Kodak Zx1 Pocket Camcorder Review

Posted: April 6, 2009
Kodak Zx1 Pocket Camcorder Review

The Kodak Zx1 is a pocket camcorder, perfect for travel and resistant to the elements, all while recording 10 hours in a crisp 720p to an SDHC card for a mere $150.

What You Need To Know

  • It can withstand a little water, dust, or ice, but it's not waterproof
  • Also pretty sturdy so it can be dropped
  • Very quick from power on to shooting---takes about a second or two
  • The buttons and user interface might be a little confusing because there are no messages on the screen telling you what you're doing
  • The screen is also a little too small at 2 inches
  • Normal light looks good. Colors are a little muted, but overall it's more than adequate for youtube
  • Low light looks ok. It's definitely brighter than most, but there is a lot of blur and trailing.
  • These mini camcorders really need image stabilization, especially if they're marketing this is as rugged
  • We posted some video on g4's youtube channel so you can see for yourself
  • Uploading to you-tube is incredibly simple. Log in, add a title and tags, and you're done.
  • Editing isn't the best. You can add titles and music, but it's difficult to add transitions where you want or cut down the length of your clips.
  • You'll need to buy an s-d card since your movies are h-d and there's very little built-in storage
  • It's got a lot of great features like mini HDMI out, ruggedness, and rechargeable batteries, but the video quality is a little lacking
  • If you spend 50 bucks more and buy the Flip Minnow HD, you'll get better video quality


  • $150

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