Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera

One of my favorite giveaway items that I came home from BlogHer with is the Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera that was so generously handed out at the SocialLuxe party.

This small HD camera has been a terrific addition to my collection of family history tools. I took it with me when my family went on vacation to Wisconsin this summer, and I loved using it to catch snippets of my kids in action.

I always take a lot of photos, but even though I do videography in a professional capacity, I rarely take personal video, mainly because I've never before had a camera that I could fit into my purse.

I loved this. I took it with me everywhere and now I don't just have still images of my kids from vacation, but also footage of their little voices, mannerisms, and spirits that can only be captured on tape. I plan on eventually editing the footage together to share with my family.

The quality on this camera is great. Low light situations are a little tough for it, and that footage is grainy, but still perfectly acceptable for personal use. Here is an example of one of my clips. (The quality is better when not uploaded to this tiny Blogger version of the clip.)

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I hope you paid special attention to the careful way that Jack tossed the fish back into the water.

This camera has some nice features, but perhaps most importantly, it is incredibly easy to use. It has, like, three buttons. It is very intuitive. And when you're ready to upload your footage to your computer, you just use the built-in USB plug to connect it to your computer.

You can play back your footage right there on the large 2.4-inch screen on the back.


It also comes with a limited zoom capability. One very nice thing is that the Zi6 comes with rechargeable batteries and a charger, so you don't have to worry about going through batteries like there is no tomorrow. I took more than 30 minutes of footage in short snippets before I had to recharge the batteries.

This camera also comes with software, but it is only compatible with PCs. As I am a Mac user, I just uploaded my videos directly into iTunes. Easy, fast, and simple.

I'm thrilled with the Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera and know that it will be a staple of my personal archival equipment for a long time to come.

Honesty Clause: I receieved the Zi6 for free in a swag bag. It sells for $159.95.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I NEED one of these! YM

Melissa said...

This looks awesome! We always mean to video our kids but the camera is too big to bring on outings or not charged or... That was a great video!

mailmichal said...

I so totally want one!

Perksofbeingme said...

I love Jack throwing the fish back in the water. I wouldn't expect anything less from him. I think you should post more videos of the boys.