. 8MP stills and 720p video

Of course it costs more but it does a hell of a lot more too




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  # 275062 21-Nov-2009 23:44
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I bought an Ultra HD from Amazon about 8 months ago.

Not a bad thing to keep in the bag. Hardest thing is keeping it steady - and getting decent sound.





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  # 275172 22-Nov-2009 13:54
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lchiu7:
freitasm: You'd be surprised with the Flip MinoHD quality. In low light it's lacking but even some Sony Handycam are too. With good light it's very nice. And the digital zoom is not too bad.

As a "point and shoot" type of camera it's great. It fits in your pocket, which the big camcorders don't, and more importantly are way better than any mobile phone camera so far.



I am sure it's pretty good in ideal situations. I like the fact the Kodak has a 720p/60fps mode which from reports is excellent for motion and good HD. I guess I will find out in a week or so,


Here's a review of the Kodak Zx1.  Not too wonderful color accuracy.




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  # 275223 22-Nov-2009 17:02
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Here is a review of the Kodak Zi8, not yet sold here

ZI8 Review

One of the attributes I liked about the camera is the ability to put in an external mic (stereo) which can dramatically improve sound over the builtin one. This is a failing of them all - the internal mics are pretty poor.

Check this out for how a user has done this

Youtube Review with External Mic




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  # 275224 22-Nov-2009 17:03
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c71931f:
old3eyes:
lchiu7:
freitasm: You'd be surprised with the Flip MinoHD quality. In low light it's lacking but even some Sony Handycam are too. With good light it's very nice. And the digital zoom is not too bad.

As a "point and shoot" type of camera it's great. It fits in your pocket, which the big camcorders don't, and more importantly are way better than any mobile phone camera so far.



I am sure it's pretty good in ideal situations. I like the fact the Kodak has a 720p/60fps mode which from reports is excellent for motion and good HD. I guess I will find out in a week or so,


Here's a review of the Kodak Zx1.  Not too wonderful color accuracy.



Where is that review you speak of?


Geez I'm a dummy.

 

 

http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Kodak-Zx1-Camcorder-Review-36649.htm#

 




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  # 275230 22-Nov-2009 17:43
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Theres a lot of nice cameras like this... shame they all use Youtube for their 'sample' videos. I'd prefer to see something saved straight off the cameras. A camera like this would be ideal for us.

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