Pocket camcorders are slowly beginning to find their share of space amongst flip camcorders. They are affordable, sleek and unlike flip camcorders can be easily pocketed. That’s not the only positive aspect about them. Rather than being hard drive based these little beauties come with either a respectable amount of built-in memory or they can be further expanded via the memory expansion slot – provided they have an expansion slot. Also they are much easier to use and don’t require you to refer to a manual. Simply point and shoot the video you need to record.
What we have here is the Kodak Zi8 and their entry into the world of pocket camcorders has been taken rather positively when compared to their digital camera segment. The Kodak Zi8 proves that the company is still competent enough to go amongst the best.
The Kodak Zi8 is just about 2.4 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches in size, which makes it just as thick as any other Nokia N series phone and just about as broad as a Blackberry. So you can easily pocket it without much of a hassle. As far as weight is concerned the camcorder weighs in just around 115 g, which makes it rather light but not light enough to be tucked into your shirt pocket. As mentioned from the overall looks and design of it the Zi8 resembles a cell phone more than a camcorder but at the end of it all it still is a pocketable camcorder; that too a very good looking one.
The Zi8 is quite broad in terms of width but what you get is a decently wide 2.5-inch screen. Towards the front you will find four rather small buttons – settings, delete, video selection and preview. As mentioned these buttons are comparable to the size of rice grains and selection can be difficult, especially for people with large fingers. Towards the center you’ll find a four way joystick which doubles as a record button as well as a zoom button when pressed or pushed upwards or downwards. If you take a look towards the top you will find a tiny little switch that allows you to choose between landscape and macro mode.
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