Kodak Zi6 Pocket HD Camcorder (Pink)
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Product Description

Become an instant celebrity or paparazzi! The sleek pocketable design of the Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera is built for easy video. There is no lens cap, no dials to turn, or settings to set. Just turn it on and hit record to capture the action, adventure, and all the juicy details in stunning HD. Make your cinematic debut on any HDTV. Edit, add music, and personalize your flick and easily share with your adoring fans. Upload your videos to YouTube quickly and easily using the built-in USB and software Experience your videos on an HDTV in stunning HD quality with included cables Be creative with great video software - Edit and trim videos Add pictures and music to your videos to make cool mash-ups Grab still images from video frames to get that perfect shot Email your creations or upload to YouTube right from the software 1/4.5-type 1.6 MP CMOS Sensor Type 4.1 mm, f/2.8, fixed focus lens Normal 27.6 (70 cm) to infinity and Close-up 2 (5 cm) Focus Range 3-Megapixel Picture Quality Mono Microphone Speaker 1/4 Standard Tripod Mount 2x AA batteries (Ni-MH recommended) System Requirements - Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Macintosh OS X 10.4 or higher, Safari 1.1 or higher, 2.8-GHz processor or greater, 1GB RAM, 300MB free space, CD-ROM drive, Available USB port (1.1 or higher), and 1024?768 display resolution Dimensions - 2.5 x 4.5 x 0.9 (64x114x23.5mm) Weight - 3.8-ounces (107 grams) without batteries

Features:
  • Edit videos, add pictures and music and share your creation anywhere with the included video software CD
  • Go green with included precharged AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries and battery charger
  • See it all on the vibrant 2.4-Inch LCD screen
  • Catch the highlights with slow-motion playback right in the palm of your hand

Customer Reviews:

  • I like It.!
    This is not a professional cam. It does the work that it is build for. Very portable and easy to use. And the Kodak software make the job for you.

    It is a good product I recomend it....more info
  • Buy it
    Love this little guy. I take it everywhere. It is great!

    After reading reviews and working with products in the stores, I decided to purchase the Zi6 over the Flip HD products.

    Here are my reasons:

    1) Zi6 uses Memory Cards, up to 32gigs, not an option with the Flip Products. Swap out, easy to move data around, print stills directly to my Epson printer.

    2) Batteries, the Zi6 comes with rechargable batteries, actually my Zi6 purchase came with two sets of batteries and one charger. Batteries life is very good, mine last about 4 days between recharge.
    3) Zi6 LCD screen size large compared to the Flip screens.
    4) Great video qualtity, for the device type.
    5) Zi6 comes with all the cables.

    I did not work with Flips software, but Kodak software works well. I use Pinnacle Studio to edit and upload my videos and stills.

    Again, really enjoy this camera. It is always in my pocket and now I don't miss anything.

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  • Kodal Zi6 Video Camera
    Excellent product. Does most of what I wanted it for. However software does not allow one to make a CD. When I contacted KODAK, THEY SUGGESTED ANOTHER software program which costs almost as much as the product costs. This is a problem...more info
  • Worth the Money
    This is the best camera for the money. This camera allows you to swap out batteries, simply and the SDHC Card function is a must have. Be sure to update your firmware. And YOU MUST hold this camera still. Easier said then done I know, however, if you can achieve using this on a tripod, you get the benefit of great HD Video with supurb color. I suggest the refurb for $100 from Amazon. It is just as good and likely not to have the sound hiss 1/3 of these cameras have new....more info
  • So easy a Cavedude can use it!
    I love Amazon i did one day shipping and got it the next day by 1:30pm, awsome!! This little gadget works great. Some people complain that it has low quality, but for the size and price I say it works great. Totally happy with my purchase. I bought two, one for my mom and one for me, and she just loves it. The Zi6 it so easy to use she doesn't even need my help to operate it. Thanks Amazon and Kodak....more info
  • piece of junk
    There was a time when you could trust amazon.com reviews. No longer.

    This camera is pretty much a piece of junk. Yes, it records videos in three modes (vga, hd, hd60), but what good is it when you can't play them back (you can play them back only from zi6, see below).

    Its interface is also quite dumb (e.g. when you start the thing first time, it asks you something, but you will have absolutely no idea what it is asking and what your options are).

