Skip to main content

Kodak's 1080p Pocket Camcorder for $180

Kodak's upcoming Zi8 pocket video camera sounds like a rather sweet deal: shoot videos in full HD 1080p at 30 fps using a smartphone-sized device while only spending $180. Hitting retail shelves this September, the Kodak Zi8 promises 5 MP 16:9 widescreen HD still pictures and the ability to easily upload captured content to MySpace and Facebook.

According to Kodak, the Zi8 uses built-in stabilization to reduce blur, providing sharper pictures and video. The device handles SD and SDHC cards with up to 32 GB capacities, providing around 20 minutes per 1 GB of video at 720p HD (30 fps). The Zi8 doesn't need a separate USB cable: a USB arm swings out and connects to the PC or Mac.

Additional bells and whistles that will come with Kodak's Zi8 include face tracking technology, a 2.5-inch color LCD screen, an HDMI output jack and cable that enables owners to hook the device up to HDTVs, software for editing video, and a 4X digital zoom. The camera also comes with 128 MB of internal memory, a built-in "monaural" microphone, and more.

Here's the full list of capture modes that will be available on the Zi8:

1080p (1920 × 1080, 30 fps)
720p/60 fps (1280 × 720, 60 fps)
720p (1280 × 720, 30 fps)
WVGA (848 × 480, 30 fps)
Still (5.3 MP, 16:9 widescreen, interpolated)