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Kodak Zi6 Does 720p, YouTube Uploads

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Kodak's Zi6 may well be the camcorder for the YouTube generation we've been waiting for. While offerings like the Flip Video Ultra and Creative Vado already offer features like direct-uploading, they didn't fair so well on image quality. Kodak, however, looks to have the solution.

Why you may ask? Well, for a start it has the ability to shoot 720p video, which none of its contemporaries can manage - and at 60fps no less! There is also, as hinted, a VGA mode for shooting YouTube-friendly video directly and the lens has a macro mode for close-in recording. The Zi6 packs a 2.4in screen for checking out your footage on-the-fly, which is obviously pretty useful and it can do slow-motion playback should you so desire, which is pretty funky.

The Zi6 is powered by plain-old AA batteries, with a pair of rechargeables bundled with the camcorder. Memory is provided via the SDHC slot, accepting up to 32GB of high-capacity card, which should be more than enough for anyone!

Best of all, though, the Zi6 offers all these improvements over its rivals while still keeping the price almost identical. A UK MSRP isn't available yet, but in the US the camcorder will be $180 (~£90). Realistically, that will probably translate to an on-the-street price of about £100-110 for us Brits, which isn't too bad at all!

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