    Trying in three different computers with three different OS (linux, OS X, Windows), the videos of this crap turned out to be unplayable (very choppy playback, video and audio out of sync). Some googling revealed that some people think this is due to poor hardware on the PC you are trying to play, but the computers I tried were quite good... My belief is that the problem is due most probably to some proprietary codec they use (and most probably tweaked outside the standards) in this thing.

    The batteries charge in 13 to 15 hours! And the charger will not be able to show you if they're charged or not, because (as mentioned in the manual), its lights will be on as long as it is plugged in and has batteries in it. I don't understand the thinking behind this... a camera that gets charged in 13 hours. ouch.

    The software that comes with it is another piece of junk (by ArcSoft). Apart from its hideous interface, it hangs up while converting and playing videos... It keeps popping up and asking you to register the software and giving other stupid ads (like "30% of your next activation" -what activation??? who knows). Thank god that junk is for windows only. Mac and Linux users would go crazy by the (poor) programming and design behind it...

    Kodak's support site is another piece of junk where you won't be able to even navigate, let alone find an answer to your problems.

    I don't know about the flip mino, but stay away from this crap. obviously only their marketing team knew what they were doing. I'm very depressed that I bought it....more info
  • Zi6 is the most useless product you can buy
    I bought this product after reading several reviewws on it particularly on Amazon. Be careful reading junk info by pseudopundits! People will tell you anything! Useless little product. No significant information in the manual. No troubleshooting whatsoever. Kodak chat had no clue what the problems where. Connecting to the computer is very difficult. Software is invoked when the camera is plugged into the port but then does nothing. Slick, folding USB but that is it! Shot several videos which did not look High Def to begin with but while downloading them, they get corrupted easily. I started seeing the screen all green, then red, etc. Not a good experience at all. But may be that is all the pocket HD cameras and not just Kodak. 2 AA batteries with charger came with it. They are supposed to fully charge in 12 hours and then switch the indicator lights off. 30 hours in the socket and the two red lights were still on!! Not very reassuring because once you connect to the computer, the batteries are sucked dry in an hour or so. Oh, and the Kodak web site has a help line for all Kodak products. After many links, I was told that I need Win XP Pro. The Kodak CD that came with it says Win XP. Hello!...more info
  • Great little video camera for the price
    My first video camera Panasonic PV-L750D with VHS-C tape that was large and bulky and the video quality was below average. My second video camera was a digital JVC Everio GZ-MG77U that was much smaller but the video quality was still below average IMO. It did have a hard disk for storage which was great for longer videos but its size did not make it easy to catch the kids doing day to day stuff. I often used my pocket camera to catch videos but the quality was again below average. I just got the Zi6 but already love it since I can capture better quality HD video in a pocket sized video camera. Plus it cost much less than my first two video cameras. As long as you have enough lighting the video quality is great and even in low light it has better video quality than my JVC Everio or the old Panasonic VHS-C. Obviously this is not going to give the same video quality as a top of the line bulky 1080p HD video camera with a huge lens but that was not what I was looking for. I just wanted a small pocket size HD video camera the capture videos of my children and this thing delivers just what the doctor ordered.

    JVC Everio GZMG77 2.0MP CCD 30GB HDD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom...more info
  • All but the Memory...
    The Zi6 does exactly what is says it will do and does it well. Only drawback is that the 16 gig SDHC card, which it is suppose to be compatible with, will not allow you to review/play back recorded video. When it is replaced with a regular SD card all of the review/playback functionality works. Unknown if the brand of SDHC card is the problem as all the online and written documentation of the Zi6 states that the SDHC is a compatible card....more info
  • Joystick design is defective
    My husband bought the Zi6 for Christmas. I took about 45 seconds' worth of video (about 3 separate short snippets) and the joystick stopped working (I would click on it but it would not record). I returned if for another one, and it did EXACTLY THE SAME THING: worked for 5 minutes and then the joystick stopped responding. The rest of the buttons worked, so I could review my three snippets of video, but could no longer record. I have a Kodak still camera with a joystick, and have never had a problem with it, so I know I'm not being too rough with the joystick. I can only conclude it's a design defect. VERY DISAPPOINTING!!! I'm returning my second one for a refund, and am now using my daughter's Flip video camera instead....more info
  • Christmas Gift - Recepient was very happy and camcorder works as advertised!
    This was a Christmas gift for my daughter and she is very happy with it....more info
  • A great little camera
    Santa brought my daughter this camera and she's put it down long enough for me to play with it. This is a really nice little camera (Santa apparently did his research well) that delivers on the promises Kodak makes.

