We got our hands on Kodak’s new Zi6 pocket high definition video camera and here is a quick review:
Inside the box
Inside the retail box you will find the camera itself, 2 AA rechargeable batteries, a battery charger, HD and AV cables, wrist strap, camera pouch, user guide, and software CD.
Even though the included software is for Windows only, the camera does work with a Mac. Kodak Zi6 video files are encoded in the H.264 format and will work natively with both QuickTime and iMovie.
The camera runs on 2 AA batteries and Kodak was nice enough to include 2 Ni-MH rechargeable batteries and a battery charger with every Zi6.
On the side of the camera, there is an expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB), as well as a Macro mode switch that allows you to film objects closer without blurring.
Unfortunately, SD card is not included with the camera and with only 128MB of internal memory, you will definitely need to buy one.
Kodak Zi6 comes with a built in USB connector. That means that you will not need any additional cables to transfer files to your computer.
In addition, the Zi6 has a standard tripod mount on the bottom.
Kodak Zi6 has three modes of recording video: 720p HD at 60 fps, 720p HD at 30 fps, and 640×480 VGA. It is also possible to capture 3MP still images, however, the picture quality is not great.
When it comes to shooting in HD mode (at 60 or 30 frames per second), the video quality is the best we have seen in a camera of this size. Large 2.4 inch LCD display makes shooting and viewing videos convenient and easy.
The start up time is very fast and switching between shooting modes only takes a press of a button.
The low light performance is acceptable, but nothing to write home about.
Kodak Zi6 Video Test
New York City Kodak Zi6 Camera Test
The only problem when it comes to video is the lack of any image stabilization inside the camera. You will need to hold your Kodak Zi6 with a steady hand to make sure that the video is not shaky.
Overall, this camera is great for the price and the best HD pocket video camera currently on the market. Kodak Zi6 is available in black or pink for $179.95.