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.