    - It's easy to use and ready to go out of the box. The batteries come charged - just pop in some memory (or use the small amount built in to the camera) and you're making videos right away.

    - The picture quality is excellent. Images are bright and clear, indoors or out. My daughter has taken video indoors at school and home and the image is very bright. I'm impressed with how sharp the HD (30 frames per second) and HD60 (60 frames per second) videos are.

    - Sound recording is good, nice and clear. Playback (through the camera) volume is loud enough to hear clearly as well.

    - Downloading the videos is easy with the attached USB connector. I recommend buying a USB extension cable Cables To Go - 19003 - 1M USB A Male to A Female Extension Cable (White) so the camera doesn't have hang out of a USB port.

    - The included tripod socket is handy. Santa also thoughtfully included a Gorillapod flexible tripod that works great with this camera. Joby GP1-EGEN Gorillapod Flexible Tripod (Green)

    - The camera comes with both component and composite cables. My daughter loves that she can hook her little camera up to the 50" plasma and watch her videos in HD. Since the component output doesn't have sound you need to use the audio output from the composite jack, or just use the camera's built-in speaker.

    - Some have had problems with larger memory cards. I purchased a Transcend 16 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS16GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging] and it works fine in the camera. Make sure you get a class 6 card for this camera...recording in HD or HD60 requires a faster speed of memory.

    The main problem with this camera is the included software, by Arcsoft. It's horrible. It installs several programs (including an updater that runs all the time) and some didn't install completely so we kept getting messages about missing files. Arcsoft provided the software for an HP webcam I bought...and returned because of the poor software. Fortunately we use Pinnacle Studio 12 which works with the type of file this camera produces (.mov - H.264/MPEG-4 files) so I happily uninstalled the Arcsoft software.

    It's an excellent camera that's worth getting even though the software is junk.
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  • A great video camera.
    My husband and I bought each other Zi6s for Christmas. We are both so pleased with them! The video quality is very good and so are the still photos. I will admit that the quality is not as good as my full size video camera, but it is pretty close and this camera fills a different function. I really love the convenience of it, it is so small and light I can carry it in my purse! My husband and I are Canine Behavior Counselors and there have been so many times when we've needed to video something and not had the camera along, simply because it is too much to carry. Now we always have our cameras with us! Not only did they help us with our work, they are FUN! Uploading is a snap, much quicker and easier than my other camera, and we're able to share easily and quickly. Since I have it, two of my friends bought them too!...more info
  • Great Little Video Camera
    To really appreciate this depends on your requirements.

    This is one of the few handheld flip-like phones that offer the following:
    - HD 720p resolution at 60 frames per second (also supports HD 720p at 30 fps, or VGA (640x480))
    - upgradeable solid state storage (I purchased a cat 6 16 GB SD card for it for $30). There are 32 GB cards and I believe 64 available as well. You can fit hours of video or 1000's of photos on this camera without running out of space. If you find you run out of space often, you can buy more SD cards just about anywhere.
    - AA rechargable photo batteries are provided. Many units either have proprietary batteries that cost an arm and a leg to replace or others have integrated proprietary batteries that cannot be replaced. The fact that this unit takes standard AA, I can go buy new batteries from any store on vacation if the charge runs out.
    - The screen is a nice size, very clear / crisp
    - The video coming out of the device is very good. No image stabilization, but most of these types of devices don't have it. Up until a few years ago most consumer cameras didn't have image stabilization (or good stabilization).

    Also, many cameras like this one have USB connectors to connect to the computer to download your photos, videos. USB connectors are designed to only last for 1000 to 2000 insertions. After that, the connector doesn't work and for cameras without removeable memory, your videos will be stuck on the camera forever (plus you may not be able to recharge the phone). However, with this device, you can remove the SD card and plug it into just about any standard laptop with an SD slot. Most laptops have them, or you can buy an SD reader for your computer for less than $25. And you can keep using the phone without a working USB connector....more info
  • Totally great camera, but...
    I did a lot of research before settling on he pocket digital video camera. These little cameras do some great things. For my money, I decided to go for flexibility so I chose the Zi6.

