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kodak zx1 - good things do come in small packages


good quality for a bargain price

Zoom and sound not the best there is

Recommendable Yes:

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Range & quality of featuresGood

Video QualityExcellent

Remote controlAdequate

Instruction manualAdequate

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So easy even my granny could work it

I'm a typical man in that i absolutely love my gadgets but unfortunately me and technology don't really mix very well so when I was looking for a video camera I knew I wanted one of the new generation of point and click cameras. After a bit of research I had almost decided to plump for the Flip pure digital ultra HD which was 130 pounds. Just before I was about to buy it I received an email from Amazon with some product suggestions and seen the Kodak zx1 was reduced from 149 to 49.99 pounds. I couldn't believe this price and thought it seemed like a complete bargain for a HD video camera so i bought it straight away in case the item sold out like they are want to do on Amazon.

When my package arrived i was pleasantly surprised by the camera it is slightly bigger than a mobile phone so it is easy to just put in your pocket. It didn't look cheap in the slightest with brushed metal and rubber buttons. I got the one with a red trim and it looks really funky and much more expensive than its 49.99 pounds.
Kodak says that thanks to It's casing being metal and rubber this makes it weather proof, i have used it in the rain and everything was fine but i would still be nervous of using it if the weather was really bad.

It really is a point and shoot camera, out the box the camera comes with 2 AA rechargeable batteries and it takes a SDHC memory card to store your videos. The camera itself has a tiny internal memory not worth even mentioning so you need to buy the memory card but this is a good thing as the Flip for instance only comes with a maximum of 8GB internal memory and you can't use a memory card so you are stuck with it whereas with the Kodak you can get a 32GB card and there is nothing stopping you from using more than one.
Although the Kodak doesn't come with a memory card it does come with a battery charger, usb lead and a HDMI cable for connecting the camera to your HD television so you can watch your videos on your big screen TV instead of just your laptop. This really is a good bonus as iv found out since mi purchased my camera that you normally have to buy these cables yourself.

Once you put in the batteries and memory card you are ready to go. Turn the camera on and press the record button and there you have it it's as easy as that. On the 60fps setting the video quality is excellent with rich colour and every detail vivid and lifelike. There are some other buttons and features on the Kodak which are not obvious what they are for which makes for a few minutes of fiddling to find out which buttons do what but this really doesn't take long and even the most technophobic people out there will be able to figure it out within a few minutes of filming.
The camera is also able to shoot still photos but at 3mp it will never replace your digital camera, the still pictures it takes are similar in quality to those taken on a mobile phone but slightly better. Not great for those special moments but a good addition for taking spur of the moment photos.

Now for the problems with the camera, it does suffer from some shake if you don't keep it completely steady in your hand and the sound on it is not the greatest I've ever heard. The zoom is rubbish but for a small point and shoot camera you are never going to get a great zoom.
There is also what i consider to be a pretty big flaw in that it doesn't tell you when you are running out of memory on your card it just stops filming which could cause problems for someone who has forgot to put their videos on their computer and they may miss something they wanted to film.

Putting the videos on your computer is a complete breeze. Just connect the camera to your computer and install the software built into the Kodak and you can edit your videos by trimming them, adding music or joining them together. It's really simple to do and then you can also upload your videos direct to youtube so you can share them with family and friends.

I think this camera is absolutely fantastic. For 49.99 pounds you are getting a great little HD video camera that looks brilliant and performs really good. It's never going to be as good as a high end video camera but then again it's not designed to be it's a fun little gadget that is ideal for putting in your pocket so you can take it everywhere with you and capture all those moments you always wish you could. I hope my review helps if you are looking for a point and shoot camera and i can definitely recommend the Kodak zx1 to you, there may be other slightly better point and shoots on the market but not for this bargain price.

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frain2005 15.06.2010 01:09

Good price, Good Camera, Good review!

doncasteryb 14.06.2010 17:36

nicely written.x

MEL0611 14.06.2010 17:22

Great review x

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Manufacturer's product description

Adventure can strike at any moment. Capture it in HD with the KODAK Zx1 Pocket Video Camera. Built to take on rain ...


Software Drivers & Utilities, ArcSoft MediaImpression

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Additional Features USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, YouTube capture mode

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