Kodak’s Z18 camcorder, announced today, has the same chunky shape as the Zi6, Kodak’s flagship pocket cam and the same color-blocked design as the smaller, water-resistant Zx1. Although it’s not the first YouTube cam to shoot 1080p video, it’s certainly a first for Kodak.
Even more than the resolution bump, though, the biggest change is the introduction of image stabilization, a feature I’ve wanted to see in pocket cams in general. Even though it’s electronic, and not optical, I’d still expect it to offset the shakiness that mars even the crispest of HD pocket cam footage.
Other upgrades include 5-MP still photo shooting, a larger 2.5-inch display, and an external mic jack (since camcorders like this aren’t exactly known for delivering impressive sound). Like the Zi6 and Zx1, it has an SD/SDHC slot, accommodating cards as large as 32GB. It also comes with an HDMI cable.
The Zi8 costs $179 and is available in black, red, and blue.
* Record High Definition video (1080p at 30 fps with 16:9 aspect ratio)
* Easily upload recorded footage to YouTube with built-in USB and software
* Expandable SD/SDHC card slot up to 32 GB; Rechargeable batteries and charger included
* Vibrant 2.5-inch viewfinder; Watch footage on HDTV with included cables
* Edit and share videos with included software
It’s small enough to fit in a pocket, but why would you ever want to put it there? Whether out on the town or just hanging with friends, the Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera captures every experience in stunning 1080p HD video. Stay in focus while you’re on the move with integrated image stabilization. Then kick back and watch all the action on your HDTV or share your scene on YouTube with the built-in USB. The Zi8 pocket video camera has all you need to define yourself in high definition.