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Kodak Zi6

HD pocket video camera (Pink)

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Our take on the Kodak Zi6

by Kristen Schaub
Kodak

Shoot videos for posterity — or posting online

From birthday parties to YouTube™ antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.

Shooting high-def video has never been easier. Kodak's ultra-compact Zi6 video camera records high-def 720p videos and 3-megapixel still photos onto light, portable SD or SDHC™ memory cards. It features a 2-7/16" LCD screen and straightforward joystick control to help you capture, play back, and edit your videos with ease. A flip-out USB connector gives you a handy way to plug into just about any computer for speedy uploading. And since the camera weighs just 3.8 oz., you'll find it incredibly convenient to carry around in your pocket for capturing everything from planned family reunions to spontaneous gatherings with your friends.

Worry-free video recording and easy sharing
The Zi6 provides fully automatic video recording — simply press the record button and the camera takes care of the rest. It captures great videos in either bright or dim lighting — digital blur reduction helps keep your shots clear. Use the macro mode to get as close as 2" away from your subject. The Zi6 comes with a component video cable so you can show off your high-def footage on your HDTV. You can also easily upload videos to YouTube™ using the video editing software built right into the camera. Pre-charged "AA" rechargeable batteries and a convenient wall charger help you get started as soon as you open the box.

Read our staff review: Simple and Sporty: the Kodak Zi6 camcorder

Highlights:

    Storage and Formats:
    • records high-def video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
      • optional 32GB SDHC card holds approximately 10 hours of footage, depending on video settings
    • 30MB available flash memory holds approximately 2-1/2 minutes of video or up to 13 still images
    • maximum video resolution 1280 x 720
    Features:
    • ultra-compact design
    • 1.6-megapixel CMOS image sensor (0.92 effective for video)
    • digital photo mode takes 3-megapixel (effective) photos
    • digital blur reduction technology
    • 16:9 widescreen mode
    • built-in microphone (mono)
    • 2-7/16" LCD screen
    • 2X digital zoom
    • macro mode for shooting subjects as close as 2" away
    • fully automatic shooting mode
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed USB interface with flip-out USB connector
    • component video and composite audio/video outputs
    • 2-1/2"W x 4-1/2"H x 15/16"D
    • weight: 3.8 oz. without batteries
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Supplied Accessories:
    • two "AA" pre-charged Ni-MH rechargeable batteries with wall charger
    • component video and audio/video cables
    • wrist strap
    • camera pouch
    • ARCSOFT MEDIA IMPRESSION software for Kodak (pre-installed on the camera, for Windows® computers only)
     

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size (inches)
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    2.4
    Viewfinder
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    None
    Total Pixel Count
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    1,600,000
    Effective Pixel Count for Video
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    Not given
    High-Definition
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    Yes
    Aspect Ratio
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    16:9
    Manual Focusing
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    No
    Filter Diameter
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    N/A
    Optical Zoom
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    1 x
    Digital Zoom
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    2 x
    Night Imaging
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    No
    Image Stabilization
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    No
    Built-in Video Light
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    No
    Built-in Memory
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    128 MB Flash Memory
    Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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    Digital Still Camera Features
    Effective Pixel Count for Stills
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    300,000
    Built-in Photo Flash
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    No
    Still Image Aspect Ratios
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    16:9
    Inputs and Outputs
    USB Port
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    USB 2.0 High Speed
    HDMI Output
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    No
    Mic Input
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    No
    Dimensions
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    5.8
    Width (inches)
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    2-9/16
    Height (inches)
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    4-9/16
    Depth (inches)
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    0-15/16
    Warranty
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Image Sensor Warranty
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    1 Year
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    What's in the box?

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    • Pocket video camera (pink)
    • 2 "AA" Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (1.2V/2100mAh)
    • Wrist strap
    • Gray cloth pouch
    • 46" A/V cable (with 3.5mm miniplug on one end and stereo RCA and composite video RCA plugs on the other end)
    • 59" HD cable (with 3.5mm miniplug on one end and component video plugs on the other end)
    • K630 Battery charger (for "AA" or "AAA")
    • MediaImpression v.1.2 Revision B CD-ROM software
    • User Guide
    • Charger operating instructions
    • Charger warranty sheet

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    Features

    Overview: The Kodak Zi6 is a pocket-sized digital video camera that is capable of recording high definition and standard definition video and digital still images. It has a 2.4" LCD screen for recording and playing back your videos and still images.

