January 23, 2009

Kodak Zi6 Review

If you missed yesterday’s post about riding my bike, I posted a video using my new digital video camera. I wanted to see how well the quality was when uploading to YouTube. Anyways, as promised I am doing a review of the camera today.

The camera is a Kodak Zi6, which I picked up at Wal-mart for $170. I wanted something that could shoot good quality videos yet still be small enough to take with me where ever I go. Which is why I decided on the Kodak camera instead of a more expensive video camera.

The Size And Weight

Like I mentioned above, the Kodak Zi6 is small enough to fit in my pocket. I can even hold it in my hand and record while I am riding my bike. Here is a picture of the camera next to my Apple iPhone:

As you can see, it’s basically the same size as my iPhone. It’s a little thicker but that is not a problem.

As far as the weight goes, it weighs roughly the same amount as my phone. The outside is plastic which really cuts back on the weight.

The Quality

The main selling point of this camera is that it shoots in high definition. At the highest setting, it records 720P at 60 frames per second. There is also a 720P at 30 frames per second along with a low quality setting. So far, I have only tested it out using the 720P settings as I have no reason to use the low quality setting.

I am really impressed with the quality of video that it records. Especially when uploading the videos to YouTube. Here is another test video I shot yesterday:

What’s Included

Besides the camera itself, I also got a few extras along with. It came with a mini tripod, a carrying case, two sets of Kodak rechargeable batteries and a battery charger. I have heard from others that the extra batteries and tripod are only included in some packages, mostly from Wal-mart.

The camera comes with some built in memory (128 MB), but it is not nearly enough to record a lot of movies. So I definitely recommend buying an SD chip, preferably 4 GB or more.

Love It So far

Overall, I love the camera so far and would recommend it if you are looking for a video camera. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a normal video camera but that’s fine with me. It fits in my pocket, shoots great video, and costs less than 200 bucks. Not bad at all…

You can read more details about it on Amazon: Kodak Zi6 HD Video Camera

4 thoughts on “Kodak Zi6 Review

  1. Dave

    Seems like a really good camera for the money. My wife and I were looking at the more expensive cameras (mini-dv), but this looks just as impressive, especially with the quality on YouTube.

    Thanks for the review.

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  3. Curt Bradley

    Hi Justin,

    My wife gave me a Kodak zi6 video camera for my birthday. I have a Flip Ultra and have been using it since March 2008. I too have a 13″ Macbook Unibody. It has 4 GB of RAM and 320 GB hard drive.

    I really like the Flip because I just plug it in the USB and everything else can be done thru its software (like e-mailing, Movie saving, making, etc.) When I hookup the Kodak to my Macbook only an icon comes up on the desktop (ARCSOFT SW). When I double click on the icon a couple of file folders come up and by clicking on one, I can get the videos off my SD card to appear. I can’t tell what you have to do to save the videos or make a movie with them.

    Justin, I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me how I can use this Kodak with my Macbook. It came with an installation DVD, but it said it was for PC only. I am a recently converted PC user to Mac and I tried to drag the camera clips into iMovie, but it wouldn’t let me.

    Again, thank you for your help.


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