Summary: This is one of two small HD camcorders (mobile phone size) that I am looking at. So as part of my reviews I take some clips at local gigs and then send links to the clips to the musicians, whom I ask which is better and why.
Summary: We’re big fans of Kodak’s original pocket HD camcorder, the Zi6. While it could barely be called pocketable, its large 2.4in screen and video quality made it the Creative Vado and Flip Mino’s main rival. But with those two foes recently reinventing themselves in hi-def guises, Kodak’s YouTube maestro has returned in the form of the Zx1. It still records 720p video at 60fps, but now sports rubberised finish and more compact dimensions.
Excerpt: The Kodak ZX1 closely resembles the Creative Vado HD and, with its metalised front, reminded us of the company’s Zen Micro MP3 players. Its red-on-black colouring, meanwhile, reminds us of props from Disney’s ‘Tron’ film.
Summary: Final Thoughts
I really do like the Zx1, I have looked at quite a few small portable digital camcorders and the Zx1 is one of the better ones that I have seen. It is very easy to use, can shoot 720p at both 60 and 30 frames, and can fit up to a 32GB SDHC card. The biggest problem I had with the Zx1 is the buzzing sound that appeared on all of the videos that I shot. This is just not acceptable.
Pros: Easy to use, Shoots 720p video at 60fps, Takes photos, Small and compact
Cons: Very annoying buzzing sound on all videos, Need an external charger for the batteries, Only 128MB internal memory (SDHC slot for extra memory)
Summary: I finished testing the Kodak Zx1 with mixed feelings. First of all one must bear in mind that this is a budget pocket video camera in the sub-USD$200 bracket, it would be unfair to compare the quality to something many times the price.
What the Kodak Zx1 presents, is a compact, mostly easy to use, weather-resistant pocket video camera that is capable of decent quality videos and half decent low quality photos. The design is pleasing and whilst will not set the fashion...
Excerpt: Last year, Kodak was first out the gate with an HD minicamcorder, the Zi6. That model was pretty good and won some fans for its decent video quality and relatively large LCD display. This year, Kodak’s sticking with much the same as far as the guts of the camcorder, but it’s evolved to a more rugged design that’s geared toward consumers with “action and adventure in mind.”