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.
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: Kodak's weather-resistant Zx1 is the sleekest pocket camcorder we've seen lately. And the size, video quality, and $149 price tag will be a good match for some people. However, if budget permits and you don't mind carrying a larger device, the video clips from the $159 Zi6 were better, as well as on Pure Digital's $199 Flip UltraHD, which offers 8GB of internal storage to boot. (Spending the $40 on an 8GB card for the Zx1 almost closes the price gap anyway.