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Kodak Zi8 HD pocket camcorder: External mic jack, 1080p, $179

Kodak Zi8 HD ultra-portable camcorder

I had a chance to use the Zi6 to cover CES, and I thought it was a great little HD video recorder. Good things can always get better, and Kodak has improved the Zi6 in many ways, and the end result is the Kodak Zi8. The Kodak Zi8 still has:

  • A swing out USB arm, but now it’s flexible
  • Removable batteries, now a lithium-ion battery that can be charged in or out of the camera
  • SD card slot - so you can bring extra cards and keep on shooting
  • 2.5-inch color LCD

Now, tack on these new Zi8 features, and you’ll see what all the fuss is about:

  • External Microphone Jack
  • Full HD 1080p video capture
  • Built-in electronic image stabilization
  • 5MP still capture
  • Improved low light performance
  • Smart face-tracking technology

Yeah, that external mic jack caught us by surprise as well. Very nice. The Kodak Zi8 will be available in September in red, blue, and black, and you can pre-order it on Amazon for $179

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Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera unboxing gallery

Kodak Zi6 box front

Continuing our look at pocket HD camcorders, we were able to get our hands on a new Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera, which shoots in 720p high definition, at a full 60 frames per second. In case you were wondering, that’s unique for ultra-portable HD camcorders. There isn’t much storage space on-board, but that is rectified by the SD card slot, which supports up for a 32 GB SD card. The Kodak Zi6 also includes an SD AV cable, as well as an HD cable, allowing you to plug the camera directly into an to view the content on it. It takes two AA batteries, and they throw in two rechargeable AAs, as well a charger. We’ve taken a bunch of images of the device, which you can find in our Kodak Zi6 gallery. If you are interested in picking on up, here’s a Kodak Zi6 coupon link, where Kodak is offering $30 off. Not bad.

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Gallery: Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera unboxing gallery


2008 Holiday Gift Guide: Kodak ZI6 Pocket Video Camera

Kodak ZI6

If you wanna pick up a YouTube-ready video camera for Mom, we are hard pressed to find something as good as the Kodak ZI6, for the price. This little camera shoots in 720p high-definition at 60 frames per second, and can also take regular old still images as well. Other cameras, like the can’t do that. It supports SD cards in sizes up to 32GB, which basically means you’ll be able to shoot video until your (rechargeable) battery dies, as opposed to worrying about how much space you have left. You can pick them up from Kodak for $153, they’re available in pink, as well as black. Get it quick though, because they are on sale now. After 12/15, they go back up to their normal price of $179.

Read More | Kodak ZI6 product page

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