    While a bit bigger than the Mino, the Zi6 gave me greater flexibility with the ability to use SD cards to expand memory. Because it's HD, the picture is great in almost any circumstance, but you need to keep clear that you have a pocket digital video camera and you're going to get what that can give you - little more.

    The camera is great. It came with charged rechargable batteries. I popped in a memory card and was off. The first big test was taking the camera to record my son's band. They were very loud and I thought the sound might be too distorted because of the microphone, but the end product was pretty good!

    The camera is super easy to use I've really enjoyed getting to know it. I found that a cheap, expandable mono-pod helps me resolve any stability issues I might have with a shaky hand and as long as you consider where you are - you will not be disappointed with this camera.

    The only downside is the software. The Arc Mediaimpressions that came with the camera imported the video fine. It helped me add screens and titles - ok. It's not flashy, but I didn't really expect it to be. The Problem came when I tried to burn something to DVD or export it. Nothing happened. My system meets the requirements, but still... I've contacted Kodak, but they refer me to Arc. Arc has yet to respond.

    As I did some looking around for a fix, I found a great number of people who have experienced trouble with the software. Not the camera - but the software. Arc apparently, is not responsive and in my case it's been about 2 weeks and still no word.

    Now I resolved my issue by securing some different software, but I think that should be Kodak's responsibility. If you are going to package software with your camera, you want it to work or the customer has a bad experience overall.

    All in all. Camera good. Arc bad....more info
  • Kodak Zi6 HD
    Considering the price is a good bargain
    The only downside is the available memory and if you don't have at least a 4G SD card it will became useless.
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  • Great product
    We only needed a simple camera that we could use for videotaping clips and downloaqding them. The camera was perfect for our needs. ...more info
  • Kodak video
    camera works great. software could use a few improvements, but am getting used to it. either way I love the camera....more info
  • Zi6 camera
    great product! Two quibbles: the USB connection is tenuous and the still photos are usually blurry but otherwise I don't leave home without it!...more info
  • Wonderful!
    This is a wonderful little video camera. The video is fantastic and it is very easy to use. I love that you can add a SD card!...more info
  • Better than Flip
    Did a lot of research on this before purchase. Cheaper than Flip HD and better built. Kodak did it right on this device. No complaints and I've gotten a couple of others to buy one after seeing mine!...more info
  • Excellent resolution, easy to operate.
    This product beats the competition hands down. From ease of use to picture quality, this mini camcorder is by far the best I have ever used in this price range. ...more info
  • Pick a better Pocket Video camera
    I found that the video is OK but not as sharp as I expected. It falls into the same quality as others on the market but fails to fit into the 'Pocket Video' category. The camera is heavy and reminds me of older designs of still cameras that Kodak has done. However, it is 2009 and the device could be much smaller and lighter so that it is pocket size. It, like the RCA, seems to be designed by old guys in Asia who did large camcorders in their past....more info
  • Excellent video recorder with one reservation
    The Kodak Zi6 is easy to hold and carry. There are very few buttons to press and a button may have more than one function. That makes it difficult to notice which function you are in. More familiarity with using the camera would resolve that problem. Pictures are of HD quality and are impressive. The failing is that this camera is perfect for filming things that are close up and not moving too fast. Objects, like pets, that are less than 10 feet away will look blurry when they move rapidly. In addition the volume is good for those close up. When trying to get the audio from someone speaking 20 feet away in a quiet room, the audio on playback was not loud enough.
    The software accompanying the Zi6 was underwhelming. I could not use the software to view my pictures, some error on the software side. Videos were able to be viewed in Quicktime player. It is easy to upload the pictures, as there is a usb connector built into the camera, and Windows' Scanner and Camera Wizard was able to upload the pictures, both still and video, without a problem. You can upload the movies to Youtube, but do not need the software to do that....more info
  • Excellent, considering the price
    The complaints made about this camera should fade away, when you consider the price. You have a camera, cables, batteries, charger, manual and a small amount of memory. The manual is barely adequate, but it doesn't matter, since the camera's controls are intuitive and easy to master.
    The manual tells you to go online for more information. Don't bother.
    The software works but doesn't explain itself very well at all. You should have no problem figuring it out.
    You can slip this in a pocket or briefcase and take videos and/or snapshots within seconds.
    Kodak has made a very consumer-friendly product....more info
  • Sample footage
    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2GG0LJIMTT9Q1 Sample footage taken with Zi6...more info
  • Great product for the price!
    This is a great, easily portable video camera for the price. The sound quality and volume has room for improvement....more info
  • Good Alternate to FlipVideo
    Kodak Zi6 Pocket HD Camcorder (Pink)

