I've been on the lookout for the perfect pocket sized video recorder to meet my needs. I'm an audio guy mostly, but I occasionally have a desire to create video content from time to time. For example, there are times when I want to do product demos such as the video demo I did for the Tascam DR-07.
The main reason I haven't done more of these videos than I have is due to the desire to have a much higher level of audio quality in the videos that I produce. There are a lot of point and shoot cameras that have pretty decent video quality, but I want to use my professional audio gear to produce the audio for the video and I don't want to have to add the audio to the video project in post production. Therefore, the perfect camera for me would be one with an external audio input jack.
Today, I found just the camera I've been looking for in the Kodack Zi8. I learned about this terrific camera while watching Cali Lewis' GeekBrief.tv episode 641. Would you believe that within 30 minutes of watching her video, I had this camera in my hands? I'm not kidding! I immediately did a search online for the camera, looked over the specs, and started to call stores to see if anyone had it in stock. Luckily, I found a local Best Buy store who had ONLY ONE in stock. I immediately left the house and picked it up.
While the audio input jack was the most important thing I've been looking for in these little mini cameras, I am excited to tell you that the Zi8 also includes several other features that I'm excited about. It shoots video in full 1080p HD, though I'm more impressed with the 720p at 60 frames per second. It has terrific image stabilization. It takes 5 megapixel still images. Both the video and the still images are captures in 16×9 format, which I LOVE by the way. It takes high capacity SD Cards up to 32Gb so I could actually record as much as 20 to 30 hours of HD video on one card. It comes with software for the PC that allows me to very easily upload directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and other sites. And the video is recorded in to a .MOV file that I can just as easily drag and drop onto my Mac Desktop and edit it with Screenflow or iMovie.
Of course that's a enough of WORDS about this VIDEO camera. So here's the video I created as soon as I took it out of the box. Note: I didn't spend any time at all editing this video. Just wanted to test video quality as quickly as possible. Take a look at this video and tell me what you think!
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