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Kodak unveils $180 1080p pocket camcorder

updated 09:10 am EDT, Wed July 29, 2009

Kodak Zi8 1080p Pocket Cam

Among a number of camera launches, Kodak this morning unveiled one of the first pocket camcorders to record at 1080p. The Zi8 can capture at a full 1920x1080 at 30 frames per second, producing movies that show at the full resolution of a Blu-ray movie. It can also capture at 720p using a fast 60 frames per second and is unique in having a microphone jack to support more professional-sounding audio.

The camera also claims superiority in a handful of other areas, such as built-in electronic image stabilization, a larger than usual 2.5-inch LCD, and the option of shooting 5-megapixel, 16:9 aspect ratio still photos. Storage is based solely on SDHC cards and with a 32GB card could hold as much as 10 hours of HD encoded in H.264. HDMI also lets it output to a TV at full quality.

Kodak ships black, blue and red versions of the Zi8 in September for $180, or lower than the $200 of the 720p-only Flip Ultra HD.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Upgrade central

    Wow, pretty nice specs for a pocket cam. I've got the zi6 and have got a ton of use from it. This model is one sweet upgrade, almost makes me wish I waited. This model should give the flip folks a serious run for their money.

  1. edac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sounds Impressive

    Aside from the Flip, another real competitor right now is the iPhone 3G. It's kind of nice to see a home team strike a home run once in a while.

  1. ianaberle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Kodak Product X

    So, THIS is the product they did the "viral" video on YouTube with Steve Garfield...

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