    I purchased this item despite having already owning a FlipVideo F260N
    which I have had several problems with, and returned to manufacturer and received a reconditioned replacement. their customer service is very unsatisfactory
    So how was Kodak Zi6? works very well and produces quality images both in HD and regular. No observable flaws, although the software for the FlipVideo is a magnitude better that the Kodak camera as supplied. The cons are; it defaulte to HD when turned on and one must remember to toggle to VGA for regular resolution, also the camera produces .MOV files which are not as universal as .AVI as produced by Flip camera
    Software as stated not as good, however larger viewing screen and it has a quality feel about it. The FlipVideo sometimes does not start when clicked. Costs a little more but worth it
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  • Kodak Pocket Cam A Winner
    I checked a lot of online reviews before ordering this pocket HD cam. Picture is crisp and clean and the audio quality is much better than a slightly cheaper flip cam. Simple to use with easy interface it epitomizes plug and play....more info
  • Good value for casual video, some s/w issues for PC
    I already had a "good" and reasonably portable camcorder, but found I didn't use it much because of the hassle of carrying it around (even though it could, with some bulging, fit in my pocket). I thought it would be great to have a camcorder I could actually USE with little preparation or bother. Now,I use the zi6 much more often and with little need to plan.

    My PCs all run WinXP, and my initial impressions of the zi6 output were quite poor, because the playback (even after copying the MOV files from the SD card to the HD) looks very jerky, even on a reasonably powerful PC. However, I was pleased to find that once you convert the MOV files to a more Win-friendly format, the playback is really very good -- not like from an expensive camcorder, but certainly better than my old "home movies" or VHS-based recordings. So, for Windows users, the immediate/instant playback of the MOV files should be seen as just a first draft -- it will look much better if you care enough about your video to convert it.

    The software shipped with the camera is crap -- a total waste. Good choices include: DVDFlick (Free!) to go directly from a series of the zi6's MOV files, to creating a DVD (with simple menus); or, if you want to do editing or enhancing, you might invest a hundred bucks in Adobe Premiere Elements. Forget using Windows Movie Maker, which will not accept MOV files due to Mr. Bill's pathological hostility to anything Mac-based, including MOV files, a/k/a QuickTime Movies. ("Thanks," Mr. Bill.)

    Another tip: Use the default HD format, even if your TV and computer monitor display in the older 4:3 ratio. You can switch the zi6 recording to VGA, which is 4:3 (although you have to do this EVERY time you start the camera), which I did at first, but the HD mode has significantly more pixels, even with the bands of black across the top and bottom, and I found it really does look much better. I can learn to ignore the black bands, until I eventually move to a 16:9, HDTV.

    Two more drawbacks: You cannot turn-off the musical chimes at startup, which seems like a small thing until you want to start-and-stop recording during, say, a school play or in some other situation where your little beeps will disturb others (and their own recordings). And, there is effectively no zoom (just digital zoom, which here is both minor and counter-productive).

    But if you don't care about zooming-in for closeups, and if Windows users don't mind some post-processing before seeing the output actually look good, and if your camcorder criteria place a high value on portability and convenience, this is an excellent choice.

    I now think nothing of slipping this less-than-wallet-sized beauty into my pocket, going someplace and capturing some potentially good moments. And if the results are keepers, I can spend a little time making them more Windows-viewable.

    The zi6 fills a need, and fills it better than comparable products, in my opinion. My only misgiving is the technical issue, for Windows users, of dealing with these MOV files.

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