    File Format: The Zi6 records video in H.264 (MOV) format with AAC mono audio. You can choose between the following formats:

    Format Recommended Use
    HD60:
    720p (16:9) @ 60 fps
    HDTV, with slow motion playback
    HD:
    720p (16:9) @ 30 fps
    HDTV, smaller files for easier sharing
    VGA Web ready videos
    JPEG 3MP still images (interpolated)

    Internal Memory: The camera features a built-in 128 MB internal memory. Approximately 30 MB is available for image storage.

    SD/SDHC: Optional SD or SDHC (high capacity) memory cards can be used to store videos and still images. The Zi6 can accept SD/SDHC cards up to 32 GB.

    Lens: The Zi6 has a fixed focus 4.1mm, f/2.8 lens with two focus modes: Normal and Close-Up. The focusing range is 27.6" to infinity in normal mode. Minimum focus range in Close-Up mode is 2". The camera also has a 2x digital zoom.

    Joystick Control: You can control the Zi6 using the built-in joystick control. In record mode, you can start/stop recording, zoom in/out, and select a recording mode. In playback mode, you can play/pause the current video, raise/lower the volume, select previous/next video, or fast-forward or fast rewind through the current video.

    Built-in USB: When you've finished shooting your video, you can upload it to your computer using the built-in retractable USB plug (Type A). This unit is compatible with USB 2.0 (high speed) for fast uploads.

    Audio/Video Outputs: The Zi6 comes with an A/V cable (stereo audio and composite video) so you can watch your videos on your TV. If you have an HDTV, use the supplied component video cable and the A/V cable for watching your videos in high definition (the composite video plug is unused). You can select NTSC or PAL video output.

    Power Requirements: The Zi6 operates on two "AA" batteries. Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries are recommended. Two pre-charged Ni-MH batteries are supplied with the camera, along the K630 Kodak Mini-Charger. The charger fits both "AA" and "AAA"-sized rechargeables. The supplied batteries charge in approximately 12 hours in the K630 charger.

    Supplied Software: The camera comes with ArcSoft MediaImpression software (PC only). With the software loaded onto your computer, you can:

    • Edit and trim videos
    • Add pictures and music to your videos
    • Grab still images from your video frames
    • E-mail your creations or upload to YouTube right from the software

    Minimum System Requirements:

    • Operating System: Windows XP/SP2 or Vista
    • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
    • Hardware:
      • 2.8 GHz processor or greater
      • 1 GB RAM
      • 300 MB hard drive disk space available
      • CD-ROM drive
      • Available USB port (1.1 or higher)
      • 1024 x 768 display resolution
     
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    Kodak Zi6

    Written By Dkinaz, Arizona on Sunday, August 22, 2010
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    Does a nice job. Works much better with a tripod - not as much bounce. I was suprised
    that it does pretty good in low light situations. Took some videos at a casino and it
    turned out better than expected. For the price, it is an excellant buy.
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    Kodak Zi6

    Written By Cele, MD on Friday, August 20, 2010
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    I recently ordered the camera from Crutchfield after seeing reviews online. Crutchfield was one of the suggested sellers. After reviewing Crutchfield and the other sites, they had the best deal (one site had the same camera refurbished--I wanted mine new). I got an excellent deal with Crutchfield and the delivery was swift. The customer service and follow up is supurb as well. I purposely ordered this model just before going out of town. The instructions are easier than I thought (my battery is charging now). I am confident that I won't have any problems recording and uploading videos. :-) One thing I noticed that 2 of the reviews (they were from 2009) had Zi6's that came with a tripod.

    Mine didn't so perhaps that's been removed from the package. I'll have to check, otherwise, thanks!
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    5 out of 5

    Great camera user guide unfriendly

    Written By Mamaw Annie, Johnson City Tn on Saturday, August 01, 2009
     
    This camera is a great little device, the color is really good, it's very easy to handle. I really like the on board usb port, it's easy to connect to the computer. The sound is also great. I haven't had it long but I'm sure I will take it everywhere, it's so compact and will fit nicely in my purse or pocket. It's well worth it's money.
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