Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera - Kodak Zi6

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

However, this new genre of camcorder is not so much about video quality as it is about ease of use and ability to put clips online with the minimum of fuss. Like the Flip and Vado, the Kodak Zi6 comes with its own software onboard, in this case ArcSoft MediaImpression for Kodak, version 1.2. When you first plug the device into a PC, the auto-execution routine will load its software on the system.

Once MediaImpression is installed, plugging in the Zi6 calls up a splash screen giving you the option to Browse the contents of your camcorder, Import them to a local hard disk, plus of course direct upload to YouTube. With the latter, an Explorer-style interface lets you choose a video, then you simply type in your login and password, followed by the usual title, description and tagging information, then up the file goes.

Kodak also supplies a CD containing a version of MediaImpression with more features. In particular, this version adds the ability to perform some mild editing, but only ordering clips, adding transitions, opening and closing titles, plus a soundtrack. The results can then be exported as a file or even burnt to DVD. It can also convert files for devices like the iPod and PSP, or send Video Email.

Unfortunately, the MOV files created by the Kodak, whilst Mac-friendly, are not universally supported by PC video editing apps. Pinnacle Studio 12 Plus wouldn't recognise them, although Adobe Premiere Elements 7, CyberLink PowerDirector and Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus had no problems. If you just want to watch your footage, there are twin minijacks and cables supplied for composite and component analogue video, with RCA audio also included on the composite cable.

Verdict

The Kodak Zi6 does up the ante for video quality amongst YouTube-oriented camcorders, at least in the majority of lighting conditions. But the question is, if you're aiming at YouTube, do you need HD anyway? Fortunately, you don't pay much of a premium for it over the Flip or Vado, although you will need to shell out for an SDHC card straight away. For simple capturing of family moments, however, the Zi6 does a competent job. So if you're not just shooting for YouTube, the extra resolution swings things in its favour over the competition, although video hobbyists need not apply.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 6
  • Features 7

Xiphias

October 18, 2008, 10:25 pm

That is surely not a 16:9 screen on there, when shooting in 720p do you get letterboxing or are the edges cut off?

James Morris

October 24, 2008, 3:35 pm

Good point. It's actually letterboxed when shooting HD, but not when taking photos or shooting in VGA mode.

William Murray

December 19, 2008, 11:25 pm

I have just bought this neat little camera and am very impressed with it. Not so I'm sorry to say with the Kodak or media impression helpsites. The main reason for getting this little camera was share holday videos and to be able to email them to my relatives in the States.Well, the camera functioned really well, but fire up the software and all I got was the message "Failed to transcode the video file" whenever I tried to set up an email. Probably the most annoying feature here is that I don't know what this means and no where on the helpsites can I find the answer. Oh yeah and Kodak's speak online to a specialist 24/7 is also a bit of a joke with 30 attempts so far with no luck. I don't suppose anyone out there can explain the above, looks like a frustrating Christma for me. PS I still like the camera

Kim Koch

March 30, 2009, 3:39 am

Hi. I would like to know about the quality of the still pictures with this camera. I have not found a camera with a quality video option so I thought I would go with a video camera with a still picture option and see if I get a better piece of equipment.

Toaster

April 19, 2009, 12:33 am

this camera takes 3mp still shots.


If you are looking to buy one in the uk, buy it at boots, as it is 䀊.67 there.

Grant

August 24, 2009, 1:42 am

I found the instruction manual with this camera to be worthless; I finally got help thru the Kodak Chat room; but, even then I finally gave up and am returning the camera.

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