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Introducing a new generation of compact video camera
With the explosion of sites like YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo there is now huge demand for easy ways to shoot and share video clips. The Kodak Zi8 is one of a new generation of minicamcorder that is designed to make it incredibly easy to shoot, share and enjoy high quality full HD1080p video. The compact design, simplicity and the minimalist styling makes the Zi8 a very desirable object and a joy to use.
Fast integrated on-camera upload software application
The Zi8 stands out from many of the other mini-camcorders on the market because it shoots stunning quality full 1080p HD video. You can choose other video modes simply by clicking the left and right arrows on the central controller selecting 1080p, 720p 60fps, 720p 30 fps, WVGA or 5MP still camera. The biggest advantage of the high resolution is that it’ll look great when blown up. This isn’t so important if you only view video on a small window on your PC screen but with the Zi8 footage you can scale the video to full screen and retain image sharpness, for the best possible picture the Zi8 has HDMI connectivity so you view the videos on your HDTV. Both HDMI and standard composite cables are included in the box. On the go you can view your clips on the very usable 2.5 inch LCD screen and find the best bits using the four speeds of fast forward and rewind, up to x16, or simply go forward or back frame by frame. Unlike many similar products the Zi8 features a macro mode for shooting close up. It also has a built in mic and speaker to capture and playback sound and the addition of an external microphone jack means you have the option to record in glorious stereo, great for playback on your HDTV. A high speed processor adjusts exposure and autofocus quickly and with smart face tracking technology and built in image stabilisation you’ll enjoy the best possible quality razor sharp footage.
With the Zi8 you’ll never run out of memory, whilst many mini-camcorders feature small internal memories, the Zi8 has an SD card slot which can take upto a 32GB SDHC card good for up to an incredible 10 hours of video at HD 30fps (1GB = 20mins). And if you run out of memory on the go you can simply change to a new card. A step up from AA batteries, the Zi8 is powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery which delivers a longer record time and can be charged both from a mains socket or via a USB.
Zi8’s flip out USB connector allows fast and easy uploads.
Easy to share
The Zi8 comes with ArcSoft MediaImpression software which is automatically installed when you connect the Zi8’s flip out USB connector to your PC. The software is incredibly easy to use and allows you to organize your videos and features an easy one button upload to YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. You can also re-format your video clip to the best resolution for sending on email at the touch of a button. To put you in the directors chair there’s a basic ‘movie maker’ feature which allows you to add text screens for a titles at the beginning and credits end of the movie, edit clips, sequence a number of clips to tell your story and add music. A media convertor also makes it easy to transcode your videos for viewing on other common devices like an iPod or Kodak picture frame and you can burn DVD’s for viewing on TV and archiving. Uploading your videos is easy too, simply connect the Zi8 to your PC with the flip out USB connector – no wires or cables needed - and the video’s automatically upload and are ready to use! The ArcSoft software is not Mac compatible, but if you own a Mac its easy to transfer your videos simply buy dragging and dropping to your desktop as you would for any USB device and you can edit your video using iMovie.
Ready to go
No need to buy any extra cables or batteries. Included with the Zi8 is a rechargeable Li-Ion battery and HDMI and composite AV cables however although there is 128MB of internal memory on the Zi8 you’ll need to buy an SD card to shoot a useful length of video.