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The Kodak Zi6 is lightweight, easy to use, and takes smooth HD video and crisp Macro photos. And it holds SD Cards, something the Flip Mino and Video Ultra don’t do—all this for $179, the same price as the Flip Mino. The Mino has a more streamlined design, but we’d rather carry and use the Kodak Zi6, despite the lack of built-in video-editing capabilities. quote


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Critic reviews

7.3
10 reviews
  • Video recording quality
    8.0
  • Audio recording quality
    5.0
  • Recording capacity
    6.9
  • Battery life
    7.2
  • Durability
    7.4
  • Portability
    7.1
  • Ease of use
    8.3
  • Design and form factor
    7.3

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User reviews

8.1
17 reviews
8.0
Gizmodo Sep 29, 2008

When I got my first look at the Zi6, I had an inkling it could be the best "cheap" pocket camcorder yet, and I was right. I've been using it for a while both indoors and outdoors, and found the video quality to be stellar no matter the situation.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 29, 2008

The Kodak Zi6 is lightweight, easy to use, and takes smooth HD video and crisp Macro photos. And it holds SD Cards, something the Flip Mino and Video Ultra don’t do—all this for $179, the same price as the Flip Mino.

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7.0
CNET Jul 27, 2008

While bigger than most of its competitors and high priced for a mini camcorder, the Kodak Zi6's attractive design and decent video quality adequately compensate for some usability drawbacks.

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7.0
PC Mag Sep 18, 2008

Kodak's first dedicated video camera carves out its niche in the YouTube camcorder space, offering HD capabilities. Whether that's a plus or a minus comes down to how much you value video quality in an inexpensive video camera.

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7.0
Macworld Oct 8, 2008

Under the proper shooting conditions, the Zi6’s output looks nice—with its 1,280 by 720 resolution, it fills up my widescreen TV nicely.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 13, 2008

As an alternative to a bulky camcorder, being able to slip this HD video device into your pocket is a very attractive prospect indeed.

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8.0
PC Advisor May 1, 2009

The Kodak Zi6 is a good option for those who want a pocket camcorder that offers more control over your video ... Its feature set is solid, it gives you more control over frame rates and image quality than other pocketable models we've tested, and its colours look bright.

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6.0
Reviewed.com Camcorders Oct 12, 2008

The once or twice a year shooter who just wants a camcorder in their pocket on vacation will probably find the Zi6 a fine choice. ... The Flip is still the simplest and smoothest to operate, but it's certainly not the only kid on the block anymore.

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6.0
PC Pro Dec 23, 2008

Detailed footage, but it's more expensive than the competition, comes with hardly any built-in memory and colour reproduction is disappointing.

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8.0
Good Housekeeping Jun 1, 2009

From the front yard to the playing field, the Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera stood above the rest for its outdoor video quality, which blew the other models away with its clarity and crispness.

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8.0
dave dave

It's kind of amazing to think that nowadays, you can walk around with a high definition camcorder in your back pocket, ready to capture action at a moment's notice. The Kodak Zi6 is exactly this type of camera. Something you can throw into your pocket, backpack, or bag, without too much...

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8.0
sethlong sethlong

We needed 35 video cameras at work, on a budget. Everyone recommended the Flip but I had concerns. The built-in battery looked like a problem - what if it died while a reporter was in the field? Storage was limited to the on-board memory. And we had some issues with the file format. The Zi6 came...

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9.0
TintinX TintinX

I bought this camera just before Christmas 2008 for a holiday by the sea. Outdoor results in the sunshine are nothing short of amazing - quite easily beating my camcorder. If you use it outside you're in for a treat but, as with other other compact, cheap HD pocket devices, the quality takes...

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1.0
bertb bertb

I got this camera so my wife and I could record video of our baby born this year. Video looks good, exceeds my expectation by a mile but the audio ruins the whole experience. Kodak has seen fit to correct the screech on the Zi8 but not on the Zi6. Customer service chat is ridiculously difficult...

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8.0
JohnScript JohnScript

Back then, in 2009, this was an amazing camera. My first HD camera. The camera is just like a bigger phone. The menu is simple and intuitive. What I didn't liked about this one was the stabilization. It was practically missing, so I had to keep it as steady as possible when recording.

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9.0
patmoorhead patmoorhead

This camera has its pros, cons, and some that are just too difficult to know now. Here are the Pros: * Up to 720P at 60 fps (Also takes SD vidsas well) * Still image capture (standard digital images at 5M) * SDHC card support (although I cannot get mt 16 or 32 GB SDHC cards running.) *...

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8.0
ypnotic ypnotic

Good: -stunningly vibrant & crisp video when shot in sunlight -expandable memory (up to 32GB SDHC) -very pocket-able -good battery life 1-1/2 hrs on 2xAA (i use Sanyo Eneloop NiMH & the bundled Kodak NiMH) -very fast transfer of videos to computer using flip-out usb (compared to reading from SD...

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9.0
kevindoyle kevindoyle

I was able to pick up the zi6 for $99 refurbished from amazon.com, and at this amazing price, who could go wrong? Added an 8GB SDHC card for $20 and its a complete package for less than $120. Much cheaper than the competing Flip HD cameras. The quality of build seems good and sturdy even though...

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9.0
Charlesptech Charlesptech

Due to release of the Kodak Zi8, the Kodak Zi6 is coming down in price. Recently I was able to pick one up with a 8 Gb SD card for $100. Really like the idea you can additional storage by just replacing the SD card and also the AA batteries that you can buy anywhere. Also nice that you can...

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9.0
iguy iguy

I like the fact that, although this comes with rechargeable batteries, they are just AA so if need be you can always carry spare batteries unlike devices in which the batteries are sealed in the unit. Another good feature is the removable media so that if you are not in a position to transfer...

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10
georgegumpert georgegumpert

Overall, this is a great camcorder. It has HD720, crisp audio, is lightweight (It feels like it would break if you dropped it) and unlike its competitors, has removable batteries. It offers HD @ 720p 30/60FPS, VGA, and still capabilities. Macro/Landscape mode, with beautiful quality on macro...

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9.0
Buffalodan Buffalodan

It comes in really useful when you are spending a week in the woods taking random videos. You don't need to worry about finding a charger or a laptop to dump your pictures on, you just replace them with new batteries or SD Card. It takes nice video for a camera this size, though the...

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8.0
tmp tmp

The Kodak Zi6 is lightweight, easy to use, and takes smooth HD video and crisp Macro photos. And it holds SD Cards, something the Flip Mino and Video Ultra don’t d all this for $179, the same price as the Flip Mino. The Mino has a more streamlined design, but we’d rather carry and use the Kodak...

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8.0
tamar tamar

The Kodak Zi6 is a great handheld camcorder. I have a newborn son and I use it multiple times a day to capture those precious moments. The quality is typically great, but the Zi6's macro mode needs a lot of work. You almost need to be touching the subject in order to get a clear picture,...

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9.0
MrEricM MrEricM

I got this camera refurbished from Woot for just $70. I've been looking into it for a while, and it appealed to me for many reasons... Unlike the Flip Mino HD, this camera has swappable SD cards and batteries. I imagine a lot of people find this as a turn off, but if you will be doing a...

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