My first video camera panasonic pv-l750d with vhs-c tape that was large and bulky and the video quality was below average. My second video camera was a digital jvc everio gz-mg77u that was much smaller but the video quality was still below average imo. It did have a hard disk for storage which was great for longer videos but its size did not make it easy to catch the kids doing day to day stuff. I often used my pocket camera to catch videos but the quality was again below average. I just got the zi6 but already love it since i can capture better quality hd video in a pocket sized video camera. Plus it cost much less than my first two video cameras. As long as you have enough lighting the video quality is great and even in low light it has better video quality than my jvc everio or the old panasonic vhs-c. Obviously this is not going to give the same video quality as a top of the line bulky 1080p hd video camera with a huge lens but that was not what i was looking for. I just wanted a small pocket size hd video camera the capture videos of my children and this thing delivers just what the doctor ordered. 0mp ccd 30gb hdd camcorder with 10x optical zoom.
Already purchased one before. Purchased another one for a gift. Great for travel and spur of the moment videos. Easy to download to the computer. Had a little trouble trying to convert to dvd, but we eventually figured it out. Quality is not as good as regular video cameras, but i feel it is outstanding for the type of camera and ease of use.
I read so many reviews of these products on a couple different websites. I wanted a handheld recorder which the expectation that it was not a regular camcorder. I just wanted something i could throw in my purse or pocket. I got it a couple days before my trip and played with a little. I took it to a concert, for the true test. Granted my seats were pretty close, but i was not disappointed. I am so glad i had it on hand when my favorite music artist surprised the concert i was at and sang a song. I was thrilled to have captured the whole moment on this device. Now i have been able to share it with some many others and will always have it to look back at. I do suggest getting a memory card and extra batteries for it. Here are the specifications for the Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera:
- Record High Definition video (720p at 60 fps with 16:9 aspect ratio)
- Easily upload recorded footage to YouTube with built-in USB and software
- Expandable SD/SDHC card slot up to 32 GB; Rechargeable batteries and charger included
- Vibrant 2.4-inch viewfinder; Watch footage on HDTV with included cables
- Edit and share videos with included software CD
The viewer is very small and so you only see cropped version of everything.
Did a lot of research on this before purchase. Cheaper than flip hd and better built. Kodak did it right on this device. No complaints and i’ve gotten a couple of others to buy one after seeing mine.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Works fine for me. Unobtrusive, around size of smart phone. 1.6 megapixels.
- The Underrated Champ of the Mini Camcorders!!
- Totally great camera, but
Excellent portable camera, not as sharp photo in certain situations compared to the big clunker cameras with all the doo dads but adequate for the average picture taker. The instructions are not specific enough to tell you to go to the gear looking thing to take static pictures. The only other thing to get used to is clicking the button twice to go to photo mode instead of video mode. It even takes adequate evening and night photos. For the price you cannot beat it.
A bit outdated now but worked fine.
This is a nice little device thats really inexpensive, shoots decent video and pics up the audio really rich, the major draw back i see is that it eats batteries like crazy fast.
I got this camera for my wife because she was looking for something simple light and easy to use to take videos of our kids. I chose this over other similar models because it offered a great balance of hd video, simplicity, portability and price. Additionally, this camera’s sd card expansion capability is a must have that was lacking in many other models. Some other models only record a short amount of time, and then you have to download to your pc before you can continue to take video (ouch). Overall, i can’t imagine what more anyone could ask for at this price-point.
I’ve owned the camera for two months now and have used it several times to record my grandson’s basketball games. I’ve had absolutely no problems with image stability. The video produced met my expectations completely and was significantly better than the standard def. Camcorder that this purchase replaced. The size of the camera is a big plus for me. I’ve burned a couple of dvd’s using the software included; more on that later. Be sure that you purchase a sdhc card along with this camera if you don’t already have a card you can spare. The memory included in the camera is impractical for any video recording, so the card is a necessary addition. I am using a 8gb class 6 card which is capable of about 3 to 4 hours of recorded hd video; more than adequate for my purposes. I like the use of an sd card for the video storage so that the purchaser can choose the amount of storage that is desired and is not locked in to a maximum video length set by the internal storage of the camera.
I thought it had a feature i needed which it doesn’t (ext mic jack) but otherwise it’s a great little camera for doing a quick video blog. Love the built in usb plug connector.
I’ve had my zi6 for about two months now and i’ve shot over 400 videos with it. I have to say, overall i am very happy with it. The video quality is better than i expected for $150. Its not excellent, but a camera of this type is not focused on video quality. Its all about compact size and ease of use. If you’re looking for amazing video quality, you won’t find anything that fits in your pocket. Besides vidoe quality, i’m also very happy with the simple interface. Being a high end slr camera owner, its nice to work with a product with essentially no complexities at all. I just take it out of my pocket and begin shooting. Playback is also very easy, and you can play your videos back at 8x speed which comes in very handy with longer videos. I also love that it uses rechargeable aa batteries. They charge just like any other camera battery, but you have the added benefit of being able to buy aas anyplace you happen to be when they run out of juice. This has already come in handy for me a few times. The issues i have are pretty minor.
Very good and just the right size.
Wonderful camera would recommend it highly.
