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The Zi8 definitely represents an improvement for Kodak, but the camcorder was a disappointment overall. Even with its larger sensor, increased pixel count, and Full HD video recording, the Zi8 managed a lackluster performance in most of our video tests. quote


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Critic reviews

6.9
7 reviews
  • Video recording quality
    8.1
  • Audio recording quality
    5.1
  • Recording capacity
    5.6
  • Battery life
    6.2
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Portability
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    6.5
  • Design and form factor
    7.2

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8.2
20 reviews
8.0
PC Mag Aug 10, 2009

With 1080p video, 5-megapixel still image capture, and more features than we've seen in any other pocket video camera, the Zi8 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, earning our Editors' Choice.

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7.0
Gizmodo Aug 3, 2009

It's not going to replace a real camcorder in all situations, nor is meant to—but for a lot of people, it'll be more than good enough. At $180, that's nothing to smirk at.

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6.0
Macworld Sep 7, 2009

Despite the number of problems cited in this review, the Zi8 isn’t a terrible pocket camcorder. It’s just that in the areas where it differentiates itself from other cameras in this class—1080p video, external audio input, and image stabilization—it doesn’t perform well.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Aug 3, 2009

Do we like the Kodak Zi8? On the whole the pros do outweigh the cons, but you need to be aware of those cons before parting with your cash to avoid being disappointed.

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5.0
Reviewed.com Camcorders Feb 5, 2010

The Zi8 definitely represents an improvement for Kodak, but the camcorder was a disappointment overall. Even with its larger sensor, increased pixel count, and Full HD video recording, the Zi8 managed a lackluster performance in most of our video tests.

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8.0
TechRadar Mar 17, 2012

Kodak's latest pocket digital video camera, the Zi8, is an object lesson in why an impressive spec sheet does not necessarily make a good product.

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8.0
Digital Trends Jan 28, 2010

A combination of superior video quality, features and a reasonable price make the Zi8 a clear standout from the competition, even if its looks lag a bit behind some of the super-sleek and customizable cameras from Cisco’s Flip brand.

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8.0
veetrag veetrag

I had a long debate on which camera to buy Flip Ultra HD or Zi8 and finally I decided on Zi8 and I am happy with my decision for following reasons - 1. I had no idea how hard it would be to keep a pocket camera stable while shooting. Zi8's inbuilt image stability is not great but its better...

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8.0
jlandrews jlandrews

For the price this is a great little digital video camera. Easy to use, takes quite good quality video and sound and easily fits into a pocket. Highly recommended.

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9.0
mas47 mas47

I use this Zi8 to record My college classes being a disable Vet this a god sent, side notice to extent the battery life I use 4 Duracell DR 7000L1 this allows me to hot swap the battery externally while the camera is running which equates to about 6 hours of continuous run time if need be.

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9.0
jeffdavis jeffdavis

Outside in daylight conditions the quality is extremely good. You have to hold this camera very still eve with the image stabilization on or your video will be very jittery. Quality is amazing on tripod and with great light.

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8.0
aliendogfear aliendogfear

The Zi8 has been a good little video camera. The video quality is adequate and I'm sure the sound quality would be better with an external microphone plugged in (a nice options) but the built in mic is only "okay".

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7.0
cstarbird cstarbird

With almost all of today's phones having video functions as good or better than this camera, I've kinda forgotten why I won it. Seriously, it's a paperweight.

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10
taiwanbrown taiwanbrown

Kodak's answer to TheFlip is great. It has been replaced by the zi10. Many users of both prefer the zi8 over the zi10. The mic input allows you to get great audio.

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