Kodak Zi8 Pocket Camera Review

Posted: November 12, 2009
Kodak Zi8 Pocket Camera Review

The new Kodak Zi8 is the first in the line of Gadget Pr0n reviews on pocket cameras. Find out from Chris Hardwick and Felicia Day if this super thin camera that records 1080p video with built-in image stabilization and face detection is worth $155.

What You Need To Know

  • This actually the largest pocket camcorder out of all of our reviews.
  • It's almost an inch thick and has the same dimensions as an iPhone.
  • Kodak crammed a lot of features into the Zi80 that a lot of other pocket camcorders don't have, like image stabilization and macro mode.
  • These features just work okay.
  • The image stabilization is only electronic, so it still seems to be too jumpy.
  • Face detection and macro mode are definitely helpful in getting close-ups and adjusting focus around faces.
  • You can even take still shots but the quality is only average.
  • The main problem is that it's annoying to use all of these features.
  • The joystick is hard to move and you're always accidentally pushing it down and selecting stuff.
  • Overall, the features are cool but not easy to use.
  • The video records in full HD (720p and 1080p) but the image quality is average.
  • Normal light and outdoor footage looks pretty good with the colors accurate and vibrant.
  • Low light footage has the most noise and blur out of all the camcorders we tested. The image stabilization and face detection didn't help that much.


  • $155.00: The Zi80 has the most features for the least amount of money but it's up to the consumer on whether or not it's worth it.
  • If you really need all of these features, buy it! If you'd rather have better image quality, check out the other pocket camcorders.


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Comments are Closed

  • Hob2

    Got it wrong - Zi8 is top pocket camcorder to date - picture quality and features - ask them all out there - Cnet - engaget - etc... All over You Tube comparasions have Zi8 on top.


    Posted: November 20, 2009 6:15 AM
  • Alphaq1888

    Hey Chris

    Is your dog an Alaskan Malamute by chance?
    Or a Husky? And how old is he?

    Posted: November 18, 2009 10:29 PM
  • guyfromtrinidad

    I don't agree with this review, I have seen some video done with the Zi8 on youtube and have asked some persons who have it. You gave the creative vado 4 stars though it only has 8gb memory and the Zi8 has expandable memory up to 32gb. Hardwick I think you need a do over. Picking up mine tomorrow.

    Posted: November 16, 2009 4:43 PM
  • myNando

    Hardwick is hardlarious.

    Posted: November 15, 2009 6:34 PM
  • rocketeer

    chris hardwick is nerdalicious.

    Posted: November 15, 2009 11:18 AM
  • fcb

    Damn we need to get a shot of her backside!!!

    Posted: November 13, 2009 9:48 PM
  • BlackLable69

    Um....WOW....Shrimp with Hot sauce....why not?

    Posted: November 13, 2009 12:50 AM
  • munnpope

    men felicia is hot, she is right behind mrs. munn in my opininon

    by the way excent mind image

    Posted: November 12, 2009 9:32 PM
  • floydgl

    That dude is an idiot. Felicia Day is awesome.

    Posted: November 12, 2009 6:32 PM