Kodak should be applauded for restructuring the companyto produce a camera that compliments my apple ipod andimmediately feels like a keeper. The controls are well thought out andthe macro opens up a whole new world of video. The camera so impressed me that i am lookingat other kodak offerings with a fresh eye. Kudos to the team that made this happen. Don’t befooled by comparisons to other hd video offerings in a small package, if you buy the zi6you will be happy with it for many years. I never thought i would be saying this.
While i already own a hdv camera, i have found that it’s not always practical for personal use because of its size. If i wear shorts with cargo pockets, i can fit it into a pocket if i really want to, but it’s still bulky and heavy for casual use like on vacation. After looking at the kodak zi6, the flip and another ‘pocket video camera’, i settled on the kodak and have been pretty happy with in thus far. The main factors that sold me were the price (it’s cheaper than the other models), the reviews of its picture quality (it’s been rated better than the others), and its use of sd cards for memory instead of built-in (i like the fact i can use up to a 32gb card and switch out if i need to record more). My kodak still camera came with a long-lasting rechargeable lithium battery and the zi6 comes with rechargeable aas instead, which is good in a way as you can use standard aas in a pinch. My only complaint is that i use a mac book pro and i cannot plug into the usb port with the power supply connected because the usb connector comes out at a right angle to the camera, which then blocks the power supply connection. Right now i have to unplug the computer to hook up the camera, but i’ve ordered a cheap usb hub to see if that will help and it may not be a factor for other computers depending on where their usb ports are located.
Bought this little guy because of the $80 deal i saw. It’s got expandable memory, different video settings up to 720p 60fps (shot 2min worth of 60fps 720p and came out to around 180mb). I dropped an 8gb sd card and for the battery i used duracell rechargeable 2650mah(?) (i think that’s right. It’s better than what came with the camera so) no comment on the battery life of the stock ones. I agree with the reviewers who mentioned low lighting lag. Natural ambient lighting or bright environments work very well. I also mentioned this is durable. I went snowboarding with this little guy in my pocket. I took a spill and landed right on top of this camera. Because i have a black&blue with the shape of the camera on my chest. I turned the camera on and surprisingly, it worked. This is definitely a better deal than the flipmino cameras because of one simple aspect: expandable memory.Even if i didn’t get great hd quality, i’d still get this one because i have the option to use more memory.
I purchased the kodak zi6 as a chistmas gift for my nine-year-old daughter. After checking it out for santa before gift wrapping i sure hope she will let me borrow it after the holiday. This is a very impressive product. Good quality video in a compact product. I’m very favorably impressed.
I’ve ordered a ton of products from amazon and i’ve only recently gotten into posting any reviews (except for years ago when i first started buying off of amazon). Let me say that this i believe is the most underrated mini-cam in its price range and i will explain why in further detail. The first point to consider when looking at any ‘video camera’ in this price range is value vs. Cost, and in terms of cost the kodak zi6 is still one of the lowest priced minicams, when you consider the fact that you do need an sd card, if you don’t already own one (which most people with digital cameras do) then you have to add on an additional $20-$30, but this still puts you into the $160-$170 price range with the kodak as currently priced on amazon. The second point to consider when looking at this camera is the fact that it has an sd card slot to begin with, compared to the flip (which has gotten undue praise ahhemmm. . Cough) or the flip hd which has a static memory of 4 gb (and to be fair flip does have the newer ultra which has a card slot i believe as well), the kodak can accept up to 32gb in its sd card slot, the only caveat which is probably the case with most cheaper cameras is that i don’t know if it will work with 32 gb sd hc (high capacity) cards and that may be the problem that some other reviewers ran into with bigger cards, anyone with more info let me know. . I currently have an 8 gb sdhc card by transcend which was purchased from another site (a popular computer parts seller, and i’ve had absolutely no problems recording video, the longest i’ve recorded straight so far has been about 10 minutes, but i’ve recorded about 60 or 70 smaller clips. The third point i want to address is the criticisms of this camera and the comparisons of it to the flips and the creative vado, i have a friend who owns the 30 minute flip video camcorder: 30-minutes (white) and in terms of size the zi6 is not any bigger than that cam, the zi6 is slightly bigger than the flip mino (not ultra) hd, but like i said the flip minohd camcorder, 60 minutes (black) no removable storage, only built in memory which to me is a negative, 8 gb (120 minutes) sounds like alot i know, but you may be surprised how one or two recitals or basketball games that you haven’t gotten around to downloading can eat that up. . The second negative which is the biggest criticism is the complaint about lack of image stabilization, well not to sound like a ____ but up until a few years ago only the real expensive semi-pro cameras had any image stabilization and if you started with one of the old vhs camcorders forget about it, like other reviewers have said keep your arm bent at a near 90 deg angle, don’t do alot of jerky movement (or walking) or use the included tripod mount and you can get some great footage w this cam. I do understand how this is a valid concern for some people an older co-worker of mine loved the footage of the zi6 but said she wouldn’t buy it because there was no image stabilization, but we should not that the flip ultra or mino series don’t have image stabilization either.
Great camera, works well, we use it mostly for business takes good still and excellent video, only drawback i can see is you have to be careful how you hold it or your finger willcover up the microphone. I would highly recommend this camera for any business or person that is looking for an inexpensive digital camera/video camera.